Tell me about where you live

FI & I had the discussion last night about moving. While we are not ruling Nyc metro out completely we want to consider other options, especially since it's crazyridic expensive here.


 


So for fun tell me about where you live.


 


Is it diverse? What do you think the average income is? Average housing price? What kind of industry/jobs are there? Why do you love/hate it? Would you recommend moving there?


 


Right now FI & I are liking Denver, Portland & Scottsdale, AZ (just because I've always wanted to live in AZ)

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 8:56 am
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I'm in Los Angeles,CA


Is it diverse? Yes, VERY


What do you think the average income is? The average income varies greatly amongst us.


Average housing price? depends on the area. I've seen homes for 340k, and condos for 700k


What kind of industry/jobs are there? NONE. =(


Why do you love/hate it? I really like CA. There have been a few challenges. One being you have to drive EVERYWHERE. The public transportation system sucks here. The other being it's extremely difficult to meet "quality" people here. Everyone in L.A. is a "star", lol not really but you kwim?


Would you recommend moving there? I would recommend moving here if you can can tolerate traffic and no jobs. J/K. I would it's a great place.

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 9:01 am
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I live in a Seattle suburb.


It's amazing.  Diverse, fun, lots to do, lots to see.


It's EXPENSIVE! I live on the east side and a average house is 400k.  My 1 bed condo was almost 200k.


Tons of jobs though!

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 9:02 am
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we live in Salem Oregon- about 45 minutes form Portland- here in the pacifica NW it rains a lot and can be overcast quite a bit so if you don't mind that than it si a beautiful place to live with LOTS of outdoorsy things to do


Average housing I'd say is about 250K here's a pic of our hous ethat son the market for 240K right nowwe live in Salem photo 2290656-1


Jobs adn Income vary a lot especially with the economy right now but I'd say there are a LOT of accounting jobs which my husband and I both do he makes 70K yearly and I make 40K yearly


reccommend moving here- depends if you can stand the rain, if so it is beautiful and def affordable to live here


GL demy! We haev also considered eventually moving to Denver CO!

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 9:06 am
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I loooove Colorado, so I vote Denver!!  Portland has a very similar vibe to Denver IMO, so I like it too. 


Denver is diverse, maybe not as diverse as NY or LA, but still diverse.  I live in a tiny suburb ~1 hour from Denver, but I have a 2500 sq foot house for $238k (bought in 2007, would be even cheaper now).  I would think the avg is $300k, def depends on location & size of course.  Lots of diff types of jobs.  I love the mountains & beautiful scenery everywhere!  I think there is a lot to do without being an overly populated city.  I love the 300 days of sunshine a year.  I don't like driving in the snow though!

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 9:07 am
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I live in Fort Collins, CO (about an hour north of Denver) and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. My favorite thing about Colorado is the sunshine. We get 300 days of sunshine each year and that makes me :)


Fort Collins is around 150,000 people; it has been consistently rated as one of the top ten places in the country to live by Money Magazine. Estimated average income is between $50K and $55K per year.


I think housing in Fort Collins is expensive compared to surrounding areas, but it's definitely worth living here.


What kind of industry/jobs are here? Well Colorado has recently been pushing green energy technolgies in the state, supposedly creating lots of "green" jobs (but I really don't know much about that). I know that the beer industry has a huge pull in Fort Collins (Anheuiser Bush has a huge brewery just north of Fort Collins, and the city is home to at least 5 independent microbreweries). Also, Colorado State University is a huge employer in the city.


All that being said, I am having a tough time finding a (career type) job here (in fact, I drive to Wyoming to work every day). I have been actively searching for just over a year now. 

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 9:11 am
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Highlands Ranch, CO


Is it diverse? I'd say no...


What do you think the average income is?  $122,448 (much more than we make combined!!)


Average housing price? $288,250 (OUCH!)


What kind of industry/jobs are there? Lots of restaurants, shopping, medical offices, things of that nature... a few big office buildings.  It's suburbia, so it's no metropolis or anything. 


