Ok here's why i ask.
DH used to work at the University of Chicago, we lived in Aurora/Naperville for about a year. So the commute was L*O*N*G. They do 12's there, so with the commute he would work a 14 hour day. Our rent was also TERRIBLE imo. $1269 for a townhome style apartment. BUT i know that the prices in the city are just that way, no sense in complaining about it. lol So the commute really wore him down, etc...and we took this transfer to Wyoming. We LOVE it here, but he is so bored with his job. Its not the high level intensity ICU like he was accustomed to with the U of C. If we go back to Chicago, he wants to go back to the U of C cuz of their benefits, the unit he worked on, etc....I*F he can get more $$ per hour. he was only making base rate about $21/hr there cuz he was a med surg nurse, they trained him in their program for ICU, etc...
The reason i ask about Pennsylvania is his long term goal is to go to CRNA school. PA has 11 schools, and he will be applying more than likely to some of them. That would be the biggest reason we'd go to the East coast, for his grad school. We need to live in an area where i can work and have options as opposed to here, where there's only one hospital in town, one 40 miles away, then anywhere in any given direction about 2.5-4 hours. So if we live in Chicago OR one of the cities in PA, we'd be ok for me to work and support us while he finishes school. KWIM?
The weather is no biggie for us. We are snow people. All be it we prefer the mountains, its hard to maintain a living here, and we are a little more cosmopolitan than we care to admit. lol I've heard of the Philly "mentality" and to be honest that worries me some. We are southern born, would talk to the wall if it would talk back, and generally are very social and friendly. Makes the decision hard! lol
SO no matter where we go, we want to have a plethora of hospitals to choose from, decent salaries, live within a decent commute (idealistically 30 minutes give or take from where we could live)and decent place to raise our 3 kids. Plus either place we would have plenty to do entertainment and fun wise it sounds (sports, concerts, shopping, restaurants). ALTHOUGH nothing beats GIordano's pizza in Chicago! lol I am wondering what kind of area Tinley Park/Orland Park is. Their housing seems to be pretty reasonable. Not sure of the commute or even how the area measures up just yet. I've got LOTS of time to make up my mind, we wouldn't move before next year at the soonest.
SO what do you think??? lol Clear as mud??