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Old 06-10-2013, 05:23 AM
 
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I am looking for a small college town in the USA where I could raise my family and eventually retire. Here are my criteria:
1. Great schools and at least one good College or University, where I could teach (part or full time).
2. Things to do for children, like sport clubs, fishing, swimming lessons, YMCA, etc.
3. Nice community, friendly people, low crime.
4. Reasonable cost of life, and reasonable taxes.
5. Clean air and water. No nuclear power plants and no other major pollutants nearby.
6. Not too much snow in the winter - prefer not to shovel too much. Not in the tornado alley, or where there are too many hurricanes.
7. Inexpensive houses with acreage (1 to 5 acres) where we could grow some vegetables and maybe keep some chickens. So we need a good rich soil, where vegetables can grow well.
8. Good hospital in the area.
9. Located within one hour or so from a bigger city.
10. Prefer less bugs and snakes, if possible. Not interested in the desert. Prefer greener places. We like rain and occasional thunderstorms, but not hurricanes and tornadoes.



Thanks!
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:32 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Athens, GA
DeLand, FL
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Charlottesville, VA
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:39 AM
 
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Chapel Hill, NC

Excellent public schools, plenty of youth recreational opportunity, low crime, friendly/transplant welcoming community, reasonable cost of living and tax rate, fairly clean air and water, no nuclear plants or pollutants, mild winters and not in tornado belt or hurricane landfall area, well-priced homes with acreage on the outskirts of town to the south and west, two excellent hospitals in the area (UNC Hospitals in-town and thirty minutes north, world-famous Duke University Medical Center), within 30 minutes of Durham and Raleigh and a very green area (forests/trees) with a minimum of bugs other than the usual found elsewhere (mosquitoes, some spiders, rare snake sightings). Former resident here, lived there for seven years and loved it!
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Old 06-10-2013, 05:41 AM
 
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Blacksburg and Harrisonburg in VA, Clemson SC and maybe Morgantown WV.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Charlottesville is just beautiful.
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:16 AM
 
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Originally Posted by hopeeug View Post
I am looking for a small college town in the USA where I could raise my family and eventually retire. Here are my criteria:
1. Great schools and at least one good College or University, where I could teach (part or full time).
2. Things to do for children, like sport clubs, fishing, swimming lessons, YMCA, etc.
3. Nice community, friendly people, low crime.
4. Reasonable cost of life, and reasonable taxes.
5. Clean air and water. No nuclear power plants and no other major pollutants nearby.
6. Not too much snow in the winter - prefer not to shovel too much. Not in the tornado alley, or where there are too many hurricanes.
7. Inexpensive houses with acreage (1 to 5 acres) where we could grow some vegetables and maybe keep some chickens. So we need a good rich soil, where vegetables can grow well.
8. Good hospital in the area.
9. Located within one hour or so from a bigger city.
10. Prefer less bugs and snakes, if possible. Not interested in the desert. Prefer greener places. We like rain and occasional thunderstorms, but not hurricanes and tornadoes.



Thanks!

Cookeville, Tennessee

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Old 06-10-2013, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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I'm sorry, but speaking as someone whose brother has a PHD and has been looking for a tenure-track academic position for close to a decade, it seems presumptuous to move to a college town and expect you can get a job there. People usually apply for the jobs, then move.
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:02 AM
 
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I would like to thank everyone who responded
to my post. This is very helpful. And yes,
I agree that I would have to find job first, then
move to the desired town. This is very difficult if
I want a tenure-track position.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:35 AM
 
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Bloomington, IN

Both my parents and two of my siblings attended IU. Middle winter from my time visiting. One hour from Indianapolis.

Charlie.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Look at Corvallis OR, Forest Grove OR, Olympia WA and Bellingham WA.
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