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Old 12-06-2016, 10:02 AM
 
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I would tend to go with Albuquerque, given a second look at the criteria and options.
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Old 12-13-2016, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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i live in Colorado and have to laugh when I see people's comments about it. It is going to be below zero at night for the next few nights. It is windy here a lot too. Depending on where you are depends on the snow, in the mountains they can get a lot. But in the front range we don't get a "ton". Compared to the Midwest, yes winters here are "mild". If you have to live in a place that has winter, it's not too bad here.....I guess.
But Colorado is NOT cheap. Houses are not cheap. Rent for some one bedrooms are $1000.
Of course there are some exceptions areas to this price range. But they aren't the "nicer" places.
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Old 10-29-2018, 12:56 PM
 
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Santa Fe, Cheyenne, Idaho Falls, Bozeman, Payson, Prescott, Reno

Caveat: any city north of SLC is going to have gloomy winters. I would rather take a few 90 degree temps in the afternoons in the southwest over months of gloom.

While all cities in the east are humid, not all are oppressively hot. Asheville NC, Blacksburg VA both have summer highs below 85 and are sunnier in the winter than the northwest.
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Old 10-29-2018, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Mars City
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Colorado is high cost with extreme weather (cold, snow, and intense solar radiation).

Maybe NM.
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Old 10-29-2018, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Beaverton, Oregon
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This is an old thread, but I wanted to comment because of Colorado. We lived in Flagstaff for 7 years, Sedona for 4, and now in Phoenix for 3+.

Flagstaff is great during the summer. Winters like Minnesota some years and the don't have the plowing expense money that the midwest states do so we moved.
Sedona has a pretty nice climate. Dry and very safe compared to Flagstaff and Phoenix. But summers can get to 105F and winters will get to 18, so it requires both heat and AC.
Phoenix is relatively nice for 8 months of the years. No snow to speak of. We live 40 miles north of Phoenix at 2200 feet elevation so it is about 10 cooler on average from Phoenix proper.

In AZ you get 5 cooler for every 1000 feet of elevation approximately.

We do not like having to worry for fear of death of we cannot get AC fixed during 110 temps. During July and August it might have a LOW of 99 so we are very interesting in researching the Colorado areas.

We did look at some placed north of LA but the gangs are becoming rampant in almost all of CA and we are retired and don't want to deal with having to find an expensive place to live so that puts CA out of the question for us.

Denver is in a bowl so therefore polluted, but we'll check out the rest of Colorado.

Having lived in Minnesota, Indiana, various places on the East coast including NY, CT, NJ, etc., we have sworn to never move East of the Rockies again because of the humidity.
The climate in Flagstaff is really nothing like Minnesota, especially not Northern Minnesota where snow stays around perpetually for months on end.

Flagstaff gets much more snow than most of Minnesota and about as much snow as Duluth, which is the highest snowfall city in Minnesota.
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Old 10-29-2018, 01:29 PM
 
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The climate in Flagstaff is really nothing like Minnesota, especially not Northern Minnesota where snow stays around perpetually for months on end.

Flagstaff gets much more snow than most of Minnesota and about as much snow as Duluth, which is the highest snowfall city in Minnesota.


I had no idea it got that much! Spent one day in Flagstaff last year, quite a fun little town.
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Old 10-29-2018, 03:00 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Someplace near Albuquerque would have high desert climate -- four seasons, relatively mild winter with little or no snow, low humidity, summers are warmer than 90 but with humidity in single digits or maybe in the 20s it will seem cooler (most homes use evaporative cooling, not AC). Fall is gorgeous through November. Spring will have some windy days but that's as bad as it gets. There are smaller towns around Albuquerque that have less traffic...Las Lunas, Bernalillo, Cedar Crest, Rio Rancho (3rd largest NM city so might have rush hour traffic). As a retiree, the traffic isn't much of a problem for me.
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Old 10-29-2018, 11:05 PM
 
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Colorado is high cost with extreme weather (cold, snow, and intense solar radiation).

Maybe NM.
While Colorado may not be the cheapest, but extreme weather isn't accurate. Sure there are episodes of snow, and cold, but they are short lived and the periods between are usually pleasant.
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Old 10-30-2018, 01:20 AM
 
Location: WA Desert, Seattle native
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Tri-Cities, WA, in the south central part of the State. The sunniest region in the Pacific Northwest. Warm to hot summers but very dry, no humidity. Cool and cloudy winters, but dry and mild compared for the region. Snowfall is usually light.

Real Estate is booming with more buyers than houses, yet still bargain prices compared to Seattle and Portland. Excellent economy with agriculture, wine, science, medical and a robust retail growth area.
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:06 AM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Paradise is always expensive. I love cold snowy winters and hot dry summers, as in the Willowa Mountain valleys of NE Oregon, except no one lives there but for ranchers and bar-tenders.
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