Still Improving - The commute is muder, just murder. When I first moved here 17 years ago, it did it for a while, and I do nnot know t want to go back to that. Early, early hours, some of the worst traffic I have ever seen (and I am from NYC), and I was falling asleep on the way home. For the few extra K per year, it is definitely not worth it. Also, as far as I know, it is better to have the master’s in the subject area, rather than in education. These degrees are rarer, and they qualify one for dual enrollment positions.
WH - We have been here 17 years and have roots here. My wife likes her job, and she does good work for the community. My daughter is a juvenille diabetic, and we like her doctor. It would probably cost 20K to move. Plus, the hills here have made me the runner I am today...so much so that, after my last two marathons, I said “Thank you” to the hills as I passed them on the way home in the car.