Livability - Make Your Move to One of America's Best Places to Live https://livability.com/rss.xml en Best (Maybe Unexpected) Places to Visit in Spring & Summer https://livability.com/topics/experiences-adventures/best-maybe-unexpected-places-to-visit-in-spring-summer <span>Best (Maybe Unexpected) Places to Visit in Spring &amp; Summer</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/kevin-litwin">Kevin Litwin</a></span> <span>Fri, 03/29/2019 - 08:26</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/SantaBarbaraCA-MainStreet.jpg" width="1000" height="668" alt="SBCA" title="SBCA" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>With spring in full bloom and summer just around the corner, the itch to get out and explore and find adventure is strong. These splendid seven cities are ideal springtime and summer destinations, with vivid attractions and activities to experience and reminisce about later – without all the tourists.</span></span></span></p> <h2> </h2></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/PortlandME-LighthouseDusk.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="ME" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/portland-head-light-gm697221982-129120439" target="_blank">iStock Photo/Sean Pavone</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2><span><span><span>Portland, ME</span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span>It’s <a href="https://livability.com/me/" target="_blank">Maine</a>, a state that gets its fair share of winter snow and harsh weather. But the springtime months highlight the beauty that <a href="https://livability.com/me/portland/" target="_blank">Portland</a> really has to offer, such as sailing along the Atlantic Ocean (pictured above), abundant lighthouses, an award-winning Arts District, microbreweries and more than 230 restaurants ranging from classic French cookery to authentic Vietnamese standards. Be sure to visit the historic <a href="http://www.visitingnewengland.com/scenesofnewengland26.html" target="_blank">Old Port neighborhood</a> along Portland Harbor – what a view!</span></span></span></p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/SantaBarbara-Vineyard.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="SBCA" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/chardonnay-grapevines-in-california-gm505843344-83891883" target="_blank">iStock Photo/csfotoimages</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2><span><span><span>Santa Barbara, CA</span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span>Nicknamed the “American Riviera” thanks to its beaches, the Santa Ynez Mountains, great weather and popular resort and tourist destinations, <a href="https://livability.com/ca/santa-barbara/" target="_blank">Santa Barbara</a> is a springtime vacation hotspot along the Pacific Ocean. There are plenty of top independent restaurants, wineries, citywide festivals and walkability options, and being home to the <a href="https://www.ucsb.edu/" target="_blank">University of California - Santa Barbara</a> means there are numerous entertainment choices and nighttime venues.</span></span></span></p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/Colorado-Springs-CO-Garden-of-the-Gods.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="CO Springs" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/garden-of-the-gods-and-skyline-at-dusk-gm456010339-30721112" target="_blank">iStock Photo/RondaKimbrow</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2><span><span><span>Colorado Springs, CO</span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span>One of the favorite springtime tourism activities in all of America is driving the 19-mile Pikes Peak Highway en route to the famous mountaintop in <a href="https://livability.com/co/colorado-springs/" target="_blank">Colorado Springs</a>. Also in this beautiful city is Garden of the Gods, known for its stunning red-rock formations and 15 miles of inspiring hiking trails. Tourists can also visit the circa 1903 <a href="https://gleneyrie.org/" target="_blank">Glen Eyrie Castle</a> that offers 17 guest rooms for overnight stays.</span></span></span></p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/Bellevue-WA-Bay.jpg" width="1000" height="665" alt="WA" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/bellevue-washington-cityscape-and-meydenbauer-bay-aerial-view-gm619070148-107899619" target="_blank">iStock Photo/SEASTOCK</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2><span><span><span>Bellevue, WA</span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span>French for “beautiful view,” <a href="https://livability.com/wa/bellevue/" target="_blank">Bellevue</a> is across Lake Washington from Seattle and has the dazzling Cascade Mountains as part of its backdrop. Tourists have shopping choices like <a href="https://www.bellevuedowntown.com/go/bellevue-square" target="_blank">Bellevue Square</a> and three major malls, and popular gathering spots include Downtown Park and the Bellevue Botanical Garden. This upscale city hosts several festivals, including <a href="http://wintergrass.com/" target="_blank">Wintergrass</a> that ranks among the best bluegrass festivals in the U.S.</span></span></span></p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/SarasotaFL-Waterfronthomes.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="fl" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/sarasota-florida-gm958643534-261763246" target="_blank">iStock/Alexander Farnsworth</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2><span><span><span>Sarasota, FL</span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span>Beaches and resorts on the Gulf of Mexico are what <a href="https://livability.com/FL/SARASOTA/" target="_blank">Sarasota</a> is all about, a city with outdoor adventure activities like fishing, kayaking and sailing. Sarasota has white-sand beaches and incredible wildlife viewing opportunities, and other attractions include fine dining cuisine choices along with cultural amenities like impressive art galleries and museums. A convenient travel luxury in-and-out of the city is <a href="https://srq-airport.com/" target="_blank">Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport</a>.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/FranklinTN-FranklinTheatreDaytime.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Franklin TN" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/the-franklin-theatre-on-main-street-in-downtown-franklin-tennessee-gm525732606-92449841" target="_blank">iStockPhoto/csfotoimages</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2><span><span><span>Franklin, TN</span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span>Ranked among the Top 10 Best Downtowns in America by Livability.com, <a href="https://livability.com/tn/franklin/" target="_blank">Franklin</a> is an upscale city in Middle Tennessee just outside Nashville, and its historic downtown district hosts a popular <a href="https://williamsonheritage.org/mainstreet" target="_blank">Main Street Festival</a> each April. Multiple shopping choices include a 1 million-square-foot <a href="http://www.coolspringsgalleria.com/" target="_blank">CoolSprings Galleria</a>, and you might see some celebrities at music venues like <a href="https://www.kings-de.com/coolsprings-franklin/whiskey-room" target="_blank">Whiskey Room Live</a>, <a href="http://puckettsboathouse.com/" target="_blank">Puckett’s Boat House</a> and <a href="https://www.franklintheatre.com/" target="_blank">Franklin Theatre</a>.</span></span></span></p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/topics/experiences-adventures/5-family-vacation-destinations-that-make-unplugging-easy"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/MackinacIslandMI-Lighthouse-Sunset.jpg?itok=QE9VThb3" width="160" height="160" alt="Mackinac Island MI" title="Mackinac Island MI" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/sunrise-over-the-st-ignace-waterfront-district-gm468145334-61549986" target="_blank">iStock Photo/ehrlif</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/topics/experiences-adventures/5-family-vacation-destinations-that-make-unplugging-easy"><h3 class="title">5 Family Vacation Destinations That Make Unplugging Easy</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Is it really possible to disconnect from technology and reconnect as a family? Yes, if you choose your destination wisely.</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2><span><span><span>Hatteras Island, NC</span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span>Serene beaches, deep-sea fishing and surfing are just some of the attractions on Hatteras Island, an Outer Banks/Atlantic Ocean vacation spot famous for great restaurants and gorgeous sunsets. Impressive lighthouses, long sandy beaches and oceanfront cottages provide the ideal setting for families looking for a relaxing holiday, and be sure to take a 45-minute ride aboard the <a href="https://www.ncdot.gov/travel-maps/ferry-tickets-services/schedule/" target="_blank">Ocracoke-Hatteras Ferry</a> to view incredible local sights of nature.</span></span></span></p></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> Fri, 29 Mar 2019 12:26:44 +0000 Kevin Litwin 310045 at https://livability.com These Are the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America https://livability.com/topics/where-to-live-now/these-are-the-top-100-best-places-to-live-in-america <span>These Are the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/winona-dimeo-ediger">Winona Dimeo-Ediger</a></span> <span>Tue, 03/05/2019 - 15:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2019Top100HiRes.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Top 100 Best Places to Live " class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><style type="text/css">.myButton { background-color:#7cc244; display:inline-block; color:#FFFFFF; font-family:'Oswald'; font-size:20px; padding:18px 28px; letter-spacing:1px; border-radius:4px; text-decoration:none; } .myButton:hover { background-color:#333333; } .myButton:active { position:relative; top:1px; } </style> <p dir="ltr">For six years, Livability editors and data scientists have combined our obsessions with cities and data to create our annual ranking of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America.</p> <p dir="ltr">Every time we make this list, we look at hundreds of data points and examine more than 1,000 cities based on economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care.</p> <p>This year, we wanted to get back to basics, so we started with a single question:</p> <p><strong>What matters most to you when you’re deciding where to live?</strong></p> <p>That’s what we asked 1,000 millennials across the country in&nbsp;<a href="https://livability.com/sites/default/files/2018-10/Livability%20Trend%20Report%20Millennials.pdf">an exclusive survey</a>.</p> <p>Their #1 answer, by a landslide?&nbsp;<strong>Affordability.</strong></p> <p>So, for the first time ever, we instituted a cap on median home value. This year, no city on the Top 100 Best Places to Live list has a median home value above $250,000.</p> <p>We made some other changes, too. We raised our population maximum from 350,000 to 1,000,000 to accommodate more mid-sized cities that are attracting big waves of young people. We also changed up and added more weight to some of our measures of diversity and inclusion&nbsp;to reflect what millennials are looking for in the cities they call home.</p> <p>If you’re a young person looking for a fresh start, or you’re sick of spending your whole paycheck on rent in a big city, this list is for you. At Livability, our goal is to help you discover your best place to live. These 100 cities are unique, welcoming, affordable and bursting with opportunities.</p> <p>The only thing they’re missing is you.</p> <p><a class="myButton" href="https://livability.com/list/top-100-best-places-to-live/2019/10">CHECK OUT THIS YEAR'S LIST</a></p> </div> Tue, 05 Mar 2019 20:00:21 +0000 Winona Dimeo-Ediger 316849 at https://livability.com Can’t Afford to Live in Denver? Live Here Instead https://livability.com/co/real-estate/cant-afford-to-live-in-denver-live-here-instead <span>Can’t Afford to Live in Denver? Live Here Instead</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/brittany-anas">Brittany Anas</a></span> <span>Fri, 01/25/2019 - 07:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/Affordable-Cities-Near-Denver_main.jpg" width="1000" height="850" alt="Affordable Cities Near Denver" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><a href="https://livability.com/co/denver" target="_blank">Denver</a> is having a moment. In the span of seven years, the city has welcomed a whopping 100,000 new residents, pushing its population past 700,000.</p> <p dir="ltr">The allure of <a href="https://livability.com/co/" target="_blank">Colorado’s</a> capital city is certainly understandable: Denver is a great basecamp for skiers, the city is soaked in sunshine 300 days of the year and the craft beer scene is booming. Denver is also establishing itself as a culinary destination thanks, in part, to the most recent “Top Chef” season being filmed here. On top of all that, the city embraces unique traditions to solidify its fun-loving sense of place. Take, for  example, the costumed zombies who lumber down 16th Street Mall in October, or <a href="https://livability.com/co/things-to-do/wild-west-experiences-you-can-only-have-in-colorado" target="_blank">the cattle parade that shuts down downtown streets</a> prior to the stock show in January, or the weekday food truck festivals across from the state capitol in warm months.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/co/real-estate/best-places-to-live-in-colorado"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/SkiingCO.jpg?itok=owIRkOSu" width="160" height="160" alt="Colorado Skiing" title="Colorado Skiing" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><p>Courtesy of <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/snowdotcom/"target="_blank">Snow Snow</a> under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/license" target="_blank"> CC 2.0 </a> license.</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/co/real-estate/best-places-to-live-in-colorado"><h3 class="title">Best Places to Live in Colorado</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Learn more about the best places to live in Colorado, and why you should consider moving to each.</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">With the population surge, though, comes a chronic housing shortage. Yes, just like the altitude, home prices have also become elevated in the Mile High City. The median home value in Denver is currently $414,500.</p> <p dir="ltr">But the good news? Several small cities and suburbs offer easy access to Denver, but with lower price tags — and less competition for housing. Also, many have zippy light rail stations with the trams delivering you to downtown quickly. Not only do these cities offer you a better chance of scoring a deal, they all have their own personalities and are great places to live in their own right:</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/ArvadaCO-OldeTownArvada.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Arvada CO" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><p>Courtesy of <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/rabidmoose/2851680876/" target="_blank">rabidmoose</a> under a <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/" target="_blank"> CC 2.0 </a> license.</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">1. Arvada, CO</h2> <p dir="ltr">Median household income: $69,938</p> <p dir="ltr">Median home price: $401,600</p> <p dir="ltr">Average commute: 25 minutes</p> <p dir="ltr">Yes, <a href="https://livability.com/co/arvada" target="_blank">Arvada</a> is close to downtown Denver. But, come the weekend, it might be hard to peel yourself away from this city’s very own downtown, which offers all kinds of throwback fun. <a href="http://www.cerealboxinc.com/" target="_blank">The Cereal Box</a> is a breakfast spot that plays classic cartoons and serves 120 different cereals from all over the world. Or check out <a href="http://www.schoolhousearvada.com/" target="_blank">School House Kitchen and Libations</a>, which was built in the shell of an 1882 schoolhouse and evokes the vibe with vintage school folders doubling as menus. Also, artists will feel right at home in Arvada with the high concentration of creative retailers in downtown — a gemstone shop, pottery studio, high-end guitar store and multiple galleries.</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/2018-10/LongmontCO.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Longmont CO" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption>Photo courtesy of Winona Dimeo-Ediger</figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">2. Longmont, CO</h2> <p dir="ltr">Median household income: $62,208</p> <p dir="ltr">Median home price:  $376,800</p> <p dir="ltr">Average commute: 40 minutes</p> <p dir="ltr">High-speed fiber internet available to everyone in the city, plus a craft beer scene, plenty of outdoor recreation and a walkable downtown are just a few reasons why <a href="https://livability.com/co/longmont" target="_blank">Longmont</a> is a <a href="https://livability.com/co/longmont/real-estate/why-longmont-co-is-one-of-americas-best-places-to-live" target="_blank">great place to live</a>.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/co/longmont/real-estate/8-reasons-to-move-to-longmont-co"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/LongmontCO-OskarBluesBrewery.jpg?itok=yBkwPLfY" width="160" height="160" alt="Longmont CO" title="Longmont CO" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><a href="https://www.facebook.com/OskarBluesCANS/" target="_blank">Facebook/OskarBluesBrewery</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/co/longmont/real-estate/8-reasons-to-move-to-longmont-co"><h3 class="title">8 Reasons to Move to Longmont, CO</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Boulder might get more attention, but here's why Longmont — a fun, gorgeous city with a thriving tech scene — deserves a closer look.</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">North of <a href="https://livability.com/co/denver" target="_blank">Denver</a> and nearby <a href="https://livability.com/co/boulder" target="_blank">Boulder</a>, Longmont is home to several tech companies and earned itself a spot on our list of great places for high-paying <a href="https://livability.com/top-10/culture/10-best-cities-for-stem-workers/2018" target="_blank">STEM</a> (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) jobs. Some fun facts: Longmont is home to astronaut Vance Brand, was the site of Colorado’s first public library and it was where JC Penney set up its first shop. Another delicious tidbit? <a href="http://www.cheeseimporters.com/" target="_blank">Cheese Importers</a> on Main Street dials up a European market vibe and sells 350 different types of cheeses. </p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">3. Aurora, CO</h2> <p dir="ltr">Median household income: $53,011</p> <p dir="ltr">Median home price: $315,900</p> <p dir="ltr">Average commute: 30 minutes</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://livability.com/co/aurora" target="_blank">Aurora</a>, a family-friendly suburb east of Denver, is home to the <a href="http://www.ucdenver.edu/anschutz/Pages/landing.aspx" target="_blank">University of Colorado’s medical campus</a> and <a href="https://www.buckley.af.mil/" target="_blank">Buckley Air Force Base</a> and is among the <a href="https://livability.com/co/real-estate/best-places-to-live-in-colorado" target="_blank">best places to live in Colorado.</a></p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-sticky featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/co/aurora/real-estate/8-reasons-to-move-to-aurora-colorado"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/Spring-Plains.jpg?itok=J0jM7hiA" width="160" height="160" alt="Antelope in Auroro, CO" title="Antelope in Auroro, CO" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption>Courtesy of VisitAurora.com</figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/co/aurora/real-estate/8-reasons-to-move-to-aurora-colorado"><h3 class="title">8 Reasons to Move to Aurora, Colorado</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Right off the bat? Sailing, food and fashion</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">For those who love to spend time outdoors, the city has plenty of options. Paddleboard, windsurf or swim at the <a href="https://www.auroragov.org/things_to_do/reservoirs/aurora_reservoir" target="_blank">Aurora Reservoir</a>. Or check out the <a href="https://www.auroragov.org/things_to_do/parks__open_space___trails/aurora_sports_park" target="_blank">Aurora Sports Park</a>, which boasts 23 soccer fields and a dozen baseball or softball fields. (Basketball players, don’t feel sidelined. There’s a park for you, too, named <a href="http://www.visitaurora.com/attractions/hoops-park/" target="_blank">Hoops Park</a>). But Aurora isn’t all brawn. It shows off its artistic side with a <a href="http://www.visitaurora.com/attractions/r-line-public-art-tour/?nav_cat_id=" target="_blank">public art tour</a> aboard a Light Rail line.