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Old 08-13-2011, 01:53 AM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Maybe Houston or Miami? Right now I am researching a place north of Houston called "The Woodlands" which seems to be the opposite of Seattle. I want to move to a place that is totally different compared to Seattle. What is the opposite of Seattle to you?
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Old 08-13-2011, 02:24 AM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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Dallas
Orlando
Phoenix
Kansas City
Indianapolis
Oklahoma City

and several more
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Old 08-13-2011, 06:02 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I'd guess opposite would be hot, sunny, and highly conservative. (I'm not saying Seattle's as rainy as claimed, but I think it is cloudy)

Bakersfield, California is pretty reliably Republican and it's listed as having among the most days clear of clouds. Not sure it's that hot though.

http://www.city-data.com/top2/c476.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Bakers...alifornia.html

Wichita Falls, Texas looks to be quite hot and sunny in the Summer. As I recall it's highly conservative in voting pattern. Its metro apparently includes Archer, Clay, and Wichita county. Clay went for Clinton in 1992, and Dukakis in 1988, but the other two apparently haven't went for a Democrat since Carter. In the US House of Representatives Wichita Falls itself is in the second most Republican-leaning district in the nation with Archer County being in the sixth most Republican-leaning district. In the Texas Senate Wichita Falls is represented by Republican Craig Estes while in the Texas House the metro is represented by Republicans Lanham Lyne and Rick Hardcastle. The city also is, if just barely, on the list of cities over 50,000 with the lowest percent of likely homosexual couples.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Wichita-Falls-Texas.html
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Of larger cities Oklahoma City sounds like a good pick for opposite to Seattle. Also maybe Jacksonville, Florida.
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Old 08-13-2011, 06:44 AM
 
Location: New Mexico --> Vermont in 2019
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I'd guess opposite would be hot, sunny, and highly conservative. (I'm not saying Seattle's as rainy as claimed, but I think it is cloudy)

Bakersfield, California is pretty reliably Republican and it's listed as having among the most days clear of clouds. Not sure it's that hot though.

http://www.city-data.com/top2/c476.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Bakers...alifornia.html

Of larger cities Oklahoma City sounds like a good pick for opposite to Seattle. Also maybe Jacksonville, Florida.
True, how ironic they got their NBA team. Jacksonville is a coastal city like Seattle, though little in common otherwise. Bakersfield being on the west coast has ties, do bare in mind the PNW has a lot of California transplants and moderately conservative suburbs do exist in Seattle. When it comes to opposite, landlocked and conservative like OKC would probably be a more of a polarity to Seattle.
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Old 08-13-2011, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Omaha, NE
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I'm not all that well-informed about Seattle, but I think an opposite city would have to--

- Be sprawling and open.
- Be more suburban than urban.
- Have a stronger conservative influence.
- Lots of sunny, cloudless days.
- Have an older population.

Based on that, I'd say Phoenix is a strong candidate. Phoenix stands in a heavy contrast to Seattle's dense, urban, liberal, young vibe.
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Old 08-13-2011, 08:46 AM
 
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Ideologically, I'd say the northern suburbs of Atlanta.
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Old 08-13-2011, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Yakima, Washington. Nothing could be more opposite than that. The only thing it has in common with Seattle is you can see Mount Rainier.
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Old 08-13-2011, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Nashville?
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Old 08-13-2011, 10:09 AM
 
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Maybe Houston or Miami? Right now I am researching a place north of Houston called "The Woodlands" which seems to be the opposite of Seattle. I want to move to a place that is totally different compared to Seattle. What is the opposite of Seattle to you?
Totally different from Seattle? Nashville or Knoxville, TN.

I don't think Houston is Seattle's polar opposite beyond a few obvious differences like weather and density. I say look farther into the Southeast to find Seattle's opposite.
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Old 08-13-2011, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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I'm not all that well-informed about Seattle, but I think an opposite city would have to--

- Be sprawling and open.
- Be more suburban than urban.
- Have a stronger conservative influence.
- Lots of sunny, cloudless days.
- Have an older population.

Based on that, I'd say Phoenix is a strong candidate. Phoenix stands in a heavy contrast to Seattle's dense, urban, liberal, young vibe.
Phoenix probably has a younger population than Seattle.
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