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Old 10-30-2011, 11:52 PM
 
Location: At the local Wawa
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I look toward "alternative cities" as the best place for me to live. Basically, overlooked, less urban places to live that are within driving distance to major cities. If I really liked Chicago, I'd look to live in Milwaukee. If I really liked San Francisco (and I do), I'd want to live in Sacramento. To me, these places are far easier to live in on a day to day basis (cheaper, less traffic, less overall stressful living) but you can visit the major cities pretty easy and enjoy them, but then escape.

Kinda reverse to what has been historically popular (living in the city, escaping to the country).

Boston has Manchester NH, Portsmouth, NH and Worcester, MA; possibly Portland ME
NYC has Albany, Hartford, possibly Syracuse
Philadelphia has Harrisburg, Scranton, Dover DE

Anyone else here base their place of living on living in another cheaper city nearby with somewhat easy access to the big city (but not suburbs of that major city)? How does it work out for you?
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Old 10-31-2011, 12:33 AM
 
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Seattle has Mukilteo, Edmonds, Bellingham, Kirkland, Gig Harbor, Olympia, Poulsbo, Duvall, Snohomish, Fall City, La Conner, Bainbridge Island, Vashon Island, Port Townsend, and several more.
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Old 10-31-2011, 12:59 AM
 
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Would Jersey City count as a small city that is good to live in near NYC? I was looking at house prices there and they are comparable to Manhattan so it seems too expensive. Also, I wish that Newark, NJ was a safe and better place to live and I think that would be a great way for people who want an urban area near a major city. Those don't count do they? I know Albany is drivable distance but it is still quite far away, and I knew they once thought of building a maglev train back in the 80s from Albany to NYC, and that would be the stopping point between NYC and Boston but it never materialized.
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:06 AM
 
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Jersey City is definitely a urban city, but clearly within the metropolitan area of NYC. If you had a strong arm, you could almost throw a rock from JC to NYC. Thats how close it is. To answer your question, its a good place to live if you clearly enjoy an extremely urban environment.

I'm kinda wondering more about living in a separate metropolitan area nearby a major city. Like Bellingham or Olympia, possibly Spokane would be to Seattle, to reference the other poster.
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:38 AM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Athens, GA is in a perfect location. It's only an hour away from metro Atlanta, and an hour and a half from downtown Atlanta, so it's convenient for day trips. It's also close enough to get all but the weakest FM radio signals from Atlanta. At the same time, it's far enough away to be its own place, and not get swallowed up by the sprawl of metro Atlanta. It's also an hour and a half from the north Georgia mountains, and an hour from Lakes Lanier, Oconee and Hartwell. It's no wonder that northeast Georgia is the fastest-growing part of the state.
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Old 10-31-2011, 09:44 AM
 
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Burlington VT and Plattsburgh NY are about an hour or so away from Montreal. Akron is maybe 30 minutes from Cleveland. Ann Arbor is pretty close to Detroit, as is Toledo, Flint and even Lansing. South Bend isn't too far from Chicago. Dayton is close to Cincinnati. Harrisburg isn't too far from Baltimore too. Wilmington DE is similar to Harrisburg in terms of being close to Philly and Baltimore. There are many examples of such cities.
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Old 10-31-2011, 12:17 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Seattle has Mukilteo, Edmonds, Bellingham, Kirkland, Gig Harbor, Olympia, Poulsbo, Duvall, Snohomish, Fall City, La Conner, Bainbridge Island, Vashon Island, Port Townsend, and several more.
Those are all nice little towns and upscale suburbs. With the exception of Olympia & Bellingham which would fit in to the criteria, in terms of what the OP seems to be looking for (comparative to the examples given) I would say Tacoma (45 min south) and Everett(45 min north) for Seattle.

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Old 11-01-2011, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Hamilton, ON comes to mind. On a smaller scale, Topeka for Kansas City.
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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I look toward "alternative cities" as the best place for me to live. Basically, overlooked, less urban places to live that are within driving distance to major cities. If I really liked Chicago, I'd look to live in Milwaukee. If I really liked San Francisco (and I do), I'd want to live in Sacramento. To me, these places are far easier to live in on a day to day basis (cheaper, less traffic, less overall stressful living) but you can visit the major cities pretty easy and enjoy them, but then escape.

Kinda reverse to what has been historically popular (living in the city, escaping to the country).

Boston has Manchester NH, Portsmouth, NH and Worcester, MA; possibly Portland ME
NYC has Albany, Hartford, possibly Syracuse
Philadelphia has Harrisburg, Scranton, Dover DE

Anyone else here base their place of living on living in another cheaper city nearby with somewhat easy access to the big city (but not suburbs of that major city)? How does it work out for you?
Tyler, Texas - pop: 200,000+

90 miles (1 1/2 hour drive) east of Dallas in the Piney Woods of East Texas.
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Old 11-01-2011, 12:05 PM
 
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Hell, I'm a SF native living in Sac right now, so I fit your description.

It IS easier to live on a day to day basis. Less traffic, a lot easier to get around, less headaches, quieter neighborhoods. The thing with Sac is that at least it's a big enough city (2.3 million) and very diverse, that it still has a lot of the urban amenities that SF has, but just in smaller scale.

But I still miss living in SF. I do plan to return in the next couple years, but primarily due to personal reasons.
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