Las Vegas living,... - 8/16/2014
We lived on the east coast, in New Jersey, for 20 years. After living in Las Vegas for here weeks I looked at my husband and said,"Please never make me go back there!" I'm going to do some comparisons for anyone considering a move from the east coast. Here's the deal. In NJ the cost of living is very high. This would be fine if NJ actually offered a good quality of living, but it does not. The weather is miserable most of the time, the shore is nice enough for the eight weeks per year you can use it, and there was ever anything we enjoyed doing. So basically, we were broke only to live somewhere we weren't getting the most out of life. Maybe it was just our town ( Sewell,Washington Township), but I found many of the people to be cold, competitive and unfriendly. I wasn't raised to be competitive and opportunistic. I come from a warm and loving family, but warmth and kindness are not the norm where we were living. When I lived in NJ I found I never enjoyed the company I was in.
After living here in Vegas for a year I can note some of the differences,etc.
The rent here is basically half of what it was in NJ, there is never a shortage of things to do. Neither of us are drinkers or gamblers either. There's always concerts at the hotel pools, hiking, very scenic nature, shows for everyone, and lots of free stuff to do as well. The arts here, are very big. People back east were sports obsessed and I was so $&?!'&@ tired of hearing people rant and rave about the eagles and the giants as though they were on the payroll. Another big draw for me is The fast paced competitiveness of back east doesn't seem to be nearly as present here. Most of our neighbors talk to us. One of the the best things is that the sun shines here about 300 days per year. We have seasons but the winter is much milder and mostly sunny. I don't know if well always live here, but I never want to live in the northeast again. I couldn't wait to get away from the whole energy of that place. That's another thing, Las Vegas has a nice vibe. Just research your neighborhoods before moving, because life anywhere else there are some not so hot spots that look deceptively normal! If you love the cold weather, fast paced life, and all of that then you may not like it here esp. In the summer because , specifically in July...omg is it HOT! However, if you're more like us, you may like living here. It really depends on the person.[read more...]