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Old 08-25-2013, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA
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I've mused on this forum before about starting a new life in another state after finishing my computer science degree here in Texas.

Well, I've explored around a bit and was even lucky enough to go on special trip to Massachusetts and Maine to see what New England was like. It felt like a storybook with the little old houses and quaint coastlines, but not quite "home." Beautiful, nonetheless, and there's no reason it couldn't be home one day (except for....winters )

I'm thinking more on it, and I envision the perfect city (I can do that since my degree is marketable, right? ) to be like this (in order of importance):

1. NOT in an earthquake zone.

2. NOT in a tornado-prone area. Ironically, I've only lived in GA, MO, and TX, which are indeed tornado areas. I don't know how I survived my childhood, because every storm still keeps me up at night, glued to the weather channel.

3. Not freezing cold in the winter.

4. Near a coastline.


Where might I find a place like this, if anywhere?
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Old 08-25-2013, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Denver
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South east. Tornadoes are almost everywhere and coastlines have them due to hurricanes and other large storms coming in.
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Old 08-25-2013, 04:14 PM
 
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I've mused on this forum before about starting a new life in another state after finishing my computer science degree here in Texas.

Well, I've explored around a bit and was even lucky enough to go on special trip to Massachusetts and Maine to see what New England was like. It felt like a storybook with the little old houses and quaint coastlines, but not quite "home." Beautiful, nonetheless, and there's no reason it couldn't be home one day (except for....winters )

I'm thinking more on it, and I envision the perfect city (I can do that since my degree is marketable, right? ) to be like this (in order of importance):

1. NOT in an earthquake zone.

2. NOT in a tornado-prone area. Ironically, I've only lived in GA, MO, and TX, which are indeed tornado areas. I don't know how I survived my childhood, because every storm still keeps me up at night, glued to the weather channel.

3. Not freezing cold in the winter.

4. Near a coastline.


Where might I find a place like this, if anywhere?
You are a programmer program.

Find maps of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornado possibilities Overlay them. Takes what is left and overlay the average winter low temperature. Than pick from the coastal cities that remain.

My suspicion is you have ruled out everywhere...but who knows. Note that I presume you rule out hurricanes as well though you did not say that. If you allow hurricanes you are undoubtedly headed to the southern east coast.

Otherwise you will likely end up with a more complicated trade off.
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:08 PM
 
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Florida (Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, Miami).
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:53 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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Washington DC, maybe Baltimore would fit your needs.
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:56 PM
 
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Hampton Roads area, VA or Wilmington, NC
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA
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@Ivoc - I like the overlay idea, but there seem to be a lot of maps with somewhat different ideas of where the tornadoes are.

Is there, by any chance, an area in the Southeast that might be in the "tornado zone" by default but doesn't actually tend to get them? Some little haven with just the right geography, perhaps?
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Old 08-25-2013, 05:58 PM
 
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Jacksonville

Virginia Beach
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:30 PM
 
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@Ivoc - I like the overlay idea, but there seem to be a lot of maps with somewhat different ideas of where the tornadoes are.

Is there, by any chance, an area in the Southeast that might be in the "tornado zone" by default but doesn't actually tend to get them? Some little haven with just the right geography, perhaps?
Tornadoes are so rare in the coastal zone of the southeast you can ignore them. If you want to make your living as a techie go for Washington, Maryland, NoVa. Those are the places on the SE coast where you can make it as a techie. If however you want to make a living with a Techie background...that is you don't think you are ever going to be a great programmer or reach the upper strata of computer science..Atlanta and all the big Florida cities always need talent.
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Tornadoes are very rare here in Jacksonville. I would imagine this is true for many parts of the state.
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