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Which part the of states all you winners mostly settle in?

Discussion in 'Lottery Visas - DV' started by dimster, Aug 2, 2017.

  1. SusieQQQ

    SusieQQQ Well-Known Member

  2. Sm1smom

    Sm1smom Super Moderator

    Personal experience has since taught me happiness is subjective.

    Back in the late 80s when hubby and I decided to immigrate to Canada, we based the decision on where to live on Mercer reports, (considering we had never even been to any part of Canada before) which consistently ranked Vancouver and Switzerland as tied for number one as the best place to live in the world. We figured one couldn’t go wrong with such a reputable report. Well, we soon found out shortly after landing, Vancouver wasn’t quite the right city for us considering we both worked in the oil and gas industry and had plans of continuing our careers with one of the major oil and gas companies, none of which was based in Vancouver.

    Earning enough to pay our bills and still have substantial savings to do whatever else we needed to do while working at jobs we hated day in, day out wasn’t enough for us to find our happiness in the city for the 4 years we spent in the BC province.
  3. SusieQQQ

    SusieQQQ Well-Known Member

    Agree totally. While I can see objectively for example why Boulder is at #1, it wouldn’t be somewhere I personally could be happy living.

    I did think the list was interesting though, especially as most of the other lists that come up give a huge weight to housing affordability- which is important of course, but in a way unfairly prejudices more expensive cities, which are usually expensive precisely because they have vibrant jobs markets and many attractive lifestyle elements.
  4. MYbraindrain

    MYbraindrain Member

    Maybe they are happy because they are well to do and can basically can afford the basics and more. The property prices reflect those.

    Housing in Detroit can be cheap - and you know the reason.
  5. dimster

    dimster New Member

    Settled in and started new job. Made the permanent move on 01/12/2017 and got a job in two weeks in my field.Wonderful place apart from traffic and non stop rain.
  6. SusieQQQ

    SusieQQQ Well-Known Member

    Where did you end up?
    Happy to hear it’s all going well!
  7. Pierre82

    Pierre82 Well-Known Member

    Glad to know you made the final move and living the dream :)
  8. dimster

    dimster New Member

    SusieQQQ: Seattle, Washington.
  9. SusieQQQ

    SusieQQQ Well-Known Member

    I thought so from the rain comment :) great city!
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  10. saabe

    saabe Active Member

    that's where I'm planning to move if I'm lucky to get a visa, since I have family there. Although most jobs in my field are concentrated in Detroit Metro and the deep south, so at the end one can never really choose.
  11. Kojo E

    Kojo E Active Member

    Thinking of settling in NC myself @EmilyW provided I get the IV of course. Is the job market still positive out there? Have friends in Fayetteville who’ve asked me to check NC out.
  12. Kojo E

    Kojo E Active Member

    weird as it may seem, I actually love rain and cloudy skies ;)Told Seattle can be expensive to live at though.
  13. SusieQQQ

    SusieQQQ Well-Known Member

    Really? I know a few people who’ve moved there from the Bay Area because it’s cheaper! Everything’s relative! Jobs seem plentiful in Seattle too for what I can figure out.
    ....Almost certainly not as cheap as NC though. I have friends currently advertising to rent out their house near Ft Bragg, asking rental is probably a quarter of what same size would get where I am (not sure how well situated that house is for non-military jobs though). Going somewhere that you know people always helps, assuming you can get work there. Let us know where you end up!
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  14. Kojo E

    Kojo E Active Member

    Thanks @SusieQQQ ! Will be sure to post my final destination after my interview in March;)
  15. MJS_DV2018_EU

    MJS_DV2018_EU New Member

    We're planning to settle in Las Vegas, NV. We're excited for the sun, dry climate, and literally ENDLESS road tripping possibilities from such a central Southwestern location. :)
  16. dimster

    dimster New Member

    Living expenses bit on the the expensive side. Especially the rent!! housing market is off the scale!. But really good paying jobs and Amazon hiring almost 30000 new jobs. Also to mention MS,Google,Facebook, Expedia, Boeing, Nintendo to name a few. Quite a few Aussies settled here.
  17. SusieQQQ

    SusieQQQ Well-Known Member

  18. EmilyW

    EmilyW Well-Known Member

    Job market is good here. I took maybe three weeks to get my first lot of interviews, and had my first offers within five. Lots of Fortune 50 (I work for a Fortune 40) which results in high salaries.
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  19. Kojo E

    Kojo E Active Member

    Thanks @EmilyW

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