Why do you love/hate it? I love that it is a safe place to raise a family, I hate that the housing prices are so high.  It is a little pretentious at times, but my parents live here and it feels like "home" to me. 


Would you recommend moving there? According to cnnmoney.com, it is #12 in the top 100 places to live in 2010.  If you like a suburban lifestyle, and can afford it, yes!  I wish we could afford to buy a house here, but reality is, we probably can't.

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 9:13 am
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Thanks for you input ladies. It looks like the CO girls are really representing :)


Miss Bling your house is beautiful btw!

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 9:15 am
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One thing I have found about people who live in Colorado: most of them are PASSIONATE about living here.  :)

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 9:17 am
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LOL!  Love how all the Colorado gals are jumping in here. . .


Ok - we live in Lakewood, Colorado which is a suburb of Denver.  Before buying the house we're in now, we looked at 50+ homes.  Sold our 4 bed/3 bath Townhouse for $260K, that's high but it was in Golden which has a higher cost of living.  The same townhouse in Lakewood would have sold for $240K, to give you an example.  We saw mountain homes that were way overpriced and yet dated and falling apart, homes in older subdivisions that were well priced, and homes in different areas.  The completely updated, modern, 3400 sq. ft (I'm ashamed to admit how big this place is, we fell in love with it and looked past the size) house with 180 degree views and a large lot was $324K (this is not our first or 'starter' house, we had a lot of equity. . .FYI to the ladies who now think we have tons of moolah, lol!).  That is average/high for this area. . .other suburbs are higher or lower, so it just depends on where you want to live and what your budget is!  Get up North of Denver towards Firestone/Dacono, you can get a beautiful house for less than $250K.



We're 20 minutes from Denver, 5 minutes from the lightrail station. . .Denver has a great, clean vibe to it.  Lots of culture, great food, art. . .and I'd say it's fairly diverse.  It's the suburbs that lack diversity :)  We're also 5 minutes from I-70, the main corridor to the mountains.


Not to mention Aspen, Breckenridge, Winter Park. . .we're famous for those!  We have several National Parks, including Sand Dunes N.P. and Rocky Mountain N.P.  


We have mountains, lakes, and TONS of sunshine.  99% of the time, our snowfall is deep but melts by noon (in the metro areas).


We have four distinct seasons.  You can live in a mountain community or a development in the city.  You can live where you don't need a car, or live where you need 4WD.  


I'd say the average income in Colorado is, on a national average, higher. . .although I may be wrong.  


 

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 9:23 am
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Damn MB...very well put LOL!! 


@Drea-so, so true!!  Die hard Coloradoans : )

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 9:27 am
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I live in Chattanooga, TN


Yes.. its beautiful! If you love mountains, country cooking, hiking, driving with your top down, and outdoorsy stuff then you should definatly move here


Chattanooga is in the hear of everything. 1.5 hours away for THE VOLS NATION, 2 hours away from the Home of country (NASHVILLE). Its such a great place.


Chattanooga has majority private schools.. mainly because we believe heavily on a good education. Believe it or not we are not all Country bumpkins.


typical starter home is $100-150k. We just bought our 1st home for 215.


Typical salary is probably 50-60k, with a college diploma. No college, your looking at 25-34k


I live in Chattanooga photo 2290788-1I live in Chattanooga photo 2290788-2  come visit :)

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 9:28 am
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Austin, Texas


Is it diverse?In a big way yes, even though that's not the first thing you think about when you here "texas".


What do you think the average income is? The average income varies greatly amongst us AND depending on where you want to live.


Average housing price? depends on the area.


What kind of industry/jobs are there? University of Texas, medical, Dell, etc... there's a pretty good range of industry here.


Why do you love/hate it?I love Austin. I always say if I didn't live in Austin, I'd love to live in NYC. It's eclectic, you can find live music almost every night of the week (and most of the time above decent), shopping is fantastic, outdoorsy things to do everywhere, everyone is pretty down to earth, and there's really too much to list that I love. Oh and South by Southwest and ACL festival. The downsides are definitely traffic... If I didn't have to own a car I wouldn't but I do and you want to avoid driving anywhere around 5:30. It gets HOT in the summer, and there's virtually no winter. Hobos are abundant, but they are inventive I'll admit. No beach.


