I moved about 1,200 miles away from my home area in northern California (where all the Orthodox churches are Eastern Orthodox/Chalcedonian; beautiful, full of nice people, but not for me) to go to a Coptic Orthodox Church (yeah, fine, grad school too, but I did choose the places I would apply to based on the presence or absence of a Coptic Orthodox community in the area). I hate the weather here and some of the people at my parish drive me up the wall (in the most well-intentioned way possible, surely), but I can't say it was ultimately anything but completely worth it.
I hope that you will come to the same conclusion in your case, OP. It would be beyond wonderful to have an Orthodox Church on every block, but that is sadly not reality yet. Rest assured that the effort you will expend in following the will of God (that you worship Him in His Church, the Orthodox Church) will be rewarded ten-thousand fold. There is nothing outside of it that compares to life within the Church.