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/WestminsterCO-Shops.jpg" width="1000" height="665" alt="Westminster CO" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><p>Courtesy of <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/53783050@N07/5115379062/in/photolist-8N2DYJ-oDtMDf-oDs9UA-o" target="_blank">Jay@MorphoLA</a> under a <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/" target="_blank"> CC 2.0 </a> license.</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">4. Westminster, CO</h2> <p dir="ltr">Median household income: $67,081</p> <p dir="ltr">Median home price:  $358,800</p> <p dir="ltr">Average commute: 20 minutes</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://livability.com/co/westminster" target="_blank">Westminster</a> has a famous resident: Rosie, the tarantula. She resides at the <a href="https://butterflies.org/" target="_blank">Butterfly Pavilion</a> (think: a tropical rainforest in the middle of a suburb) and, yes, you can hold her! Smack dab in between Boulder and Denver, residents of Westminster can sample the best of both Colorado cities. A couple of years ago, a <a href="http://www.rtd-denver.com/b-line-stations.shtml#westminster-station" target="_blank">Light Rail station</a> was added in Westminster, which can zip you downtown in about 10 minutes. The transit line is helping spur retail development in the area. Westminster also landed on our list of <a href="https://livability.com/co/real-estate/the-5-most-affordable-cities-in-colorado" target="_blank">most affordable cities in Colorado.</a></p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/co/affordable-places-to-live/the-5-most-affordable-cities-in-colorado"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/Colorado_Affordable_Cities.jpg?itok=UtCPcs6q" width="160" height="160" alt="Colorado Affordable Cities" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/co/affordable-places-to-live/the-5-most-affordable-cities-in-colorado"><h3 class="title">The 5 Most Affordable Cities in Colorado</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Economic diversity and easy access to the great outdoors make these cities among the most attractive places to live in Colorado</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">5. Lakewood, CO</h2> <p dir="ltr">Median household income: $56,954</p> <p dir="ltr">Median home price: $396,500</p> <p dir="ltr">Average commute: 15 minutes</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.casabonitadenver.com/" target="_blank">Casa Bonita</a>, one of Colorado’s most famed (and kitschy) landmarks, can be found in <a href="https://livability.com/co/lakewood" target="_blank">Lakewood</a>. Take out-of-town visitors here to eat sopapillas while watching cliff divers jump from a waterfall inside the restaurant. (If this sounds familiar, you probably saw the “South Park” episode featuring the strip mall restaurant.)</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/co/lakewood/real-estate/8-reasons-to-move-to-lakewood-co"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/lakewood_co_adam_reeder_1.jpg?itok=AoDMyZbU" width="160" height="160" alt="Lakewood" title="Lakewood" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption>Courtesy of Adam Reeder under a CC 4.0 license.</figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/co/lakewood/real-estate/8-reasons-to-move-to-lakewood-co"><h3 class="title">8 Reasons to Move to Lakewood, CO</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Located just 15 minutes from downtown Denver, Lakewood is a fast-growing, All-American city.</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">Quirk aside, Lakewood has a “Front Porch” concert series during summer months on the front porch of the library, an <a href="https://www.belmarcolorado.com/festival-italiano/" target="_blank">Italian festival</a> every September and <a href="http://www.40westarts.org/" target="_blank">First Friday art celebrations</a> at studios and galleries. The suburb also has great shopping that includes <a href="https://www.simon.com/mall/colorado-mills" target="_blank">Colorado Mills</a>, an indoor outlet mall, and <a href="https://www.belmarcolorado.com/festival-italiano/" target="_blank">Belmar</a>, a revitalized shopping and dining district that hosts concerts in the summer and ice skating in the winter. Plus, living here puts you near <a href="https://www.redrocksonline.com/" target="_blank">Red Rocks Amphitheater</a>, Colorado’s iconic outdoor concert venue that’s enveloped by crimson rocks.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">6. Englewood, CO</h2> <p dir="ltr">Median household income: $47,406</p> <p dir="ltr">Median home price: $368,300</p> <p dir="ltr">Average commute: 20 minutes</p> <p dir="ltr">Funky dive bars and antique shops dot Broadway, which cuts through <a href="https://livability.com/co/englewood" target="_blank">Englewood</a>. Concert-goers are in for a treat at the <a href="https://www.gothictheatre.com/" target="_blank">Gothic Theatre</a>, an art-deco venue from the Jazz era that was recently restored. A vibrant city center with office spaces, a library, restaurants and residential units replaced a shuttered mall, making for an <a href="https://livability.com/topics/real-estate/retail-resurrection-7-abandoned-malls-that-found-new-life" target="_blank">excellent comeback story</a> (as well as a great place to hang out). The city also has fun amenities for families, including a <a href="http://moaonline.org/" target="_blank">Museum of Outdoor Arts</a> where concerts are staged and public art is on display. Come summer, <a href="http://www.piratescovecolorado.com/" target="_blank">Pirates Cove</a> is a fun and affordable waterpark to cool down at, with water slides and a lazy river.</p></div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 25 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +0000 Brittany Anas 316519 at https://livability.com Living the Dream: I Started a Nonprofit https://livability.com/topics/living-the-dream/living-the-dream-i-started-a-nonprofit <span>Living the Dream: I Started a Nonprofit</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/melody-warnick">Melody Warnick</a></span> <span>Thu, 12/06/2018 - 09:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/Stock-HowToStartANonProfit.jpg" width="1000" height="663" alt="Stock" title="stock" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>Welcome to Living the Dream, a Livability.com series about people who made their big dreams a reality — and the places and communities that made it possible. Do you know someone who's carved out a unique lifestyle or business in a small town or small to mid-sized city? We're always looking for great stories. <a href="mailto:wdimeo-ediger@livability.com">Email our editor</a> for a chance to be featured!</em></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Name:</strong> Josh Arnold</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Age:</strong> 36</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Occupation:</strong> Founder and director of the nonprofit <a href="https://galacommunity.org/" target="_blank">Global Awareness Local Action (GALA)</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Location:</strong> <a href="https://livability.com/nh/ossipee/" target="_blank">Ossipee, NH</a></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>You call yourself an “accidental director” of a nonprofit. How did you get into this line of work?  </strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Because I wanted to contribute and make a positive difference. Ten or twelve years ago I began convening people in <a href="https://livability.com/nh/Wolfeboro/" target="_blank">Wolfeboro, New Hampshire</a>, where I was living, to see what others wanted to see change and how I could help make that happen. I invited people who I’d identified as community leaders, and also peers and friends and relatives, to a few potlucks and just said, “How could we do better?” We ended up doing some educational stuff around sustainability, showing documentaries at the library, having little demonstration booths at the farmers’ market, like Composting 101 or How to Make Biodiesel. </p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/or/community/living-the-dream-i-started-a-lavender-farm-in-oregon"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/Sauvie%20Island%20Lavender%20Farm%20View.jpg?itok=7CYGRlD6" width="160" height="160" alt="Sauvie Island Lavender Farm" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/or/community/living-the-dream-i-started-a-lavender-farm-in-oregon"><h3 class="title">Living the Dream: I Started a Lavender Farm in Oregon</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Growing lavender on a beautiful island in Oregon sounds like a dream come true, right? Here's what it took to make it a reality. </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>At the time I was landscaping, waiting tables, doing odd jobs, substitute teaching, and then doing this on the side. And then over the course of a few years it really grew.</p> <p>Clearly there was a readiness for some kind of outlet or avenue for folks to make a difference. I just kind of helped create that space. It ended up consuming more and more of my time. Then it was like, “Oh, there’s such a thing as a nonprofit management course I could take. Ok, I’ll do that.” A few years later, I was getting a stipend and then started slowly shifting my time away from other odd jobs to doing this full time. I think this is my fifth year doing this full time.</p> <p>It was kind of accidental, but it was meant to be.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>What was GALA’s first big success?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">We found this random funding source that promoted energy conservation, and we applied to use it to install clotheslines in the community. We got the grant and we did this big marketing campaign where we put the word out that we were offering free solar clothes dryers. Oh my gosh, our phones were ringing off the hook. Some people were like, “What’s a solar clothes drier?” “Well,” we said, “we got some rope here and these little things you call clothespins.” It was so funny and created a buzz.</p> <p dir="ltr">We were just driving around installing these clotheslines for people. It was amazing the response, not just people appreciating the help but people telling us about their memories of hang-drying their clothes with their grandmother. That was when I started to see the relationship between sense of place and the environment really collide, and I started understanding how people’s story and history were so interwoven with our sustainability goals.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/OssipeeNH-LivingTheDream6.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="NH" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption>Photo Courtesy of Josh Arnold</figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/tn/love-where-you-live/living-the-dream-a-simple-sustainable-life-in-small-town-tennessee"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/HilltownKitchen.jpg?itok=v-xSJkML" width="160" height="160" alt="Hilltown, TN" title="Hilltown, TN" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption>Sarah Gilliam</figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/tn/love-where-you-live/living-the-dream-a-simple-sustainable-life-in-small-town-tennessee"><h3 class="title">Living the Dream: A Simple, Sustainable Life in Small-Town Tennessee</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">"We really don't need much to be happy and live a beautiful life."</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>GALA just celebrated its tenth anniversary. What are you working on now?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">This whole thing was operating out of my parent’s basement originally, and then my house. But just last fall we did a big capital campaign and bought a two-story building in downtown <a href="https://livability.com/nh/Wolfeboro/" target="_blank">Wolfeboro</a> with an almost 6,000-square-foot footprint.</p> <p dir="ltr">We’re working to establish a community maker space, a business incubator, and a community center. We’re having a tool library. We’re having a bikeshare, where people can come work on their bicycles and borrow bikes. You’ve heard of repair cafes? There’s a space for that. And then with the incubator piece upstairs, we’re having more of a co-working meeting space, where people can get business plan coaching or financial literacy coaching or get support on how to build a website or do marketing or branding.</p> <p dir="ltr">We’re really hoping to focus on triple-bottom-line business planning, where people can take into consideration the social and environmental impacts of their venture in addition to the financial bottom line. </p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/topics/community/living-the-dream-im-building-a-tiny-house"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/DIY-Tiny-House.jpg?itok=UXbGyDmL" width="160" height="160" alt="DIY tiny house" title="DIY Tiny House" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption>iStockPhoto.com</figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/topics/community/living-the-dream-im-building-a-tiny-house"><h3 class="title">Living the Dream: I&#039;m Building a Tiny House</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">What's it really like to downsize your life and build your own tiny house? We asked someone who's doing it. </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>Where did the money come from?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Last year we launched this big capital campaign to buy the building. The building was $400,000, and we got a $250,000 federal grant that we had to match. So we did a matching capital campaign for $250,000, and we did it! With that money we were able to buy the building and also have money leftover for architectural and engineering design and some site work that was required. </p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/OssipeeNH-LivingTheDream7.jpg" width="1000" height="666" alt="NH" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption>Photo Courtesy of Josh Arnold</figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>Did you always know you wanted to stay in small-town New Hampshire?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">I reached a point where I wanted to explore my horizons for sure. For about six years after high school I had a gig doing recycling at music festivals with a company called <a href="https://www.cleanvibes.com/" target="_blank">Clean Vibes</a>. Every summer I would be on the road exploring different parts of the country via music festivals. In between we would have time off to go check out some national parks and just explore. We had this pretty awesome sense of freedom. I studied global sustainability at <a href="https://wheatoncollege.edu/" target="_blank">Wheaton College</a> in <a href="https://livability.com/ma/norton/" target="_blank">Norton, MA</a>. I also lived in <a href="https://livability.com/co/boulder/" target="_blank">Boulder, CO</a>, for a semester in college. It was kind of like my year abroad, but not abroad.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/OssipeeNH-LivingTheDream5.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="NH" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption>Photo Courtesy of Josh Arnold</figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>Was it a conscious decision to return to your roots?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">It was sort of intentional. Some of those places that I had the chance to visit were kind of hip; a lot of them had a university, they had cafes, and bikes you could put a quarter in and ride around. They were really walkable. They had their own town composting. I just thought all that was super cool. But I really felt like something was missing. I don’t know if it was my quintessential upbringing that was drawing me home. I just really feel connected to this landscape and these changing seasons, the familiar faces, the familiarity of my neighbors. I wanted to bring some of these things that I was witnessing out in these hip towns home. </p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/OssipeeNH-LivingTheDream2.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="NH" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption>Photo Courtesy of Josh Arnold</figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>At the same time I was involved in the <a href="https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/csd.html" target="_blank">United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development</a>, through the youth caucus. We were an international delegation of youth, and we were supposed to be developing policy around sustainable development, land use, economics and housing for countries I’d never been to and people I’d never met. There was one figure that really struck me. The U.S. makes up 5 percent of the world’s population but consumes 35% of the world’s resources — maybe more now. I remember being really struck by that. I got frustrated and said, “I want to go home and see how I could help us lead by example” instead of telling others how they should live.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/tx/lockhart/real-estate/living-the-dream-we-turned-a-historic-texas-home-into-a-luxury"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/EllisonHouse-Exterior.jpg?itok=bvlFxpo3" width="160" height="160" alt="Ellison House" title="Ellison House" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><a href="https://www.ellison-house.com/" target="_blank">Photo Courtesy of Ellison House</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/tx/lockhart/real-estate/living-the-dream-we-turned-a-historic-texas-home-into-a-luxury"><h3 class="title">Living the Dream: We Turned a Historic Texas Home Into a ‘Luxury Boardinghouse’</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Ever thought about renovating an old house or opening your own B&B? You definitely need to read this.</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>What happened after you decided to return to New Hampshire? </strong></p> <p dir="ltr">I came home probably in 2006, and I moved back into my parent’s basement basically. This was when I was waiting tables, making ends meet, figuring stuff out. I had a lot of school loans that I had to start paying off. I’d come home with this charge of “I want to make a positive difference.” </p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/OssipeeNH-LivingTheDream4.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="NH" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption>Photo Courtesy of Josh Arnold</figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>Do you wish more people caught the vision of how cool small-town New Hampshire is?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://livability.com/nh/" target="_blank">New Hampshire</a> has a graying population, and Carroll County is one of the fastest aging counties in the state. One of our goals here is to create an environment that is more attractive to young families while also creating a space where people can age in community, as opposed to elders and seniors being isolated. With <a href="https://galacommunity.org/" target="_blank">GALA’s</a> new building, we’re working with architects right now, trying to create a space that’s intergenerational. We’re trying to figure out how we can make our facility super accessible and hip for young folks to hang out in.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>What do you love about where you live?