Is Ohio really that bad?

Work offering me 12k in relocation and a raise to 90k for moving to our new office in Columbus OH. I would be WFH after the initial setup of the office and the first 3 months ensuring the office is working properly after opening. Job would be about 25-50% travel and WFH any time I am not traveling to a location around north america. My only other option would be TX but not sold on it even though it has a larger industry for work.

I plan on traveling back to Columbus since only been there 3 times and all in my late teens basically, has it gone down the shitter? Is there anything to do there? Homes seem cheap enough compared to VA, but not sure the catch other than now having to own a car vs. a bike like I do now. Seems that it gets far more snow than where I live now.

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    If you're only stuck there 3 months and can return after that I'd take it.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I might have worded it wrong, moving would be a permanent thing for me. I'd need to only work in an office for about 3 months, but full working from home in the area of Columbus. I need to stay in the area for the one or two times per year I need to go touch some servers for upgrades or an exec meeting about something; aside from that I wouldn't even have an office space.

      Would have the ability to travel anywhere, Ohio seems like a good place for cheap cost of living and housing compared to where I live. I get to go check it out for a week coming up next month, just want to know what areas to look forward to for a mid 20's guy. Ideally, I'd like to buy a cheap house and maybe get a room mate then dick around traveling more long term.

      I just wonder if Ohio is really that bad or just the meme surrounding it, colombus seems like a decent sized place from the looks. Searching up shit about columbus though led me to a bunch of retarded articles.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    not sure how much its changed since back then
    theres plenty of crime nignogs and gays in the capital but what can ya do

    if you like sportsball bars are always doing that
    they have the soccer team and minor league baseball

    even some smaller venue concerts

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Going off a quick realtor/zillow search houses in the 150-250k would put me in some pretty good neighborhoods when cross referenced with crimewatch sites.

      Right now my main concerns are
      1. Feasibility of job changes, Tech is my industry and I understand a lot has moved to remote but not sure what columbus has for the area.
      2. Weather, not looking to have 6 months of winter then full into 6 months of summer
      3. Things to do that don't revolve around Ohio State University
      4. General traffic what's it like there not that it matters much but nice to know that I could get on the other side of the city without wanting to kill myself.
      5. Whatever the airport is like but guess I can put that together myself

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Yes. Go Blue.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's actually not as bad as it used to be. Columbus and Cincinnati are pretty good cities to live in for about 5 years while you save up money, because you can usually make a lot more than the cost of living would cost you. But, don't get stuck there. It's hard to get out of, I don't fuckin know why, but it actually is. I think it's because it's actually kinda cozy and low stress overall, but there's much better places for that to live in.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      My ideal situation would be purchasing a house for 150-175k range, get a room mate or something, travel abroad and around north america most of the year, and either flip the house down the road or just use it as an investment. Realistically, I could pay off the house in full with my savings+income in about 2 years after moving there while still traveling. Looking at some cost of living calculators I am reducing cost of living by about 40% across the board, so as long as I had some kind of room mate to offset a few things I'd be living very well. Not sure how realistic that all is but I'd prefer to have some kind of property investment and Columbus looks a bit easier to maintain compared to the DFW area.

      I have a few friends in ohio but wanted to ask here for a more unbiased take on it.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I'm from the Cinci area, went to OSU, and have lived around the world for a bit. Your plan sounds fine, but if I were you I'd rent the property out after you leave, because Columbus in particular is going to see some major growth due to industry. There's basically a main strip in the central part of the city where all the fun stuff is if you like to have a night life. The best part about Columbus is that it was clearly built to be a major city. It of course never had as big of a boom as they thought it would, but the infrastructure is there and now the industrial changes, combined with 3CDC doing some redevelopment and growth in the area (basically they're gentrifying it), it's going to have a pretty big spike in housing prices over the next 10 years. So, I'd hold onto it, rent it in the meantime, then sell down the road. Like I said though, don't get stuck. Have an escape plan and stick to it.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have friends in Columbus, and have visited briefly a few times; I would call it “OK.” There’s a healthy enough economy and a growing tech sector—my friend who moved his family there did software engineering work for OCLC, which does… I guess I would call it data infrastructure, among other things? (Their founding/flagship product was essentially the backbone/back-end of university libraries’ digital card catalogs, and they became huge in the early 90s when libraries started digitizing en masse). It’s a large-midsized, fairly cheap, largely suburban-feeling city with most of the urban mod-cons (apart from decent transit), albeit with a noticeable Midwestern outlook, which is in my experience… sort of provincial. You meet a lot of people from not far away with somewhat narrow horizons. A lot of cheerleading for things local and ambivalence toward parts farther away.

    I found the sentiment stronger in Wisconsin, where I lived for a few years, and also felt some of it in Michigan, where I have spent a lot of time, but you meet people who are openly suHispanicious of, or even hostile to, the coasts. Not necessarily politically (the Midwest is quite mixed in terms of left/right), but culturally. I found it weird but basically harmless. Nobody ever gave me problems for being an East Coast native (although it might have helped that I am from the sticks).

    The winters can be dismal, as everywhere in the Midwest, and there will definitely be more snow than in VA. But you should get four distinct seasons, which a lot of people seem to like.

    I also have friends who’ve lived and worked in Cincinnati, which thanks mostly to P&G also has large-scale corporate/industrial work. They liked it for five years or so but left for bigger money elsewhere. Never been but have driven past it in the night and been pleasantly surprised by an impressive downtown skyline. Downtown core may actually be rotten/boring/empty at 5PM on the dot, but there are posh suburbs.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I used to live in Ohio, and lived in various areas of Columbus. Just stay away from Cleveland Ave and Hilltop to avoid crime and the bad low income communities. Cool places to live would be Easton for lots of shopping areas, Upper Arlington area for a nice community and parks, or German Village for a more cultural/hipster vibe. Anything off of High St is college territory with plenty of rooms for rent but they party nearly every night

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >stay away from the Kino Casino
      why?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Easton
      way too fake. German village is extremely kino though.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Can't be worse than Tejas. No public land and far as shit from everything else in the US. I'd take Ohio personally. If you have to live in a mid state at least you won't have to pay top dollar for the privilege.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Ohio is a good place to be if your ambitions in life are to take care of a lawn, watch sports and drink craft beer. Otherwise it kinda sucks. It's not a shithole by any means.
    If you could work remotely and want to live somewhere affordable I would not recommend Columbus or anywhere in Ohio. It's a very soulless state. There are redeeming qualities and they are all various forms of mediocrity, like traffic not being so bad or Columbus having some tech Industry. As a place to spend a couple months of the year I don't think you'll hate it.
    I think living near DFW would give you a lot more options in terms of flights but no idea if that matters. Flights from Columbus and Cincinnati tend to be pricey.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Ohio is a good place to be if your ambitions in life are to take care of a lawn, watch sports and drink craft beer.
      Sounds good except for the Ohio part.

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