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Old 11-29-2012, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Most of the emphasis on City-Data centers around the twentysomething young professional demographic. All of us will cross the "big three oh" at some point and many will be married/civil union and ready to have or adopt children. At that point, safety/affordability may trump walkable and career goals become more important than hip and cool. What cities do you think are best for those moving into the second stage of adult life?

Here is my list:

-Dallas/Ft Worth
-Houston
-Phoenix
-Twin Cities
-Charlotte
-Raleigh/Durham
-Nashville
-Kansas City
-Atlanta
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:16 AM
 
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Most of the emphasis on City-Data centers around the twentysomething young professional demographic. All of us will cross the "big three oh" at some point and many will be married/civil union and ready to have or adopt children. At that point, safety/affordability may trump walkable and career goals become more important than hip and cool. What cities do you think are best for those moving into the second stage of adult life?

Here is my list:

-Dallas/Ft Worth
-Houston
-Phoenix
-Twin Cities
-Charlotte
-Raleigh/Durham
-Nashville
-Kansas City
-Atlanta
There is a fallacy among many that the "hip and cool" big cities have high crime rates and aren't family-friendly. In actuality many if not most of those on your list have as high or higher crime rates. Of course property values also factor in your criteria, so factoring both I would say metro areas such as Albany, Austin, Cincinnati, Hartford, Pittsburgh, Richmond and Salt Lake City would be top choices to focus on in terms of safety and affordability.

FBI Violent Crime Rates by MSAs (rate per 100,000 residents) - 2011

Albany NY - 282
Atlanta - 401
Austin - 287
Boston - 374
Charlotte - 428
Chicago - 609
Cincinnati - 295
Cleveland - 404
Columbus - 409
Dallas/Ft Worth - 358
Detroit - 574
Hartford - 293
Houston - 551
Indianapolis - 586
Jacksonville - 524
Kansas City - 477
Los Angeles - 405
Louisville - 410
Memphis - 980
Miami - 597
Milwaukee - 448
Minneapolis/St Paul -does not report MSA data. The city of Minneapolis was at 1052 and St Paul at 751.
Nashville -651
New York City - 406
Omaha - 384
Orlando - 596
Philadelphia - 532
Phoenix - 380
Pittsburgh - 300
Portland OR - 260
Raleigh/Durham -397
Richmond - 235
Sacramento - 420
Salt Lake City - 304
San Antonio - 398
San Diego - 352
San Francisco - 508
Seattle - 330
St Louis - 495
Tampa/St Pete - 435
Virginia Beach/Norfolk/Newport News - 324
Washington DC -375
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:43 PM
 
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Seattle and Nashville!
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