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Old 04-19-2011, 08:42 PM
 
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Hi everyone,

My boyfriend and I have begun the daunting task of researching cities where we might like to live someday. We would really appreciate your help and input, as we are very overwhelmed.

Some criteria:

- Medium sized city; population greater than 10k but less than 500k
- If the city is on the smaller side of the above scale, access to a large city for shopping, dining, etc is desirable (within about 20 miles please)
- Not too hot or humid during the summer, with snow during winter months
- Diverse geography; mountains for hiking and lakes/the ocean for recreation (the utopian city of my dreams has secluded beachy areas where I could run my dogs off leash for a couple hours a day...but I suppose that's not required )
- Preferably dog-friendly
- Somewhere culturally diverse and "artsy" would be nice
- We have no plans for children, so school districts don't matter
- Somewhere green and lush with plenty of trees
- Reasonable cost of living
- Low-moderate taxes (specifically property taxes; we would love to own a few acres)

Any input you guys have would be much appreciated! We were looking at Oregon and Washington State, but couldn't quite pinpoint our "perfect" (or close) city. However, we certainly don't want to limit our search to those two states.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:55 PM
 
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I first thought of the Northwest like you, perhaps Olympia or Coeur D'Alene in Idaho.
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:03 PM
 
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Thanks Kangrui! We have not looked too in-depth into Olympia and have never even heard of Coeur D'Alene, so we'll definitely look into both.
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:19 PM
 
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Maybe something in Upstate NY, Vermont, New Hampshire and parts of PA.
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Old 04-20-2011, 05:32 AM
 
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You might check out the Portland, Maine area. It has the setting you're looking for, has a great cultural climate, is very dog friendly and a fairly reasonable cost of living. You'd be on the coast near some great beaches and a short drive into the beautiful White Mountains in New Hampshire

Portland, Maine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Portland, Maine - Old Port
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_M...(New_Hampshire)
Acadia National Park - Home (U.S. National Park Service)
Beaches - A Guide to Maine Beaches
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