Discuss culture, living, traveling, relocating, dating or anything related to North America. For those looking to relocate within the US or Canada, discuss your experiences and pros/cons of each domestic region.
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Having spent almost a month outside Los Alamos and outside America, I'm going to compile five reasons why to not live in Los Alamos if you're a young heterosexual single man. Sadly I was forced to move back to that shithole after graduating college, and life became worse for me until I set foot in Mexico. So here are the five reasons that young single men want to reconsider relocating to Los Alamos (unless they were scientists).
1) The vibe is just as artificial as it is in California
Los Alamos has one of fakest vibes, being just as plastic as California is. The people are all about working, making money, and consumerism. And people also judge others mostly on physical appearance, how much money they make, and social status. Because Los Alamos is a modern town, the architecture is bland. The homes are all cookie cutter homes, particularly the ones you find in later developments (e.g. North Mesa, Barranca Mesa, and White Rock). Even the food is artificial as it is anywhere else in America.
2) Public transportation sucks and the town isn't very walkable
It's a miracle Los Alamos even has public transportation (most small towns in the U.S. don't have any at all). But it's nowhere near as good as the bus system in Ciudad Juarez in terms of regional coverage. In Los Alamos, the buses arrive every hour and run from 6 am to 7 pm, ONLY on the weekdays. There are two routes that go to the suburb of White Rock; but they only cover less than half of it, and the La Senda and Pajarito Acres neighborhoods don't even have sidewalks. Go figure. Things are spread out, thanks to the suburban way of life. So one definitely needs a car in Los Alamos. Even Albuquerque, El Paso, and Tucson have better public transportation than Los Alamos does.
3) It's very socially isolating
It's a known that America overall is an antisocial country, but there are pockets where social isolation is extreme. And Los Alamos is one of those pockets. Unless you already have friends there, it's almost impossible to meet people, and the social scene is extremely cliquish. Even in churches, meeting people is difficult. People in the congregation only greet one another for politeness sake, but they don't make the effort to actually get to know you. And most of the time, they only greet those already in their clique. Additionally no one even knows their neighbors. People in Los Alamos are also among the most judgmental in America, which explains the California-like vibe.
4) There is no dating scene
Unless you're in high school, the dating scene in Los Alamos is completely nonexistent. Almost all of the women are already taken. Most of them are married, and the ones who aren't have boyfriends or fiancés. There are a few single women in Los Alamos, but they all have kids. However, even undesirable women get snatched up quickly because the town is a sausage fest (a lot of socials I've gone to had about 8 men for every woman). Also, most of the women in Los Alamos are stuck up, cold-hearted, and act like men. So if you're a young heterosexual single man and you're living in Los Alamos, you have only one option - remain single.
Cost of living is sky high for New Mexico
New Mexico is one of the cheaper states in America, but Los Alamos is crazily expensive. The cheapest apartment to rent up there is $600 USD, and they can be as expensive as even $1000 a month. And the only job that pays well with respect to the cost of living is the lab. Otherwise, you'd have to be working multiple service jobs in order to make ends meet. A meal at a restaurant costs at least $10, and sometimes a meal can cost over $20. Go figure.
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