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  • Where to move post college???

    Hello,

    I'm graduating from college in the spring and I'm clueless as to where I want to move. What are some cool cities for a 23 year old? I like the outdoors and fitness. I would like a place with open minded primal/paleo females. Not too crowded, not too small.

    THANKS
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  • #2
    NO clue, but thank you for writing "graduating *from* college." Because "graduate college" is just ridiculous IMO.

    Where do you want to be in the world and what sort of work do you want to do (because that can narrow the field).

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    • #3
      ....where the jobs are. Unfortunately, a lot of the "cool" places are already overpopulated by young college grads, which doesn't make for a great job market, and by rich old people, which drives up housing prices.

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      • #4
        I want to stay in the U.S. I'm an entrepreneur and I can take my business where ever I go. I'm tired of ALABAMA!
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        • #5
          If you have your own business that you can carry anywhere, then go anywhere that interests you. When I was graduating from university, DH and I considered southern california, but for some reason were to afraid to do it. Sad, really.

          Do some research of different towns, and go from there. Or, get an RV and go on the road and see where you want to be.

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          • #6
            I mean yeah, in all seriousness, move to where you get good connections and expand your business, and then build a life there that you're happy with. People I know who move someplace to be happy wind up being just as happy or unhappy in their new place than they were in their old place. It's YOU that builds a good life, not your surroundings.

            Now. That said, I'd like to put in a plug for Austin, TX. :-D It's a VERY health-conscious and outdoorsy city, and warm enough that you can get good sunlight and outdoor fun year-round. Lots going on, cool, open-minded people and a ton of diversity. And the cost of living is still not as high as it is in other places with a similar vibe, like Seattle.

            Madison, WI is another excellent option. Much the same, but more so with the low cost of living and less so with the year-round sunlight. Oh, and really, really good locally-raised, organic/grass-fed food is readily available in both locales.

            I really love my itinerant lifestyle, but Austin and Madison currently top my "places I'll go when I retire or if I get canned" list. :-)
            Last edited by Sasha the Cat; 12-23-2012, 02:21 AM. Reason: Edited to reflect the fact that you did say you're an entrepreneur with a portable business. :-)

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            • #7
              I'll second Texas, as I have friends there who love it.

              I'm currently in Virginia at the moment and I love it here. Great outdoors stuff (hiking, nature parks), great wine, organic stores for quality food (not too steep in price), and the countryside is just beautiful. I too hailed from Alabama and don't miss it at all (who misses tornadoes, Super Fried Southern food, and hot/humid summers? Not me). I highly recommend Virginia.
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              • #8
                yeah,good idea,If you have your own business that you can carry anywhere, then go anywhere that interests you

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                • #9
                  I've heard good things about Austin. I also heard it's not what it used to be, because the pop. is growing so fast that the city can't keep up. IDK haven't been there. Virginia? I'll look into it. What about the DENVER area?
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                  • #10
                    Yeah, it's not what it used to be, but that's just nostalgia - it's true of any place you could possibly go. I've lived in Austin pre and post population boom. The soul-sucking suburban sprawl around the city keeps expanding outward, but at the same time the "Keep Austin Weird" vibe keeps expanding into the suburban sprawl. Traffic has gotten worse, but it's still LEAGUES better than other comparable cities. For ease of getting around, Madison trumps Austin hands down, though. You don't even necessarily need a car in Madison, whereas in Austin (and anywhere in TX, I'd posit), you really do.

                    I've known people who really loved living in Colorado, but I don't know much about Denver in particular.
                    Last edited by Sasha the Cat; 12-23-2012, 08:24 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Californians tend to like Austin. That may be where much of the city's growth came from. Most of the rivers in that area of the hill country are spring feed so they can be cristal clear. Canoing and river rafting is big. You don't have to drive very far west to get out of the city. Texas is a "business friendly" state. Couple that with the oil and natural gas in income Texas is hit less hard during recessions. There is no state income tax. To gov rev is from sales tax and property tax. The traffic in Austin sucks. I-35 is particularly bad so most local will take alternate routs to avoid it. If I'm going down that way I'll that the new 130 tollway from Georgetown. It parrells I-35 from Georgetown to San Antonio and is 85mph speed limit. Any of the cities from Georgetown down to San Antonio will be relatively the same for recreational stuff. But the traffic won't be as bad as Austin's.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Scott F View Post
                        Texas is a "business friendly" state.
                        I second this. I love California, especially the coastal areas where the air is cleaner and I have access to water similar to that of island life, but if I did not mind the hot weather and the landlockedness of Texas, I'd totally go there. I'm an entrepreneur at heart and love business and commerce, so I would highly recommend Texas. Although I would also agree with the posters who ask you what kind of business you're interested in, and to go there.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by sakura_girl View Post
                          I love California, especially the coastal areas where the air is cleaner and I have access to water similar to that of island life
                          Yep. Right here in America's Finest City, San Diego, CA. OK I'm a tad biased but I didn't notice how nice it was growing up until I moved away and then back and said, "Why didn't anybody tell me I was raised in paradise?"

                          If you ever wander out this way, I would be happy to show you around.

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                          • #14
                            I recommend Bend, Oregon.

                            I don't recommend Santa Barbara. Well, I do, but having your own business isn't going to do much for you here unless it's like a billion dollar company and you're one of the C-level executives.
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                            • #15
                              I'm headed to Knoxville, TN in July. To me, that's the best place in the country to live. TN has a good economy, access to loads of farms, has a great food culture, and you can be as urban or rural as you want.

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