Is it worth it to move out of the Midwest?

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Looking for new opportunities in data. Maybe move to North Carolina.
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Sep 9 36 Comments

Why or why not?

Currently living in Indianapolis, TC 125k remote, North Carolina is the goal destination.
I'm also married and have a dog, but no kids yet. Turning 26 this year.

We have family within an hour and have recently made a lot of friends in the area.

I hate winter, exercising outside in the cold, and the dark, dreary 6 month depression that ensues.

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  • SWC / Data
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    Virtusa
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    Looking for new opportunities in data. Maybe move to North Carolina.
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    OP
    Currently living in Indianapolis, TC 125k remote, North Carolina is the goal destination.
    I'm also married and have a dog, but no kids yet. Turning 26 this year.
    Sep 9 6
    • SWC / Data
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      Virtusa
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      Looking for new opportunities in data. Maybe move to North Carolina.
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      OP
      We do have family within an hour drive though, and have made a lot of friends here recently
      Sep 9
    • SWC / Data
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      Virtusa
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      Looking for new opportunities in data. Maybe move to North Carolina.
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      OP
      Also my job is remote
      Sep 9
    • Hitachi Vantara / Consultant vVkom
      Right, everyone has that part. So does that mean you're going to live in Indy forever? A better market with more job mobility increases the 401k / stock / lifetime earning potential. Quality of life and new friends are up to you once you move -- NC and IN are still "drivable" during the holidays.
      Sep 9
    • SWC / Data
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      Virtusa
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      Looking for new opportunities in data. Maybe move to North Carolina.
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      OP
      I hope I don't live in Indy forever. Jeeze that would suck. I agree, better job opportunities near the triangle. I've just never moved much. I'm mainly concerned for my wife's sake on making friends and being happy where we're at. I definitely think I'd regret it though if we didn't
      Sep 9
    • Hitachi Vantara / Consultant vVkom
      I moved from Midwest to Bay Area and it *was* tough at first. Change is growth though. And I wish I would have done it sooner.

      Go explore together and get paid.
      Sep 9
  • Bloomberg / Eng F.U. money
    I fail to see how either option is better than the other one. Podunk_1 vs. Podunk_2... Toss a coin.
    Sep 9 6
    • Microsoft ajebajehy
      Does NC have better weather?
      Sep 9
    • SWC / Data
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      Virtusa
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      Looking for new opportunities in data. Maybe move to North Carolina.
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      Oh yeah
      Sep 9
    • Microsoft ajebajehy
      Which city in NC has better weather?
      Sep 9
    • Humana edjuh
      Literally all of them it’s not a big state
      Sep 9
    • Cummins EvOc34
      Not sure how much the COL difference is
      Oct 18
  • Google
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    kielbasamore
    I’m moving to the Midwest after getting experience in the Bay Area, Seattle and NYC. Move to the coasts for experience. Move to the Midwest for family.
    Sep 9 4
    • Microsoft ajebajehy
      Which city are you moving to?
      Sep 9
    • Google
      kielbasa

      Google

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      kielbasamore
      Minneapolis and going to work remotely.
      Sep 9
    • Microsoft ajebajehy
      You'll work at Google remotely?
      Sep 9
    • Cummins EvOc34
      You could have chosen Indianapolis, at least balls could have thawed in 10 mins after coming inside the 4bed 3 bath home
      Oct 18
  • Hitachi Vantara / Consultant vVkom
    Yes, but only if you have a gig lined up that pays the cost of living increase. It also matters what your living situation is. A partner and kids has much different expectations and requirements than a single SWE that is ok living off instant ramen if you had to.

    What's your situation, current TC, and what area are you looking to jump from/to?
    Sep 9 3
    • SWC / Data
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      Virtusa
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      Looking for new opportunities in data. Maybe move to North Carolina.
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      OP
      Currently living in Indianapolis, TC 125k remote, North Carolina is the goal destination.
      I'm also married and have a dog, but no kids yet. Turning 26 this year.
      Sep 9
    • Amazon / Eng SmkWdEvyDy
      125k in Indy gonna be tough to beat CoL to Salary ratio wise at 26.

