Research both areas, and decide which works better for you. That includes housing affordability, quality of life, neighborhood selection, quality of schools (if that's a factor), proximity to whatever's important to you (shopping, employment, vacation amenities, etc.), and so on. Judging from the answers below, they're both good area--nothing you should immediately eliminate from consideration. So, don't get rushed into anything; don't get pressured by friends. Do you own due dilligence. Find out what's best for you.