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Old 04-27-2014, 10:05 PM
 
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Hi folks,

I'm feeling tired and enough of the long freezing winters in Minnesota. we are a young family of 4 currently living in bloomington mn which is a suburb city of Minneapolis and home of mall of America. We really love everything except the harsh climate. The place is very family friendly. Houses are cheap. Everything is close - a twenty min drive takes us to either Minneapolis or St. Paul. Malls are everywhere and parking is never a problem. We want to try find another place that has a milder climate and in the meanwhile keep as many as the good aspects that we appreciate.

So far we found some areas that we would like to get more information about. We would appreciate any inputs and recommendations even if it's not in the list.

Denver/Colorado Springs, co. Afaik Denver and Minneapolis are similar in many ways. We were looking at northwest suburbs of Denver and it can reach either boulder or Denver in 20 minutes. There is also Affordable housing and it comes with warmer winters. Compared to the other two in my list, Denver still has freezing temps in winter and winters irate not short either. We are afraid that the change would not be enough to make us really enjoy the winter months.

Portland or. Temperatures are moderate. Housing is more expensive. Heard about gloomy winters.

Charlotte/Raleigh nc. Warmer and more affordable than Portland maybe. Heard about humid summer.

If anyone lived or is living in Minnesota and you have better or worse experience especially climate wise in the other city/states, I would love to hear!

Thank you in advance!
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Old 04-27-2014, 10:25 PM
 
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OP, I was in the same boat as you - liked everything about the twin cities but hated the long winters. I took my time to find a city that would fit my criteria. I was looking for warm to hot cities rather than the temperate ones you have listed. For us, economy, COL, and schools were also important. We picked Dallas and we are VERY happy with our choice. IMHO Texas and Dallas in particular gets a very bad rep on this forum. But for young families like yours that like to live in the suburbs with affordable housing and good schools, this place is perfect! As everyone knows, it gets hot here but there are many pleasant days overall. It was 93 degrees today but we took a nice long walk an hour before sunset. Out of the cities you have listed, Charlotte/Raleigh would be the best fit. I would also add Atlanta to the list. Good luck with planning the move!
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:11 AM
 
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Sometimes we even think Minneapolis summer is hot. Texas was not in the list first because of all the complaints about the heat. We haven't had real summer experience there though.
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Old 04-28-2014, 10:56 AM
 
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I currently live in Minneapolis and have been to the cities / metros you are asking about.

If you really like what the Minneapolis area has to offer, then go with Denver as these two metros are more similar to one another than most metros. IMO, Portland is a bit overrated; Colorado Spring is too conservative and small; Charlotte and Raleigh are underwhelming for metros of their size.

BTW, I visit Denver and Colorado Springs a few times a year. I try to get to Portland as much as possible - actually going there this week, and I've been spending time in Charlotte for work.

Finally, how long have you been in the Minneapolis area? I ask because if you have been here longer than 5 years, you are going to realize quickly that this area is hard to beat.

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Old 04-28-2014, 10:58 AM
 
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If you think Minneapolis summers are hot, then Texas, Atlanta, Charlotte/Raleigh should not be in the running because they are all warm cities. PNW area sounds like a good fit for you then!
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Old 04-28-2014, 04:16 PM
 
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I currently live in Minneapolis and have been to the cities / metros you are asking about.

If you really like what the Minneapolis area has to offer, then go with Denver as these two metros are more similar to one another than most metros. IMO, Portland is a bit overrated; Colorado Spring is too conservative and small; Charlotte and Raleigh are underwhelming for metros of their size.

BTW, I visit Denver and Colorado Springs a few times a year. I try to get to Portland as much as possible - actually going there this week, and I've been spending time in Charlotte for work.

Finally, how long have you been in the Minneapolis area? I ask because if you have been here longer than 5 years, you are going to realize quickly that this area is hard to beat.
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.
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Old 04-28-2014, 04:26 PM
 
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If you think Minneapolis summers are hot, then Texas, Atlanta, Charlotte/Raleigh should not be in the running because they are all warm cities. PNW area sounds like a good fit for you then!
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.
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Old 04-28-2014, 06:15 PM
 
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I grew up in the Carolina's and currently live in Minneapolis, and if you think summers Minnesota are bad then I wouldn't consider Charlotte, or Raleigh. Both are consistently hotter and more humid than what you experience in the Twin Cities. Not to say that we don't have hot days in MPLS from time to time but the severity, and duration are much more intense in the Carolina's. As far as cities nationally most like the Twin Cities it's gonna be the same as usual Seattle, Denver, Portland, and maybe even Austin? All will have their pluses or minuses (cloudy, rainy, cold, brown, or hot, etc...), but most will offer a similar experience as the Twin Cities, It just depends on what you as an individual are willing to tolerate. Anyway just my 2 cents.

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Old 04-28-2014, 06:21 PM
 
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Finally, how long have you been in the Minneapolis area? I ask because if you have been here longer than 5 years, you are going to realize quickly that this area is hard to beat.
For what we have been searching for in a city, I agree 100%. We have been very pleased with our move to the Twin Cities! It will be 5 years in October.

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Old 04-28-2014, 07:04 PM
 
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For what we have been searching for in a city, I agree 100%. We have been very pleased with our move to the Twin Cities! It will be 5 years in October.
Thanks. Did you consider Denver five years ago?
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