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Old 12-09-2012, 08:29 PM
 
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None too big. I don't think I would find any city that offers a rich degree of access to- and opportunities in- most any of the arts (in addition to all the other things I mentioned) too small, so that would be the criteria I would tentatively use.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:17 PM
 
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That is impressive! I'm not sure I'd consider it, "a rich degree of access to- and opportunities in- most any of the arts", but same problem of course- this is still somewhat nit-picky and subjective. Would it be helpful if I were to refine it by saying that whatever cities have the largest degrees of all the things I've noted would be the most ideal?
So that would be:

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-I'd like to be able to get to most places in a car (a.k.a., not be required to use public transportation to get places, for the most part).
-I'd like to be able to rent in a pretty safe place where I can "get away" from being constantly surrounded by people/commotion. (Preferably somewhere within the city, but JUST outside of it would be okay too!)
-If possible: I'm turned off by places that have a really "clicky" feel, or wherein it's particularly hard to meet new people.
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-I guess what's important to me is that there's a large amount of young professionals,
-a large amount of nightlife options...
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-a rich degree of access to- and opportunities in- most any of the arts...
Whatever fits these the best, with the most?

Thanks!
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:33 PM
 
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Some other really flexible preferences, if it will help:

-I'm a late-nighter, so any place that has a lot of particularly late-night options is awesome.
-I really like Fall/Spring-type weather. I like rain.
-If the place is known for particularly delicious food, or a variety of options, that'd be pretty cool.
-I quite enjoy beautiful sights around.

-I figure "not difficult to meet people", "lots of young professionals", and "nightlife options" would mostly cover this, but if not: If the place is really negative for single males in some way, then that'd be a real bummer.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:45 AM
 
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If cost of living isn't an issue, perhaps some places north of NYC like Nyack, Beacon, Ossining and other Rivertowns in Westchester County or Putnam County communities like Brewster, Carmel and Cold Spring, among others. Montclair NJ may work too.

As for a center city, Columbus OH may work.

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Old 12-10-2012, 08:29 AM
 
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Just curious what people might suggest!

-I'm looking for at least a "medium-sized" city/town. Larger is fine too!
-I'd like to be able to get to most places in a car (a.k.a., not be required to use public transportation to get places, for the most part).
-I'd like to be able to rent in a pretty safe place where I can "get away" from being constantly surrounded by people/commotion. (Preferably somewhere within the city, but JUST outside of it would be okay too!)
-If possible: I'm turned off by places that have a really "clicky" feel, or wherein it's particularly hard to meet new people.

Thanks a lot!
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Hmm, I wouldn't really know how to put a number on it. I guess what's important to me is that there's a large amount of young professionals, a large amount of nightlife options, access to any of the arts- that sort of thing. Thanks, I probably should have been more clear about that. I figure that just about any city of a "certain" size has all of these things (what that size is, I don't know- I was hoping "medium"- haha).
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None too big. I don't think I would find any city that offers a rich degree of access to- and opportunities in- most any of the arts (in addition to all the other things I mentioned) too small, so that would be the criteria I would tentatively use.
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Some other really flexible preferences, if it will help:

-I'm a late-nighter, so any place that has a lot of particularly late-night options is awesome.
-I really like Fall/Spring-type weather. I like rain.
-If the place is known for particularly delicious food, or a variety of options, that'd be pretty cool.
-I quite enjoy beautiful sights around.

-I figure "not difficult to meet people", "lots of young professionals", and "nightlife options" would mostly cover this, but if not: If the place is really negative for single males in some way, then that'd be a real bummer.
Minneapolis would be a terrific fit as it hits all of your criteria thus far.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:34 AM
 
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I would focus my efforts on the Pacific Northwest, the Upper Midwest, and Upstate New York/New England. Minneapolis would be a fantastic choice.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:05 AM
 
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You sound perfect for Corvallis, Eugene and Portland!

Corvallis is a college town. There are tons of markets and it is close to the coast. It is just over 50,000 people.

Eugene is bigger and more hippie. The people are very open and is a great town,

Portland is the biggest and has a great walk score and is one of the most progressives cities in the country. It is a large city by Oregon terms but it is half a million people and compared to LA, Chicago, Houston, BY and Atlanta it is small.

Also for Portland it has great suburbs like McMillanville, West Linn and Oregon city. Vancouver WA is a suburb and you can manipulate the tax code by living in Washington and paying no State Tax and shopping in Portland! But the traffic on I-5 and even the 2O5 is hard.
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:11 PM
 
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I would focus my efforts on the Pacific Northwest, the Upper Midwest, and Upstate New York/New England. Minneapolis would be a fantastic choice.
I didn't want to sound like a homer, but the major metros in Upstate NY could work. Buffalo, for instance, has an underrated arts scene, has nightlife spots that are open until 4 AM, has great Fall scenery, has a low overall cost of living and a suburb like Kenmore could work as it is close to much of the nightlife, but is one of the top 100 most dense communities in the U.S. Welcome to the Village of Kenmore

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Old 12-11-2012, 12:20 PM
 
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