We are considering relocating to the Buffalo area this coming summer, looking for better jobs. Olean is not working out for us, the job market is in the toilet here, there are no health food stores, and we don't really like hiding our Pagan religion from intolerant harassing neighbors. I should be done with my phleb certification by then, my fiance does not have a lot of education but will be looking into the community college and A+ Computer Repair certification. Money will be tight at first, as it often is after a major relocation.
We are hoping to find a place where we can rent an affordable house (big enough for a family of 5), that has decent schools. Good schools are absolutely imperative, but so is affordability. I will have one kid going into high school, one going into middle school, and a newborn infant. We should have a car by then, too, but feel strongly about public transportation, so some kind of access to a public bus is a plus, even if its got a crappy schedule. If the car (gods bless it!) can last until we move, then we won't mind being closer to the country, as long as the commute to work is still reasonable, or if there is a park-and-ride or something.
I don't want to think about needing day care, but unfortunately that may have to be an issue. We do have to make work a priority; our finances are not in their happy place, which is much of the reason why we're moving in the first place.
We feel a little like we're floundering around blind; I lived in Buffalo about 20 years ago, but seldom ventured into the suburbs. I know very little about the towns surrounding Buffalo, and would appreciate a bit of help finding the right place to fit.