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Old 04-07-2012, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Cleveland-Akron-Canton
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Default Liberal cities in the South or West??

I am a 26 year old female from Ohio, looking to escape the dreary winters here and move either south, southwest, or the west. I am having a hard time finding a balance between warm areas and liberal mindsets. Any one have any suggestions? I have considered the bay area, but it might be a bit too cool, and hear the price of living is huge. I am very into health and wellness and enjoy a thriving art and music scene. I have seen lots of negative reviews on Florida. Thoughts?? Thank you so much.
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:06 PM
 
Location: on an island
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I wonder if this thread should be in the US forum?
Anyway, I've lived in the California and Colorado locations. My remarks are generalizations, just a little something to go on.

San Francisco, California ~ Yes it is very expensive. Loved it though. Yes it can be cool. I actually was freezing in LA just last weekend.

Boulder, Colorado ~ Very liberal indeed, somewhat of a self-congratulatory trustafarian tone to the place. You might consider Ft Collins or Denver, more of a mix, a bit less pretentious. You will get snow, and it can be kind of brown, but the sunny winters are not that bad.

Florida is a wacky state and probably always will be, but I love it here. I have not lived in Sarasota but have visited, and heard good things about it. Other liberal places to consider are Tallahassee (beautiful rolling hills and canopy roads) and Gainesville. I spent two years in northwest Florida (6 years total) and am now in northeast Florida (north of Jacksonville) and it *is* possible to be liberal and survive here.

Never lived in New Mexico but often visited Santa Fe and Taos. It's just that employment might be a problem. Well, employment is probably a consideration for any of these places. Another idea is Austin, Texas.
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:27 AM
 
Location: The Great White North
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My advice:

Boulder, Colorado
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Moab, Utah (smaller for sure, though)
Asheville, NC
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:17 PM
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Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I am a 26 year old female from Ohio, looking to escape the dreary winters here and move either south, southwest, or the west. I am having a hard time finding a balance between warm areas and liberal mindsets. Any one have any suggestions? I have considered the bay area, but it might be a bit too cool, and hear the price of living is huge. I am very into health and wellness and enjoy a thriving art and music scene. I have seen lots of negative reviews on Florida. Thoughts?? Thank you so much.
Well first of all, there might be better threads for you to post on, but as long as you are here, I would suggest Austin,Tx for starters. Of course the summers are brutal, but the winters are nice. Yes, there are several places in Ca but the cost of living is off the wall. The bay area would be warm conpared to Ohio. How about someplace like Santa Monica or Manhattan Beach Ca? Again you do have to think about the cost of living. Florida is a possibility. Ft Lauderdale would be my first thought. The rest of the south is pretty concervative or not liberal and the southwest is about the same. Albuquerque is a mixture.
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Duarte, CA
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I am a 26 year old female from Ohio, looking to escape the dreary winters here and move either south, southwest, or the west. I am having a hard time finding a balance between warm areas and liberal mindsets. Any one have any suggestions? I have considered the bay area, but it might be a bit too cool, and hear the price of living is huge. I am very into health and wellness and enjoy a thriving art and music scene. I have seen lots of negative reviews on Florida. Thoughts?? Thank you so much.
West:

You can start with Berkeley
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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A'ville, NC area...summers aren't brutal, and winters are short/mildish. Lots of art, music, artsy fartsy stuff, young people, etc. Good scenery, outdoor stuff, and on and on.
The downside: not an employment mecca, and the pay will probably be less than you are used to.
GL, mD
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Old 04-08-2012, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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I'm a fiscal conservative, yet socially liberal....you can do your own thing almost anywhere.
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Cleveland-Akron-Canton
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Wow, thanks for the responses!! I am still trying to figure out this site.... Not sure how to move this post to another thread...

Anyways, great advice. I am warming up to the idea of moving to Texas. I hear Austin is great. As far as Cali...I think Manhattan beach and Santa Monica are going to be too expensive. I am a beginner graphic designer. Employment is definitely a concern.

I'll look more into Florida. Hadn't thought of Tallahassee... Anyone have any thoughts on the other areas mentioned? Gainesville and Ft. Lauderdale?

Colorado looks awesome.. I just don't want more snow! lol :/

Someone mentioned Albuquerque. Any more thoughts on that area?
Also, I had looked into Asheville, and it just seems kind of small for me. But the area looks beautiful and full of culture.

Thanks again for all your thoughts!!
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Cleveland-Akron-Canton
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I'm a fiscal conservative, yet socially liberal....you can do your own thing almost anywhere.
You're right! I'm sure I will!
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:24 AM
 
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Um, hello, number 1 liberal city that is really hot. Los Angeles.
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