So after months of fruitless searching, I finally make it through a interview process and grab the brass ring.
Job #1 (Approved by County Council, ready to start in a few weeks)
Eastern Panhandle of WV, 60-70 miles from DC, pay is comfortable for the area and can help pay down debt, position is listed as a Zoning Admin (mostly trained as a planner, interned in a Zoning office, but feel more connected to Planning than I do Zoning) with partial planning responsibilities working for a County Council.
and on the other hand
Job #2 (Just got offered first round interview yesterday, will take time to play out)
MidSouth, Large City, No connection beyond a visit on a road trip 5 years ago. pay: -18% pay diff from job #1, position listed as Planner 1 with Land Development and Design Division (Job focus is something I would be motivated and driven to work harder within) with full on Current Planning doing Zoning text amendments, Form-based codesPUDs, Subdivision plats, etc. working for a Large Municipal City Govt.
In the small WV town, housing is limited. It's a one industry town and most opportunities for culture and life are in DC, which isn't a big deal but cramps my cosmopolitan personality.
Obviously Large MidSouth City has food, culture and nightlife and entertainment and a multitude of housing options to meet most needs. But my personal liberal view point might be opposite of the most bible-belt conservative region.
I've been offered the job and approved by the County Council in EPWV and have played goldilocks trying to find housing and found a single solid option.
The MidSouth City position is just a first round interview at this point, and the interview date is before the proposed start date of EPWV gig.
Is a bird in the hand (EPWV job, job strays a bit from my professional goals and less personal compatability), worth two in the bush (MidSouth City, with a job more my professional focus and personal compatability)?
Please feel free to share your opinions. I appreciate your insight.