My husband and I (30ish) are looking to relocate sometime in the next year from Boston to someplace "not northeast" - tired of the work-oriented lifestyle, paying so much to have crappy weather (6 mos winter, 2 wks spring, 4 mos humidity, and if lucky a lovely 6 wks of autumn), and general Boston crankiness, political polarization, weird mix of diversity and segregation, and obnoxious students (25% of city pop.).
Both our fields seem to have a fair amount of opportunity in Minneapolis (he = public radio engineer, me = international education in higher ed). We love what we hear so far but are wondering a few things:
- we will be visiting from 5/25-6/4, mostly for work but esp 6/2-3 to check out the city. suggestions?
- avg rent for a 2BR in a neighborhood that will feel "city"? avg starter house (curr paying $1600 for decent 2BR, avg Boston house $400-500K)?
- typical commute if work/home are both in Mpls/St Paul city limits?
- our perception is YES we know worse winters....but, you seem to accommodate the winter much better than we do. True?
- we are civic/political types but here it's a blood sport...true that Mpls is more "progressive" than Dems vs Repubs? open-minded etc?
And finally, having lived in the cranky northeast for some time we will probably need some transition time....will the citizens be kind to us as we get used to eye contact, normal driving and the overall niceness we've heard about? If you know other NE transplants, how have they fared?
THANK YOU, Lisa and Aaron, Bostonians seeking a better life