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Old 10-31-2013, 03:37 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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In Northern California I would be ok living anywhere east of the Sierra Nevada range b/c of the rain shadow effect that promotes sunny weather most of the year. This would also include living east of the Cascades up in Oregon and Washington on the high desert side. In Idaho I would go for the Boise area. Nice little city with a decent amount of sunshine. When I lived in gloomy Portland, Or for a couple of years we always loved driving out to Boise for the weekend b/c the sunshine always seemed to be out there.
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:33 AM
 
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Northern California would be my choice.

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Old 11-02-2013, 10:42 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Northern California (the Bay Area). Just love it.
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:47 AM
 
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Northern California, in particular Sacramento which is actually affordable yet near the Bay Area and beautiful Wine Country. It's diverse and actually politically moderate for those who seem to think California is extremely liberal...which is the case in pockets.
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Old 05-27-2016, 07:38 PM
 
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I've lived all over the place and my best advice is to GO to these places you are considering living and see if it feels right. we can all throw our opinions at you given our personal experiences, but really only you know what living environment is best and hey, it's you who is going to be moving there good luck! SF Bay Area is expensive as heck but magical.
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Old 05-27-2016, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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I've lived all over the place and my best advice is to GO to these places you are considering living and see if it feels right. we can all throw our opinions at you given our personal experiences, but really only you know what living environment is best and hey, it's you who is going to be moving there good luck! SF Bay Area is expensive as heck but magical.
This thread is 3 years old. But welcome to c-d-f.
And i agree with your post. You have to see and feel a place for yourself.
And i love S.F. ... Yes, magical.
Gentrified / Silicon Valley'd up the wazoo at this point and disgustingly expensive ... but still, imo, the most beautiful and wonderful city in the U.S..
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Old 05-27-2016, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Again, it isn't the same type of forests. By comparing the photos in the links, you can see the pine forests of Oregon and the hardwood forests of Pennsylvania. (Moss doesn't count as underbrush.)

The other contrast is the amount of forests. Only the western part of Oregon is rainforest. The entire west has only pockets of woods. Here, you have entire states that are forested throughout.
I know that the post I'm quoting is old, but it seems a lot of easterners seem to think that the PNW has no Hardwood forests.











and here are some street view images of some hardwood forests not far from where I live
https://www.google.com/maps/@47.3600...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@47.3745...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@47.3629...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@47.3459...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@47.3232...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@47.2755...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/@47.2600...7i13312!8i6656
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Old 05-27-2016, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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Eastern Washington provides much more sunshine that Western WA, or OR, but it can get cold in the winter. The exception would be the Columbia Basin, (Tri-Cities, edging Yakima, and into The Dalles in north-central OR. These ares tend to have mild winters and mostly sunny days throughout the year, with perhaps a foggy season during December and January. These area also offer warm temperatures the rest of the year, bordering on "hot" from May to September.
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Old 05-29-2016, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Ohio, USA
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I'd be fine in all of them.
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