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">I could just go on and on. I value so much the proximity to the mountains, the hikes, the ability to go get lost in the woods. I mostly venture in the Ossipee Mountains, which are so much closer for me, but certainly the White Mountains are spectacular. The fact that at the end of the day in the summer, in a five-minute drive I can be at this little pond and go swimming and cool off. We also have a lot of fun seasonal traditions. Right now, there are harvest festivals and apple-pressing parties. It feels like there’s always stuff going on. </p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted is-sticky featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/nc/graham/love-where-you-live/living-the-dream-i-moved-to-north-carolina-to-open-a-bakery"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/BakersHands.jpg?itok=FWHXVlY7" width="160" height="160" alt="Stock" title="Stock" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/close-up-of-womans-hands-kneading-dough-gm649219742-118022783" target="_blank">iStockPhoto/Anchiy</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/nc/graham/love-where-you-live/living-the-dream-i-moved-to-north-carolina-to-open-a-bakery"><h3 class="title">Living the Dream: I Moved to North Carolina to Open a Bakery</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Janee had always loved to bake, but it was a move to small-town North Carolina that made her dream a reality. </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I love visiting cities, but I just laugh so much when people are like, “Gosh, what do you do up here? There’s nothing to do.” I’m like, “My biggest problem is trying to manage my time because I feel like there’s so much to do.”</p> <p>That disconnect feels so laughable because I feel like the impression is that if you live in a small town, you just sit and twiddle your thumbs or something. In the winter there’s cross-country skiing or snowshoeing or biking around some of the dirt roads. I love mushroom hunting. Other people enjoy riding ATVs and hunting and fishing. I like more of the exploring. There’s bonfires, potlucks, and dinners with friends. We host a lot of live music at our house. You just kind of create your fun.</p></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-content-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/content-series/living-the-dream" hreflang="en">Living the Dream</a></div> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 14:00:00 +0000 Melody Warnick 316620 at https://livability.com 9 Fortune 500 Companies Based in Surprisingly Small Cities and Towns https://livability.com/topics/live-herework-here/9-fortune-500-companies-based-in-surprisingly-small-cities-and-towns <span>9 Fortune 500 Companies Based in Surprisingly Small Cities and Towns</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/emily-handy">Emily Handy</a></span> <span>Mon, 12/03/2018 - 08:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/WoonsocketRI.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Woonsocket RI" title="Woonsocket RI" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">When you think of Fortune 500 companies and where they’re based, you probably picture major cities like Silicon Valley, New York City and Seattle. However, many heavy-hitting companies don’t call those large metropolises home. Instead, these internationally recognized companies have stayed true to the small cities and towns in which they were founded, and have helped their homebase cities evolve, bringing <a href="https://livability.com/topics/careers-opportunities/looking-for-a-job-heres-where-to-move">job opportunities</a> and talent and fueling growth … in some seriously unexpected places.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted is-sticky featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/topics/business/looking-for-a-job-heres-where-to-move"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/AmesIA-ISUBeardshearHall.jpg?itok=-RIU1cbs" width="160" height="160" alt="Ames IA" title="Ames IA" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption>Photo Courtesy of Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University</figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/topics/business/looking-for-a-job-heres-where-to-move"><h3 class="title">Looking for a Job? Here&#039;s Where to Move.</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">These 10 cities have an excess of amazing jobs and not enough people to fill them. In other words? They're waiting for YOU.</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Here are nine major companies with names you probably recognize — that are based in cities you probably won’t.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/BentonvilleAR-WalmartHeadquarters.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Walmart" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/walmart-home-office-gm494891717-25868703" target="_blank">iStock/wellesenterprises</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">1. Walmart: Bentonville, AR</h2> <p dir="ltr">This city of 45,000 residents is known for its strong economy. <a href="https://www.walmart.com/" target="_blank">Walmart</a>, the world’s biggest retailer, is headquartered here, helping to boost the <a href="https://livability.com/ar/" target="_blank">Northwest Arkansas</a> region as one of the fastest growing in the nation. Unemployment is low here, sitting at around 3 percent. The city has scored top marks for its lack of crime, good quality schools and extremely affordable housing — making it one of our <a href="https://livability.com/top-10/families/10-best-cities-for-families/2015/ar/bentonville" target="_blank">Best Cities for Families</a>. Need a job? Walmart is currently hiring for hundreds of positions in <a href="https://livability.com/ar/bentonville/" target="_blank">Bentonville</a>, ranging from project managers and software engineers to paralegals.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">2. Kohler: Kohler, WI</h2> <p dir="ltr">Okay, okay. While not technically a Fortune 500 company, we thought we’d bring <a href="https://www.us.kohler.com/us/" target="_blank">Kohler</a> into the mix as it’s one of the largest private companies in the nation. The tiny village was originally dubbed Riverside, but when plumbing manufacturer Kohler opened a plant in 1900, the town was renamed in its honor. Conceived as a model company town, <a href="https://livability.com/wi/kohler/" target="_blank">Kohler</a> is a picturesque little community now of 2,120 residents.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/topics/business/startup-here-how-7-entrepreneurs-chose-where-to-base-their-businesses"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/boston_0.jpg?itok=XPYOPUYh" width="160" height="160" alt="Boston MA" title="Boston MA" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><p>Courtesy of <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/rjshade/" target="_blank">Robbie Shade</a> under a <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/" target="_blank"> CC 4.0 </a> license.</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/topics/business/startup-here-how-7-entrepreneurs-chose-where-to-base-their-businesses"><h3 class="title">Startup Here: How 7 Entrepreneurs Chose Where to Base Their Businesses </h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">We asked seven successful founders how they chose where to start their businesses. Their priorities might surprise you. </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">Kohler the company is known for its beautiful, aesthetically pleasing faucets, sinks and toilets, and this high-end aesthetic most definitely applies to its namesake town as well. Visitors and residents describe the town as “luxurious” with its two top-rated golf courses, spas and a five diamond-rated resort. If this sounds like a dream to you, the company is currently hiring! Social media coordinators, chemical engineers and content editors are needed, so why not toss your hat in the ring?</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">3. Sonoco: Hartsville, SC</h2> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://livability.com/sc/Hartsville/" target="_blank">Hartsville</a> is the epitome of a small, charming Southern town. It’s also the home of <a href="https://www.sonoco.com/" target="_blank">Sonoco Products Company</a>, one of the world’s largest consumer packaging companies. The company humbly began with a team of 12 in 1890, and has since grown to employ more than 20,000 and is the leading manufacturer of composite cans, cores and tubes. <a href="https://livability.com/sc/myrtle-beach/" target="_blank">Myrtle Beach</a> is just a couple hours away, the climate is mild (summer temperatures average at 78 degrees), and crime is low here, making it an excellent choice for your next move. Sonoco is hiring more than 30 positions at company headquarters, and according to <a href="https://www.glassdoor.com/Benefits/Sonoco-Products-US-Benefits-EI_IE1890.0,15_IL.16,18_IN1.htm" target="_blank">reviews</a>, it’s a great place to work with excellent benefits, including an above average 401k plan.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">4. Kellogg’s: Battle Creek, MI</h2> <p dir="ltr">Cereal lovers, rejoice! <a href="https://livability.com/mi/battle-creek/" target="_blank">Battle Creek, MI</a> has been lovingly nicknamed “the Cereal City” due to it being the birthplace of <a href="https://www.kelloggs.com/en_US/home.html" target="_blank">Kellogg’s</a> corn flakes and C.W. Post’s Grape-Nuts. After acquiring Pringles from Procter &amp; Gamble in 2012, Kellogg’s is now considered the world’s second-largest snack producer. (In case you’ve always wanted to see it, Battle Creek is also home to the “World’s Largest Breakfast Table.”)</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/topics/careers-opportunities/8-dreamy-beach-towns-for-entrepreneurs"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/CharlestonSC-HousesAlongTheBay.jpg?itok=hCwQmuO-" width="160" height="160" alt="Charleston SC" title="Charleston SC" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/the-battery-charleston-south-carolina-gm803137450-130230389" target="_blank">iStockPhoto/Sean Pavone</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/topics/careers-opportunities/8-dreamy-beach-towns-for-entrepreneurs"><h3 class="title">8 Dreamy Beach Towns for Entrepreneurs</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">If you can work from anywhere, why not work from paradise?</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">But it’s not all crunchy breakfast goodness here. The city of 51,286 residents prides itself on its low cost of living (13 percent below national average!) and its high-quality school system. Young professionals flock here to get their start in the food processing or healthcare industries, while families enjoy the small town feel and many parks. Intrigued? Kellogg is actively seeking interns for Summer 2019.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/WoonsocketRI-CVSPharmacy.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="CVS" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/cvs-pharmacy-retail-location-vi-gm624114992-109657315" target="_blank">iStock/jetcityimage</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">5. CVS: Woonsocket, RI</h2> <p dir="ltr">Woonsocket is one of the <a href="https://livability.com/ri/real-estate/best-places-to-live-in-rhode-island" target="_blank">best cities to live in Rhode Island</a>, and it’s pretty easy to see why. <a href="https://livability.com/ri/Woonsocket/" target="_blank">Woonsocket</a> is a beautiful, historic city with a great central location to <a href="https://livability.com/ri/Providence/" target="_blank">Providence</a> and even <a href="https://livability.com/ma/Boston/" target="_blank">Boston</a>. The city is extremely walkable, and its small population of 42,000 people means almost everyone knows your name. Each year the city hosts a huge blowout bash called <a href="http://www.autumnfest.org/" target="_blank">Autumnfest</a> that is known all across <a href="https://livability.com/ri/" target="_blank">Northern Rhode Island</a>. Oh, and it also hosts the <a href="https://cvshealth.com/" target="_blank">CVS Health</a> national headquarters with 246,000 employees.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/md/frederick/careers-opportunities/why-craft-beer-and-tech-startups-are-a-perfect-pairing"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/FrederickMD-AttaboySkater.jpg?itok=VYepX2D8" width="160" height="160" alt="Frederick MD" title="Frederick MD" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><a href="https://www.facebook.com/DowntownFrederick/" target="_blank">Facebook/DowntownFrederickPartnership</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/md/frederick/careers-opportunities/why-craft-beer-and-tech-startups-are-a-perfect-pairing"><h3 class="title">Why Craft Beer and Tech Startups Are a Perfect Pairing </h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Tech startups and craft breweries enjoy a mutually beneficial connection — and nowhere is that more apparent than Frederick, MD. </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">The presence of CVS Health continues to draw in talent and boost the city’s economy. Currently, CVS operates more than 6,200 stores in 43 states, and has only continued to grow after the company acquired Target’s pharmacy and retail clinic business in 2015. According to <a href="https://www.indeed.com/q-CVS-l-Woonsocket,-RI-jobs.html" target="_blank">Indeed</a>, there are a whopping 315 jobs available at CVS Woonsocket headquarters and in nearby cities, so opportunities abound.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/MooresvilleNC-Lowes.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Lowes" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/lowes-home-improvement-warehouse-gm458472587-16366598" target="_blank">iStock/slobo</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">6. Lowes: Mooresville, NC</h2> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://livability.com/sc/" target="_blank">South Carolina</a> isn’t the only Carolina with a Fortune 500 presence. Headquartered in <a href="https://livability.com/nc/mooresville/" target="_blank">Mooresville, NC</a>, Lowe’s employs more than 310,000 people in North America and is second-largest hardware store chain in the nation. The company was originally headquartered in <a href="https://livability.com/nc/wilkesboro/" target="_blank">Wilkesboro, NC</a>, but its new corporate office in Mooresville features a 7-acre lake below the building. <a href="https://livability.com/nc/mooresville/business/business-growth-in-mooresville-creates-a-strong-local-economy" target="_blank">Mooresville is booming</a> after the arrival of Lowe’s in 2004, and it definitely lives up to its name of <a href="https://livability.com/nc/mooresville/things-to-do/mooresville-lives-up-to-name-of-race-city-usa" target="_blank">Race City, U.S.A.</a></p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/topics/business/why-moving-for-work-might-be-a-wise-money-move"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/CommuterStockPhoto.jpg?itok=qyLXialN" width="160" height="160" alt="Stock" title="Stock" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/looks-like-its-all-clear-to-walk-gm892646738-247029009" target="_blank">iStockPhoto/AJ_Watt</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/topics/business/why-moving-for-work-might-be-a-wise-money-move"><h3 class="title">Why Moving for Work Might Be a Wise Money Move</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">If a long commute and high gas prices are getting you down, it could be time for a change of scenery.</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>If you’re a motorsports fan, this is the city for you, as it is home to many NASCAR teams and drivers as well as the <a href="https://ncarhof.com/" target="_blank">North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame</a>. Whether you want to work in motorsports or prefer the home improvement industry, Mooresville is overflowing with job opportunities. At least a dozen positions, including the Director of Deployment Operations, are up for grabs at Lowe’s corporate.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/FindlayOH-MarathonPetroleum.jpg" width="1000" height="665" alt="Marathon" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/marathon-convenience-store-gasoline-station-gm157775391-16538190" target="_blank">iStock/WendellandCarolyn</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">7. Marathon Petroleum: Findlay, OH</h2> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://livability.com/oh/Findlay/" target="_blank">Findlay</a> is a quiet, safe, suburban city with great schools and lots of parks. It’s extremely affordable, too, with median home prices clocking in at $123,800. The city has four consecutive <a href="http://www.wtol.com/story/37662002/findlay-named-top-micropolitan-community-for-fourth-consecutive-year/" target="_blank">Top Micropolitan Community recognitions</a> under its belt thanks to its fast-growing economy and its excellent climate for new and expanding businesses alike. Leading the pack in economic advancement in Findlay is Fortune 500 company <a href="http://www.marathonpetroleum.com/" target="_blank">Marathon Petroleum</a>, America’s largest petroleum refinery. The company most recently acquired independent oil company <a href="http://www.andeavor.com/" target="_blank">Andeaver</a> for $23 billion in 2018, and now employs 43,800 people. There are currently 24 jobs up for grabs at Marathon Petroleum in Findlay, so what are you waiting for?</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">8. Hormel Foods: Austin, MN</h2> <p dir="ltr">While completely different than its Texas namesake, <a href="https://livability.com/mn/Austin/" target="_blank">Austin, MN</a> has its own charm. This city of 24,563 has experienced huge growth lately, and with a bevy of job opportunities and a cost of living that is a whopping 24 percent lower than the national average, this Austin deserves a second look. In 2015, it landed a spot on NerdWallet’s <a href="https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/studies/best-small-cities-america-2015/" target="_blank">Best Small Cities in America</a>, and it’s only gotten better since then. </p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/topics/business/startup-here-how-7-entrepreneurs-chose-where-to-base-their-businesses"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/boston_0.jpg?itok=XPYOPUYh" width="160" height="160" alt="Boston MA" title="Boston MA" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><p>Courtesy of <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/rjshade/" target="_blank">Robbie Shade</a> under a <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/" target="_blank"> CC 4.0 </a> license.</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/topics/business/startup-here-how-7-entrepreneurs-chose-where-to-base-their-businesses"><h3 class="title">Startup Here: How 7 Entrepreneurs Chose Where to Base Their Businesses </h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">We asked seven successful founders how they chose where to start their businesses. Their priorities might surprise you. </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Currently, the city is chugging along on a project called <a href="http://www.vision2020austin.com/" target="_blank">Vision 2020</a>, a grassroots movement dedicated to improving multiple sectors, including wellness, economic development, and tourism. To top it all off, <a href="https://livability.com/mn/austin/" target="_blank">Austin</a> is home to Fortune 500 company <a href="https://www.hormelfoods.com/" target="_blank">Hormel Foods</a>. The meat products company employs more than 20,000 worldwide. If you’re a meat lover looking for a career change, Hormel is hiring more than 30 full time positions in its corporate office in Austin.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/HersheyPA-HersheyPark.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Hershey" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/entrance-to-hersheypark-amusement-area-gm458461411-17269243" target="_blank">iStock/Terryfic3D</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">9. Hershey: Hershey, PA</h2> <p>If you have a sweet tooth, this is the city for you. Dubbed “The Sweetest Place on Earth,” <a href="https://livability.com/pa/hershey/" target="_blank">Hershey, PA</a> makes life super sweet for its residents. Streetlights shaped like Hershey Kisses line the roads with names like Chocolate Avenue. Hershey features a small town feel with incredible, top-rated schools and parks. It’s also super quiet — unless you live right next to <a href="http://www.hersheypark.com/" target="_blank">Hersheypark</a> and can hear all the screams from the thrilling rides!