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Old 05-13-2013, 10:31 PM
 
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I am always amused when I see myriad of places listed in lists of "best places" to live, retire, go to school... etc. SO, What is the actual American city?

How would you define a perfect city?

I think all of these items are somewhere in all of those lists you see in multiple places, but if I cherrypick to what I wish I could locate, I'd like to see:
--4 real seasons ( from 0 to 75 degrees [low summer humidity can add 10 degrees] , good long spring, decent and dry(not humid) summer, nice fall, snow but a reasonably short winter
--under 75,000 people
--good quality water (and no shortage of it)
--good quality air
--cheap utilities (preferably gas available)
--low taxes
--quality homes at reasonable prices
--small town walkable area
--low state taxes (or none)
--access to transportation somewhere near (like not in the next state!) - not just cars -- gotta have at least an airport or train or interstate bus nearby)
--decent land to garden [and wildlife to hunt, but that doesn't need including as many people are against it]

but here are the clinchers:
-- really low on natural disasters ( tornado, fire, earthquake, hurricane, massive snow, etc.)
-- no environmental disasters in your area

I think that is all that shows upon "best of this" or "best of that" lists. I do not think it exists!
Anyone know of one?

Here, we are fairly close -- just could do with better air quality, cheaper taxes, a less humid summer, (sometimes) less snow & I wish there were fewer industries in a 50 mile area... but other than that, my town about fits the bill. Everyplace that "fits" most of my criteria seems to be short on water (or high rates for it)! If it fits all else, it has a shortage of or poor quality water... and you cannot do without water.

Does the "place that is perfect" actually exist?

Post what you think is a "perfect place" too...
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:01 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I honestly find Lynchburg, Virginia to be a very pleasant, comfortable all-American city, not too big, not too small, large enough to have everything you need, but no major traffic jams, lovely scenery by the Blue Ridge mountains.

Johnson City, Tennessee is also very nice, also Roanoke, Virginia. Also really liked Savannah, Georgia as well.

Charleston, WV and Charleston SC both are nice though the WV has a lot of heavy industry which provides jobs but can be risky IF the plants aren't run right like what happened in Texas. Charleston SC is in hurricane territory but otherwise is a great city.

But most importantly my ideal city would have all the usual suburban amenities like Walmart, a number of good restaurants, a large mall, large movie theater, etc and small enough to drive everywhere within a half our or 45 minutes, but does not experience major traffic jams or rush hours. For me having a good highway network and well maintained roads is essential while having public transportation or mass transit is not essential that is in MY personal opinion. I also prefer low density development, LOW TAXES, not having to pay for parking, having cheap gas prices, good public schools, low crime, and not too expensive housing and cost of living. Also prefer more friendly and laid back people and I do prefer more religious and conservative places as long as its not overly so I actually have no problem with bars, strip clubs, liquor stores, and casinos and I don't mind stores being allowed to sell beer on Sunday living in a dry county would be TOO conservative for me.
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Cbus
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The perfect place for me would have:

+a sense of civic pride
+beautiful nature (preferably a beach) and a warm/temperate climate
+ progressive/open minded population
+ lots of nightlife options
+ a sizeable population of 20 to thirty year olds
+ a sense of security in most areas and a lack of violent crime
+ affordability and a booming economy
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:32 AM
 
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Columbus, Indiana could be a good contender for the OP.

Columbus, Indiana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Central Florida
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I would define a perfect city as:

Strong economy, low unemployment and underemployment rate.
Low crime rate
Healthy housing market with affordable options for all income levels
Cultural diversity
Quality innovative public education system

I've lived in the Northeast, South, and Florida (yeah... Florida does not count as South), and I don't know if there are any "perfect" places out there. I do like where I am in Central Florida, but settled for a less than quality education system and lower than average economy. What I got in return was the diversity and affordability. We have 2 seasons here... Summer and SuperSummer. SuperSummer is almost here.
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:10 AM
 
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When I first saw the thread title I thought it would be a good place to post this article:

Averageville: Is Knoxville the Typical American City? Metro Pulse

But it looks like you are not looking for an "average" city but one that meets your specific needs. Nothing wrong with that - just curious why you chose this thread title.

It seems if you want abundant water and good gardening conditions this goes along with summer humidity or long winters. There may be some western towns on a river but you will be dependant on snow melt and irrigation.
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Perth
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I would define a perfect city as:

Strong economy, low unemployment and underemployment rate.
Low crime rate
Healthy housing market with affordable options for all income levels
Cultural diversity
Quality innovative public education system

I've lived in the Northeast, South, and Florida (yeah... Florida does not count as South), and I don't know if there are any "perfect" places out there. I do like where I am in Central Florida, but settled for a less than quality education system and lower than average economy. What I got in return was the diversity and affordability. We have 2 seasons here... Summer and SuperSummer. SuperSummer is almost here.
Guess Perth fits nicely into that!
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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scarlet and gray Columbus
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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First of all, I would completely eliminate from the formula the OP's "clinchers" -- natural disasters. Every city has a very low and relatively uniform susceptibility to natural disasters. Like the Chicago fire, the Oklahoma City bombing, the World Trade Center, various plane crashes at airports -- where the victims don't much care whether the disasters are natural or not. The risk that a person will be killed or even harmed by any disaster is so minuscule, it is completely irrelevant in the evaluation of a place to live. For example, there is no major city in which tornadoes have killed more than one person per year in the past century. That's a pretty insignificant factor upon which to compare cities.

By the way, I'm confused by the OP, who is looking for the "average" city in his title, but the "perfect" city in his opening post. Trying to figure out how the two can mean the same thing.

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Old 05-14-2013, 08:01 AM
 
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I don't know. If you are in an area prone to hurricanes insurance premiums will be high and that will affect your housing cost. Plus you have the added hassle of evacuating from time to time.
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