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Old 07-18-2010, 09:09 PM
 
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Does anyone out there have any suggestions on STATES where one can still find people who, by and large, know what human civility is? Florida is already off the list since that is where I'm trying to move away from. I've lived 30+ years in the central part of the pennisula now. The bugs, oppressively long hot humid summers and hurricanes are all bad enough to have to deal with. But start adding rude, crass and insensitive people + the criminal element to the mix it just makes it harder to deal with the above mentioned.
Nowhere is perfect and I realize every state has it's pros and cons such as weather, terrain, flora, fauna and so forth - I know because I've been sweating that research for about three years now. But the people can really make or break one's tolerance for an area. I don't want to speculate on what makes people down here behave this way - I don't care anymore. All I do know is that it has been getting worse especially with the migration of South Floridians and Californians to our area in recent years.
I feel used up having tried to make Florida work. I want my kid to have quality of life and to see the better side of humanity if it still exists. Being in an area such as this for the past 30 years with the rude, greedy and fast paced lifestyles it can be hard to believe sometimes that better places are out there. Thank you in advance for any input you may have on this.
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Old 07-18-2010, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Try Iowa.
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Old 07-18-2010, 09:47 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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^ That and Vermont.
I'd throw in Delaware in the mix too- There's just a lot of happy, care-free typed people there..
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Old 07-18-2010, 09:49 PM
 
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Thanks. Actually Iowa has been the focus of my most recent research. I was looking into Nebraska before that but seems like some of the cities and towns are having problems with illegals. We already have a major problem with that here especially in the town that I live in.
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:52 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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The lesser populated parts of any of the western states.

What would you rather have? A polite illegal or a rude American?
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:22 AM
 
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You can thank all the metropolitan NY'ers over the last 30 years putting their mark on Florida. That's probably where all the rudeness comes from. Florida is probably 30-40% ex tri-state folk (NYC/NJ/LI) I know many neighbors and family who have moved there from LI, and they were some of the most obnoxious people I have ever met. Plus all the greedy NYC moguls have second homes down there, so it doesn't help the influence.
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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I moved to Oklahoma a few years ago, and have found the people here to be extremely kind, polite and friendly. Also, check out Arkansas. The people there are very nice. Texas, as well, especially in the smaller cities and towns. While you will still find lots of friendly Texans in the big cities, due to the large numbers of transplants from other regions, the largest cities are not a friendly as they once were.
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Old 07-19-2010, 07:51 AM
 
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The lesser populated parts of any of the western states.

What would you rather have? A polite illegal or a rude American?
I'd rather have neither. I'm not looking for utopia, just a place where people know how to behave themselves and that includes obeying the law!
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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I'd rather have neither. I'm not looking for utopia, just a place where people know how to behave themselves and that includes obeying the law!
Such a place does not exist. You might consider buying a large farm in northern Yukon and living off the land.
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Old 07-19-2010, 08:39 AM
 
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I moved to Oklahoma a few years ago, and have found the people here to be extremely kind, polite and friendly. Also, check out Arkansas. The people there are very nice. Texas, as well, especially in the smaller cities and towns. While you will still find lots of friendly Texans in the big cities, due to the large numbers of transplants from other regions, the largest cities are not a friendly as they once were.
Through my research over the past three years I've noticed that states that have large transplant or even transient popluations don't seem to be as friendly and have larger crime indexes. It seems that places with more homogeneous or stay put populations have the least problems.
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