I'm Jamie from New York. I'm putting this here because like many people I am no longer on Facebook and I could really use some opinions. If you would like, please give me yours :):):)
I am a 30-something single girl with one elementary school aged child and I have been living in New York since my teenage years. When I was in my late teens and early twenties, one of my relatives who was a big time real estate investor when he was alive started showing me the ins and outs of investing. When he passed away, he left me a few properties and I have since used the knowledge he shared with me to buy several more. Last year I sold 4 of them to free up some cash for future purchases and I still have several more that are paying me monthly rent, with liens on just 2 of them. Point being, I have cash flow so money is not a big concern for me.
I mention the above because living in NYC, while very expensive, wild, busy, fun, and sometimes absolutely crazy, can also be very tough on people, especially young children. From the traffic to the on again off again masking, the hatred of police officers, our terrible new Mayor, the filth, homeless, crime, and kids in school being encouraged to cross-dress on Fridays (yes, really) make this a terrible place. I actually pulled my daughter out of public school late last year and have been home schooling her but we live in a high rise with very few children and little kids need to be around other kids.
I would love to hear your opinions on where in this country my little girl and I should move. I am currently considering North Carolina, Florida, Texas and Arizona but I don't want to miss out on any great city or state. If you all have read this far, please consider giving me your opinion or suggestion on where we should move. Ocean would be nice but it's not that big of a deal. Of greater importance is my little girl's education and upbringing as well as a place that I myself can enjoy, date, shop, and meet good people. I want to live someplace with low crime so this is also a factor. The crime in NYC is the worst. It is constant and unsafe to walk down many streets, even during the daytime hours. I own enough rentals that money is not an issue and I will probably put my daughter into private school, possibly a Christian based school if I can find a good one. Please give me your thoughts because I just don't know where to go. Moving is a big, big deal.
Thank you for reading my little life dilemma.