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Old 01-11-2011, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I've lived in East Texas all my life. I've taken vacations all over the country and always wanted to take up a permanent residence elsewhere. This place doesn't fit me well at all.

First of all, the climate is horrible. The summers are unbearably hot. I'm a cold-natured person. (Or is it warm-natured? I prefer the cold, whichever that is.) I'd like to be somewhere where it isn't 95 to 105 degrees throughout most of the summer. I've been to South Dakota when it was -2 F and it wasn't so bad, but I don't know if I could handle extremely cold temperatures so Minnesota may be out.

I love the snow. It would be great to live somewhere where 4" of snow comes more often than once a decade. But like the temperature thing, I don't want too extreme of a change. A couple of feet would be awesome. Snow over my head, not so much.

I don't want to live in a highly conservative area like here. I'm an atheist with somewhat of a mix of liberal and conservative beliefs so somewhere roughly in the middle would probably be ideal.

I like a medium size city that has plenty to do but isn't very crowded and hard to escape like Chicago. I enjoy the city life but I also enjoy a lot of outdoors activities like dirt biking. It's a plus if there are at least some small wooded areas nearby.

I only have an Associate's degree (which has never landed me a job) and no highly desirable job skills, so a low cost of living is pretty important. I'm single without children, but I have two large dogs so I'd need a house with a decent sized yard.

Last, but not least, I don't care to live too far from home. It's a big plus if it's within a day's drive from where I am now.

So I've pretty much decided I need to move somewhere in the midwest. I've been looking at Des Moines. It seems to fit all my criteria fairly well. What are your suggestions?
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Old 01-12-2011, 08:41 AM
 
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I think you're on the right track with Des Moines. You might also look at Omaha where you have big city amenities, very low unemployment (like 4%) and a low cost of living.

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Old 01-12-2011, 08:56 AM
 
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I think you're on the right track with Des Moines. You might also look at Omaha where you have big city amenities, very low unemployment (like 4%) and a low cost of living.

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Good choices and maybe Lincoln NE, Fort Collins or Boulder CO and maybe even Cheyenne WY.
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Old 01-12-2011, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I did give passing thoughts to Omaha and Lincoln. Omaha is a bit larger than I'd prefer, but one of its suburbs like Council Bluffs or Bellevue might be ideal. I'll have to do some extra reading on these cities as well.

While I love the area, Colorado and Wyoming are a bit further away than I want to move right now. Living within a day of here will make it easier to visit family and friends and them visit me. Some of them absolutely refuse to fly in an airplane. Besides that, isn't the cost of living in Colorado pretty high and the weather in Wyoming pretty extreme? I've seen snow in Wyoming in July so I can only imagine what the winters are like. Weather Underground shows it to be about the same temperature as here for the next several days though, so I could be mistaken.
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Also, what do you think about St Louis? I haven't read much on it, but I imagine it has the climate I'm seeking, it's a bit closer than the other cities, and it probably doesn't have that deep south conservative culture. I don't know about cost of living, unemployment, crime rate, or anything like that though.
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