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View Poll Results: Where would you relocate to?
Portland, OR 74 39.78%
Portland, ME 36 19.35%
Albuquerque, NM 28 15.05%
Miami, FL 52 27.96%
Sacramento, CA 33 17.74%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 186. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-07-2015, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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We are a young (late 30's) socially liberal couple with 2 young kids (2 & 5) looking to relocate from Southern California. Mainly because of the insane real estate prices. We have a new home budget of around 350-400K although we'd ideally like the final number to be at or around the 350 mark. That wouldn't buy you a shack in SoCal. We've decided to accept that we won't find SoCal weather anywhere so we're going to accept that fact and move on. We are looking for:
  • Safe
  • Socially Liberal
  • Good Public Schools in the area we could afford to live in
  • In Our Price Range
  • Freedom to raise kids without religion without it being an issue

We have narrowed the list down to the following metropolitan areas:
  • Portland, OR
  • Portland, ME
  • Miami, FL
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Sacramento, CA

We know these are very different and we would be looking in the metro area not the downtown areas or even within the city limits themselves. Which of these cities would you move to and why?
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:35 AM
 
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Though I'm slightly different than you, I'd pick Maine. Great weather, lobster, and a pretty libertarian "Live and let live" attitude in general.
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Old 04-07-2015, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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Thanks. We do like the idea of Maine. The only thing putting me off is the possibility of really long and cold winters. I don't know how bad they really are though as I've only ever experienced 2 really bad winters in 38 years.
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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If you can handle the dreariness, Portland, OR, would be where I'd recommend for you.
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Old 04-07-2015, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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Portland, OR ticks every box apart from the rainy dull winters. Although the summer is very sunny and dry. I like the idea of a mild winter, but I've lived in a very rainy climate and not sure if I want to go back to that.
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Old 04-07-2015, 01:16 PM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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Good Public Schools in the area
Definitely take Albuquerque off your list. The school system here is crap. The city is certainly very affordable, friendly, and has great weather; however if good schools are a priority for you, unless you are willing to send your kids to private school, don't consider New Mexico.

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Old 04-07-2015, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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Thanks. We could probably afford to send the kids to a private school with the savings between where we live and Albuquerque. Also we'd be willing to live in and around the metro area to find a good school district, which I'm hoping would exist somewhere.
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Old 04-07-2015, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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Also great schools is showing

14 Elementary Schools at 9 or 10
2 Middle Schools at 10
5 High Schools at 9 or 10

And these are the public schools. So there must some decent schools. But you are right that would be our main worry in ABQ.
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Old 04-07-2015, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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Anyone have any other cities they would add to the list?
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Old 04-07-2015, 06:15 PM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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But you are right that would be our main worry in ABQ.
And that would be a very legitimate concern. The best performing schools are in Los Alamos, which is an anomaly of town all together since its a bit remote and not commuting distance to ABQ and the focus there is centered around the National Labs. Albuquerque's school district is overall very low performing. I have listened to tragic stories told from my co-workers kids that attend the schools. Rio Rancho is a little better but if you can swing private school for your kids with what you're saving here then by all means definitely look into that. The Academy is very decent

Albuquerque Academy, an independent, coeducational day school. | Albuquerque Academy

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