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View Poll Results: What is your favorite city out West?
Seattle 31 15.58%
Spokane 0 0%
Portland 8 4.02%
San Francisco 40 20.10%
Oakland 4 2.01%
San Jose 1 0.50%
Sacramento 1 0.50%
Los Angeles 39 19.60%
San Diego 13 6.53%
Reno 0 0%
Las Vegas 5 2.51%
Salt lake City 3 1.51%
Boise 2 1.01%
Montana cities (Billings, Bozeman, Missoula) 0 0%
Wyoming cities (Cheyenne, Casper) 0 0%
Denver 16 8.04%
Colorado Springs 2 1.01%
Albuquerque 12 6.03%
Santa Fe 0 0%
Phoenix 12 6.03%
Flagstaff 3 1.51%
Tuscon 3 1.51%
Other (name it) 4 2.01%
Voters: 199. You may not vote on this poll

Old 05-06-2011, 07:03 AM
Location: New Mexico
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What is your favorite big city out west? What criteria makes it your favorite? Climate, scenery, skyline, topography, beaches, mountains, neighborhoods, diversity, food. You name it. Some on the list are disproportionately small, but I'll try and have every state represented here.

San Francisco
San Jose
Los Angeles
San Diego
Las Vegas
Salt Lake City
Santa Fe
Montana cities (Billings, Bozeman, Missoula)
Colorado Springs
Other (name it)
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Old 05-06-2011, 04:51 PM
Location: New Mexico
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Hard to choose one, as there are so many fabulous cities in the West. I love that just about all of these cities have awesome toporgraphy and scenery right at their doorstep and every single city listed has mountains on the horizon. The buzz of urban life side by side with nature and a close escape from the rat race is what I enjoy most.

My favorite city is Seattle, it is such a beautiful city! It is definitely a nautical city with salt water/Puget Sound on the west side, fresh water lake to the east. Seattle is an amazing city for boating. Snowcapped mountain ranges on both sides of the city make a beautiful setting for awesome sunsets and sunrises. Mount Rainier dominates the southern horizon and is definitely a sight to behold. I never got tired of looking at it in my five years living out there. I like the dense urban and vibrant downtown, georgeous skyline, steep hills, and the eclectic neighborhoods with lots of trees, like an urban evergreen forest. Sure it has it's flaws too. It's not the friendliest city around, but they around but is fairly polite and not abrasive. I enjoyed my time there, the climate would be tough to take year round and too much gray sky for me to do it again, but I love to visit in the summer as summer in the Pacific NW is almost perfect.

Second favorite would be Albuquerque & Santa Fe. These are my favorite desert/inland mountain cities. I like all the sunshine, but I like the chraracter too. The food is awesome, climate in New Mexico is excellent, I love the artistry and all the colors. People are definitely friendly with a live and let live mentality (like much of the West). There is a lot to do in the area: skiing, hiking, biking, hot springs resorts, lots of museums, endless art galleries, eclectic neighborhoods with interesting architecture. I appreciate the Native American cultural aspects of the state which are reflected in both cities. Very interesting history in these parts.

My top five cities in the West...

1: Seattle
2: Albuquerque/Santa Fe
3: Denver
4: San Diego
5: San Francisco

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Old 05-06-2011, 04:56 PM
Location: You Ta Zhou
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My favorite is Seattle too, for the reasons mentioned. I also like the different cultures there and how educated it feels. Next would be Salt Lake City, Portland, San Diego, and Anaheim.
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Old 05-06-2011, 06:28 PM
Location: pine tree monotony
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Although I have many, my favorite city in the west is Denver
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Old 05-06-2011, 06:36 PM
Location: In San Antonio
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Phoenix. Its the only West city I've lived in.
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:39 PM
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Extremely family-oriented, very outdoorsy, healthy, and it's unique in that it's probably the least western city on the list, in that it's flat, midwestern, and almost entirely situated on the Great Plains and it certainly maintains a lot of that culture. Yet it's also a western city with mountains and the corresponding outdoorsy culture.
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:58 PM
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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It depends on what you're looking for.

Seattle is a great place to raise a family. Low crime, plenty of outdoors activity, and even though many of the city schools are averagely bad by US standards, a lot of parents intervene and try to get their kids to study hard (and the more affluent eastern suburbs have MUCH better schools).

The downside is, it is VERY expensive to raise a family here. Housing is atrociously expensive and I am hard pressed to think of any working family who can afford it without adding a crushing amount of debt or had already bought about 20 years ago.

But, compared to the coastal cities, it is "cheap" for what you get.

For visiting, I would say San Fran. Don't know if I'd enjoy living there but I did enjoy visiting.

LA was a car-centric city and ... I'll just say that I don't like endless suburbia. Same goes for Phoenix (and to top it off I can count on one hand the number of reasonable and nice people in Phoenix, 99.9999% of the people there were rude, selfish, self-entitled, dangerous drivers, and gun crazy).
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Old 05-06-2011, 08:46 PM
Location: Center City
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Old 05-07-2011, 08:54 AM
Location: The City
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Is probably a toss up for me between SD and SF followed by LA.

I also enjoy Seatlle quite a bit
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:01 AM
Location: NYC
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Fully aware of all of its negatives, I'd still have to say Los Angeles.
That city has such a strong sense of place, and a weird gritty realness that contrasts with all of the stereotypical fantasyland fakeness. Just a really interesting city with so much diversity and so many things going on, surrounded by some really surrealistically beautiful natural areas.
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