</p> <p>The Fortune 500 company responsible for such a sweet town is none other than <a href="https://www.thehersheycompany.com/en_us/home.html" target="_blank">The Hershey Company</a>, one of the world’s largest chocolate manufacturers. Hershey products are sold in more than 60 countries worldwide, and the chocolate empire employs 21,000 full time employees. While they are currently not hiring any taste testers, the company is hiring for multiple positions, including food technologist, packaging engineer, and candy production workers.</p></div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000 Emily Handy 316610 at https://livability.com Why Omaha, Nebraska Might Be the Best Place to Eat in America Right Now https://livability.com/ne/omaha/food-scenes/why-omaha-nebraska-might-be-the-best-place-to-eat-in-america-right-now <span>Why Omaha, Nebraska Might Be the Best Place to Eat in America Right Now</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/sarah-kuta">Sarah Kuta</a></span> <span>Tue, 11/06/2018 - 07:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/OmahaNE-DantePeopleAtTable.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Omaha food scene" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">Though <a href="https://livability.com/ne/omaha" target="_blank">Omaha</a> may not necessarily be the first place you think of when it comes to <a href="https://livability.com/topics/food-scenes" target="_blank">thriving culinary scenes</a>, this <a href="https://livability.com/ne/" target="_blank">Nebraska</a> city has flown under the radar long enough — it’s time to tell the world how delicious Omaha is.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ask any of the leading chefs in Nebraska’s largest city and you’ll hear that Omaha is having a moment right now. In the last 10 or so years, there’s been an infusion of energy and talent — often homegrown — into the Omaha dining scene, which locals and visitors alike benefit from.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/ne/omaha/real-estate/why-omaha-may-be-the-best-place-to-live-and-work-in-the-midwest"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/Why%20Omaha%20is%20a%20best%20place%20to%20live.jpg?itok=PudwsevE" width="160" height="160" alt="Joslyn Art Museum" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption>Joslyn Art Museum</figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/ne/omaha/real-estate/why-omaha-may-be-the-best-place-to-live-and-work-in-the-midwest"><h3 class="title">Why Omaha May Be the Best Place to Live and Work in the Midwest</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">"Omaha has a reputation for great steaks, but we’re a lot more than that."</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">Though the city was primarily known for its namesake steaks in the past, that’s all changing now. Restaurants like <a href="https://thegreyplume.com/" target="_blank">The Grey Plume</a>, <a href="https://www.boilerroomomaha.com/" target="_blank">Boiler Room</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/vmertzomaha/" target="_blank">V. Mertz</a>, <a href="https://farineandfour.com/" target="_blank">Farine + Four</a>, <a href="https://www.sushiyoshitomo.com/" target="_blank">Yoshitomo</a> and <a href="https://www.mspubomaha.com/" target="_blank">M’s Pub</a> (which bounced back after a devastating 2016 fire) are bringing the types of menus you’d find in <a href="https://livability.com/ca/san-francisco" target="_blank">San Francisco</a> and<a href="https://livability.com/ny/new-york" target="_blank"> New York City</a> to diners in Omaha.</p> <p dir="ltr">You won’t find any Michelin-starred restaurants here (yet!), but you will find passionate chefs and restaurateurs who believe their often-overlooked Midwestern city deserves the best in food, drink, service and experiences.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/OmahaNE-LeBouillonSalad.jpg" width="1000" height="666" alt="Omaha NE" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="http://www.lebouillonomaha.com/" target="_blank">Photo Courtesy of Le Bouillon</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">Paul Kulik, owner and chef of <a href="http://www.lebouillonomaha.com/" target="_blank">Le Bouillon</a> and <a href="http://www.goviafarina.com/" target="_blank">Via Farina</a>, says there’s an “incalculable loyalty” to Omaha that can’t easily be explained — people who grow up here may leave, but many of them find their way back eventually.</p> <p>That boomerang effect is likely one factor behind the city’s now-flourishing food scene, as a number of boundary-pushing chefs have returned home to Omaha after leaving to attend culinary school and work in top-notch restaurants in Europe and elsewhere in the United States. Their genuine passion for food is palpable when you visit their restaurants, study their menus and learn that they source their ingredients from local producers as much as possible, Kulik says.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The fact that restaurants are good in an environment where there’s zero chance of being famous or wealthy — there’s not going to be a David Chang or a Sean Brock that comes out of Omaha, end of story, full stop — you have to scratch your head and say, ‘Wait a minute, why are people doing this?’” said Kulik. “The people who are doing it are doing it because they care. This is what matters to us. There’s such sincerity and such honesty there that it’s almost breathtaking.”</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/topics/food-scenes/6-unexpected-cities-that-are-leading-the-hyper-local-food-movement"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/AlbququerqueNM-FarmAndTableTableDinner.jpg?itok=a0Tc6vQS" width="160" height="160" alt="Albuquerque NM" title="Albuquerque NM" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><a href="https://farmandtablenm.com/" target="_blank">Photo Courtesy of Farm & Table</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/topics/food-scenes/6-unexpected-cities-that-are-leading-the-hyper-local-food-movement"><h3 class="title">6 Unexpected Cities That Are Leading the Hyper-Local Food Movement</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Food trends usually gain momentum in places like Portland and NYC. But when it comes to the hyper-local food movement, these small cities are (deliciously) paving the way.</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">Kulik, who worked in restaurants in Paris, Berlin, <a href="https://livability.com/il/chicago" target="_blank">Chicago</a> and <a href="https://livability.com/dc/washington" target="_blank">Washington, D.C.</a> before returning to Omaha, says he believes the city also offers ambitious chefs a unique level of agency and freedom that they may not find elsewhere.</p> <p dir="ltr">“There’s incredible human capital here and a bit of the pioneer spirit,” said Kulik. “You have control over your destiny. If you have ambition or drive, there’s really no impediment. You’re only held back by yourself.”</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/OmahaNE-AuCourant1.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Omaha NE" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="http://www.aucourantrestaurant.com/" target="_blank">Photo Courtesy of Au Courant Restaurant</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">On a more practical note, Omaha is a relatively accessible place to open your first restaurant, says Ben Maides, an Omaha native who cut his teeth in kitchens in <a href="https://livability.com/co/" target="_blank">Colorado</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/ca/" target="_blank">California</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/ny/" target="_blank">New York</a>, Italy and Germany before opening <a href="http://www.aucourantrestaurant.com/#welcome" target="_blank">Au Courant</a> in 2016. There’s less competition than you’d find in <a href="https://livability.com/il/chicago/" target="_blank">Chicago</a>, the Bay Area or on the East Coast, for example, and it’s often easier to secure financing. Commercial lease rates and the cost of living are also lower than in other places, he added.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though Omaha diners may initially appear skeptical about a restaurant concept or a particular dish, they’re likely to return again and again once you’ve earned their trust, Maides said. In some ways, that may make opening a successful restaurant in Omaha more challenging than in “foodie” cities — but also more rewarding.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/OmahaNE-DantePasta.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Omaha NE" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="http://www.dantepizzeria.com/" target="_blank">Photo Courtesy of Dante</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">The city’s residents also seem to be aligned with the broader trends of supporting small businesses and enjoying more artisanal or local products and experiences, Maides said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The benefit you have in food cities is that people care about food, people go out to eat,” Maides said. “People in Omaha — probably in the last five years or so — really started to pay more attention to food. There’s been this trend where people like me — young people who are passionate about what we’ve been doing for the last 10 to 15 years — are really able to showcase our craft.”</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/OmahaNE-AuCourantInterior.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Omaha restaurant" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="http://www.aucourantrestaurant.com/" target="_blank">Photo Courtesy of Au Courant Restaurant</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">Nick Strawhecker, chef and partner of <a href="http://www.dantepizzeria.com/" target="_blank">Dante</a> and <a href="http://www.dantepizzeria.com/" target="_blank">Dante Pizzeria Napoletana</a>, moved back to Omaha to open Dante at the height of the Great Recession after gaining experience in Italy, <a href="https://livability.com/il/chicago" target="_blank">Chicago</a> and <a href="https://livability.com/pa/philadelphia" target="_blank">Philadelphia</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">At the time, he and a handful of other progressive chefs weren’t necessarily sure that the city was ready for restaurants that weren’t steakhouses or chains, but took a chance anyway — and their gamble has paid off in a big way.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Even though it was during the financial crisis, it ended up being an advantageous time to open a restaurant in Omaha because we were able to be part of Omaha’s renaissance,” Strawhecker said. “It was the beginning of a lot of new and interesting restaurants opening and guys and girls who had lived in other places and traveled the world and decided to come back home.”</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted is-sticky featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/ne/food-scenes/5-cities-that-are-driving-nebraskas-craft-beer-scene"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/GrandIslandNE-PrairiePrideBrewery.jpg?itok=as9z78UI" width="160" height="160" alt="Grand Island NE" title="Grand Island NE" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption>Photo by Sarah Kuta</figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/ne/food-scenes/5-cities-that-are-driving-nebraskas-craft-beer-scene"><h3 class="title">5 Cities That Are Driving Nebraska&#039;s Craft Beer Scene</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Nebraska had just 18 craft breweries in 2011. Today, the state has more than 50. Here's where to find some of the best brews. </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">The city has also seen an infusion of new energy thanks to the recent development of certain parts of town, such as the historic <a href="https://www.blackstonedistrict.com/" target="_blank">Blackstone District</a>. That’s where Matthew Moser and Matt Carper decided to launch three different food and cocktail concepts within the last two years — <a href="https://www.stirnella.com/#local-2" target="_blank">Stirnella</a>, <a href="https://www.butterfishomaha.com/" target="_blank">Butterfish</a> and <a href="https://www.redlionlounge.com/" target="_blank">Red Lion Lounge</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though Omaha has always been a great place to live, the city definitely feels reinvigorated to Moser.</p> <p dir="ltr">“From restaurants to music venues and nightlife and just the construction, Omaha has evolved — our city is expanding and growing,” Moser said. “Blackstone has evolved and grown 10-fold just since we opened Stirnella two years ago. It’s insane.”</p></div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 06 Nov 2018 12:00:00 +0000 Sarah Kuta 316568 at https://livability.com The Best Home Base Cities for Travel Addicts https://livability.com/topics/experiences-adventures/the-best-home-base-cities-for-travel-addicts <span>The Best Home Base Cities for Travel Addicts</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/jamie-birdwell-branson">Jamie Birdwell…</a></span> <span>Mon, 11/05/2018 - 09:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/Stock-SunsetPassengerPlane.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Stock" title="Stock" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">Whether you’re traveling to cure your serious case of #wanderlust or you’re heading home to see your family for the holidays, the last thing you want is to spend the entire day in the airport during a long layover (or drain your budget on overpriced tickets). While nonstop flights are readily available to residents who live near large airports like O’Hare, JFK, DFW and LAX, there are a growing number of flight options for small to mid-size cities that can connect you to almost every corner of the country (or even the world) within a few hours.</p> <p dir="ltr">The best part? The cost of living in these cities is often much, <em>much</em> lower than larger cities, which means you’ll have plenty of money left to bulk up your travel fund.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">Want to be able to get away — and fast? Here are eight small to mid-sized cities that are great for jet-setting.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/Minneapolis%20MN.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Minneapolis MN" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><p>Courtesy of <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/onepointfour/<a href="target="_blank">Dustin Gaffke</a> under a <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/" target="_blank"> CC 2.0 </a> license.</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">1. Minneapolis, MN</h2> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://livability.com/mn/Minneapolis" target="_blank">Minneapolis</a> may only have a population of 422,000, but its flight schedule from <a href="https://www.mspairport.com/" target="_blank">Minneapolis-Saint Paul International</a> is certainly on par with the offerings of the major midwestern international hub, O’Hare in <a href="https://livability.com/il/chicago" target="_blank">Chicago</a>. Not only can MSP get you directly to major U.S. cities like <a href="https://livability.com/la/new-orleans" target="_blank">New Orleans</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/ma/boston" target="_blank">Boston</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/ny/new-york" target="_blank">New York</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/wa/seattle" target="_blank">Seattle</a> and more, but the airport also has some pretty impressive direct international flights.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/topics/real-estate/6-travel-writers-on-how-they-chose-where-to-live"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/Where-travel-writers-live.jpg?itok=RprA1atc" width="160" height="160" alt="Where travel writers live" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption>iStockPhoto.com/anyaberkut</figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/topics/real-estate/6-travel-writers-on-how-they-chose-where-to-live"><h3 class="title">6 Travel Writers on How They Chose Where to Live</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">We asked professional travelers where (and why) they decided to put down roots — their answers might surprise you. </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">You can wake up in Minneapolis and be cycling in Amsterdam, having tea in London, wine tasting in Paris, searching for the Northern Lights in Reykjavik or having a tropical cocktail in Puerto Vallarta in a matter of hours.</p> <p dir="ltr">New international flights are also being added all the time, and soon Minneapolis residents will be able to hop on direct flights to Seoul and Dublin.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/PittsburghPA-DowntownPinkSunset.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Pittsburgh" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/pittsburgh-pennsylvania-usa-gm874446496-244167006" target="_blank">iStockPhoto/Sean Pavone</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">2. Pittsburgh, PA</h2> <p dir="ltr">With all of the culture, art, Carnegie <a href="https://carnegiemuseums.org/" target="_blank">museums</a> and food in <a href="https://livability.com/pa/pittsburgh" target="_blank">Pittsburgh</a>, it may be difficult to imagine leaving the city, but when you come down with a serious case of the travel bug, the Pittsburgh International Airport is available with plenty of convenient options for getting out of town. With direct flights to every top U.S. destination including <a href="https://livability.com/ca/san-francisco" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/nv/las-vegas/" target="_blank">Las Vegas</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/ca/san-diego/" target="_blank">San Diego</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/co/denver/" target="_blank">Denver</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/tx/dallas" target="_blank">Dallas</a> and <a href="https://livability.com/dc/washington/" target="_blank">Washington D.C.</a>, it’s unlikely you’ll have to spend hours perusing airport gift shops while waiting for your second flight of the day.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/topics/real-estate/6-travel-writers-on-how-they-chose-where-to-live"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/Where-travel-writers-live.jpg?itok=RprA1atc" width="160" height="160" alt="Where travel writers live" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption>iStockPhoto.com/anyaberkut</figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/topics/real-estate/6-travel-writers-on-how-they-chose-where-to-live"><h3 class="title">6 Travel Writers on How They Chose Where to Live</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">We asked professional travelers where (and why) they decided to put down roots — their answers might surprise you. </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">In addition to direct flights to U.S. cities, <a href="http://www.flypittsburgh.com/" target="_blank">Pittsburgh International</a> also offers a few enticing international flights, which include four weekly flights to Reykjavik, Iceland, as well as weekly flights to tropical destinations like Montego Bay, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, San Juan and Cancun. Interested in a European vacation? Flights to Frankfurt, Germany, will resume in May 2019 and four weekly flights direct to London Heathrow will also be available beginning in April 2019.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/slc_2.jpg" width="1050" height="689" alt="SLC" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><p>Courtesy of <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/84263554@N00/" target="_blank">Ron Reiring</a> under a <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/" target="_blank"> CC 4.0 </a> license.