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Date: 7/17/04 5:12 PM

OK, Milwaukee is a declining city.  DH and I cannot find good jobs here.  I have a bachelor's degree and will be working as a nanny!!!  So, we finally resigned ourselves to the fact that we need to move.  We are considering Las vegas b/c they have a teaching shortage (my major, and DH"s) so I can get an emergency license (I can't get one here b/c I can't afford to go back to school for the necessary classes) or at least sub.  DH can continue w/ school and be a SAHD.
I also have some family out there.
Does anyone have any advice?  Any Las Vegas residents (besides Eva)?

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Date: 7/17/04 7:42 PM

My inlaws lived there, so I made quite a few visits that weren't for the purpose of going to casinos. It's been almost twenty years, so things have changed of course, but I hope I can give some hints.

It is a sprawling city in a desert. Not much by way of central area or character to it. Lots of driving to go anywhere. Everyone is from somewhere else. Can you tell I don't like it? If you like Middle America blandness you will find it there. Chain stores, etc.

If you like gambling and ritzy show-biz you'll find that too. That really is still the main attraction, along with theme park type entertainment.

I'm sure it's somebody's idea of a pleasant place to live, just not mine.

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Date: 7/17/04 7:53 PM

Hi Nikki,
   I had recently visited Vegas. I personally did not like it. It was way too hot. Also, I don't think it is a very good place to raise kids. I did see some new developments (houses and stuff away from the casinos). In your place, my biggest concern would be bringing up a child there. Since Sofia is still too young, you can consider moving there for a few years, get enough experience to get a better job in a better place, and move in Sofia's formative years.

I do have an alternate recommendation for you: North Carolina. A friend of mine just moved there, and he says its nice for families. Cost of living is much lower than here (Silicon Valley), but don't know how it compares to Milwaukee.

Good luck!
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Date: 7/17/04 9:07 PM

Two of my nieces live in LV--they have young children and love it there.
Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing cities in the US.  If you get past the casinos there is a great deal to recommend Nevada (No state income tax, for one thing)  There is a lot of outdoor recreation, wonderful deserts, boating, a thriving university.  And, I am told, some really great fabric shops.
I lived in  northern Nevada for several years of my life and would not hesitate to return.  It is very different from the midwest, but beautiful nonetheless. Close by are several national parks  (Grand Canyon, Zions canyon, Bryce canyon--which I personally think is the most beautiful)  Three hours from LV in Cedar City Utah is the Utah Shakespearean Festival (winner of a Tony for regional theatre)
You could do a lot worse!
Theresa

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Date: 7/17/04 9:39 PM

My Step daughter lives in las vegas and sells homes.  The cost of homes are very high in cost.  If you decide to move there I will give you her name.  You can't buy a home there for less than 200,000 and the home would be about 1/2 the size of mine ( mine is 2400 sq ft).  It is hot in the summer but doesn't get cold in the winter.  The strip is now own by just two companies they are taking it back to what it use to be in the 60's and 70's more adult than family friendly.

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Date: 7/17/04 10:06 PM

I've never even been there, but I was stuck waiting 30 minutes for a stupid Sunday train on the orange line a few weeks ago, and this loud guy at the station was talking to a random stranger about how great Las Vegas is. He felt that the people there were very friendly, and that there were lots of available jobs in construction (his specialty). He was planning on moving back as soon as possible to get a better job, with cheaper cost of living (than Boston - not saying a whole lot).

I don't know if this is a selling point or not.  :rolleyes:

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Date: 7/18/04 10:51 AM

If you like the midwest, Kansas City is affordable and a wonderful place to raise kids.  The Kansas side has 3 wonderful school districts that pay well (Olathe, Blue Valley, and Shawnee Mission).  It doesn't get some of the extreme weather as does the rest of the midwest as it lies in the dip of the jet stream.  What an exciting time for you - you have the whole country to choose from!  My husband and I did the same thing - we moved from Long Island to Albuquerque, NM to raise our kids.  We had a job related move 6 years ago to KC.  Moving is stressful, but it's also exciting - a new place to explore.    :winkgrin:

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Date: 7/18/04 12:59 PM

That's a tough decision to make.  I liked the heat of the western desert, as long as I could make frequent escapes into an air-conditioned building!

Kansas City can be very affordable as mentioned, although you'd more likely live in a suburb than KC itself.  Taxes are higher on the Kansas Side, but those taxes buy nice parks and libraries, etc.  The Missouri side can be less expensive, but the amenities on that side of the border can be lacking.  I lived there primarily because I had family there, but the weather can be more extreme than in North Carolina (Charlotte) can be.

DH and I really liked Charlotte and are happy to be returning there.  The public school district is often criticized, but there are dozens of private schools, some of which are quite expensive and presumably provide a top-class education.  The climate is hot in summer and muggy like KC, but the variations seem to be less dramatic.  Winters are relatively mild there.  Housing is more affordable in Charlotte than in KC from what I've seen and heard lately, although not dramatically so.

You can probably scope out the teacher market online or by contacting the respective Chamber of Commerce for each city.  Charlotte appears to have held up fairly well in the past downturn and the banks are hiring more now than they were two years ago.  I think there are more recreational opportunities in Charlotte than KC or LV, too, if that's important.  The mountains and the coast are both easily accesible.

Good luck with a tough decision.  If you move to Charlotte, you may not have family but you will have at least one friend!   :)

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Date: 7/18/04 2:29 PM

I'm not sure of the dates, but the New York Times recently had a series featuring Las Vegas, featuring people from different walks of life. It was interesting, thoughtful and well done. Some stories were positive (ie, Mexican immigrants who worked in the casinos and were able to buy a nice home), negative (a judge whose daughter was "lost" in the culture of LV), and some mixed. I'm not sure of the exact dates, but perhaps in May or June. Registration is required but free and these articles may be so current that they do not have premium access yet.

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Date: 7/18/04 5:02 PM

I can't rally comment on living there as I've only been in Vegas three times. I do however know several people who did live there and moved here (Phoenix) because they wanted to get away from the gambling atmosphere.  

One thing to consider is the west is currently in a long term drought.  It's particularly serious in the southwest.  Nevada (specifically Vegas) is in worse shape than Arizona because they have limited rights to Colorado River water.  Though I read about this stuff in the local paper I don't retain all the finer details but you can find out more about it by doing some Google searches.

The desert heat isn't bad until monsoon season.  Vegas is similar to Phoenix but not quite as hot in the summer and a bit cooler in the winter. I've lived here for 7.5 years and love the fact that the sun shines most days.  I don't think I could ever live in a rainy place again.  But, I do have concerns about the long-term water situation and the excessive population growth.

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