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View Poll Results: Which major city fits us best?
Denver 3 4.41%
Pittsburgh 2 2.94%
Philadelphia 0 0%
Cleveland 0 0%
Detroit 2 2.94%
Dallas 5 7.35%
Houston 1 1.47%
San Antonio 3 4.41%
St. Louis 0 0%
Kansas City 0 0%
Minneapolis/St. Paul 2 2.94%
Nashville 24 35.29%
Chicago 1 1.47%
Atlanta 8 11.76%
Other (Colorado Springs, Birmingham, Charlotte, Memphis, Des Moines, Omaha) 17 25.00%
Voters: 68. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-08-2012, 03:07 PM
 
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Default Best major city for a young, religious, conservative, and outdoorsy homeschooling family?

Here are the cities we're considering. There are quite a few.


Dallas
Denver
Kansas City
St. Louis
Pittsburgh
Philadelphia
Chicago
Detroit
Minneapolis
Cleveland
Atlanta
Nashville
San Antonio
Houston


A few smaller wild cards:

Colorado Springs
Omaha
Charlotte
Birmingham
Des Moines


We're in our 20s and we're looking for a big city with a sizable religious population. We're conservative in our politics, but we also want a city that is generally well-educated, cultured, but ultimately down-to-earth. I am not into hipster culture, either. We're looking to homeschool, so we'd like a supportive, sizable homeschooling community, too. I'm Catholic, but I'd like a community with a lot of evangelicals and more conservative Catholics. I'm very much into professional sports. Good public transit is a bonus, but not a requirement. I enjoy cross-country skiing and a lot of hiking, and it's essential that the city has a lot of park spaces. We're looking into suburban neighborhoods--architecture doesn't matter, and neither does price (though a lower COL is an inevitable high point). Likewise, low taxes is something I've grown used to, and probably wouldn't much enjoy a high-tax, high-government services sort of place. It is crucial that the city is family friendly, family-centered, and very community-oriented. I love the snow and cool, crisp autumn weather. But cold weather isn't essential, either. Ultimately, I think we'd really like a fairly traditional place that isn't edgy, but still interesting and dynamic and vibrant.

Do any of the above cities fit well? Should I knock any off the list?

I think that St. Louis, Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Dallas, and Kansas City are probably at the top of the list, but that is by no means definite.

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Old 05-08-2012, 04:05 PM
 
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I think either Denver or Colorado Springs would do you good, but Colorado Springs more. It is a place where there is a lot of evangelicals and for some it is the evangelical capital one the USA and the whole world. The cost of living there is low and the taxes are low, and when I've been there it seems like a place you'd like. I think they are also very fit, Colorado is the most fit state in America. There are a lot of mountains, hiking, skiiing and such.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:08 PM
 
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Any reason Salt Lake City isn't on your list?
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:12 PM
 
Location: South St Louis
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Any reason Salt Lake City isn't on your list?
Yeah, that's the first one that popped into my mind, too. That's why I dislike these polls-- your options are limited to those the OP has chosen.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Omaha
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Colorado Springs comes mind.
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Why is Denver on your list when you already live here?
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:32 PM
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Omaha sounds like it would offer that mix that you are looking for. I agree with other posters that wonder why Salt Lake City isn't on the list. Where's Louisville, Cincinnati or even Buffalo too?
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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I'd venture Salt Lake City.
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Probably Austin, Texas.
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Tulsa, Springfield, MO, and Northwest Arkansas all come to mind. All three areas are surrounded by lots of lake-oriented recreation and other outdoorsy stuff. They are also fairly conservative and family-oriented. The natural beauty that you can dive into is awesome just outside of all three, and Tulsa has the River Parks in town: River Parks Authority - Find Yourself at River Parks!

Colorado Springs might be a better choice if you prefer a drier climate and all the Rocky Mountains entail.
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