Who's Your City?, by Richard Florida
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Where to relocate?

I’ve lived in Fayetteville, AR, all my life. It’s a wonderful town – it’s listed in the top five for several categories in the “small markets” category. What I love about it: Lots of parks and greenspace, vibrant culture and diversity, lots of community events and the surrounding natural beauty.

But my problem is that I just can’t get ahead here. There aren’t many good jobs – most jobs are in the service sector, which don’t pay. The state laws are really biased against employees and tenants – we have no rights.

I have a master’s degree in journalism and I can’t find a job. So I’m thinking of relocating. I’ve always been attracted to San Fran, but I simply can’t afford it. Any suggestions for similar cities that have good economies?

Sent by DeLani from Fayetteville, AR

3 Responses to “Where to relocate?”

  1. Bobby Says:

    DeLani, I feel your pain. I grew up in Little Rock. I moved right after school due to the limited opportunities at that time. I’ve lived in SF,NYC, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, DC. All of these places have good things and bad things. In the past 8 yrs there has been an exodus from SF and California to places like Atlanta and Charlotte. Atlanta has a very similar feel to SF but without the natural beauty. Atlanta is much cheaper. you can live in a hip neighborhood with many places to walk to for under $160k for a loft condo. or under $275k for a house in a really nice neighborhood within 15min of down/midtown. Similar places in SF will cost you about $1.2mil to start.

  2. Kipp Says:

    You can afford it if you think you can. You’ve already defeated yourself by deciding that you can’t. If you want to live there, just make the decision. You will find a way to make it work. Millions of others already do!

  3. SD Says:

    Atlanta is nothing like San Fran! There is a complete East/West dichotomy. But it is more affordable…traffic is awful. Live inside the Perimeter.

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