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New here, but wanted to add my humble opinion as a native (and growingly jaded) New Yorker. Yes, we know NYC is the stereotypical and I believe the definitive metropolis. But....it's a wonderful living experience if you are young, want to experience the excitement, willing to commit to the the struggles of everyday city life (that when young can add to the overall "city" vibe), and have a great opportunity to work and/or study. Other than that...ehh. Everyone who I meet and absolutely loves city life (in NYC- and by that we mean Manhattan and nowadays Brooklyn ) is young, not a native New Yorker, and seems to idealize the lifestyle. This is just what I have encountered and is not reflective of previous posts. Believe me, my DH and I are true NYers, we love the history and the boroughs, but we see a sad decline and change (which is also part of the city's history). I guess that happens when you've been here close to 40 yrs. Ironically, NY can be the most isolating city in the world and at times the least accepting (even w/all the people & diverse culture). The link to the report, previously posted, is how my husband and I have been feeling for some time. Good Luck w/your decision. There are pros and cons in every situation, but if you get along well w/your family and will have that support in Seattle, well, I think that's something that should be really considered.
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That was very well said! Great 1st post
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Ok, Seattle it is ...

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Originally Posted by yamilee21 View Post
Nabigus mentioned a news article about the high cost of living in NYC. I think the actual report is worth reading, especially for someone who is thinking about moving into this city with a family: http://www.nycfuture.org/images_pdfs...Aspiration.pdf .
That report was excellent. Thank you. As well as the commenting post.

I had been browsing Craigslist rentals for the NY area over the past week and decided to check out Seattle listings last night. And when I saw a beautiful little house in Ballard going for $2500/mo, I knew my inner penny pincher just couldn't handle NY in our present economic situation. Not only does our dollar go further in Seattle but my husband and I can probably actually make as much or more money there. And it is a great place to live. And my kids will actually get to know their grandparents (as I never did).

In the 5.5 years we've been married my husband and I have lived in 5 cities, experienced multiple ups/downs on the job market, incurred sky high grad school tuition and added 1.5 little one's to our family. I think a little less stress (especially on the $$ front) would do our marriage a lot of good!

So while I still love all the great and one of a kind things about NY, I guess it's just not meant to be right now. Sigh.

Thank you all!
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