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Old 08-02-2010, 01:51 PM
 
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Hello all,

New to the site, hoping to use you traveling types' expertise to find a city I'll finally be happy with. But first a little background:

As a single, recent college grad, I've never lived in a city I liked. First it was Harrisburg, PA followed by Pittsburgh and now Atlanta. I'd like to live in a big city but so far the two I've lived in have sucked (for me). I'm looking to move and I know what I want, however seeing as I've never even traveled any further west than Chicago, and then only once, I don't want to invest a lot of money and time moving somewhere that I'll be miserable. So here's my checklist:

City on a grid
Motorcycle friendly would be a big plus
Has to be warm year round or almost so, I love heat so 100+ temps don't bother me
More conservative leaning (not necessary but preferable)
A place that's not stuffy, where you can see for miles if you're looking down the right street
Ocean would be nice but failing that, some large body of water nearby
A large population of people in their early to mid-20s, I feel like I'm all alone where I live now
An abundance of single bedroom or studio apartments that are affordable
Honestly more aggressive than passive drivers would be nice too. I'm thinking Philly or New York style

From what I've researched I really like Miami, Houston and LA/San Diego. However I don't want my car to go floating away when the next big hurricane hits and I'm really adverse to earthquakes and forest fires (I got really sick a few years ago when the smoke from a forest fire in Canada hit the east coast)

Any suggestions would be helpful, especially if they do anything to assuage fears about moving to the aforementioned cities.
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Old 08-02-2010, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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Well, I'm still going to suggest somewhere "south", and I'll begin with the Palm Spring-Palm Desert region. The main obstacle in your criteria is that these areas have a large "older population" that attracts retirees. (Hopefully a poster who lives around there can offer some feedback on this.)

I wouldn't say it's conservative, either. I envision that area has being an interesting conflict between liberal and conservative.

Terrific weather despite the hot summers (you could travel elsewhere guilt-free during that season), and a LOT of wonderful open drives for bikes. Bikers love the Palms-to-Pines drive, but there are numerous other routes.

It does get very windy sometimes, and they do get occasional sandstorms. Some days are hazy. But many days it's very bright and blue with pristine skies at night. And, yes, most of California is susceptible to the earthquakes, but I don't believe this area is that close to the faultline (again, if a poster can clarify, please do).

The ocean is a couple hours drive. Not bad.

But there is plenty of hiking to be enjoyed there, including Joshua Tree Monument and the AWESOME Indian Canyons (which tourists know about or bother to visit).

Pace of life is much slower there. But I'd recommend checking it out, anyway. You'll like it or you won't.
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Old 08-02-2010, 02:37 PM
 
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Savannah sounds like the perfect fit for you on all accounts.
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Old 08-02-2010, 03:12 PM
 
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City on a grid
Motorcycle friendly would be a big plus
Has to be warm year round or almost so, I love heat so 100+ temps don't bother me
More conservative leaning (not necessary but preferable)
A place that's not stuffy, where you can see for miles if you're looking down the right street
Ocean would be nice but failing that, some large body of water nearby
A large population of people in their early to mid-20s, I feel like I'm all alone where I live now
An abundance of single bedroom or studio apartments that are affordable
Honestly more aggressive than passive drivers would be nice too. I'm thinking Philly or New York style
Have you considered Charleston, SC? It hits all of your criteria.
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Old 08-02-2010, 05:37 PM
 
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Savannah and Charleston
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Old 08-02-2010, 05:45 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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Charleston is what I was gonna say- Other than that, I'd suggest Tampa, FL
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Old 08-02-2010, 06:32 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions, you're all bringing up places that I hadn't even looked into before now, I'll check them all out
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:17 PM
 
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Depends what he means by stuffy, Those cities are pretty humid.

I've never been there but Phoenix popped into my mind, maybe ABQ? Where are the nearest lakes?
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Austin,Tx
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While there isn't an ocean I would check the Phoenix/Scottsdale area out maby even Tucson or even check out Austin.

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Old 08-03-2010, 07:03 AM
 
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Depends what he means by stuffy, Those cities are pretty humid.

I've never been there but Phoenix popped into my mind, maybe ABQ? Where are the nearest lakes?
Sorry to mislead, I don't really care about the humidity. By "stuffy" I mean cities where you're surrounded by trees and mountains, like Pittsburgh which is in a valley. I'd rather be in a place where there's a lot of open space, like I'd imagine Phoenix would be.
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