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So those are some things to consider. Personally I think a 90 minute commute blows and I'd rather be poor or work an extra 5 years than commute on that hell track. Plus it seems if a major terrorist attack were to occur they would probably attack DC, so that is another knock against it.

I agree! DC would be a miserable existence, as far as I'm concerned. It it were me, I'd seriously consider the South Dakota position. I took one trip there 2 years ago and loved it. You are hours away from the best wilderness/national parks/recreational places in the world.

I was laid off last year and offered several high paying software development contracts in the DC area. After looking at the lifestyle and COL, it was a no-brainer to turn down.

I'm 46 as well. During my lay-off last year, I took a good hard look at what I wanted out of my life and working 50-60 hour weeks with a long commute was no longer something I wanted to deal with.

I found a job closer to home with a much more laid back work atmosphere. I've only had to drive in to work on a Saturday once in the last 1 1/2 years I've been there. The job pays about 10k less than my last one but I have a lot more free time and their vacation/personal time is unbelievably generous.

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