January 27, 2009 1:24 PM Subscribe
Where should I move? I'm finishing up grad school and searching for my first job. My intention has been (and is still) to settle in the Seattle area, but I'm curious about alternate suggestions, because it's good to have a Plan B.
posted by sarabeth to home & garden (21 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I searched AskMe for similar questions, and while people have asked related questions before, my parameters are a bit different, so here goes.
What I'm looking for:
- Totally flexible on town/city size, but I am interested in having plenty of art/cultural amenities available or very nearby, especially where live music and touring bands are concerned. Museums are a plus, as is the presence of an academic community.
- I love going out to try new restaurants, and the availability of a decent variety of ethnic places/types of cuisine is a very good thing. I also love to cook at home, and would appreciate having access to a local farmers' market.
- Other things on my list: good bookstores, art/independent movie theaters, record stores, cafes, quality craft shops, parks and green spaces.
- Bikeability, walkability, and decent public transportation are giant pluses.
- The presence of other young/young-ish, friendly people would be a big advantage. It would, obviously, be nice to meet new friends.
I've lived all over the country, and I'm pretty open as to location and climate. I'm looking for suggestions beyond Portland and San Francisco. Thank you all very much in advance! Let me know if I can clarify or elaborate on anything.