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Unread 11-03-2010, 02:56 PM
 
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Default Help Me Find a City

looking for a nice place to settle down once I finish school, and I'm looking for some opinions.

Here's the gist of what I'm looking for, in order of importance:

- needs to be a large city (700,000+ population)
- natural setting (mountains, rivers, lakes, ocean, forests)
- moderate weather conditions (don't mind snow, but I want a relatively warm summer; I love rain)
- culture (art, museums, history, music, sports)
- escapability (proximity to other cities/attractions)
- economy (growing city, business friendly)

Overall I want a medium between a large city and an outdoor lovers' paradise. Somewhere I can get off work and go jog through a quiet park before returning home. I love the feel of a big city (grew up in Chicago) but want to be able to escape if I feel the need. Also, an open-minded culture would behoove me (live and let live type of people).

What do you think? Ask me any other questions if you need.

Thanks
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Unread 11-03-2010, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Washington, D.C. all day
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San Francisco
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Unread 11-03-2010, 08:00 PM
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Columbus Ohio pretty much fits everything you are looking for minus the mountains and ocean in terms of natural setting.

A sleeper could be the Tidewater/Hampton Roads area of VA, which consist of 7 cities that vary in terms of density and that pretty much run into each other. All that is lacking there are mountains, but they aren't too far away.
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Unread 11-03-2010, 08:03 PM
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Seattle might work as well, but the city itself has under 700k.
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Unread 11-05-2010, 03:34 PM
 
Location: The Plains
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I like Asheville NC. You get that triangle of Nashville-Charlotte-Atlanta, Its a small town but there can't be a lot to choose from in Cities over 700,000. I like its proximity to 81 and 75. That gives me New York and Chicago in relativity straight runs . But then again I am a road warrior.
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Unread 11-05-2010, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Central Austin
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I was thinking Seattle or Portland. Austin or Denver might also be options.
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Unread 11-05-2010, 04:46 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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Seattle, San Francisco, Boston..
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