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Old 11-13-2012, 01:58 PM
 
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Hey everyone, grew up in a military family and we lived all over, finally settling near the Virginia Beach area before my father retired.

I've lived here for about 15 years now and am feeling the need to leave. Never really thought of this place as "home". This place just isn't for me. I've had my fill of humidity, the ocean, the military, high crime, and lack of culture.

I'm 30 now, single, and looking to settle down. I can't keep putting this move off forever.

I work in software, so being able to find a job is fairly easy anywhere that isn't a small town. I'd really like to meet someone and start a family in the next few years, so a family-oriented atmostphere with good schools would be ideal. I'm looking for a place with a dating-scene that isn't geared towards flings/short-term relationships.

I'm an avid motorcyclist and love the outdoors(hiking, skiing). I'm also a bit of a extrovert in introverts clothing(I love being social but have a hard time making new friends due to social anxiety). I would be moving along with no family so being able to somewhat easily make new friends ranks high in importance.

I'm an extremely(sometimes overly) friendly person but not a push-over and don't have much tolerance or patience for rude people. I'd like to live somewhere where that's the norm.

I know it's probably asking too much of a single place but is there an area that fits the bill?

Seattle seems to be an "almost fit". The reputation of the "Seattle Freeze" scares me a little.

San Francisco and Portland seem to be great places to live. Also considering some cities in the midwest: Minneapolis, Grand Rapids, Chicago.

Any thoughts?
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:41 PM
 
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Maybe an area like Albany-Schenectady-Troy, as it is close to the Adirondacks, Catskills and Berkshires and has some nightlife, along with family friendly areas. Here are some job openings in the area: Software jobs in Albany, NY - Indeed Mobile
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:02 PM
 
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I'm not sure how friendly the people in Denver are, but I think it could be a decent fit.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:41 PM
 
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I thought of Denver too when I read this. Good for hiking, skiiing, and it's no where near the ocean or humid.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:51 AM
 
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I'd really like to meet someone and start a family in the next few years, so a family-oriented atmostphere with good schools would be ideal. I'm looking for a place with a dating-scene that isn't geared towards flings/short-term relationships.

I'm an avid motorcyclist and love the outdoors(hiking, skiing). I'm also a bit of a extrovert in introverts clothing(I love being social but have a hard time making new friends due to social anxiety). I would be moving along with no family so being able to somewhat easily make new friends ranks high in importance.

I'm an extremely(sometimes overly) friendly person but not a push-over and don't have much tolerance or patience for rude people. I'd like to live somewhere where that's the norm.
Given these criteria I think Grand Rapids would be a great fit for you. People in Michigan are extremely nice in my opinion and seemingly don't suffer the "you ain't from around here" syndrome of many places in the country. The city has a surprisingly active singles scene and feel you would meet some quality people there. Good luck!
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:38 AM
 
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I'm thinking that Salt Lake City may work as well. Perhaps Boise ID or Spokane WA as well.
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