</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">3. Salt Lake City, UT</h2> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://livability.com/ut/salt-lake-city" target="_blank">Salt Lake City</a> is a metro area that loves to defy expectations. This city of only 200,000 has grown quite the tech scene (aptly nicknamed “Silicon Slopes") and is continuing to attract and keep young talent inside city limits. Because SLC is home to tech giants like Overstock.com, PluralSight and Jane.com (in nearby <a href="https://livability.com/ut/lehi" target="_blank">Lehi</a>), there has been a greater need for direct domestic and international flights.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/topics/community/heres-where-you-should-live-based-on-your-hogwarts-house"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/Where-You-Should-Live-Based-on-Hogwarts-House.jpg?itok=bkQSsXKM" width="160" height="160" alt="Best City for Your Hogwarts House" title="Best City for Your Hogwarts House" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><p>Courtesy of <a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/portfolio/Oscarhill?mediatype=photography" target="_blank">OscarHill/iStock</a></p></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/topics/community/heres-where-you-should-live-based-on-your-hogwarts-house"><h3 class="title">Here&#039;s Where You Should Live Based on Your Hogwarts House</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Need a city sorting hat? Check out the best places for Gryffindors, Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws and Slytherins. </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Luckily, <a href="https://www.slcairport.com/" target="_blank">Salt Lake International Airport</a> has answered the call with 97 direct flights to nearly every major American city, including <a href="https://livability.com/ny/new-york" target="_blank">New York</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/il/chicago" target="_blank">Chicago</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/hi/honolulu" target="_blank">Honolulu</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/ca/san-francisco" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/ma/boston" target="_blank">Boston</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/tx/austin" target="_blank">Austin</a> and <a href="https://livability.com/co/denver" target="_blank">Denver</a>. They also have several direct flights to smaller western and midwestern cities such as <a href="https://livability.com/id/boise" target="_blank">Boise</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/mt/bozeman" target="_blank">Bozeman</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/ca/palm-springs" target="_blank">Palm Springs</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/sd/rapid-city" target="_blank">Rapid City</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/ok/tulsa" target="_blank">Tulsa</a> and more.</p> <p dir="ltr">And if you’re ever in need of an international getaway or you’re headed to another country on business, Salt Lake City International has a high number of <a href="https://www.slcairport.com/assets/pdfDocuments/Air-Traffic-Statistics/International-Destinations-by-Airline-Nov-2018.pdf" target="_blank">direct flights</a> for such a small city, including Amsterdam, Calgary, London, Paris, Vancouver, Guadalajara and Toronto.  </p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/2018-03/ClevelandOH.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="CLE" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><p>Courtesy of <a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/portfolio/Ron_Thomas?mediatype=photography" target="_blank">iStockphoto/Ron Thomas</a></p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">4. Cleveland, OH</h2> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://livability.com/oh/cleveland/" target="_blank">Cleveland’s</a> population may only be 385,000, but it’s always been a city that’s felt bigger than it actually is. With professional teams in basketball, football and baseball as well as world-caliber museums like the <a href="https://www.rockhall.com/" target="_blank">Rock and Roll Hall of Fame</a> and the world-renowned <a href="http://www.clevelandart.org/" target="_blank">Cleveland Museum of Art</a>, Cleveland is a small city with big-time offerings. Another place where the city has a lot to offer is the <a href="http://www.clevelandairport.com/" target="_blank">Cleveland Hopkins International Airport</a>, which provides nonstop service to <a href="http://www.clevelandairport.com/flight-information/non-stop-cities" target="_blank">53 cities</a>, including several international spots.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/oh/cleveland/things-to-do/clevelands-creative-side-5-places-to-discover-c-towns-art-scene"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/WEB-Cleveland-Museum-of-Art-exterior-with-people-%28c%29-Cleveland-Museum-of-Art.jpg?itok=-EiWQaXg" width="160" height="160" alt="Cleveland Museum of Art" title="Cleveland Art" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption>Photo Courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Art</figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/oh/cleveland/things-to-do/clevelands-creative-side-5-places-to-discover-c-towns-art-scene"><h3 class="title">Cleveland’s Creative Side: 5 Places to Discover C-Town’s Art Scene</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Think Cleveland is just for sports fans? Think again: this Midwest city offers plenty for art lovers, too!</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">If you’re looking to escape those cold Ohio winters, you can easily jump on a quick flight to Cancun, Punta Cana, Montego Bay or San Juan. Cleveland Hopkins is also offering direct flights to Reykjavik, Iceland, if you’re craving adventure in the newest must-visit spot in Europe.</p> <p dir="ltr">Domestic destinations can also quickly be reached through the Cleveland airport, including <a href="https://livability.com/ma/boston" target="_blank">Boston</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/or/portland" target="_blank">Portland</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/ut/salt-lake-city" target="_blank">Salt Lake City</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/co/denver" target="_blank">Denver</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/tx/san-antonio" target="_blank">San Antonio</a> and <a href="https://livability.com/tn/Nashville" target="_blank">Nashville</a>, among others.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/Baltimore-MD.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Baltimore MD" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/baltimore-aerial-with-patapsco-river-waterfront-gm543842930-97680149" target="_blank">iStock Photo/Davel5957</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">5. Baltimore, MD</h2> <p dir="ltr">Because of its close proximity to the <a href="https://livability.com/dc/washington/" target="_blank">Washington D.C</a>. metro area, <a href="https://livability.com/md/baltimore" target="_blank">Baltimore</a> is a mid-sized city with many exciting opportunities for international travel — without all of the lengthy security lines at <a href="http://www.flyreagan.com/dca/reagan-national-airport" target="_blank">Reagan International</a> or <a href="http://www.flydulles.com/iad/dulles-international-airport" target="_blank">Dulles</a>. From <a href="https://www.bwiairport.com/" target="_blank">Baltimore/Washington International Airport</a>, you can fly <a href="https://www.bwiairport.com/flying-with-us/flights/bwi-route-map" target="_blank">directly</a> to destinations like Montego Bay, Punta Cana, Cancun and even all the way to London, England. Baltimore/Washington International has also jumped on the WOW train, offering nonstop service to the newest international hotspot — you guessed it — Reykjavik, Iceland.</p> <p dir="ltr">Just need to travel within the country? Baltimore/Washington flies to nearly every state in the country with services to everywhere from Memphis to Albuquerque to San Jose as well as all the major hubs like <a href="https://livability.com/ny/new-york" target="_blank">New York</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/il/chicago" target="_blank">Chicago</a> and <a href="https://livability.com/ga/atlanta/" target="_blank">Atlanta</a>.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/Cincinnati-OH.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Cincinnati OH" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><p>Courtesy of <a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/portfolio/aceshot?mediatype=photography" target="_blank">aceshot/iStock</a></p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">6. Cincinnati, OH</h2> <p dir="ltr">The Queen City of the Midwest has everything you need for entertainment — a beautiful waterfront, a public library system with millions of titles and a whole lot of breweries — but when the world is calling, you won’t have to wait too long to get to your destination from <a href="https://livability.com/oh/cincinnati" target="_blank">Cincinnati</a>. With <a href="http://www.cvgairport.com/flight/cities" target="_blank">direct flights</a> to beloved international destinations like Paris, Toronto, Montego Bay, Cancun, Punta Cana and the Bahamas, you’ll be collecting your luggage and enjoying your vacation before you know it.</p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.cvgairport.com/" target="_blank">Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport</a> also offers numerous direct flights to U.S. cities everywhere from <a href="https://livability.com/ga/Atlanta" target="_blank">Atlanta</a> to <a href="https://livability.com/tx/Austin" target="_blank">Austin</a> to <a href="https://livability.com/dc/washington" target="_blank">Washington D.C.</a> to <a href="https://livability.com/wa/Seattle" target="_blank">Seattle</a> and more.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/StLouisMO-DowntownSkylineAtDusk.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="STL" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/st-louis-downtown-skyline-at-twilight-gm975467206-265341543" target="_blank">iStockPhoto/f11photo</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">7. St. Louis, MO</h2> <p dir="ltr">The “Gateway to the West” was historically known for its importance as a major traveling stop for steamboats and river shipping, and today <a href="https://livability.com/mo/st-louis" target="_blank">St. Louis’s</a> tradition as a transportation hub continues with air travel. Booking it out of town from <a href="https://www.flystl.com/" target="_blank">St. Louis Lambert International Airport</a> is quick with over <a href="https://www.flystl.com/flights-and-airlines/non-stop-service" target="_blank">70 nonstop flights</a> to cities all over the country, including <a href="https://livability.com/tx/Dallas" target="_blank">Dallas</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/oh/Cincinnati" target="_blank">Cincinnati</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/sc/Charleston" target="_blank">Charleston</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/ia/des-moines" target="_blank">Des Moines</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/tx/Houston" target="_blank">Houston</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/ca/los-angeles" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/fl/Miami" target="_blank">Miami</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/ny/new-york" target="_blank">New York</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/ok/oklahoma-city/" target="_blank">Oklahoma City</a> and <a href="https://livability.com/pa/Philadelphia" target="_blank">Philadelphia</a>.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/topics/things-to-do/found-the-us-cities-with-the-most-freebies"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/St.%20Louis%20MO.jpg?itok=kqPx6359" width="160" height="160" alt="St. Louis, MO" title="St. Louis, MO" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/kiener-plaza-and-the-gateway-arch-in-st-louis-missouri-gm813161490-131543183" target="_blank">iStock Photo/JByard</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/topics/things-to-do/found-the-us-cities-with-the-most-freebies"><h3 class="title">Found: The US Cities With the Most Freebies </h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Whether you're looking for an affordable place to live or visit, these cities offer tons of fun activities — for exactly zero dollars.</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">Beyond domestic travel, Lambert International also offers direct flights to top tropical vacation destinations like Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Montego Bay and Punta Cana — so you can get off the plane and into your bikini sooner.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/BuffaloNY.jpg" width="1000" height="698" alt="buffalo ny" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><p>Courtesy of <a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/portfolio/benedek?mediatype=photography" target="_blank">benedek/iStock</a></p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">8. Buffalo, NY</h2> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://livability.com/ny/buffalo/" target="_blank">Buffalo</a> is one of the smallest cities on our jet-setting list — with a population of only 256,902 — but because of its location near the beautiful international tourist destination Niagara Falls, it has quite the impressive availability of direct flights to many destinations within the United States and even a few international flights.</p> <p dir="ltr">You can easily get to many major cities in the country through the <a href="http://www.buffaloairport.com/" target="_blank">Buffalo/Niagara International Airport</a>, including <a href="https://livability.com/nv/las-vegas" target="_blank">Las Vegas</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/az/Phoenix" target="_blank">Phoenix</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/fl/Jacksonville" target="_blank">Jacksonville</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/mn/Minneapolis" target="_blank">Minneapolis</a>, <a href="https://livability.com/nc/Raleigh" target="_blank">Raleigh</a>-<a href="https://livability.com/nc/Durham" target="_blank">Durham</a> and <a href="https://livability.com/ga/Atlanta" target="_blank">Atlanta</a>. And if you’re tired of the blusteringly cold Buffalo winters, you can quickly hop on a flight to sunny Punta Cana, Cancun or Montego Bay to thaw out — minus that annoying layover in Chicago.</p></div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 05 Nov 2018 14:00:00 +0000 Jamie Birdwell-Branson 316565 at https://livability.com Living the Dream: I’m a Florist https://livability.com/nd/fargo/living-the-dream/living-the-dream-im-a-florist <span>Living the Dream: I’m a Florist </span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/melody-warnick">Melody Warnick</a></span> <span>Fri, 11/02/2018 - 07:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/How-To-Be-a-Florist.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Florist with a bouquet" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>Welcome to Living the Dream, a Livability.com series about people who made their big dreams a reality - and the places and communities that made it possible. Do you know someone who's carved out a unique lifestyle or business in a small town or small to mid-sized city? We're always looking for great stories. <a href="mailto:wdimeo-ediger@livability.com">Email our editor</a> for a chance to be featured!</em></p> <p><em>Today we're talking to Christy, a florist in Fargo, ND. </em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/LivingTheDream-Florist2.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Living the Dream" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="https://www.lovealwaysfloral.com/" target="_blank">Photo Courtesy of Love Always Floral + Events</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>Name:</strong> Christy Tehven</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Age:</strong> 30</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Occupation: </strong>Florist and owner of <a href="https://www.lovealwaysfloral.com" target="_blank">Love Always Floral and Events</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Location: </strong><a href="https://livability.com/nd/fargo" target="_blank">Fargo, ND</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>What about flowers speaks to you?</strong></p> <p>It’s the messages behind them. Whether it’s a delivery because you beat cancer, or a funeral arrangement for a loved one, or congratulations on a new baby, or a delivery for an anniversary, there are so many awesome moments of joy and love that we get to be part of.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--social-embed paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-embed-code field--type-text-long field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Embed Code</div> <div class="field--item"><blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpm8qgcA7l9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:540px; min-width:326px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:16px;"> <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpm8qgcA7l9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" style=" background:#FFFFFF; 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overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpm8qgcA7l9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">A post shared by love.always (@lovealwaysfloral)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2018-10-31T19:04:38+00:00">Oct 31, 2018 at 12:04pm PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js"></script></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>Making people happy sounds really fun.</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">One of our delivery drivers got to deliver an arrangement to a grandmother from her grandson. The delivery driver had to clear off the table to place the flowers there, then she had to read her the card because she couldn’t quite see very well. The grandma started crying and just loved it so much. Then the driver ended up taking out her trash for her because she couldn’t lift it. I think moments like that are so cool to be a part of.</p> <p dir="ltr">Like, when you hand a bride her bouquet, the bride tears up and then the mom tears up and they’re hugging, and then they’re hugging you! You feel almost part of their family. I cry all the time at this job from moments where you get to hear someone’s joy or feel their pain or be a part of a big event. Then you know you’re in the right space.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/or/community/living-the-dream-i-started-a-lavender-farm-in-oregon"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/Sauvie%20Island%20Lavender%20Farm%20View.jpg?itok=7CYGRlD6" width="160" height="160" alt="Sauvie Island Lavender Farm" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/or/community/living-the-dream-i-started-a-lavender-farm-in-oregon"><h3 class="title">Living the Dream: I Started a Lavender Farm in Oregon</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Growing lavender on a beautiful island in Oregon sounds like a dream come true, right? Here's what it took to make it a reality. </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>Did you always know floral design was the right space for you?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">I double-majored in PR and business marketing at Concordia College in <a href="https://livability.com/mn/moorhead" target="_blank">Moorhead, MN</a>, and at 24 I started doing corporate events for a retailer—store grand openings, press events, groundbreakings. It gave me a ton of experience, but after three years of working 55- or 60-hour weeks, I got really burned out. When an ad agency recruited me I took the job, and once I had a little more free time I started to work Thursdays and Fridays at a floral design shop after my full-time job, doing bouquets and designs there. I really fell in love with it and would look forward to doing it.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/LivingTheDream-Florist5.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Living the Dream" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="https://www.lovealwaysfloral.com/" target="_blank">Photo Courtesy of Love Always Floral + Events</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>How did that turn into a business idea?