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Old 04-28-2014, 07:27 PM
 
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The answer to your question depends on the degree to which you hate winter.

If you never want to see a snowflake again (and don't mind humidity), pick Charlotte.

If you want snow maybe every other winter and a milder summer, pick Portland.

If you like the change of seasons but just want a less harsh winter, pick Denver.

For what it's worth, culture-wise, Denver is most like Minneapolis ... then Portland, and then Charlotte. Charlotte is quite a ways away from Minneapolis on a cultural level.
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:05 PM
 
Location: north central Ohio
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Yeah I was just thinking Minneapolis to Texas is like moving for one pole to the other. Seattle and Portland has perfect average monthly temperature charts... Just the least number of sunny days is making the decision harder.
My son and I want to escape the humidity of Ohio's hot humid summers and all the snow,ice and cold of winter,so we want to move to San Diego,CA,but Medford,OR is my second choice,because being 30 min. from the CA border it is much sunnier than the Portland area~ over 100 sunny days compared to sixty-some. Does have some cold days but not 7-8 months of them like here,and no summer humidity!
Medford is not a large city only about 75,000 pop.but I think it could be a beautiful tranquil home base from which to go visit other areas.Just thought it might be worth a look for someone else looking for a nicer gentler climate who also is craving more sun with less humidity. Good Luck!
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:28 PM
 
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Seattle if u want a bigger city, Portland-if u want a big town, Denver-for someth in between
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:31 PM
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Location: Ontario
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Well...not Denver.
Sure they get mild Chinooks but they also get numbing cold days too.

Of the three ....Charlotte
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:48 PM
 
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Three years now. The past winter was unbelievably cold although previous two years were bearable.
How would you compare Denver vs Minneapolis then? I can tell now that Minneapolis is definitely better than a majority of cities, but still if Denver is Minneapolis-alike with a milder winter, it would be great IMO.
Thanks for the information.
Yeah, I have been in the Twin Cities long enough to know how drastic the winters can be. One will be very mild while the next will be brutal.

The two metros are similar in many ways: metro pop; metro unemployment; metro median household income; good schools; percentage with bachelor degree; major hub status; metro travel time; professional sports teams; etc...
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:02 PM
 
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The answer to your question depends on the degree to which you hate winter.

If you never want to see a snowflake again (and don't mind humidity), pick Charlotte.

If you want snow maybe every other winter and a milder summer, pick Portland.

If you like the change of seasons but just want a less harsh winter, pick Denver.

For what it's worth, culture-wise, Denver is most like Minneapolis ... then Portland, and then Charlotte. Charlotte is quite a ways away from Minneapolis on a cultural level.
Thank you. For me if I have to choose from the same degree of hot or cold I would prefer cold. In this way I lean towards Denver and Portland. Just want to get a better understanding of how cold Denver is, and how gloomy Portland is.
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:05 PM
 
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My son and I want to escape the humidity of Ohio's hot humid summers and all the snow,ice and cold of winter,so we want to move to San Diego,CA,but Medford,OR is my second choice,because being 30 min. from the CA border it is much sunnier than the Portland area~ over 100 sunny days compared to sixty-some. Does have some cold days but not 7-8 months of them like here,and no summer humidity!
Medford is not a large city only about 75,000 pop.but I think it could be a beautiful tranquil home base from which to go visit other areas.Just thought it might be worth a look for someone else looking for a nicer gentler climate who also is craving more sun with less humidity. Good Luck!
I had a feeling that San Diego is over crowded. Southern Oregon is definitely a good balance of climate and affordability. Thank you for sharing your experience!
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:07 PM
 
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Seattle if u want a bigger city, Portland-if u want a big town, Denver-for someth in between
Any comparisons on climate of the three? Or maybe two cause Seattle and Portland are very similar.
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:09 PM
 
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Without a doubt, Denver gets more sun in the winter. It also gets much more cold and snow.

Temperatures are just a matter of record. "Gloomy" is such a subjective thing. I rarely find cloudy skies in Portland, in and of themselves, to be "gloomy." Occasionally, they're really low hanging clouds, so I can see how people would find those that way. But mostly, they're high clouds ... I think it's the mountains that make them feel less oppressive. I've always found clouds out in the plains states to feel more oppressive (I'm a tad claustrophobic), but never really feel that in Portland. And I prefer a sky with some clouds in it to perfectly clear skies. I find them more interesting.

You just have to decide which you prefer.
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:22 PM
 
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Yeah, I have been in the Twin Cities long enough to know how drastic the winters can be. One will be very mild while the next will be brutal.

The two metros are similar in many ways: metro pop; metro unemployment; metro median household income; good schools; percentage with bachelor degree; major hub status; metro travel time; professional sports teams; etc...
Yeah so given Minneapolis is hard to beat and all these things are similar, do you think Denver's climate is slightly better or way better or on par with that of Minneapolis?
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