nMy colleagues and I found out recently that our cushy jobs may be coming to an end either late this year or early next. We worked for one of the biggest Wall Street companies out there but our department got sold late last year. The company that bought us is planning to use their own analysts to do the heavy lifting (pricing, biz analysts, trading, IT), and export most of the other jobs to India, Ireland, and Israel because foreign workers are more economically viable for them. Anyway, if it happens (there will be some people spared as I understand), I'm thinking about taking my substantial severance and moving to the Midwest. I'm tired of the hustle and bustle of the big city, everybody always in a big hurry. I'm type A but I need a change, it's tiring. I never bought into the notion that NY'ers are ass--holes but recently I started noticing that many kind of are. I'm looking to settle down in a quiet community outside the big city where my kids can have a more peaceful life. I don't expect that I'll be able to make the money that I'm making now but cost of living is lower also, so it all balances out. I'm looking at suburbs around Indianapolis, Chicago, maybe even Wisconsin. While availability of rentals, costs, airports, etc is something that I want to look at, it won't be a deal breaker. I know it's a very generalized question, but with that said, which of these areas are best for GA? I've been with the company right out of college, since 2000. My only job and never needed to look for work or thought about moving. I'm sure you guys have gone through moves to different parts of the country and job changes. Any advice? Thanks in advance.