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I love it when they tell these kids to move to Seattle. Everybody tells them it's really cheap to live here, but in reality it's just as expensive as everywhere else and there aren't nearly as many jobs as you think there are. A majority of them end up being homeless. If you ever come here to visit be prepared for all the street kids asking for money to get back home!
Salt Lake is a nice city,,BUT,,facts are facts,,Your chances of getting any job,,you chances of living in a nice community,,are only good if,,,and this is a BIG,,,IF
"You Are Mormon",,,if you do not adhere to the Mormon faith,,,you WILL be an outcast and this comes from a lot of Mormons that I am friends with.
San Diego - well past its prime. Fun place, it is going to cost you. High living expenses. Gridlock traffic. And don't count on seeing beaches like in the slide. Weekends are wall to wall people looking for parking and a small spot to put down a towel.
Rents by the article's estimate are close to half of the stated income.
Plus, more bars per capita then I have ever seen elsewhere.
Cost of living rapidly outweighs the wages paid.
You cannot find "fresh" meat, fruits and vegetables. After I left Anchorage, I had to relearn how good fresh foods tasted.
My neighbor who moved from Arizona said Seattle is better, but I said Arizona is better and I am from Seattle. I guess it all depends on how you feel about it.
Another problem that you might not be aware of in Seattle is that the area is due for another 9.0 earthquake any day now too, as it has been 313 years since the last one that big, and there has been an earthquake of that size on a 300-year average for some time now too!
On the other hand, might I recommend Burlington, VT, as it is quite close to Canada, fairly liberal, and there is a virtually unlimited supply of fresh water there too! If you want a city where the salary that a college grad earns can afford the most house, also near fresh water, might I recommend Buffalo, Cleveland, or Detroit too!
College grads paid well @ $42K??? I averaged $57/year driving a semi from 1999-2009 without a college degree or any student loans, which actually had less buying power than the $30K that I earned doing the same thing in 1982 too!!! However, with freeway bridges collapsing all over America, I can understand why you might not want to be a truck driver too!
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