How can I safely move from ATL, GA to OKC

I graduate from college in May and intend to do something in HR or recruiting before I can get my bearings and go to grad school. I’ve always lived in the same house all of my life, never moving at all. So how do I do it? I have no family in Oklahoma, but it looks like the perfect setup for me.

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Why do you want to live in Oklahoma?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I’m mainly tired of the south and want to live in a comfy state. I’m also considering New Hampshire, too

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        New Hampshire would be better in almost every respect, though the towns and cities near better job markets will also have a high cost of living.

        My wife, for instance, had an offer with UNH in Durham. She was split between that and another in Northern Virginia. We ended up going with NoVA, since that position was much more relevant to her interests and degree, even though we'd have much preferred living in New England.

        But I did look at rents in both areas, and you can expect to pay anywhere between $1800-$2100 for a small 1-bedroom in most New Hampshire towns and cities within a 45-minute drive of either the Massachusetts border or the Atlantic coast. It's fricking insane. There are some cheaper options, but they're either dogshit or way out in the boonies.

        COL is much lower the farther north you go, but that's also where the job market disappears into thin air, too.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          (guessing you mean COL is lower the futher south you go)

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >comfy state
    >Oklahoma
    Fricking what? Oklahoma is a shithole.
    Comfy states: Maine, New Hampshire, Upper Peninsula Michigan, and Northern California.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Those places are all going to be a huge culture shock to any southerner especially the ones that are freezing cold 2/3 of the year like the UP.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I've lived in NC my entire life and have spent quite a bit of time vacationing in New England. Yea it's fricking cold. Yea there's a lot of snow. That's part of the tradeoff. You're not going to get small town charm, low amounts of degeneracy, high standards of living, or peaceful living in a warm climate part of the US. Not a single warm climate area of the US meets those requirements. Something about the heat drives people crazy, or attracts crazy people.
        You have to pay some to get some, in this case, body heat in the winter. Better than the hundreds of miles of alcoholic reservation dwellers and drug addiction that is Oklahoma.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've been to Oklahoma. It left me with positive impressions of the state. OKC was more cosmopolitan than I expected and the area also seemed more natural than thought it would be, there were a lot of forests with big trees, lakes and rivers. I'd take OK over somewhere like Atlanta.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Get a job in petrochemicals

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    frick off, we're full

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I drove from central Texas to Georgia once and it took around 14 hours. I left a little later in the day so I spent one night in a hotel and was there the next day by lunch. Since you're just a college grad you can probably fit all of your things in a uhaul. I was in a car and you'll be driving a truck, but it shouldn't take you any longer than 20 hours so I'd just suck it up and do the whole drive in 1 trip. Wouldn't recommend staying overnight in a hotel with a uhaul.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Line up a job first, it will be a challenge remotely but it will give you income and your first set of connections. If they ask, be candid with the interviewer that you're wanting to try out a totally new state, usually we (in OK) like it when outsiders want to come in no matter what tourists from p*l post itt. Get an Airbnb for a month or two in the area you want to settle, every extended-stay hotel in OK is a shithole. Triangulate for close to work+close to downtown+close to some bars that look like you would like them.

    Reduce your belongings so that they will fit in your car then drive here in one-two days. Memphis is the natural rest point and it's fine but anon you seem naive like you might pick a dangerous motel. So do it in one day or stop in a place that's slightly out of the way like Jonesboro. Pack your valuable things in one bag to take into the hotel room with you at night. Put some dirty fast food wrappers in your passenger seat so your car looks like a poorer less attractive break-in target.

    When you're first here, after work and on the weekends, treat getting familiar with OKC like a second job. Get a Y membership and go to a church if that's your bag. On the evenings explore local restaurants and bars. Walk the neighborhoods. After you have visited a bar 2-3 times, if it's a very slow day and the bartender recognizes you and is doing literally nothing (Sun-Thu 4-7pm is best for this), ask them what they think about the neighborhood. Oklahoma is way more active in the spring-summer-fall than in the winter so you're coming during the right time.

    After a month of this you should have an idea of the neighborhood you want to spend an entire year in. Walk the neighborhood looking for for-rent signs. Check online listings too but they will be more $$ and more corporate. Sign a year lease. Make friends and work on looking for jobs if yours sucks. Don't take drugs from strangers and don't start dating somebody right away.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      A couple warnings; there's a significant pay discount for choosing to live in OK, you'll get about 20% less than you would for a similar job in ATL. The cheaper cost of living doesn't totally cover the difference.

      Don't take a job in one of the outer suburbs thinking it'll be like ATL, a lot of suburb dwellers here resent having to live in civilization.

      If you're not white you'll get some harrassment in some neighborhoods. If you're not Christian, practice a white lie to say about it when people ask or try to invite you to their church.

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