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Best performing big cities v small cities? Which is best?

Use this list to relocate for your next job or plan where to trijocker01/29/19
Great post. I think if I were around Hilton Head, I would pr plumber01/29/19
I would love to live in some area like Savannah or Charlesto trijocker01/29/19
The benefits I derive from being near my family far, far out superttthero01/29/19
What if your parents are dead and you don't have much family trijocker01/29/19
Surely, people also have alcoholic crack head parents they s superttthero01/29/19
Nope, my parents are dead, they weren't crackheads either, c trijocker01/29/19
I think job considerations could be a reason. If your parent superttthero01/29/19
trijocker (Jan 29, 2019 - 9:56 am)

Use this list to relocate for your next job or plan where to attend law school.

http://www.best-cities.org/2018-best-performing-cities-large-cities-rankings.html

I don't know why they separate San Jose/Santa Clara v SF/Redwood city, seems like the same region.
Reno is number 11? Also, I wouldn't put Boston below Ocala, Fl (which just has horsey ranches).

http://www.best-cities.org/2018-best-performing-cities-small-cities-rankings.html

I don't know what they mean by best performing small cities, but it seems like you'd have to work remote at most of these places, I'd take Hilton Head or Santa Fe. Bend, Oregon is nice and it's on both lists.

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plumber (Jan 29, 2019 - 10:15 am)

Great post. I think if I were around Hilton Head, I would prefer to live in a small town such as Beaufort, SC. It's sort of equidistant to Savannah and Charleston, and so not as touristy as Hilton Head. Yet, you can still easily get to the beaches at Hilton Head or Tybee Island.

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trijocker (Jan 29, 2019 - 10:43 am)

I would love to live in some area like Savannah or Charleston.
Lots of the places on the small list though don't really have much in the way of work though.

As for the big city list, they put Visalia, CA over Irvine, Pensacola at 80 over Los Angeles, and Fresno/Merced over Boston. How do they come up with these metrics?

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superttthero (Jan 29, 2019 - 11:27 am)

The benefits I derive from being near my family far, far outweigh any benefit one city could have over another (save except the total absence of my employment industry).

People would be happier if they moved near, and worked at having strong relationships with, family rather than city-shop.

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trijocker (Jan 29, 2019 - 11:33 am)

What if your parents are dead and you don't have much family to live by?
And/or you have student loans to pay off and need a certain salary?

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superttthero (Jan 29, 2019 - 11:40 am)

Surely, people also have alcoholic crack head parents they should steer clear of, but Thanksgiving weekend isnt the busiest travel time of the year because parents are dead. By and large, people have parents they sort of get along with (or better) but they live many states away.

People in the US (particularly boomers and gen x) placed relatively little value in living near parents. It's often not a priority.

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trijocker (Jan 29, 2019 - 11:51 am)

Nope, my parents are dead, they weren't crackheads either, cancer got them.
I also fly on Thanksgiving weekend, but usually its because it's a four day weekend.
We're probably not going to agree that its pointless to look where jobs are, because you need to live by your parents. Are you in your twenties? Maybe that's more workable for you.

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superttthero (Jan 29, 2019 - 12:14 pm)

I think job considerations could be a reason. If your parents live in a 2,000 person city and you are a pharmacists a job may just not exists for you.

I just think, often, people move for small increases in salary and for certain municipal "benefits" and neglect the importance of being near family. I'm not talking in absolutes though. Some people like you have had tragedies, others have irreparable relationships with parents.

Americans in general put relatively little value in living less than a couple hours' or less driving distance from parents and many would benefit from a shift in that way of choosing their long-term city.

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