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Old 01-18-2012, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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Plattsburgh doesn't have the "cool" factor that Burlington has though.
I would suggest Saratoga Springs NY as well.
Portland, ME and Portsmouth NH are high on the "cool" factor as well.
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Old 01-18-2012, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Kalaheo, HI
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That boggles my mind on those crime ratings. Does that site put us up among Newark NJ etc?
So this comment got me doing some checking to see how dangerous it really is... When I compared the crime rates to Newark, Knoxville got 8 and 9 (1st number is violent, 2nd is property) while Newark got a 7 and 5.. so Newark is supposedly safer. Then I just started researching about dangerous places and some places that I didn't feel unsafe in (like Baton Rouge and Anchorage) made some of the lists.. and Knoxville made some lists and didn't make others. So no worries, I don't think Knoxville is really all that dangerous compared to other cities of that size. So for me I think what it comes down to is size... anything too much bigger than Athens will probably be too dangerous for me to feel comfortable. (I'm glad I did this research.. it helps me a lot!)

Working on checking into those other recommendations... hard because wikipedia is doing the black out. I found that if I really care, I can go to the wikipedia page and try to highlight and copy the information before it blacks out :-) but that's a lot of hassle
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Old 01-18-2012, 07:15 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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You can also press and hold the ESC button on your keyboard while the wikipedia page is loading, and the blackout notice won't appear.
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:03 PM
 
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Plattsburgh doesn't have the "cool" factor that Burlington has though.
I would suggest Saratoga Springs NY as well.
Portland, ME and Portsmouth NH are high on the "cool" factor as well.
What helps Plattsburgh is that it has a state college, a community college, it is more affordable than Burlington and you can still enjoy virtually the same things, as the cities are only a ferry ride away.

Saratoga Springs could work, as it has Skidmore College, but COL is above average(if that is even an issue). It does have a very good nightlife scene though.

Another place could be New Paltz NY: Community of New Paltz, NY
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Actually, the Cortland idea may work pretty well in terms of its proximity to 4 ski areas and 3 cities(Ithaca, Syracuse and Binghamton). All are within 40 minutes or so. One of the ski areas actually has an indoor water park as well(Greek Peak).
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Kalaheo, HI
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This is awesome... you guys are mentioning so many places that I had never heard of... I'll have a lot to check out when I go on a roadtrip through the northeast (it seems like a whole lot in NY).

CKH-Ya Plattsburgh sounds like a really good option.. I'll have to check it out and see if the reality is what I'm imagining/want. The Ithaca area is definitely one I'll have to check into as well. COL is an issue, but it's relative to wages in whatever industry I get into... so if I end up finding a job in say Burlington or Saratoga Springs (or for that matter, Missoula or Eugene) that pays enough to make up for the difference, then I'd definitely go for it. And Kingston ON looks great from what I've seen.. if only they had the program that I want, will give me full scholarships, and would help me a get a job afterwards.

Verseau-Thanks for the tip. it is easier that way :-)
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Old 03-23-2012, 09:28 AM
 
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Like you, I have an eye on NM for eventual relocation (Silver City/TorC/Las Vegas/etc). But, if diversity is what you are after with a smaller town feel, try the Inland Empire of CA. A wonderful mix of cultures and the populataion is strongly Asian (Vietnamese/Chinese/Japanese/etc) and Hispanic. Specifically the Corona/Riverside and/or Temecula areas are overlooked jems. I lived there for almost 14 years and diversity is one of the great blessings of CA. And you have a very decent educational option with UCR. Plus, you can lock into a nice neighborhood and more small town vibe (avoid freeways though) if you look in the right areas. Just about everything you'll need is within a half hour drive. COL is higher than NM for real estate, but no better time than now to consider it in CA...mega cheap by CA standards. Other living necessities are actually cheaper even than here in small town Ohio where I am now (helping take care of an elderly parent).

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Old 03-23-2012, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Kalaheo, HI
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Tony David-I have checked out fys many times and I love the site.. only problem is that they only list the cities that they like... don't include all of the choices everywhere. Ya I can definitely see what you mean about California and diversity and such.... but I pretty much discounted it because of COL.. in fact, unless I marry into money, I'm starting to discount the whole western US.. but we'll see if that changes. What do you mean about living necessities being cheaper? That relating to places like Costco and other big name stores that sell stuff for cheaper.. or what?? Anyways, thanks, I'll check into the towns you suggested
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:43 PM
 
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If not mentioned already, check Eugene, Oregon. More than 200K metro, but still very small town feeling, and affordable by Oregon standards.
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:12 AM
 
Location: Kalaheo, HI
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pw-Ya Eugene is on the list. I now have 2 lists.. places I would probably like, and places that I might like that actually offer the graduate program that I'm looking at. University of Oregon doesn't have my program so it's on the back up list (along with Ithaca NY, Asheville NC, Corvallis OR, Durango CO, State College PA (they have the program, I just don't think I could get into to), Arcata CA, Inland Empire area just mentioned...)
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:05 AM
 
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You may like New Paltz NY, which has a SUNY campus with counseling programs.
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