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Old 10-14-2013, 07:47 PM
 
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To the OP, if a city is under 50,000, would you automatically rule it out even if it offers what you are looking for?
Not necessarily. There are lots of variables and I wouldn't rule out a college town, as long as it's a "diverse" downtown, i.e., not just geared toward students. Several have mentioned Ithaca as having a nice downtown that is not geared to students.

Population is less important than a nice urban downtown feel, in a city with "moderate" costs of living, so SanFran is out, too expensive, though a wonderful city. It's interesting to see how some cities are improving in some areas, as the poster mentioned Buffalo, NY, which I lived in during the 1970's as an undergrad. I don't think I would want to return, however. I like winter weather, but Buffalo had massive amounts of snow in the 60's and 70's. I remember getting overnight snowfalls of 36" in one drop that were not all that unusual, lake effect snow. At that time it was fun (Hahaha I lived in a dorm back then and didn't have a car), but I think it would be less fun now. Perhaps those snowfalls have changed with climate change these days.
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:55 AM
 
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Not necessarily. There are lots of variables and I wouldn't rule out a college town, as long as it's a "diverse" downtown, i.e., not just geared toward students. Several have mentioned Ithaca as having a nice downtown that is not geared to students.

Population is less important than a nice urban downtown feel, in a city with "moderate" costs of living, so SanFran is out, too expensive, though a wonderful city. It's interesting to see how some cities are improving in some areas, as the poster mentioned Buffalo, NY, which I lived in during the 1970's as an undergrad. I don't think I would want to return, however. I like winter weather, but Buffalo had massive amounts of snow in the 60's and 70's. I remember getting overnight snowfalls of 36" in one drop that were not all that unusual, lake effect snow. At that time it was fun (Hahaha I lived in a dorm back then and didn't have a car), but I think it would be less fun now. Perhaps those snowfalls have changed with climate change these days.
Actually, the Syracuse area average more in terms of snowfall, but in both Buffalo and Syracuse, the snow totals vary within the area. Basically, the closer to Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, the more snow.

As for smaller cities, Saratoga Springs and Glens Falls may work. I'm not sure if the COL would be a bit high, as both are a little over the national average. Both get less snow on average than other parts of Upstate NY too. Saratoga Springs - NY - Dining - Shopping - Entertainment - Lodging - Professional Services
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA, from Boston
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Museum district/carytown, Richmond va. Not that cheap, but much cheaper than sf etc.
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