Where to live on the East coast?
July 21, 2012 5:04 PM Subscribe
Help me pick an east coast city! Boston, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia or NYC? Or something else?
posted by Rock 'em Sock 'em to travel & transportation (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I currently live in NYC and the housing costs are driving me nuts, especially since my ex and I want to move into separate apartments without bankrupting ourselves. Yes, I currently live with my ex. Thank you, NYC. Plus the specter of school in a few years (I have a 2-year-old) is frightening.
Here's what I want in a location:
--Decent public schools, and/or reasonably priced private/parochial options
--Good public transit that runs reliably and often OR relatively good roads and traffic OR good bikability (I don't want to live in my car)
--Good public universities with decent in-state tuition
--Apartments fit for two people who really like each other that are under $1200 a month, ideally more like $1000, and within 5-10 minutes of amenities like groceries, bars, etc.
--Decent public benefits systems for things like food stamps, daycare subsidies, Medicaid, Head Start, free clinics, etc. (Not planning on relying on them, but you never know).
--Public spaces and events that are free or cheap to use
And, slightly less important, it would also be nice for there to be a decent number of well-paying programming jobs.
I currently live in NYC and might stay if there's nothing better. I'm leaning towards Boston because my child has family there, or the DC-area because I've lived there before and have close friends in Baltimore. I guess Jersey could be okay but I worry about having a super-long commute and about the school situation.
I want to stay on the East coast if possible because of the connections I have here and because I love having access to so many different cities without flying or driving.