In replying to another thread a few minutes ago, I realized you folks would be a great source of information.
I'm currently living in Houston and really want to move after grad. The trouble is, I dunno where! I just know I need the change.
Here's my criteria:
*City size must not be "metropolis" (i.e. metro area 1millon pop or higher) but I'm not sure how small would be "too small" though.
*Must have 4 distinct seasons (unlike Houston) but have winters low in snowfall. At 37 (by grad) I think learning to live in snow would be really tough, but maybe I'm off on that. I can take the cold, just not the snow.
*Must be in or very near mountains - I have always loved the mountains when I've visted and swore if I ever left Houston, I'd live where I could see (and easily visit) mountains.
*Must have a reasonable cost of living when compared to nursing salaries for the area so I could afford to live there. (I think we all want this so its kinda a given but I figured I'd state it "for the record" as I've already ruled out Santa Fe, NM because of the CoL.)
* A local BSN program would be a bonus but not 100% necessary.
* No state income tax - again, not 100% necessary but I live in one of the few states without one and don't like the idea of suddenly having to pay more income tax than I already do.
I know, its a tall order to fill but I'm betting some of you live in such a place as I desire and wouldn't mind bragging about it.
This far my list includes -
Grand Junction, CO
Albuquerque/Rio Rancho, NM
Las Vegas, NV (I know, it doesn't fit the "seasons" criteria but, c'mon, its Vegas!
Los Alamos, NM - this city made the list only because I have a prof that thinks this is THE place to live and talks about it a lot. I've not been able to find hard numbers about nursing salaries or cost of living for the area.
Reno/Sparks/Carson City, NV - just barely made the list due to the Cost of Living
Asheville, NC - again, barely made the list due to Cost of Living
CA was skipped altogether due to its ban on ferrets. If my three kiddos can't go, I'm not either.
I would especially love to hear from folks in the "other moutains", the Appalacians, as I seem to have concentrated my serach in the Rockies region.
Thanks in advance!
Jan 22, '03
here 's a site to do CoL for you,...but it's a pay site....sample lookslike it might be wOrth it though.....
Last edit by sunnygirl272 on Jan 22, '03