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Old 07-27-2011, 12:53 PM
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I was born 30 years ago in the northeastern suburban areas of the Sacramento area aside from a 4 year period of living in Arcata, CA on the northwestern coast in Humboldt county during college.

What am I looking for? I'm not sure. I love all weather types and have lived for small periods of time (weeks to months) in most of them. I loved the rain in Humboldt. It never got me down or kept me inside doors. I was quite fond of the entire area but there was little opportunity to grow so I had to return to Sacramento for work. Until recently I wanted to move back there at all costs but now I'm married and have a baby on the way so some of my priorities have shifted a bit. It's a very small place to live. I don't mind small, btw, but Humboldt is isolated very severely. The whole county is 100,000 people and only around 40,000 live near each other.

My wife has hopes of getting into teaching and despite job concerns isn't too picky about where we live. Her main thoughts are "no more 100+ summers" and "somewhere with a lot of trees and nearby outdoors-places." I am an artist and I make a living through online sales primarily. I make enough that I call it my profession and will leave it at that (not fond of self-promotion, tacky). Unemployment figures don't faze me for this reason, although they could be an important consideration given my wife's chosen vocation.

I love the outdoors and have camped all over California but the one thing I always loved about Sacramento was the outdoors paradise in the mountains and foothills east of it. A location with similar nearby opportunities for impromptu getaways would be great. I love to bike and while I'd like to keep my car I'm more concerned with bike friendliness in an area. My wife and I are both "liberal/progressive" people who do our best to stay the hell out of politics so we can probably blend in a lot of areas. Places with a live and let live kind of feel.

Though I've sampled quite a few living conditions I haven't actually done that much traveling so it's hard for me to know where to start. I've seen nearly all of California but outside CA I can count them on my fingers: Maui, Grand Canyon, Zion Canyon, Carson City NV. . . That's seriously it. 4 other states but Maui was the only one I spent any time in.

Humboldt was an amazing place to live with the redwood forests and the 7-8 month rain-a-thon. We've been told the PNW would be a great place for us but I have only traveled 20 miles over the Oregon border! A whole US above my head and I've never even been there! My wife has been up there although she's only spent time in the Bellevue area of Washington. The rest she never got to explore but she enjoyed her time and what she saw. The Eastern US may as well be Europe for all I know about it. I've google map'd it and read about it but other than that I think I've only met a couple of people from there.

Not trying to bore anyone but I figured some of this info might help in finding a new place to call home. Hope I didn't ramble too much, going off coffee and not much else.
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:29 PM
Location: Minneapolis
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Sounds like Portland, or maybe Denver. Or really shake things up and try Boise. If you want to go east, you could check out Pennsylvania or upstate New York/New England. Or I guess Duluth could work too.
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:46 PM
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Seattle, Portland, and Minneapolis seem like good fits for you.
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Old 07-27-2011, 06:54 PM
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Minnesota sounds like it would be good for you and your family. The state is known for its trees and lakes, and teacher salaries are high here. Besides Minneapolis-St. Paul (the state's major metro area), you could look at Rochester (pop. 100,000), Duluth (pop. 85,000) or Mankato (pop. 60,000). If you want a real change of pace and don't mind a smaller town, Marshall (pop. 14,000) would be a great choice. All of these towns (except Duluth) have low unemployment rates and good economies. Marshall and Mankato are college towns, but they both have large family populations (especially Marshall). One drawback of Marshall is that it's on the plains, but it's only about an hour's drive to Minnesota's famous forests and lakes.
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Old 07-27-2011, 07:01 PM
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A lot of Colorado comes to mind immediately. Boulder, Denver, Durango, Aspen, Buena Vista, Eagle, Glenwood Springs.
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Old 07-27-2011, 07:47 PM
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I say go for broke and take a look at Europe...errr I mean the East Coast.

Check out the western North Carolina liberal bastion of Asheville. It's a stunningly beautiful area with a thriving arts community, friendly people, great weather (mild four season climate, no 100 degree days), tons of trees/forest and abundant outdoor recreation as well as bike/walk friendliness.

Explore Asheville, NC | Asheville, NC's Official Tourism Web Site
Asheville, North Carolina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Old 07-27-2011, 07:53 PM
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Ithaca City School District - Employment Opportunities

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Among others in Upstate NY.
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Old 07-28-2011, 02:02 AM
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Portland is probably the best fit for you.
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Old 07-28-2011, 04:11 AM
Location: Arvada, CO
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Oregon and Washington west of the Cascades, with WA probably a better fit than OR.

Not Colorado.
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