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">When that florist decided to sell her company, I made an offer, but our prices were on opposite ends of the spectrum. I walked away from that but couldn’t shake the feeling of wanting to do something different. In November 2015 I took three days off work, went to a cabin in Minnesota, and worked through Danielle LaPorte’s Fire Starter Sessions [a self-help guide about “creating success on your own terms”]. It was really within those three days that I realized I had to try and see if I could make it work and start my own business. At 9 o’clock on Monday morning I went back and told my boss I was leaving. It was one of those “rip the Band-Aid off” moments. Luckily she cheered me on and buys flowers from us today.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>Was your family just as supportive?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">My husband Greg was my biggest cheerleader by far. The whole time we were looking at buying the other floral business, he was like, “Why not start your own instead of paying for someone else’s?” He’s the executive director of <a href="https://www.emergingprairie.com" target="_blank">Emerging Prairie</a>, which is a nonprofit that helps build the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Fargo. Tech is their main focus, but Emerging Prairie does a good job supporting new entrepreneurs who are non-tech.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/LivingTheDream-Florist4.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Living the Dream" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="https://www.lovealwaysfloral.com/" target="_blank">Photo Courtesy of Love Always Floral + Events</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>What was your approach to starting a business from scratch in Fargo?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">That first year we worked out of my house, which let us build some cash without having a lot of overhead. Greg was overly patient; there were leaves and flowers everywhere in our house that summer. But I was lucky enough to start the business without taking a loan out. That’s been really helpful with getting a minimum viable product out and doing it without a lot of frills. We’re still working on getting a logoed delivery van.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/nd/fargo/business/humbly-changing-the-world-inside-fargos-thriving-startup-scene"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/FargoND-CoScheduleOrangeFinal.jpg?itok=nj7PxtWt" width="160" height="160" alt="Fargo ND" title="Fargo ND" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><a href="http://haleyfrostcreative.com/" target="_blank">Photo Courtesy of Haley Frost Creative</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/nd/fargo/business/humbly-changing-the-world-inside-fargos-thriving-startup-scene"><h3 class="title">Humbly Changing the World: Inside Fargo’s Thriving Startup Scene</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">What happens when Midwestern modesty meets world-changing innovation? A tech hotspot with heart.</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>You worked with other local entrepreneurs too, right?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">I did partnerships right away. I partnered with a downtown wedding shop called <a href="https://yourdaybynicole.com">Your Day by Nicole</a>, and they’re wonderful. I also partnered with <a href="https://www.thewhitehouseco.com">White House Co</a>., a retail shop that also does vintage rentals; they’ve been a huge supporter and a massive creative driver. We styled shoots to get our name out there and show people what we could do. We put together a fake wedding scene and got tons of photos from it; that helped to get my website going.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--quote paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <blockquote> <div class="field field--name-field-quote field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>"A lot of my first customers were entrepreneurs. They inherently know how hard it is, and that any sale that comes in during that early time is so uplifting."</p></div> <p class="quote-attribution"> <br> </p> </blockquote> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>It sounds like Fargo’s entrepreneurs really support each other and want new businesses to get off the ground.</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Absolutely. I know I’ve changed my philosophy as a consumer on how I buy products based on what I’ve gone through. Where I buy my clothes or where I buy my birthday gifts is through local retailers, because I know how important that is for businesses to survive. I think other entrepreneurs in town get that.</p> <p dir="ltr">A lot of my first customers were entrepreneurs. They inherently know how hard it is, and that any sale that comes in during that early time is so uplifting.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>Are you from Fargo originally?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">I grew up in <a href="https://livability.com/nd/langdon" target="_blank">Langdon, ND</a>, a small town just 15 miles south of the Canadian border. I ended up going to school in <a href="https://livability.com/mn/Moorhead" target="_blank">Moorhead, MN</a>, just across the river from Fargo, and I’ve stayed ever since. I always thought I’d be the girl that went away to <a href="https://livability.com/mn/Minneapolis" target="_blank">Minneapolis</a> or flew to <a href="https://livability.com/ca" target="_blank">California</a>, but I loved my friends and family and my job, and I was really happy here and didn’t feel the need for a change. 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border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;">&nbsp;</div> </div> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmMKkBEH1AW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">A post shared by love.always (@lovealwaysfloral)</a> on <time datetime="2018-08-07T19:52:24+00:00" style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;">Aug 7, 2018 at 12:52pm PDT</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script async src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js"></script></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>What do you love about living in Fargo?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">I just love the heart of our city, the kindness that is shown towards others. Starting a business, you never really know how people are going to show up and support you. When I asked for customers and asked for people to help support me, they totally did, no questions asked. We’re right next to <a href="https://20below.coffee" target="_blank">Twenty Below Coffee</a> downtown. In the morning I can go in and get a coffee (my favorite chai latte in all the land), and I know them all by name, and they ask how things are going.</p> <p dir="ltr">The hearts of the people here are really genuine. They want the best for you, not like, “I hope this person doesn’t make it.”</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/topics/business/startup-here-how-7-entrepreneurs-chose-where-to-base-their-businesses"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/boston_0.jpg?itok=XPYOPUYh" width="160" height="160" alt="Boston MA" title="Boston MA" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><p>Courtesy of <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/rjshade/" target="_blank">Robbie Shade</a> under a <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/" target="_blank"> CC 4.0 </a> license.</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/topics/business/startup-here-how-7-entrepreneurs-chose-where-to-base-their-businesses"><h3 class="title">Startup Here: How 7 Entrepreneurs Chose Where to Base Their Businesses </h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">We asked seven successful founders how they chose where to start their businesses. Their priorities might surprise you. </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>What’s your typical day like?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Today we’re going to do a couple centerpieces for an event this afternoon, then we have some bridesmaid bouquets to do, since we have three weddings going on this weekend. We have some bride meetings to prep for as well. We do lots of wedding things: bouquets, boutonnieres, arbors, centerpieces, all those things.</p> <p dir="ltr">During wedding season, on Saturdays my mom watches our 6-month old daughter Harper for me while my team meets at the shop anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 in the morning. We usually have groups of two people working together; we get them loaded up and they head off to weddings for setups. They come back anywhere around noon or 2 and we finish up.</p> <p dir="ltr">Then I try to catch Greg and Harper or my mom at the farmers’ market. Saturdays are a little intense for us because Greg and I usually work, but on Sunday we walk downtown—we live five minutes away—and go to <a href="https://www.fargomoorhead.org/restaurant-bar/bernbaums/" target="_blank">BernBaum’s</a> for brunch. I get their egg bake, and they have an orange roll that’s really good. We’ll grab a coffee, stroll down to <a href="http://www.fargoparks.com/facilities-recreation/island-park.html" target="_blank">Island Park</a>, and have a slow morning and just hang out and catch up and try to spend some time together as a family.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/LivingTheDream-Florist1.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Living the Dream" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="https://www.lovealwaysfloral.com/" target="_blank">Photo Courtesy of Love Always Floral + Events</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>How do you get it all done?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">We have a team of seven, and we’re looking to hire two more people, so soon we’ll be up to nine. The culture and the team we built, I’m really proud of. We’re all women that really love and respect each other and cheer each other on. I’m known on my team for just saying yes to everything and then we figure it out later. So we do some really cool installs that aren’t necessarily floral-related over our mall fountains. Our mall has actually been a really wonderful partner!</p> <p dir="ltr">Thinking of those projects on a grand scale, I’m so proud of our team for being up for anything and thinking creatively and outside the box, instead of saying “we can’t” or giving up. They’re in the mindset of, “Yeah, we can figure that out, yeah we can do it.” That’s my most proud moment, the way they work together and serve our customers.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/tx/lockhart/real-estate/living-the-dream-we-turned-a-historic-texas-home-into-a-luxury"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/EllisonHouse-Exterior.jpg?itok=bvlFxpo3" width="160" height="160" alt="Ellison House" title="Ellison House" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><a href="https://www.ellison-house.com/" target="_blank">Photo Courtesy of Ellison House</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/tx/lockhart/real-estate/living-the-dream-we-turned-a-historic-texas-home-into-a-luxury"><h3 class="title">Living the Dream: We Turned a Historic Texas Home Into a ‘Luxury Boardinghouse’</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Ever thought about renovating an old house or opening your own B&B? You definitely need to read this.</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>Does running Love Always help you feel part of the Fargo community?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Oh yeah, absolutely. We have some loyal and faithful clients that we’ve done their corporate events, their proposal arrangements, their father’s funeral bouquet, their son’s baby shower. You’re a part of their family events. Then when you see them on the street it’s fun to catch up and see how the new baby is doing or how the wedding planning is going. And our downtown community has been so wonderful at supporting us and welcoming us.</p> <p dir="ltr">The excitement is growing but I also think our confidence is growing. I just love our city and I love the people that are in our community. It’s just a special place to live and raise a family. I couldn’t imagine rooting a company in love and joy anywhere else but Fargo. It’s wonderful.</p></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-content-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/content-series/living-the-dream" hreflang="en">Living the Dream</a></div> Fri, 02 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000 Melody Warnick 316521 at https://livability.com The Cost of Living Diaries: How Much Does It Really Cost to Move to Seattle? https://livability.com/topics/cost-of-living-diaries/the-cost-of-living-diaries-how-much-does-it-really-cost-to-move-to <span>The Cost of Living Diaries: How Much Does It Really Cost to Move to Seattle?</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/sarah-von-bargen">Sarah Von Bargen</a></span> <span>Thu, 11/01/2018 - 09:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/Seattle-Space-Needle.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Seattle skyline" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><em>Are you thinking of moving to <a href="https://livability.com/wa/seattle" target="_blank">Seattle</a>? Not sure how to swing moving to one of the most expensive cities in America? Read on for one woman’s story of relocating from a small city in Indiana to the suburbs of Seattle.</em><br /><br /><strong>Name: </strong>Allison</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Age:</strong> 29</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Job in Indiana: </strong>Was working full-remote as a Web Content Strategist for a mid-size health insurance company in Illinois. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Job in <a href="https://livability.com/wa/seattle" target="_blank">Seattle</a>: </strong>When I moved in June 2017, I was still working full-remote for that company. I started working as a Content Writer for Microsoft in spring 2018, and I'm also still working part-time for my previous company running their social media for the extra money.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Rent/mortgage in <a href="https://livability.com/in/Kokomo" target="_blank">Kokomo, Indiana</a>: </strong>$680 for a 2-bedroom apartment, over 1,000 sq. ft., which included pet fees, split evenly with my partner.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Rent/mortgage in <a href="https://livability.com/wa/Issaquah" target="_blank">Issaquah, WA</a> (suburb of Seattle): </strong>$1,900 for a 1-bedroom apartment, just over 700 sq. ft., which includes parking and pet fees, split evenly with my partner.</p> <p dir="ltr">Our first year also included a free month's rent as part of an initiative to fill their new apartment building, essentially eliminating a deposit on a brand new apartment. It also made it the cheapest apartment we looked at. (We'd set a budget of $1,600-1,700 baseline rent, before things like pets and parking costs.)</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/topics/careers-opportunities/how-much-does-it-really-cost-to-move-to-nyc"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/NewYorkNY-BrooklynBridgeDusk.jpg?itok=mjrLIAj3" width="160" height="160" alt="New York NY" title="New York NY" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/new-york-city-skyline-gm932802282-255643977" target="_blank">iStockPhoto/Sean Pavone</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/topics/careers-opportunities/how-much-does-it-really-cost-to-move-to-nyc"><h3 class="title">How Much Does It Really Cost to Move to NYC?</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">How much does it really cost to live in New York City? We asked someone who relocated to give us all the details. (And we mean ALL.)</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>What precipitated your move?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">My significant other Matt is in the military reserves, and he got orders to switch to a unit here. We knew we'd live in the Seattle-area for our tech-related careers instead of right by his base.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/seatlle.jpg" width="1050" height="605" alt="Seattle WA" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><p>Courtesy of <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jmiske/" target="_blank">Jonathan Miske</a> under a <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/" target="_blank"> CC 4.0 </a> license.</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>As you were getting ready to move, how did you prepare for the difference in cost of living? </strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Matt describes military moves as a rubberband. Months and months of build-up internally, and then SNAP, you have to move in two weeks.</p> <p dir="ltr">So we literally flew out, picked an apartment in a weekend, packed up our apartment, drove to Illinois and packed up what we'd been storing with family there. Then we drove cross-country for three and a half days, unpacked, and bought and assembled IKEA furniture in less than two weeks.</p> <p dir="ltr">The worst part of that type of move is that no matter what, you incur higher costs because it's "last minute." So we had more expensive flights, and we had to buy all of our moving boxes because we didn't really have a "planning to move" window where we could collect them, etc.</p> <p dir="ltr">That being said, both of us have lived in <a href="https://livability.com/il/chicago" target="_blank">Chicago</a>, I've lived in <a href="https://livability.com/ny/new-york" target="_blank">NYC</a>, and we did our research. We knew the cost of living change we were signing up for. Luckily, he also had a buffer of savings to help make it possible, even though we were splitting costs in the long run.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/wa/affordable-places-to-live/the-5-most-affordable-cities-in-washington"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/washington_affordable_cities.jpg?itok=_p4qDRbn" width="160" height="160" alt="Washington affordable cities" title="Washington affordable cities" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/wa/affordable-places-to-live/the-5-most-affordable-cities-in-washington"><h3 class="title">The 5 Most Affordable Cities in Washington</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Looking to move to the Pacific Northwest on a budget? Well, these five cities are a great place to start.</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>What was it like looking for housing in Seattle?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Because we essentially only had one full day to find a place, we hired an agency to find and book us appointments, and then they picked us up (saving us a car rental), and took us everywhere. It also helped us look at suburbs without us having to be experts in the different neighborhoods before we arrived. For us, it was ideal.</p> <p dir="ltr">We very specifically chose to live in the suburbs to save money, because we didn't have jobs here yet, and some of the major tech companies are in the suburbs. We knew worst case scenario, we'd have a commute in the future.</p> <p dir="ltr">In terms of quality, the rental market has been expanding in <a href="https://livability.com/wa/seattle" target="_blank">Seattle</a> so quickly that I've never had an easier time looking at nice apartments. But in terms of price, it's high for the amount of space. However, we decided that a gorgeous but small space that was within budget wouldn't be a problem, and we still love it.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>Obviously, cost of living isn’t just about housing prices. What other costs changed for you? </strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Paying for parking in the Seattle area is common. We pay $85 per month for our spot in the parking garage, and frequently spend around $10 to park when we venture into Seattle.</p> <p dir="ltr">Produce is comparable in cost to the Midwest, but of a much higher quality because they grow so many things out here! We are also able to use Amazon Fresh, their grocery service, and many things are actually cheaper through them than at the grocery store nearby, and it gets delivered.</p> <p dir="ltr">Eating and drinks out are much more expensive, but the options are so much greater than in Indiana that it's made going out genuinely fun and different again. We do eat at home more than ever before, but honestly it's because there's fewer fast food options near us, and we have an amazing kitchen in our apartment, so it's been good for us.