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Unread 02-09-2015, 11:54 PM   #1
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Default Making the move to a warmer climate, need advice..

Hey guys I need your great advice once again. My girlfriend and I have made the decision to move to a warmer climate while we're young and able. And we have a few ideas down for where we might like to live, but for the most part we're open to anything.

That said, we are looking for an area with little to no snowfall and winter temps typically above freezing. The warmer the better.

My ideal climate is something like Palo Alto, CA and San Jose, CA with temperatures in the 70's for much of the year and lots of sun.

We have been seriously looking into the Denver, Colorado area as a good compromise because it's colder than we'd like but it seems to have more engineering jobs available - a plus for me as I'll be just starting out in my career. I'll be graduating with a mechanical engineering degree soon, and the GF is working on her CNA and then RN credentials.

And thank you for taking the time to read my post! I know it's not car related but the members here are very wise in other areas too!

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Stay away from California, go for the weather, leave for every other conceivable reason. (coming from a midwestern ME who has traveled there frequently for the last 3 years)

Austin Texas is probably my favorite warm weather spot where I would like to live. Cost of living is low, the area is beautiful and there is a ton to do, and the engineering job pool is fairly large.

Denver is also a good compromise if you can stand the dry conditions and elevation.

Also consider North Carolina, as it is beautiful, fairly termperate with a low cost of living and an expanding tech sector.
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Austin Texas is probably my favorite warm weather spot where I would like to live. Cost of living is low, the area is beautiful and there is a ton to do, and the engineering job pool is fairly large.
Yep! Austin rocks. I've been here for a little over a year. Everything you've said is spot on. LOTS of tech jobs, low cost of living, nice area, nice city. The traffic sucks quite a lot but otherwise, I love it here.

It does get pretty damn hot in the summer unfortunately. The 70 degree days OP mentioned are short lived. We've had those for a couple weeks now already but in the summer, be ready for seemingly endless 100+ degree days. It was excruciating for me, being from a much more mild summer in New England, though a lot of people who've been here for longer seem to manage just fine.

On the hot days it's nice to cool off at Barton Springs, though. Spring-fed public pool that's 68 degrees year-round! Lovely.

There's some absolutely fantastic roads to drive on as well.

OP -- let me know if you visit or want to chat about Austin any more. Would be happy to meet up, show you around, or answer any questions you have.

Coincidentally, I was just up in Madison a little over a week ago when you guys were getting all that snow. My eyes actually hurt when I went outside. I hadn't felt temperatures like that in years!

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Also consider North Carolina, as it is beautiful, fairly termperate with a low cost of living and an expanding tech sector.
My brother lives in Durham. Nice place!
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Please leave California alone lol. I love Vegas, but all the engineers here I know travel a lot. I would love to move to Denver myself.
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Denver is awesome. So is Fort Collins.
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Many thanks for all the replies!

I see the general idea is that California living is to be avoided, good to know. And the Denver area is getting a lot of love which is great to hear! That tells me I'm on the right track.

+rep to all for the advice.

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I'm a mechanical engineer, currently finishing up my studies at a local college here in Green Bay.
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