Would you recommend moving there?Absolutely. Apparently everyone from Cali is... (lol, jk ... mostly. We have had a flooding of Californian transplants recently.)

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 9:30 am
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I live in Tucson, and while I don't have the time right now to look up any stats and demographics for you, I can say that I really like living in Tucson!


Just to give you a point of reference, I grew up in San Jose, CA, went to college in Los Angeles, and then moved to Tucson after starting at my company in San Jose after college.


Los Angeles was too crazy -- it was fun for college, but I don't know if I'd want to raise a family there unless it was in a suburb (I have family in Torrance and Redondo Beach down in SoCal).


San Jose is awesome, and I would go back, but it's expensive and getting really trafficky. =)


After living in Tucson and buying my own house 6 years ago, and spending so much less on cost-of-living, it would be hard to go back and live in San Jose in like a 30 year old 2 bedroom condo, which is probably what I could get for the same price as my house that I had built when I moved here in 2004.


Just my two cents! My sister lives in Denver, though, and it's so beautiful up there!

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 9:31 am
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LOS ANGELES


Is it diverse? Definitely


What do you think the average income is? Varies depending on the area. Probably around 20k - 70k


Average housing price? Again, varies on the area. From 200k - 10M


What kind of industry/jobs are there? Big industries: Healthcare, Fashion, Music/Entertainment, Food & Hospitality


Why do you love/hate it? I LOVE Los Angeles. The weather, the beach, the diversity, and the nightlife are some of my favorite things. On top of the culture, food, arts, etc. I dont know a lot of cities where I can enjoy the city for its food, culture and art, but also be able to go hiking and be transported to a completely different world. I love it, I would never move!


Would you recommend moving there? Sure, if you like the city life and can deal w traffic. The suburbs and beach cities are awesome too, but you def need to be prepared to spend a pretty penny :)


Posted on September 22, 2010 at 9:40 am
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I'm in Des Moines, Iowa


Is it diverse? Not really :(


What do you think the average income is? It varies, but usually right in the 30,000 mark.


Average housing price? Depends where at...I live in a suburb of the capital and for a 3 (could be 4) bedroom, 2 full bath home, I paid 122,700...so cost of living is very low.


What kind of industry/jobs are there? Insurance is HUGE here.


Why do you love/hate it? I love it because it's cheap and unemployment is really low and if you love having four diverse seasons then it's great. But I hate it because I hate snow and we have a LOT of it!


Would you recommend moving there? I would if you're just simple people...there's not a whole lot to do here, but if you just like to hang out and get to know your neighbors and BBQ it's great.


Posted on September 22, 2010 at 9:42 am
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San Antonio, TX


Is it diverse? Somewhat, but not as much as some bigger cities


What do you think the average income is? It varies throughout the city. There are some very high income areas. But in general, it is a poorer city -- the average income is probably <$40,000.


Average housing price? Housing here is extremely affordable! Most housing is probably less than $200,000. My parents sold their 3,000 sf house in a much-desired area during the height of the recession (which didn't really come here), for $210,000.


What kind of industry/jobs are there? Education, health care, government, and tourism/hospitality. LOTS of call center jobs, too since a huge part of the labor pool is bilingual.


Why do you love/hate it? I love that it is a big city with a small town feel. People here are very nice, and there is a lot to do. Hiking, beaches, rivers, the hill/wine country, and all the other Texas cities are a short drive away. And, of course, the Mexican food is literally the best ANYWHERE! The city is "growing up" and starting to get some of the higher-end amenities that have bypassed it in the past. And it doesn't compete with any of the bigger Texas cities, so we just kind of do our own thing here. It's just kind of a quaint, big city. Which would also be my biggest gripe :-)


Would you recommend moving there? I would! The nightlife isn't the best for young, single people. But it is great for young couples and families! But if I had my choice, my first love is Austin (about an hour away). Even though it is smaller, it has everything that San Antonio does and more. My favorite city!


