Moving to a brand new city isn’t easy, but for many people, it can open up a world of opportunities. Perhaps your passion lives elsewhere, or you’re stuck in a dead end job and have always dreamed of moving somewhere warmer and starting your own business. Maybe you live in Bismarck, North Dakota and you’d rather spend your weekends surfing, or you’ve always lived in the same place and just want to experience something different.
Whatever the reason, these up-and-coming cities may be destinations that you haven’t considered, but just might be ideal.
Portland has a reputation as a dreary, rainy city, but the reality is there is less rain on average annually than what you’ll find in New York City. Winters are a lot milder compared to many other areas of the country, and summers are idyllic. Save your winter gear for trips to the nearby Cascades and buy a rain jacket that will allow you to enjoy the great outdoors almost all year long.
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In September 2013, job growth was predicted to accelerate throughout the state of Oregon, adding nearly 32,000 jobs in 2013 and almost 37,000 in 2014, with the majority of job growth concentrated in the Portland metro area. Your dollar will go further here too, as you can enjoy shopping without any sales tax in this state.
If you enjoy sipping micro-brews, Portland boasts more breweries per capita than any other city in the nation, with more than 70 in the metro area. It’s also an outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise with easy access to the spectacular Oregon coast and beach towns like Seaside, which is popular for ocean surfing. The Columbia River, which draws windsurfers from across the globe, is just minutes away, while Mount Hood is known for hiking as well as winter sports like skiing and snowboarding.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
If you’re looking for a sunny, dry climate, Albuquerque might just fit the bill. The city enjoys an average of 310 days of sunshine, as well as relatively mild winters. In the wintertime, you can go skiing on Sandia Peak, just minutes from downtown, and play a round of golf the same day.
For those in the high tech industry, the city boasts more high tech jobs per capita compared to any other in the U.S. with the exception of Silicon Valley. If you’d rather start your own business, the Business Journal ranked it as one of the top cities in the country for small business.
With spectacular scenic views, including the Sandia Mountains rising up along the eastern side of the city and the beautiful Rio Grande to the west, you may want to add a sun room or picture windows to your new home from which to take it all in.
Boulder has long been known as a top destination for outdoor lovers, but it’s also become a hub for tech startups; in fact, a 2013 study named it number one in the nation for startups, even over the Silicon Valley area of California.
This beautiful city with a population of just over 100,000, sits against a backdrop of the Flatirons Mountain Range and has frequently been rated as one of the happiest and healthiest in the country, too. In 2013, it fell in at number two, partially due to the healthy lifestyle of residents, made easier with the opportunity for numerous outdoor activities like hiking and biking. As one of America’s top biking cities, it can even boast the second-highest percentage of bike commuters in the nation. If you don’t have one already, consider investing in a good bike and saving on the all of the costs related to commuting via a motorized vehicle.
While you may think winters here would be miserable, Boulder actually has a high desert climate with moderate temperatures and an average of 300 days of sunshine each year.