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Hi folks! Recently became a fully remote employee (26F, single) and debating on what city to now move to (currently live at home in FL).

I’m looking to relocate to a major US tech hub with top contenders being Austin, Chicago, NYC, SF and Seattle.

What city would be best to move to for career growth and a lively social life? What is the tech scene like in these cities? Appreciate any thoughts/suggestions!

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Consider cost of living before moving. One of the main advantages of being remote is that you aren’t tied to a HCOL area. Of the cities you listed, only Austin doesn’t have a VHCOL.

Cost of living has a huge impact on your quality of life and financial security. I’m debt-free, own my house outright, and will be able to retire at 45 if I need to. (I’m currently 35 but have been totally debt free for a decade.) That level of relative financial independence is only possible because I live in a LCOL area. My 170k salary in Ohio is the equivalent of making 360k in SF. Most LCOL areas (like where I live) have major cultural, political, and infrastructure downsides, but paying twice as much (or more) to live in one of the big cities you listed means some combination of a lower standard of living, less savings, prioritizing salary above all else when choosing jobs, and/or working years longer.

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I work at UHC (remote) and moved to Austin from MPLS 2 years ago as my wife got a job at Meta. Tech is blowing up here and we’re the new hub. With that comes an insane rental and housing market tho so do your research and negotiate your pay. What you save in income taxes will be made up in cost of living. Other than that it’s absolutely amazing here. Airport is nice with great direct routes as well if you like to travel. DM me if you wanna chat via teams sometime.

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Listen! I don’t know your personal or financial situation, but I would say if you can, STAY HOME! There is nothing wrong with living at home and saving your money. Do not move to a big city just to use your whole salary to pay for a box of an apartment. Save your money and try to put a piece of property.

Society has wired us to think that we need to go out and pay thousands of dollars to pay someone else’s mortgage to consider ourselves successful. Not knocking anyone who rents, but if you can stay as long as you can until you buy your own.

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u know young’uns ain’t gon listen to that lol
they want status

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This is a matter of personal preference. If I were in your situation, I'd rent an AirBnB for a few weeks in each city and figure out which I like best.

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Excellent answer. Because what I think is cool may not be for her. I’m looking for entirely different things than the average person.

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Austin if you’re looking to enjoy no state taxes being taken from your check. It’s expensive to live in the city but there’s a ton of things to do.

I would recommend Raleigh or Charlotte NC. They aren’t major US tech hubs yet but there’s a lot to do, good weather, and the COL is very reasonable.

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those aren’t too long of drives but IME ppl make those drives a few times after moving there and often never again or seldomly lol

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Following cuz I’m stuck in the same boat :/ just visited San Diego tho and I absolutely loved it. Not a tech hub but amazing place

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I’m looking to move to SD but need to find a job there. Do you recommend Optum?

Chicago? Tech hub? Never heard those words in the same sentence.

- Tech professional in Chicago looking to move out due to the lack of decent opportunities.

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^ average decent 2B is about 4200-4400 a month right now at the absolute minimum. It’s becoming a HCOL city, just a heads up!

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Boston!

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Couldn’t agree with this more. NYC is too big and dirty, San Fran is way over saturated and insanely expensive, Boston is the right size city, it’s coastal, near mountains and beaches, great food and amenities, what more can you ask for?

Austin is also pretty cool

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Austin TX and save some taxes!

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I'm in Austin and i love it, but even I'm planning my next move bc it's so hella expensive here. I grew up in Texas and then moved away for work and I came back 2 years ago. I make good money, but even I question if I'll be able to afford the types of houses I'll want here. 5 years ago, I would have been able to afford it even on my lower salary.

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I get your list, but may I add - DC/NOVA I lived there forever, amazing tech jobs and it’s recession proof.

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As strange as it may sound Central Ohio is not a bad place to bet on. Intel is building their new fab here and Amazon and Facebook both have massive data centers here.

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fabs and data centers got limited jobs tho rite if u a dev

You need to research living cost. That’ll determine what location is actually realistic. NYC /SF are not easy to live in…just my two cents

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Rent is ridiculous. Definitely don’t move to large expensive areas and throw your hard earned cash in a dumpster as a result making a landlord richer.

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Check out hello landing. You can do 1 month rentals (minimum) and go from city to city. The places are fully furnished & reasonably priced.

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Why isn't Dallas in the mix ? It's cheaper than Austin and have major tech companies

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Austin, DC, NYC.
I agree with the Airbnb suggestion. Try before you buy.

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Minneapolis

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SF is not where u wanna be right now imo. It’s the previous gen’s tech hub.
I think Austin is the new place to be with elon living there and apple has an office there.

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Miami the place to be

Why not Dallas? I heard it has a pretty decent tech scene and COL is pretty normal. I've heard that Tampa and Orlando have a growing tech scene too. Finally, I'll throw Atlanta in there.

All great options!!

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I’m a female/26 and I live in DC. The job market is incredible and the people are way nicer than NYC!

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Yes, I live in the DMV, Maryland. However the OP said she already had a job.

I’d recommend Boulder, CO. Solid tech scene with decent FAANG+ representation and very young/active/outdoorsy.

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I can't afford Boulder and I'm in Austin. Then again if San Francisco and New York are on her list...

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NYC

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Lots of Tech going on in Atlanta. I would stay away from NYC and SF the taxes and cost of living is awful. I think. Chicago is a good balance if you can deal with the extreme winters.

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