I'd like to move soon, with some specific yet somewhat unusual requirements. Mainly gay-friendly, tech culture, and where I can make friends...
I currently live in Richmond, VA, and I pretty much hate it here. I have a job here, but I'd like to move within the next two years. I'd like that move to be pretty much permanent.
Things I really care about
I'm open to just about anywhere, but I'd prefer the New England area just because the culture is what I'm used to. (This comment
pretty well summarizes what I mean... ;) ) This alone is pretty much the most important thing to me; I'm originally from Connecticut, and although we moved to Virginia when I was eight, I never got used to the way people are here. It's really hard for me to make friends. That's really the only reason I'm hesitant about considering Seattle or Portland (SEATTLE FREEZE), because from my experience, that's exactly how the south is: Friendly to you, but never really your friend. I guess everyone kind of sticks to their own groups. It seems like everyone I've met here are really nice and friendly but aren't really interested in anything further. (Although to be fair, NYC was a bit like that too...probably cause it's NYC...) People say they're "rude" or whatever in NYC or Boston, but that's what I want.
The next important thing of course would be having a decent tech culture, just because I'm working in web development and I would like to be able to find a job! Also, acceptance of people from the outside coming in for jobs. I remember in NYC I couldn't get hired ANYWHERE without NYC experience or an NYC phone number...
The last fairly important thing to me is the gay-friendliness of the city. I guess I don't really mean rainbow flags on doors so much as the dating scene (I'm a lesbian and Richmond is not really going well for this...) It seems like here, all the queer girls are going to VCU and only want to date other VCU people or friends of friends. Or something. I don't know. (I'm 23 and just graduated from not VCU.)
Things I don't care about
: food, mainstream theaters, symphonies, art galleries, shopping, etc.
I've been considering Boston MA, Portland ME, Burlington VT, Concord NH, Seattle WA, Portland OR. Looking at other places in Massachusetts too, and maybe Connecticut? I doubt the smaller cities will have any tech jobs, but who knows. If I moved to a bigger city like Boston I'd definitely want to be living on the outskirts anyway.
I haven't done that much research yet, just looking for some opinions first! I'm open to other suggestions as well, and I'm not married to any of these places. Also suggestions of where not
to go. I'm really just concerned about whether I can find a job and whether I can meet people.