Chicago or DC?
August 21, 2009 8:00 AM Subscribe
I have lived in NYC for most of my life and I am exhausted, tired, and in need of a change. I've settled into two cities Chicago or DC...But would like to get the Hive's input, which one is better?
posted by The1andonly to Travel & Transportation (52 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I know that NYC is a great and an amazing city and since I have lived here since the age of 12 (now I am 25)I know exactly all the ups and down of the big apple and frankly I am burned out, I am going through a period of my life where I am reinventing myself and keep on feeling like I am a new person that keeps on going to the same ol places........I've settled into moving to DC or Chicago, my lease is running out in January and I figure that I could start looking for jobs in early december/january and if i find one I am leaving. Here are the logistics of what I look for in a new city:
1) The ability to date and for people to be friendly and accepting of other cultures: I've visited DC plenty of times and I loved the Dating scene there I am just not sure of how it is in chicago. I am also bi-racial (or multi-racial) and looking for a city that has a lot of diversity and it is progressive, I more or less have an idea of how this would be in DC but not sure about Chicago.
2) The city should have plenty of employment and a good cost of living. I am currently a business analyst in Wall Street and while my salary is ok (about 70k), I would like to live in a city where I could do more with it. I like living in bigger places and NYC right now is costing me an arm and a leg in renting....I have heard that Chicago is probably better than DC in regards to this.
3) I would like to eventually have a car and drive to places.......I used to drive in Manhattan and it was the most harrowing experience ever, yet I love being behind the wheel. because of Financial reasons I wont be able to have a car right away so the city should have public transportation until I get a car 6 months to a year later....Not sure which or the two city would allow me to do this.......
4) Eventually i would like to go back to get an MBA in either of the new cities....once again not sure of which city will be best for this....
So I look to the Hive for some advice, please let me know your thoughts!!