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Old 10-21-2012, 01:17 AM
 
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Im going to be doing a training program at an insurance
company. I have a choice between two cities to do the program
St Paul or Hartford. I would be coming from los angeles. I really excited cause
I want to make a big and live in a smaller city I just want to make the best
choice cause I plan on living in the city I choose for a long time.
Can anyone tell me which one of these cities are the most livable.
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Old 10-21-2012, 05:32 AM
 
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I would say St Paul.

Minneapolis-St Paul is a fairly large metro area (16th largest in the US with 3.3 million people) and would offer most everything you're used to in LA minus the milder weather, high cost of living, smog, traffic and suburban sprawl. Minneapolis-St Paul has a vibrant food scene, bar/music scene and is a fairly young metro area. Hartford while nice enough just can't compete with it in my opinion unless perhaps you're married with kids. Good luck!
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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I grew up in the suburbs of Hartford and my mother actually worked for an insurance giant there (you can probably guess which one). I really like CT to be honest with you; it would be the place I'd choose to retire even though I love NYC.

I've never been to St. Paul so I can't really comment on that.
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:30 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Hartford holds appeal if you want to live in the outskirting surburbs, and the idea of living 2 hours from Boston or New York City in either direction sounds good to you, plus all the beauty and recreation in New England (RI & Cape Cod Beaches/ NH & VT mountains and skiing). The city of Hartford on its own merrits is well....meh. Not a whole lot going on in the city with mostly just a 9-5 downtown, though it is improving. There are some nice suburbs though, West Hartford in particular.

St. Paul and neighboring Minnepaolis would be better if having the ammenities, feel, and scope of living in a large metropolitan area and quality of urban neighborhoods and urban living right at your doorstep is important to you.
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