</p> <p dir="ltr">Flights to places you actually want to go for vacation, like <a href="https://livability.com/ca/" target="_blank">California</a> and <a href="https://livability.com/hi/" target="_blank">Hawaii</a>, are also much cheaper from Seattle.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/wa/real-estate/cant-afford-to-live-in-seattle-live-here-instead"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/seatlle.jpg?itok=QXhUCFu1" width="160" height="160" alt="best places for fishing" title="Seattle WA" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><p>Courtesy of <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jmiske/" target="_blank">Jonathan Miske</a> under a <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/" target="_blank"> CC 4.0 </a> license.</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/wa/real-estate/cant-afford-to-live-in-seattle-live-here-instead"><h3 class="title">Can’t Afford to Live in Seattle? Live Here Instead</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Seattle is one of the fastest growing (and most expensive) cities in the country. These nearby cities provide easy access to Seattle for a fraction of the price.</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>Has this change in cost of living affected other life choices? </strong></p> <p dir="ltr">This move really opened the door to better jobs for us. Between those and my extra work for my old company, we've significantly raised our incomes since we moved. So in the beginning, we really had to buy that furniture from IKEA. Now, we've been trying to make sure we're buying higher quality versions of the things we need, so we can take them with us to our next place.</p> <p dir="ltr">We've also started to save for a house, which is very expensive here, but we would like to step toward that in the not-so-far future. We've also been able to treat ourselves a bit more often, with date nights out every few weeks, and I've been able to significantly pay down debt. Since we're both very career-focused at the moment, it's been nice to make our home life a little more comfortable and start saving for the future.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/seattle.jpg" width="1050" height="603" alt="Seattle WA" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><p>Courtesy of <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/dawilson/" target="_blank">Dave Wilson</a> under a <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/" target="_blank"> CC 4.0 </a> license.</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>What do you love about your new city?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://livability.com/wa/" target="_blank">Washington</a> is phenomenally beautiful. We live between mountains, and even when it's rainy, there's pretty mist rolling over them, and there are lots of lakes nearby. It's green year-round. Fall is beautifully colored and lasts more than a week (unlike the Midwest), and cherry-blossoms bloom everywhere in the Spring. The weather usually sits in a perfect warm range, and it only snowed twice last year, one of which was for Christmas.</p> <p dir="ltr">There's also so much more to do and see. I love live music, so I've been seeing shows every month or two. We live right across the street from all kinds of things, including the best Thai food in the area, a grocery store, and a little shopping center filled with individual-owned stores and restaurants. Plus top-tier restaurants, national parks, professional sports teams and more are just a short drive away.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/wa/where-to-live-now/8-reasons-to-move-to-washington-state"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/seattle_skyline-1050x505.jpg?itok=Tw8LhdzQ" width="160" height="160" alt="Seattle" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption>By Sajad Mohamad (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0</figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/wa/where-to-live-now/8-reasons-to-move-to-washington-state"><h3 class="title">8 Reasons to Move to Washington State</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">There are many reasons why this Pacific Northwest state is one of the most popular in the country right now. Here are eight of them.</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>What do you miss about the Midwest?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Besides friends and family, what we miss most is the pizza; the Midwest crunchy thin crust or deep dish are nonexistent. We also miss thunderstorms, visiting Chicago, and everything being 15 minutes away or less.   ​​​</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>What has surprised you the most about this move?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">We fell in love with Washington. We knew this move was a step in the direction we wanted to go, but we thought we might move on to California in a few years. But after living here, we think this is where we'd like to settle down. We love our jobs and the market for them, the environment, the style of houses and easy access to an awesome city.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/topics/moving/should-you-move-take-our-quiz-and-find-out"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/should-you-move-quiz.jpg?itok=EQCHrBjp" width="160" height="160" alt="Should You Move Quiz" title="Should You Move Quiz" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/topics/moving/should-you-move-take-our-quiz-and-find-out"><h3 class="title">Should You Move? Take our Quiz and Find out!</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Check it out and see if we can convince you</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr"><strong>What advice would you give to someone who’s interested in moving to a more expensive city?</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Ask yourself honestly how much space you really need. Will being able to get out of the house more, into the outdoors and the city, make up for things like a spare bedroom or office?<br /><br /> Don't forget to explore the suburbs which can help you save and offer more picturesque neighborhoods and convenience. Start following community boards and groups and join Nextdoor. You can find great deals on things like furniture and free or cheap events, live music, and more all over the city.</p></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-content-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/content-series/cost-of-living-diaries" hreflang="en">Cost of Living Diaries</a></div> Thu, 01 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000 Sarah Von Bargen 316561 at https://livability.com Looking for a Job? Here's Where to Move. https://livability.com/topics/business/looking-for-a-job-heres-where-to-move <span>Looking for a Job? Here&#039;s Where to Move.</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/emily-handy">Emily Handy</a></span> <span>Tue, 10/30/2018 - 09:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/AmesIA-ISUBeardshearHall.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Ames IA" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Have you spruced up your resume and knocked it out of the park at several job interviews, but still haven't gotten a job offer? Maybe it’s not you — it’s the city you’re in. Some job markets are extremely cutthroat and competitive, but we have good news: that is definitely not the case everywhere. In fact, many cities across the country are experiencing the opposite scenario right now: they have thousands of high-quality job openings and not enough skilled workers to fill them. These cities need job seekers — and fast.</p> <p>We took a look around the country and found 10 places that are in serious need of great people to fill great job openings in a wide range of fields, from healthcare to IT to manufacturing. And even better? These places aren't just great places to grow your career, they're great places to live. </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-article-paragraphs field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/Rochester-MN-Nighttime.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Rochester MN" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/rochester-minnesota-gm900875616-248546845" target="_blank">iStock Photo/DenisTangneyJr</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">1. Rochester, Minnesota</h2> <p dir="ltr">The state of <a href="https://livability.com/mn/" target="_blank">Minnesota</a> is a job-seeker’s paradise, thanks to a large population of baby boomers who are aging out of the workforce and an economy that’s growing every day. One city in particular that is hungry for workers is <a href="https://livability.com/mn/rochester" target="_blank">Rochester</a>, a southern Minnesota city that boasts the world-renowned <a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/" target="_blank">Mayo Clinic</a>. Unsurprisingly, the healthcare field is the main source of job openings, but the city is poised to see 25,000 to 35,000 new jobs over the next two decades in a variety of fields.</p> <p dir="ltr">Specifically, those with degrees in STEM fields are highly sought after, and, according to Oriane Casale, the assistant director of the Labor Market Information Office at the <a href="https://mn.gov/deed/" target="_blank">Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development</a>, employers are even beginning to loosen the reins on job qualifications here.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/mn/rochester/business/rochester-mn-is-a-hub-for-young-talent"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/81302SUB076.jpg?itok=aZ6UA5RZ" width="160" height="160" alt="Rochester MN" title="Rochester MN" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption>Photography by Olive Juice Studios</figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/mn/rochester/business/rochester-mn-is-a-hub-for-young-talent"><h3 class="title">Rochester, MN is a Hub for Young Talent</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Region builds momentum to attract young professionals</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">In addition to the bounty of job opportunities, Rochester is an incredible place to live. It’s landed on our list of <a href="https://livability.com/mn/rochester/real-estate/why-rochester-mn-is-a-top-100-best-place-to-live" target="_blank">Top 100 Places to Live</a> for its surging growth and its small-town feel — all within an hour of <a href="https://livability.com/mn/st-paul" target="_blank">St. Paul</a> and <a href="https://livability.com/mn/Minneapolis" target="_blank">Minneapolis</a>. The city also has a thriving arts and music scene, and is considerably more affordable than the twin cities, with a median home price about $50,000 less than Minneapolis. We've named it one of <a href="https://livability.com/top-10/families/best-affordable-places-to-live/2016">America's Best Affordable Places to Live</a>, which is even more impressive when you consider the high-paying jobs to be had here. </p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/AmesIA-ISUStudentsBeardshearHall.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Ames" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption>Photo Courtesy of Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University</figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">2. Ames, Iowa</h2> <p dir="ltr">According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, <a href="https://livability.com/ia/ames/" target="_blank">Ames</a> has the lowest unemployment rate in the country at 1.5 percent. This should be a good thing, right? A point of pride? Yes, absolutely! But it also presents a bit of a conundrum, because Ames simply has too many jobs and not enough workers. In fact, the unemployment rate is so low that Ames-based companies are beginning to look outside the city, and even the state, for skilled workers to fill open positions.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/topics/business/startup-here-how-7-entrepreneurs-chose-where-to-base-their-businesses"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/boston_0.jpg?itok=XPYOPUYh" width="160" height="160" alt="Boston MA" title="Boston MA" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><p>Courtesy of <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/rjshade/" target="_blank">Robbie Shade</a> under a <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/" target="_blank"> CC 4.0 </a> license.</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/topics/business/startup-here-how-7-entrepreneurs-chose-where-to-base-their-businesses"><h3 class="title">Startup Here: How 7 Entrepreneurs Chose Where to Base Their Businesses </h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">We asked seven successful founders how they chose where to start their businesses. Their priorities might surprise you. </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">Many of Ames' job openings are in skilled labor jobs or trade jobs, but the area is also home to a booming tech sector. Ames has been touted as being part of the “<a href="https://livability.com/topics/business/beyond-silicon-valley-5-up-and-coming-tech-hotspots" target="_blank">Silicon Prairie</a>,” which includes thriving tech scenes across the Midwest and Great Plains states.</p> <p dir="ltr">Home of <a href="https://www.iastate.edu/">Iowa State University</a>, the city has also been ranked a <a href="https://livability.com/top-10/college/10-best-college-towns/2018">Top 10 College Town</a> thanks to its ridiculously charming downtown, 55 miles of bike trails, and arts scene. It’s not a surprise that Ames was one of 2018’s <a href="https://livability.com/best-places/top-100-best-places-to-live/2018" target="_blank">Top 100 Places to Live</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Just to recap: Ames is one of the best places to live in the country, with tons of amazing jobs available <em>right now</em>. What are you waiting for?</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/10%20Reasons%20to%20Move%20to%20Wisconsin.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Wisconsin" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption>istock: timhughes</figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">3. Wisconsin</h2> <p dir="ltr">The state of <a href="https://livability.com/wi/" target="_blank">Wisconsin</a> as a whole has a lot going for it right now, and it’s not just cheese. With unemployment at just 2.3 percent in August, the state is facing an increasingly common problem: it has an abundance of jobs and not enough employees — and they’re pulling out all the stops to get those jobs filled.</p> <p dir="ltr">In July, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker <a href="https://fox6now.com/2018/07/16/wisconsin-commits-8m-to-address-needs-of-wisconsin-workers-get-people-to-where-the-jobs-are/" target="_blank">announced an $8 million initiative</a> to reduce transportation barriers for new employees to get to where the jobs are. That's in addition to <a href="https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/391440-states-battle-for-workers-amid-low-unemployment">a $7 million campaign</a> to lure young people from the surrounding region (including <a href="https://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2018/01/10/wisconsin-targets-chicago-millennials-in-1-million.html">$1 million being spent to attract millennials from Chicago</a>). </p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/wi/real-estate/10-reasons-to-move-to-wisconsin"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/Madison-WI-State-Capitol.jpg?itok=PRnzkmOm" width="160" height="160" alt="Madison, WI" title="Madison, WI" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/wisconsin-state-capitol-building-gm872033318-243591437" target="_blank">iStock Photo/UWMadison</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/wi/real-estate/10-reasons-to-move-to-wisconsin"><h3 class="title">10 Reasons to Move to Wisconsin</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">What is this magical land of cheese, cheap rent and a record number of water slides? It's called Wisconsin. </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">In <a href="https://livability.com/wi/madison" target="_blank">Madison</a>, which is a booming video game development hub, a recent conference was held to shed light on the industry and to attract new talent. If you are seeking a job in video game development, Madison is an excellent place to start your search. Who knows — you might even get offered the job on the spot! According to the <a href="https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/money/2018/06/18/wisconsin-jobs-low-unemployment-means-employers-offer-jobs-quick/650587002/" target="_blank">Green Bay Press Gazette</a>, Wisconsin employers are in a cutthroat race to hire talent, and are making more and more offers immediately.</p> <p dir="ltr">In addition to being overflowing with good jobs, this awesome state is<a href="https://livability.com/wi/real-estate/10-reasons-to-move-to-wisconsin" target="_blank"> known for its festivals</a>, low housing costs (15 percent below national average!) and its sports teams. If you’re into nature, Wisconsin has 15,000 lakes and 47 state parks, and we promise you you’ll never get bored.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/Murfreesboro-TN.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Murfreesboro TN" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/stores-around-the-public-square-in-historic-downtown-murfreesboro-tn-usa-gm860206276-142390209" target="_blank">iStock Photo/csfotoimages</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">4. Murfreesboro, Tennessee</h2> <p dir="ltr">When you think of Tennessee cities, <a href="https://livability.com/tn/nashville" target="_blank">Nashville</a> and <a href="https://livability.com/tn/memphis" target="_blank">Memphis</a> usually come to mind first. However, there’s a new “it” city making a name for itself south of Nashville. <a href="https://livability.com/tn/murfreesboro" target="_blank">Murfreesboro</a>, a city of 136,000 located about 30 miles southeast of Nashville, is expecting an impressive 10 percent job growth from 2017 to 2022. Many folks who live in this city have jobs in Nashville and commute, leaving many fantastic local jobs open for the taking. Why commute a few hours a day when you can live and work in the same place?</p> <p dir="ltr">In fact, the whole of Rutherford County has 3,000 jobs available every single day. Many of these jobs are in manufacturing or construction as Nashville’s housing boom has seeped into neighboring cities. <a href="https://www.nissanusa.com/about/corporate-information.html" target="_blank">Nissan</a>, <a href="https://www.bridgestoneamericas.com/en/corporation/our-headquarters" target="_blank">Bridgestone/Firestone</a>, and <a href="https://www.verizon.com/about/" target="_blank">Verizon</a> are among top employers in the city. However, a recent report from <a href="https://www.mtsu.edu/" target="_blank">Middle Tennessee University</a> claims that the number of tech jobs available in Middle Tennessee is projected to grow 16 percent by 2022.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/tn/murfreesboro/business/destination-growth-rutherford-county-tn-is-booming-in-business"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/3010216JWA2786.jpg?itok=c9-I41hG" width="160" height="160" alt="Rutherford County, TN" title="Rutherford County, TN" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption>Jeff Adkins</figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/tn/murfreesboro/business/destination-growth-rutherford-county-tn-is-booming-in-business"><h3 class="title">Destination Growth: Rutherford County, TN is Booming in Business</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Area is a destination of choice for expanding and relocating businesses</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">This charming Tennessee city has landed a spot on many of Livability's lists, including being one of <a href="https://livability.com/tn/real-estate/the-5-most-affordable-cities-in-tennessee" target="_blank">Tennessee’s most affordable cities</a> and a <a href="https://livability.com/tn/real-estate/best-places-to-live-in-tennessee" target="_blank">best place to live</a> in the state. It’s also home to <a href="https://www.mtsu.edu/">Middle Tennessee State University</a>, the largest undergrad university in Tennessee.