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Old 11-27-2012, 04:00 PM
 
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I'm looking for ideas for new places to live. What are the most pedestrian-friendly places in America?

priorities are:

-Smaller cities and towns, no NYC / Boston. Even mid-sized cities like Portland would be too big for my taste.
-Reasonable real estate. No expensive cities or resort / boutique cities, so this rules out most of the west coast and the Northeast.
-Low crime rate.
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:13 PM
 
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What do you consider to be reasonable real estate? Is there anything else you are looking for in a community?
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:18 PM
 
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Key West, FL
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:24 PM
 
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Newport, PA. Crime is so low, they abolished the police.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:34 AM
 
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I'm looking for ideas for new places to live. What are the most pedestrian-friendly places in America?

priorities are:

-Smaller cities and towns, no NYC / Boston. Even mid-sized cities like Portland would be too big for my taste.
-Reasonable real estate. No expensive cities or resort / boutique cities, so this rules out most of the west coast and the Northeast.
-Low crime rate.
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Key West, FL
Key West is uber-expensive.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:06 AM
 
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I searched all 48 contiguous states and found just the cities listed below. All have WalkScores above 60 with more centralized areas of town scoring much higher (in the 70s or higher). Real Estate is relatively reasonable and the crime rates are not high.

Evanston, IL (WalkScore of 75)

Boone, NC (WalkScore of 67)

Morgantown, WV (WalkScore of 63)

Charlottesville, VA (WalkScore of 63)

Athens, OH (WalkScore of 63)
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:08 AM
 
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I searched all 48 contiguous states and found just the cities listed below. All have WalkScores above 60 with more centralized areas of town scoring much higher (in the 70s or higher). Real Estate is relatively reasonable and the crime rates are not high.

Evanston, IL (WalkScore of 75)

Boone, NC (WalkScore of 67)

Morgantown, WV (WalkScore of 63)

Charlottesville, VA (WalkScore of 63)

Athens, OH (WalkScore of 63)
College towns should do well in this regard and all of the above are just that.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:39 AM
 
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I searched all 48 contiguous states and found just the cities listed below. All have WalkScores above 60 with more centralized areas of town scoring much higher (in the 70s or higher). Real Estate is relatively reasonable and the crime rates are not high.

Evanston, IL (WalkScore of 75)

Boone, NC (WalkScore of 67)

Morgantown, WV (WalkScore of 63)

Charlottesville, VA (WalkScore of 63)

Athens, OH (WalkScore of 63)
thanks!

charlottesville and boone were on my list already, as well as brevard nc.

i will look into Athens Ohio. I have heard some about it but not much.

Illinois is a dealbreaker, but Morgantown could be an idea.

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Key West, FL
Key West is pretty expensive, if i remember correctly.

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Old 11-28-2012, 07:59 AM
 
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What do you consider to be reasonable real estate? Is there anything else you are looking for in a community?
Nothing too extreme; I mean I'd like a decent economy, but it doesn't need to be on fire. I'm young and single so I don't want a community geared for retirees. Schools need to be decent, as that's a reflection of the people living there and the crime rate. I'm looking for ideas for towns that are:

- Safe to walk around in
- Not full of tourists and transients

I'm currently in Wilmington, NC, and both of these are issues. It's a constant cycle of people moving here for a year or two and then moving away. Our downtown has potential to be walkable, but there are just too many criminals downtown to make walking a lifestyle. The rest of the city is pretty safe, but it's a traffic nightmare.

I'm thinking that Oregon, Washington, Idaho, or the intermountain west might have some smaller communities I've never heard of.

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Old 11-28-2012, 08:47 AM
 
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Nothing too extreme; I mean I'd like a decent economy, but it doesn't need to be on fire. I'm young and single so I don't want a community geared for retirees. Schools need to be decent, as that's a reflection of the people living there and the crime rate. I'm looking for ideas for towns that are:

- Safe to walk around in
- Not full of tourists and transients

I'm currently in Wilmington, NC, and both of these are issues. It's a constant cycle of people moving here for a year or two and then moving away. Our downtown has potential to be walkable, but there are just too many criminals downtown to make walking a lifestyle. The rest of the city is pretty safe, but it's a traffic nightmare.

I'm thinking that Oregon, Washington, Idaho, or the intermountain west might have some smaller communities I've never heard of.
If you don't mind NY, Brockport and Ithaca come to mind. Brockport is a walkable second/third ring suburb of Rochester on the Erie Canal that has a college and Ithaca is basically a college town. There are cases were you can live in a nice walkable village or smaller city with some things to do that is close to a bigger city up here and with reasonable housing prices. Corning, which has a Fortune 500 company in Corning Inc., may be another small city to look into: Home : Corning's Gaffer District

College towns like East Lansing and Ann Arbor in Michigan could be options as well.
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