Posted on September 22, 2010 at 9:51 am
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I live in Tucson, AZ…about 1.5 hours south of Phoenix.


Is it diverse? In my opinion…No.  I moved here from Atlanta a little less than two years ago.


What do you think the average income is? Varies….but I am making a lot less here than I did in Atlanta. 


Average housing price? depends on the area. In the news, they said the median house price was 150K, but we just bought ours last year for 300k (5 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom 2 Story)  ..There are lots of expensive areas to live where you can easily find houses in the 600K – Million dollar range.  I think you could get a decent house for around 250K.


What kind of industry/jobs are there? Lots of Airforce families live here due to the base….Apart from that, there are not a lot of jobs.


Why do you love/hate it? I don’t love the weather.  It is HOT.  I mean take for example today.  We are in the 100’s and it is fall.  Phoenix is even hotter.  I went to a concert in Phoenix at the beginning of July and even at 11 at night it was 110.  During the day it is just miserable.  I hate when people say “but you don’t have any humidity” Bull SH*T!!!!  My best example of how it feels is to turn on your hair dryer and have it blow in your face…that is what it feels like.  What I love about it??? I am still working on that part.


Would you recommend moving there? Honestly….No.  We wouldn’t live here by choice, but DH’s job keeps us here.  I miss Atlanta L

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 9:53 am
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Coloradoans are taking over!!!!



Colorado Springs, CO



Before I give my answers, I want everyone to know that Colorado Springs is NOTHING LIKE DENVER!!  I love Denver with a serious passion and I would move there in a heart beat.  The Springs and Denver are like night and day.  I just don't want my answers to jade Denver, CO...it really is as great as the ladies above stated.  Plus, I'm from OC California...so my "expectations" (someone else's words) are "too high"...whatever that means.




Is it diverse?um...NO!  Even though The Springs is a huge military town (Carson, Petterson, Shriever) which has a rainbow of people, but most of them think the same, act the same and have similar views.  If you aren't with those views, you really are on your own.  :(



What do you think the average income is?  Household: 60-90k



Average housing price? 190-250k, but it depends on where you are looking.



What kind of industry/jobs are there?  military, construction, banking etc.  Not a lot of industrial or corporate



Why do you love/hate it? Likes: I love the scenery!  The Springs is beautiful!  Lots of outdoorsy things.  WE wake up to a post card of Pikes Peak in our back yard!  Manitou Springs is pretty awesome.  GORGEOUS!  Don't like:  small minded, small town mentality, TOO far from a Nordstroms or a descent mall for that matter(closest one is in DENVER!...min of 45 minutes away).  Lots of houses, but not much of a social atmosphere.



Would you recommend moving there?  Not to Colorado Springs, but Denver...HECK YES!!  Colorado is pretty amazing!  If you like to go out, socialize, hike, meet diverse people then Denver is the spot!!


 

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 9:54 am
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hahahaha i was ready to post a big loooooong exposé on CO, but MountainBride did it for me!!!


DITTO CO GIRLS! :)


I LOVE it here. Love love love love love CO.


We are in Ft Collins (50 miles north of Denver) - it's a collage town (CSU) so it's a bit more expensive than surrounding areas, HOWEVER it's still not terrible.


I'd say houses can go for $150k-1M - bungalows are $150k... old run down places... nice new neighborhoods are around $200-400k for a house.


We've got bike trails, mtn trails... lakes, rivers, TONS of parks. We have 300+ days per year of total CO warm sunshine!

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 9:55 am
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I live in Massachusetts - not the ideal place for New Yorkers :P



Both FI and I are from MA, moved to FL (5 years for me, 8 years for FI) and wanted to come back. We love the culture and different seasons.



Parts are diverse, but other areas not so much. The housing is still expensive. People apparently haven't heard of the recession. The wages are higher though. I am in the legal industry. If you are in the medical field, Boston is great. We have some of the best hospitals. We are trying to get the best man to move here (originally from NY, but lives in FL and wants to leave) but he is having a hard time wanting to go anywhere but NY. NY is just too expensive!

Posted on September 22, 2010 at 9:57 am
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