Pick a city for me, too!

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  1. stardogs

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    Just found out about some layoffs at DH's job, sooooo we're starting to think about what we'd do worst case and he wants me to think about alternative locations.

    Top cities we could end up in:
    Raleigh, NC
    Boston, MA
    Chicago, IL
    Austin, TX
    San Jose, CA
    San Diego, CA

    Raleigh is my top pick by far because I already have friends there and I know the state and metro area fairly well. The dog scene is also awesome. If it's Raleigh or somewhere else, Raleigh is going to win out unless there's a HUGE reason the other job is better long term. If it's between any of the other cities, well, that's what I need your help with. ;)

    Criteria:
    - DH wants to be within an hour's commute on public transit or 45 mins by car.
    - I need to be close - within 2 hours - to a variety of dog sports, including good IPO clubs (would consider PSA), USDAA agility, dockdogs, flyball, AKC obedience, rally, and coursing, and barn hunt.
    - multiple hiking options within an hour's drive with trails over 5 miles in length if possible
    - COL in general isn't a huge issue, but we would like to be able to find a house with a yard and ideally at least an acre to *buy* soon after moving. We don't have a million in the bank for this and don't want to have to buy bulletproof glass, either.
    - some cultural events, access to some more liberal, crunchy populations.
    - easily accessible kid and dog friendly events/opportunities

    So have at it!
     
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    Chicago because it is closest to MN.

    WHY DOES NOBODY WANT TO LIVE IN MINNESOTA?!

    There's more hiking than you could ever want ;) *dangles cookie in front of face*
     
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    We should host a week's vacation on the North Shore or Gunflint Trail and then no one would never want to leave.
     
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    COLORADO. BECAUSE <REASONS>.

    I don't actually have any input because I have been to exactly none of those places, but I will send hopeful vibes that your DH doesn't get laid off.

    ETA: What does your DH do? He's some sort of engineer right?
     
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    Pleeeease Chicago. Pleeeeease.
     
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    Uh well I obviously vote Chicago LOL.
     
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    One of the hardest things about leaving my old job was that if I stayed, I'd probably eventually have moved to Minnesota. And I love Minnesota.

    Alas...
     
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    Boston, because the USDAA scene is huge and involves me ;)
     
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    It really is an amazing state. I NEVER would have moved here if I hadn't followed Ryan to it. And when I was leaving PA everyone was like Minnesota? Really?! lol But I love it. Except right now. Right now it is satanic.
     
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    Clearly you need to move to Chicago that way you can be close to all us Midwest chazzers :D
     
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    1) You will not be able to find an acre in either of those cities without a starting fund of 2 million dollars, minimum, and it'd be hard to find an acre with 2 million.

    2) San Jose, the closest dog sport stuff is 3+ hours away (I am struggling with this issue too, and I'm a little closer than San Jose to the dog sport stuff.) The closest stuff is in Sacramento (North CA) or in South CA (LA area) but the Bay Area is literally devoid of dog sport stuff, even if it is dog friendly.
     
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    Well if y'all are willing to handle the COL or he is coming out to play with some of the Big Guns of Tech...

    HUGE agility scene with heavy USDAA including Nancy Gyes/Jim Basic's school, Power Paws.

    Barn Hunt's getting big around here, lure coursing happens regularly.

    IPO is a little skimpy compared with Mondio/French but you are the area of Michael Ellis and Francis Metcalf.

    DockDogs is harder to find. Lots of Splash Dogs and there's a new regional group. We just don't have time for dock diving much these days.

    Flyball? You could race with the East Bay Ballers - they are a little far away (probably about 2 hours door to door) but I have first hand knowledge they are pretty rad ;)
     
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    Boston! Great public transportation, very liberal, lots to do, lots of dog training places in the area, hiking places, and then you'd live near me, yaaaay!
     
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    My husband lived in Raleigh for a few years and loooovvveeddd it! We'd probably be there if we didn't have established careers here.
     
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    Atlanta...because I'm here and I do all of those sports - and so does Maggie ;)
     
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    Chicago because Koolies.
     
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    LOL you guys are so helpful. ;)

    DH is in electrical engineering, so he's looking at tech hubs basically.

    So Fran and RBark - why the discrepancy?! LOL Is it just that some types of sports are hard to find?

    Those in Boston - how far away would someone have to live to find a house on 0.5+acre for less than 500k?
     

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