      Edit: Misread your post. NC CoL will be similar. So it'd probably be a good move if you'd prefer to be in NC
      Sep 9
    • SWC / Data
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      Virtusa
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      Looking for new opportunities in data. Maybe move to North Carolina.
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      OP
      I agree. However it's the friends and family thing. My wife has family nearby and has recently made some friends. I'm ready to go, but don't want to uproot her. We want to go but I also want her to have a good social circle for her happiness. I'm young so I haven't moved often, so I don't know what I don't know
      Sep 9
  • New / Eng yourboi
    I’m also in the Midwest, also curious.
    Sep 9 3
    • Hitachi Vantara / Consultant vVkom
      Are you actively looking or just considering? Where from/to? TC? Married?
      Sep 9
    • New / Eng yourboi
      Actively looking,
      Senior in college, not married
      In Utah, looking for Bay Area, Seattle, New York
      tc: sub 50
      Sep 9
    • Hitachi Vantara / Consultant vVkom
      Yes. Make the jump and get experience - no question.

      Have realistic COL data when you get offer to make your decision. Plenty of TC info on Blind to sift through.
      Sep 9
  • Amazon Fetch
    NC has better weather. Depends on what part you move to for everything else, I’d focus on the Raleigh area as there is a lot of culture, academics, foodie scene and lots of smart people. Avoid Durham, working there is fine...living there is not.

    My spouse and I passed on kids so that didn’t play into our decision. We’ve lived in Indy, the winters are not great. We do miss family, but would never move back there. Raleigh is a great city with tons to offer, Charlotte is nice - but basically just a bigger version of Indy. Asheville is a cute town, beautiful...but a bit slow paced for us. Wilmington is nice too, but it’s like a smaller version of Indy that’s near water. When hurricanes come through you have to deal with those, but it’s manageable. Outer Banks are isolated, great for vacation and bad for anything else.
    Sep 9 2
    • SWC / Data
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      Virtusa
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      Looking for new opportunities in data. Maybe move to North Carolina.
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      I see you work for Amazon. Do you currently live in Raleigh or Seattle?
      We loved Raleigh when we visited.
      Sep 10
    • Amazon Fetch
      Seattle, but I’ve lived all over the US. And, we’ll be moving soon to the south/Midwest. Likely Nashville or Raleigh.
      Sep 10
  • Humana edjuh
    You hate the cold and are living in Indy by choice
    Sep 9 0
  • Boeing IlIllIl
    Like Chicago midwest or none Chicago midwest?
    Sep 9 3
    • SWC / Data
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      Virtusa
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      Looking for new opportunities in data. Maybe move to North Carolina.
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      OP
      Currently living in Indianapolis, TC 125k remote, North Carolina is the goal destination
      Sep 9
    • Microsoft ajebajehy
      Are you a data engineer?
      Sep 9
    • SWC / Data
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      Virtusa
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      Looking for new opportunities in data. Maybe move to North Carolina.
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      OP
      Data Consultant
      Sep 10
  • Cummins EvOc34
    Really depends on what you want, that TC does scale up high on the coasts or wherever.
    1) Given you are remote, you would lose that flexibility
    2) If you are getting a comparable TC then you should consider NC. Do research on this.
    3) If you like house ownership and want your house to appreciate in 5 years to 15 years timeframe then don't move
    4) If you are chasing passive income and early retirement, buy commercial real estate in exterior downtown or residential property downtown (Fountain Square) with appreciation and rental income you should be set for life. Then you can live anywhere

    Just remember you can make friends anywhere if you are social, it really depends on what you want in life and how much you hate the winter. People have families in countries where flights take 20 hours to go and they enjoy their family moments as well.
    Oct 18 0

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