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/VT-StorefrontWithPrettyFlowers.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Burlington Vermont" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption>Photo Courtesy of Winona Dimeo-Ediger</figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">5. Burlington, Vermont</h2> <p dir="ltr">Like <a href="https://livability.com/wi" target="_blank">Wisconsin</a>, the whole state of <a href="https://livability.com/vt/" target="_blank">Vermont</a> is hungry for workers, but the Commissioner of the <a href="https://accd.vermont.gov/economic-development" target="_blank">Vermont Department of Economic Development</a> told us that <a href="https://livability.com/vt/burlington" target="_blank">Burlington</a> had the biggest need.</p> <p dir="ltr">There just aren’t enough young people in the city, and many skilled employees are retiring. Like many cities in the nation, Burlington’s <a href="https://www.wcax.com/content/news/In-hot-labor-market-restaurants-struggle-to-fill-jobs-495300521.html" target="_blank">hospitality industry is facing staffing shortages</a>, and some restaurants are even having to close early due to a lack of staff. The city’s unemployment rate is currently sitting at 2.1 percent, which is almost full employment. Yet there are still around 6,000(!) open jobs in Burlington, and with almost no net migration into the state, these jobs are practically growing on trees. Manufacturing is another industry with a lot of job openings in Vermont. Many of the state’s manufacturing workers are <a href="https://www.rutlandherald.com/news/the-story-behind-vermont-s-manufacturing-job-scene-is-a/article_f0512ce7-c70f-5e39-a032-6bb235ccea86.html" target="_blank">aging out of the workforce</a> with no one to replace them.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/vt/real-estate/thinking-about-moving-to-vermont-sign-up-for-this-life-changing-weekend-trip"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/VT-StorefrontWithPrettyFlowers.jpg?itok=-cbH7Pkl" width="160" height="160" alt="Vermont" title="Vermont" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption>Photo Courtesy of Winona Dimeo-Ediger</figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/vt/real-estate/thinking-about-moving-to-vermont-sign-up-for-this-life-changing-weekend-trip"><h3 class="title">Thinking About Moving to Vermont? Sign Up for This Life-Changing Weekend Trip</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">If you've ever daydreamed about moving to Vermont, now is the perfect time to do it. Here's how. </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">In fact, the state is even willing to <a href="https://livability.com/topics/business/7-cities-that-will-actually-pay-you-to-move-there" target="_blank">pay you to move</a> to certain cities like <a href="https://livability.com/vt/burlington" target="_blank">Burlington</a> and <a href="https://livability.com/vt/manchester" target="_blank">Manchester</a>, and will give new residents up to $10,000 if they decide to work remotely. Want to take living in Vermont for a test drive before you commit? The state's innovative <a href="https://livability.com/vt/real-estate/thinking-about-moving-to-vermont-sign-up-for-this-life-changing-weekend-trip">Stay to Stay Weekend</a> lets you do just that: transforming a fun weekend trip into a sort of relocation boot camp, connecting visitors with job interviews, real estate agents and fun activities.</p> <p dir="ltr">The beautiful city of Burlington ranked as one of our <a href="https://livability.com/vt/burlington/real-estate/why-burlington-vt-is-a-best-place-to-live" target="_blank">Top 100 Best Places to Live</a> for its excellent healthcare and schools, and for being the birthplace of Ben &amp; Jerry’s ice cream. What more could you need?</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/chandler_arizona_-_flickr_user_mircea_goia.jpg" width="1050" height="479" alt="Chandler AZ" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><p>Courtesy of Flickr user Mircea Goia under a <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/" target="_blank"> CC 4.0 </a> license.</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">6. Chandler, Arizona</h2> <p dir="ltr">After analyzing job opportunities, monthly median salary and employment growth, <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/best-cities-for-finding-a-job-2018-1#1-chandler-arizona-20" target="_blank">WalletHub</a> generated a list of the best cities for finding a job in 2018. At the top of the pack? <a href="https://livability.com/AZ/CHANDLER" target="_blank">Chandler</a>, a little city southeast of <a href="https://livability.com/AZ/PHOENIX" target="_blank">Phoenix</a>. In fact, many <a href="https://livability.com/az/" target="_blank">Arizona</a> cities in the PHX East Valley made the list, so maybe it’s time to head west for your next job! The area is a <a href="https://azbigmedia.com/phx-east-valley-is-hotbed-for-job-growth/" target="_blank">hotbed for job growth</a>, and it added a whopping 4,589 jobs in the first half of the year.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">Financial and manufacturing jobs are most abundant here, closely followed by technology as Silicon Valley begins to trickle into neighboring states. Big names like <a href="https://www.paypal.com/fk/webapps/mpp/jobs/locations/chandler-az" target="_blank">Paypal</a> and <a href="https://www.toyotafinancial.com/us/en.html" target="_blank">Toyota Financial Services</a> are pumping in thousands of jobs to the area, and even the financial tech industry, or FinTech, has established itself in Chandler with an outpost of <a href="https://livability.com/ca/san-francisco" target="_blank">San Francisco</a> company <a href="https://www.gobrightside.com/" target="_blank">Bright Benefit Inc</a>. Because of all of this insane growth, Chandler has earned itself the title of — you guessed it — “Silicon Desert.”</p> <p dir="ltr">With great schools and a dedication to parks and recreation programs led, Chandler also earned the distinction of being the <a href="https://livability.com/top-10/families/10-best-places-to-raise-a-family/2016/az/chandler">No. 2 city in America to raise a family</a>. In other words? It's the perfect spot to launch your career and see your whole family thrive.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/FargoND-CoScheduleOrangeFinal.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Fargo" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><a href="http://haleyfrostcreative.com/" target="_blank">Photo Courtesy of Haley Frost Creative</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">7. Fargo, North Dakota</h2> <p dir="ltr">Chances are, the word "<a href="https://livability.com/nd/fargo" target="_blank">Fargo</a>" evokes snowy scenes from the iconic movie and TV show named after it. But in reality, if you can brave the cold, this small <a href="https://livability.com/nd/" target="_blank">North Dakota</a> city has thousands of unfulfilled jobs that are yours for the taking. A workforce shortage has hit Fargo and its surrounding areas in recent years, as its unemployment rate is an extremely low 1.8 percent. Experts are projecting a whopping 30,000 jobs will be unfilled in the next five years. Yes, you read that right: 30,000.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/nd/fargo/business/humbly-changing-the-world-inside-fargos-thriving-startup-scene"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/FargoND-CoScheduleOrangeFinal.jpg?itok=nj7PxtWt" width="160" height="160" alt="Fargo ND" title="Fargo ND" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><a href="http://haleyfrostcreative.com/" target="_blank">Photo Courtesy of Haley Frost Creative</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/nd/fargo/business/humbly-changing-the-world-inside-fargos-thriving-startup-scene"><h3 class="title">Humbly Changing the World: Inside Fargo’s Thriving Startup Scene</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">What happens when Midwestern modesty meets world-changing innovation? A tech hotspot with heart.</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">The city, which has been named one of the fastest-growing small cities by <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/joelkotkin/2014/09/03/americas-fastest-growing-small-cities/#40079c8474f2" target="_blank">Forbes</a>, has deployed several measures to raise interest in starting a career there. The <a href="https://gfmedc.com/" target="_blank">Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corporation</a> has sought to encourage college students to consider staying in North Dakota to start their career, while also attracting talent to the area with multiple conferences, including <a href="http://tedxfargo.com/" target="_blank">TedxFargo</a>. Like <a href="https://livability.com/ia/ames" target="_blank">Ames</a>, Fargo is desperate for skilled laborers. Even <a href="https://www.inforum.com/business/4267473-worker-shortage-forces-owner-close-fargo-restaurant-after-three-months" target="_blank">restaurants are struggling</a>, and some are having to close their doors due to a shortage of employees. There is also no lack of tech or manufacturing jobs here, and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MicrosoftFargo/" target="_blank">Microsoft Fargo</a> employees more than 1,600 people.</p> <p dir="ltr">Like many other cities on this list, Fargo landed on our <a href="https://livability.com/best-places/top-100-best-places-to-live/2018/nd/fargo" target="_blank">Top 100 Best Places to Live 2018</a> list. It’s got it all. It’s the home of <a href="https://www.ndsu.edu/" target="_blank">North Dakota State University</a> and has the restaurants, cultural attractions and nightlife to prove it. More than 90 miles of trails and 17 skating rinks make it an ideal place for outdoor enthusiasts, too. Trust us: enduring the winters here is totally worth it.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/2018-03/ClevelandOH.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Cleveland, OH" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><p>Courtesy of <a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/portfolio/Ron_Thomas?mediatype=photography" target="_blank">iStockphoto/Ron Thomas</a></p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">8. Cleveland, Ohio</h2> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://livability.com/oh/cleveland" target="_blank">Cleveland</a> is another city that is ripe for job seekers. High-paying jobs in IT, healthcare and manufacturing are in abundance, but the region doesn't have enough qualified residents to fill them. According to a recent <a href="https://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2017/05/good-paying_jobs_in_ne_ohio_re.html" target="_blank">report</a> titled “Aligning Opportunities in Northeast Ohio,” 2015 saw a demand for 16,638 IT workers, but only 1,764 credentials were awarded. That’s thousands of jobs left unfilled. Similarly, over the next decade, it has been reported that areas around Cleveland will need up to 50,000 new production workers. Some companies have even begun hiring high schoolers to work a few days a week, often extending full-time offers as soon as they graduate.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/oh/cleveland/things-to-do/clevelands-creative-side-5-places-to-discover-c-towns-art-scene"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/WEB-Cleveland-Museum-of-Art-exterior-with-people-%28c%29-Cleveland-Museum-of-Art.jpg?itok=-EiWQaXg" width="160" height="160" alt="Cleveland Museum of Art" title="Cleveland Art" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption>Photo Courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Art</figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/oh/cleveland/things-to-do/clevelands-creative-side-5-places-to-discover-c-towns-art-scene"><h3 class="title">Cleveland’s Creative Side: 5 Places to Discover C-Town’s Art Scene</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Think Cleveland is just for sports fans? Think again: this Midwest city offers plenty for art lovers, too!</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">In addition to the amazing job opportunities here, Cleveland is a <a href="https://livability.com/oh/cleveland/real-estate/16-reasons-to-move-to-cleveland-oh" target="_blank">great place to put down roots</a>. Homes are still affordable here, costing just half of what a house would in a bigger city like <a href="https://livability.com/il/chicago" target="_blank">Chicago</a>. It's an amazing place to be a sports fan, with the <a href="https://www.mlb.com/indians" target="_blank">Indians</a>, <a href="https://www.clevelandbrowns.com/" target="_blank">Browns</a> and <a href="https://www.nba.com/cavaliers/" target="_blank">Cavaliers</a> calling the city home. Plus, residents have access to Huntington Beach along Lake Erie, which has been voted one of the cleanest beaches in the country.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you've never considered Cleveland as a potential homebase, we're here to tell you: the city deserves a second look.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/ColoradoSpringsCO_Jobs.jpg" width="1000" height="662" alt="Cullman AL" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption><p>Courtesy of <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/cptspock/"target="_blank">Jasen Miller</a> under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/license" target="_blank"> CC 2.0 </a> license.</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">9. Colorado Springs, Colorado</h2> <p dir="ltr">Ah, <a href="https://livability.com/co/" target="_blank">Colorado</a>. It’s a state known for its incredible views and abundance of outdoor activities, but it’s also one of the best places to land a job in healthcare right now. In a similar fashion to many others, the state is experiencing an extremely tight labor pool that has not been seen since the dot com boom. In May of 2018, its unemployment rate sat at 2.8 percent, but job growth is not slowing down. The state is on track to create 70,000 new jobs next year, according to the <a href="https://www.denverpost.com/2018/07/22/colorado-labor-markets-stretching-employers/" target="_blank">Denver Post</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">An aging population in the state is calling for an increased need in healthcare, and there just aren’t enough people to fill the positions, especially in <a href="https://livability.com/co/colorado-springs" target="_blank">Colorado Springs</a>, which is the <a href="https://gazette.com/business/survey-colorado-springs-hot-job-market-ranks-fifth-among-nation/article_46b7f0f0-5650-5d36-974a-6814c4bae91a.html" target="_blank">fifth-hottest job market</a> in the nation. According to the <a href="http://www.uccseconomicforum.com/" target="_blank">University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Economic Forum</a>, the number of openings in Colorado Springs outnumbers the number of job seekers by 1,200.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/co/real-estate/moving-to-colorado-heres-everything-you-need-to-know"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/Mountain%20Biking%20at%20Snowmass%201000%20x%20667.jpg?itok=1-d7HdQG" width="160" height="160" alt="Aspen, CO" title="Aspen, CO" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><p>Courtesy of <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/aspensnowmass/5881081593"target="_blank">Aspen Snowmass</a> under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/license" target="_blank"> CC 3.0 </a> license.</p></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/co/real-estate/moving-to-colorado-heres-everything-you-need-to-know"><h3 class="title">Moving to Colorado? Here&#039;s Everything You Need to Know</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">For those who savor the great outdoors, Colorado is the place to be. </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">If you were thinking of making a career move, Colorado Springs is a really great choice. Once considered a resort town, this city, which is now the 40th largest in the nation, has retained its charm. Any <a href="https://livability.com/co/colorado-springs/things-to-do/outdoor-adventures-in-colorado-springs-co" target="_blank">outdoor activity</a> you could dream of is offered here, and the city exudes positive vibes by being incredibly welcoming to newcomers and surprisingly affordable. It's easy to feel at home here.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"><div class="paragraph paragraph--type--image paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <figure > <img src="/sites/default/files/2018-10/Cullman-Young-Professionals.jpg" width="1000" height="667" alt="Cullman Alabama" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> <figcaption></figcaption> </figure> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><h2 dir="ltr">10. Cullman, Alabama</h2> <p dir="ltr">If you’re seeking a new job or want to start a career in the auto industry, make your way down to <a href="https://livability.com/al/cullman" target="_blank">Cullman</a>. The state as a whole, which is the sixth-biggest manufacturer of cars in the world, ranked as Business Facilities’ <a href="https://businessfacilities.com/2018/07/business-facilities-14th-annual-rankings-report/" target="_blank">top state for business climate in 2018</a>. This is partially thanks to a $1.6 billion project in the works from Mazda and Toyota slated for Huntsville. But it’s Cullman, a small, surprisingly cool city south of <a href="https://livability.com/al/huntsville" target="_blank">Huntsville</a>, that is currently bursting with job opportunities.</p></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--featured-article paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-article-node field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <article role="article" class="article is-promoted featured-article clearfix"> <div class="article-featured-thumbnail article-featured-column-1"> <figure > <a href="/topics/careers-opportunities/beyond-silicon-valley-5-up-and-coming-tech-hotspots"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/160x160/public/Raleigh%20NC_0.jpg?itok=p-MuTbRs" width="160" height="160" alt="Raleigh NC" class="img-responsive" itemprop="image"/> </a> <figcaption><a href="https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/raleigh-north-carolina-usa-downtown-skyline-gm698820648-129464717" target="_blank">iStock Photo/Sean Pavone</a></figcaption> </figure> </div> <div class="article-featured-text article-featured-column-2"> <a href="/topics/careers-opportunities/beyond-silicon-valley-5-up-and-coming-tech-hotspots"><h3 class="title">Beyond Silicon Valley: 5 Up-and-Coming Tech Hotspots</h3></a> <div class="field field--name-field-deck field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Silicon Prairie, anyone? These unexpected regions are emerging as America's brightest — not to mention affordable and inclusive — tech hubs.</div> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--article-full"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-text field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p dir="ltr">Cullman is home to four automotive manufacturers: <a href="http://www.yutakatech.com/" target="_blank">Yutaka Technologies</a>, <a href="https://www.rehau.com/us-en/company" target="_blank">REHAU</a>, <a href="https://royaltechnologies.com/who-we-are/our-facilities" target="_blank">Royal Technologies</a>, and <a href="http://www.topre.co.jp/en/" target="_blank">Topre America</a>, all of which are on track for expansions. This growing industry, along with Cullman’s prime position along I-65, helped the small city of 15,000 create more than 460 jobs last year. Meanwhile, <a href="https://livability.com/al/" target="_blank">Alabama</a> as a whole is supporting more than 2,039,200 jobs, according to the <a href="https://www.labor.alabama.gov/" target="_blank">Alabama Department of Labor</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Besides a surplus of manufacturing jobs, Cullman <a href="https://livability.com/al/cullman/real-estate/why-cullman-al-is-a-great-place-to-live" target="_blank">boasts some great amenities</a>, including some of the best schools in the whole state, low crime rates, clean air quality and beautiful parks, making it the perfect place to bring the whole family.</p></div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 30 Oct 2018 13:00:00 +0000 Emily Handy 316560 at https://livability.com