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Old 08-18-2010, 02:08 PM
 
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My husband and I are looking to relocate pretty soon. We are currently in a small run down Alabama town and I am so ready to get out of here. Neither one of us have been able to keep ongoing jobs for very long so we don't have a lot to work with as far as moving to an expensive town. I'd prefer a place where it's not painfully difficult to find work (I usually work in coffee shops as I am also a student) and where the rent is reasonable ($500-800 for two bedroom).There has to be at least one community college in the area as my husband teaches history and religion at a community college.
I've lived in Boulder and Nederland, CO and have actually considered moving back to Boulder since we have friends there and know the area but it would be SO expensive for us right now. I liked Boulder OK but I didn't like how much of a "bubble" it was plus the cost of living was outrageous.
The only reason I'm looking for liberal towns is because we are both vegetarians and would like to be able to get groceries locally plus we'd like to have local coffee shops, bars, restaurants, record stores, etc. Right now I have to drive an hour to find food!
I've looked into New York, Virginia, Colorado but I just don't know what to think. I would love to live in the Northwest area like Northern California, Oregon, or Washington but my husband doesn't want to move that far right now.
Does anyone have any suggestions as far as nice mountain college towns that are in the northeastern or mid western part of the states? I definitely do not want to live in the south anymore. It's hard to tell how a place is when you haven't been so I thought maybe someone could help me out!
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Old 08-18-2010, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Ashville, North Carolina would likely be a very good bet. I've never been but it is a beautiful town nestled in the heart of the Blue Mountains and it has, I'm told, that crunchy and liberal vibe that you're looking for. Unfortunately I don't believe that it has a major university so you'll have to weight that.

Boulder would be a good bet except for that fact that it is definitely in a bubble. The rest of the state is so, so, so conservative compared to the People's Republic.
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Old 08-18-2010, 05:13 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Burlington, Vermont sounds like it would be worth looking into. Technically it's a few miles west of the Green Mountains, but I suppose that's a minor technicality.
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Ashville, North Carolina would likely be a very good bet. I've never been but it is a beautiful town nestled in the heart of the Blue Mountains and it has, I'm told, that crunchy and liberal vibe that you're looking for. Unfortunately I don't believe that it has a major university so you'll have to weight that.

Boulder would be a good bet except for that fact that it is definitely in a bubble. The rest of the state is so, so, so conservative compared to the People's Republic.
That's funny!! Colorado's new governor will be a democrat just like the one currently in office, you must not get out much.
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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]That's funny!! Colorado's new governor will be a democrat just like the one currently in office, you must not get out much.
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Ithaca, NY
Burlington, VT
Saratoga Springs, NY
Asheville, NC
Charlottesville, VA
State College, PA
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:37 AM
 
Location: where my heart is
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Definitely check out Ithaca, Ny. Beautiful small city and just what you're looking for.
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:02 AM
 
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Another sleeper in Upstate NY in Oneonta. It has SUNY-Oneonta and Hartwick College in a small city of 14,000. It is located between Binghamton and Schenectady, as well as being close to Utica. It is also in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains.

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Old 08-19-2010, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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Boulder, CO

Burlington, VT

Durango, CO

Eugene, OR

Fort Collins, CO
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Old 08-19-2010, 10:57 AM
 
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Thanks everyone! I will get to researching
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