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Old 05-12-2015, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Chicago and Philadelphia are the only real cities on that list. Its easily those two.
Are they now?
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Great points by all, and good debate. The three in question are my top 3 choices. Transit in Chicago and Philly are top-notch and I wish Atlanta would get more, but that doesn't seem it's going to happen soon rather than later.

It would be Chicago by a mile but it's too close to my hometown (Milwaukee)!!!
Than it looks like Philadelphia wins for you here. The next tier will be Atlanta/Houston since Chicago will be being that it's too close to your hometown. And when I say Houston, only stick to the inner loop as that is the only place that will have a chance to become urbanish in the future in the entire Houston metro.
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Old 05-13-2015, 05:21 AM
 
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Great points by all, and good debate. The three in question are my top 3 choices. Transit in Chicago and Philly are top-notch and I wish Atlanta would get more, but that doesn't seem it's going to happen soon rather than later.
Well Atlanta's streetcar line downtown debuted late last year, which is part of a larger, more comprehensive transit plan. But it all takes time to implement and Chicago and Philly are unquestionably ahead in that category.
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Old 05-16-2015, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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For places that are nearly megacities, then obviously Chicago.

Among the smaller cities, this one:

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You get an area of nearly 7 million people (expanded area), all five of the major sports teams, some of the country's first innovations and foods, an urban experience in a very dense albeit gritty city, and one of the better all around cities in the country for infrastructure.

Single family housing averages $220,700; studio apartments average $814 a month; one bedrooms for $959 a month; two bedrooms for $1,156 a month; three bedrooms for $1,440 a month; and four bedrooms for $1,546 a month. At each and every single one of those categories it is significantly more affordable than the next major Northeastern Corridor city.

Personally I don't much care for Philadelphia and for what I want it doesn't have much of and I wouldn't ever live there but to anyone looking for strictly a major city with solid urban offerings to experience, this city is probably one of the best options you can choose.
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Old 05-16-2015, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Orlandooooooo
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Chicago?
Houston?
Dallas?
Phoenix?
Philadelphia?

I know it is not the three heavyweights NY or LA, over even SF (which isn't that close to a million), so I was wondering. What city has the urban big city feel and is actually a "big" city?

Thanks.
Those are all big cities..
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Old 05-17-2015, 01:06 PM
 
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Give it a few years and Omaha will have over a million people. I can guarantee that Omaha would have the lowest COL, if not very close to it, while being in the top 60 (out of 388) for highest average income. Which is why the city is usually in the top three for overall standard of living, year after year.
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Old 05-17-2015, 01:07 PM
 
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This is problematic because places like San Antonio have over a million people in the city proper, but their metro areas are not much bigger.

Whereas Atlanta, Boston, and DC are all around a half million within city limits, but their metro areas are 2-3 times bigger than that of San Antonio.

You brought up San Jose. If you could afford to live there, you'd be better off in Oakland, which is infinitely more urban.

I'd suggest going by metro area population, but set the bar higher to 3.5 or 4 million.
San Antonio has 1.4 million city and the metro has close to 2.4 million, that's about 1 million people in the suburbs, and it is adjacent to metro Austin/San Marcos. Bexar county has nearly 1.9 million and it is the 17th most populated U.S. county, so the urban area is not small by any means. San Antonio is one of the smaller big metros but it is growing by roughly 60k a year, so it could very well reach 3 million within 10 years. As far as affordability you definitely get more bang for your buck, however, the average home price is about 218k, real estate prices are rising in the metro.
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Old 05-17-2015, 01:11 PM
 
Location: central Austin
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San Antonio has 1.4 million city and the metro has close to 2.4 million, that's about 1 million people in the suburbs, and it is adjacent to metro Austin/San Marcos. Bexar county has nearly 1.9 million and it is the 17th most populated U.S. county, so the urban area is not small by any means. San Antonio is one of the smaller big metros but it is growing by roughly 60k a year, so it could very well reach 3 million within 10 years. As far as affordability you definitely get more bang for your buck, however, the average home price is about 218k, real estate prices are rising in the metro.
All true. But SA doesn't have an urban feeling at all. Chicago and Philly do. Atlanta does a little.
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Old 05-17-2015, 01:18 PM
 
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If San Antonio doesn't have an urban feel then the same goes for Austin. The sunbelt cities aren't going to be as dense as the east coast cities, but for the sunbelt it is urban.
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Old 05-17-2015, 01:31 PM
 
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U O E have=Sp ad39 593053]Than it looks like Philadelphia wins for you here. The next tier will be Atlanta/Houston since Chicago will be being that it's too close to your hometown. And when I say Houston, only stick to the inner loop as that is the only place that will have a chance to become urbanish in the future in the entire Houston metro.[/quote]

Looking at Houston's Harris County which covers 1700 square miles and containing 4.5 million people is more dense than some of the east coast heavy weights entire metro area.

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