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Old 03-29-2012, 03:38 PM
 
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For me, it would be Atlanta. I was trying to get hired by a certain company's Miami office and ended up in their Atlanta office.

I honestly have to say I liked just about everything in metro Atlanta, though all big cities have traffic, sprawl and crime. I liked the housing price/quality, the mix of transplants, foreigners and natives, the big buildings, the heavy-rail transit system, the weather (all around), the pines in the hilly terrain, and the fact that Atlanta, surprisingly, can poke fun at itself. (Some cities can't).

I only put it ahead of LA because I lived in LA growing up, and I think QOL comes at a very high price. So I now vacation in Los Angeles.

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Old 03-29-2012, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I've only lived in Montreal, New Orleans. Seattle, Nashville, Amman and Bucharest. I leave it to others to judge which is the best of them.
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:59 PM
 
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I've only lived in Montreal, New Orleans. Seattle, Nashville, Amman and Bucharest. I leave it to others to judge which is the best of them.
To make this relevant to the US, I just changed the title. Of those, I would hesitantly pick Seattle. I would overwhelmingly pick Montreal, but it's 40 miles outside the criteria zone!
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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Back Bay of Boston. Walkable city, beautiful architecture and art museums.

Miami was interesting, diverse but very high COL. Although renting is fun if you are in Bay Harbor Islands/Bal Harbor area.
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:22 AM
 
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Philadelphia all the way. It gets a lot of flack for being ghetto, but that's just not true. It all depends what neighborhood you're in. The best, best deal is to live in a suburb right outside because many of them are very, very nice (Montgomery and Bucks Counties are two of the richest in the state).

Philly is like the perfect location. You're a short road trip (1-3 hours) to NYC, DC, the shore, and the mountains (the Poconos). If you need to get far away, there's a major international airport that has planes going everywhere.

With a few exceptions (as is the case in any city), the people are pretty hip. A TON of musicians as well as some athletes and actors came from Philly. There's plenty of gblt pride, and all sorts of ethnic communities. And there are several great colleges in or near the city.

If I hadn't spent so long growing up there, I would gladly choose to live there again. But you know, time for something new.
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Old 03-31-2012, 01:22 AM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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Lived in:

Minneapolis
Chicago
Columbus
St. Louis
Cleveland

My fave is Minneapolis....SLIGHTLY above Chicago, which, although is an awesome town and a "guy's kinda town", is just too aggressive/pissed off/crime-ridden for me at times. Half of my family lives there and/or is from there, and I have a Chicago kind of attitude, but I think Minneapolis is the best place to live because the culture of the city is unique and perfect for me, and the culture of the people aren't too different than Chicago.
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Old 03-31-2012, 03:33 AM
 
Location: Atlanta the Beautiful
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Atlanta- wonderful weather year round, awesome people, amazing food, and lots of stuff to do. I miss it, but after that Charleston, S.C. but that's not a major city.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:44 AM
 
Location: The City
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So far it would be NYC, Philly and SF. Philly was where I grew up and was happy to return home but these are my three favorites.
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Florida
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San Francisco, I won't mention the other ones as to not start a "waaaa I can't believe you liked that better than X"
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:15 AM
 
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Chicago was a personal favorite of mine. It was awesome. I lived in the city but in the university area. It was incredible and something I will never forget.
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