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Old 11-08-2013, 02:52 AM
 
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Greetings city-data forum users.
Tonight a couple of friends and I were sitting around discussing things and the idea of relocation popped up.
We've really outgrown this place, there never was much of any niche here for us anyway. It's mostly just a pit stop on the way to bigger cities. A lot of people choose to retire here..the most positive thing about it is the scenery, the state park is beautiful and it's a nice way to relax sometimes. But we are ready for a shift in our lives. a brand new place. I know there are lots of amazing states with neat little towns to live in, but we're sort of at a fork in the road for picking that "perfect" location.
We all brainstormed and came up with this list: (it's pretty random, but maybe it will help somewhat)

*lower unemployment rates(more options when it comes to jobs)
*entertainment that is more extensive than just bowling or going to the movies
*cafes
*places that stay open later(most of the businesses here close by 5)
*an active art community(for people in their 20's)
*local theatre
*nearby shops/maybe even a mall
*religious diversity(we live in the bible belt so we're tired of all the proselytizing)
*national parks are a plus
*within a short driving distance to bigger towns/cities
*pedestrian/biker friendly(even a plus if there's a bus route)
*decent local economy
*favorable gun laws
*a place with all four seasons(a little bit of snow)
*close to organic farms
*mountains in sight of where we live(near or far)
*culturally diverse
*affordable housing, lower property tax would be great(we're planning to buy a house)

I hope this short list helps somewhat..thanks in advance for any responses I receive.
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Old 11-08-2013, 06:15 AM
 
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Based on all of your criteria I think Corvallis, Oregon could be a great fit.

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Old 11-08-2013, 07:31 AM
 
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Maybe Burlington VT, Boulder CO, Morgantown WV, Charlottesville VA.....This may require some loosening of the criteria, as this is pretty tough to find all of this in just one place.
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Old 11-08-2013, 10:55 AM
 
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Boulder Colorado is the "Utopia" you seek
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Old 11-09-2013, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Based on all of your criteria I think Corvallis, Oregon could be a great fit.

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I don't think Corvallis meets the requirements of lower unemployment and reasonable housing. Corvallis is pretty expensive if you want to buy a house and employment is mostly with OSU. Also, Oregon has some pretty high property taxes.

It does meet all the other requirements though.
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:45 PM
 
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Utopia's don't exist. And building anywhere up to utopia will most likely lead to dissapointment. Saying this as someone who knows friends that went to florida or warmer parts of the country only to end up hating it.
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Old 11-12-2013, 05:38 PM
 
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Four young guys - you know you gotta go to Portland or Seattle just for the adventure of it. Go - even if just for a year or two!
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Old 11-12-2013, 05:50 PM
 
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I'll second Portland Oregon. My 24-year-old daughter moved there and absolutely loves it.
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Old 11-12-2013, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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Greetings city-data forum users.
Tonight a couple of friends and I were sitting around discussing things and the idea of relocation popped up.
We've really outgrown this place, there never was much of any niche here for us anyway. It's mostly just a pit stop on the way to bigger cities. A lot of people choose to retire here..the most positive thing about it is the scenery, the state park is beautiful and it's a nice way to relax sometimes. But we are ready for a shift in our lives. a brand new place. I know there are lots of amazing states with neat little towns to live in, but we're sort of at a fork in the road for picking that "perfect" location.
We all brainstormed and came up with this list: (it's pretty random, but maybe it will help somewhat)

*lower unemployment rates(more options when it comes to jobs)
*entertainment that is more extensive than just bowling or going to the movies
*cafes
*places that stay open later(most of the businesses here close by 5)
*an active art community(for people in their 20's)
*local theatre
*nearby shops/maybe even a mall
*religious diversity(we live in the bible belt so we're tired of all the proselytizing)
*national parks are a plus
*within a short driving distance to bigger towns/cities
*pedestrian/biker friendly(even a plus if there's a bus route)
*decent local economy
*favorable gun laws
*a place with all four seasons(a little bit of snow)
*close to organic farms
*mountains in sight of where we live(near or far)
*culturally diverse
*affordable housing, lower property tax would be great(we're planning to buy a house)

I hope this short list helps somewhat..thanks in advance for any responses I receive.
I think maybe Sacramento and Pittsburgh sound like good fits for you guys. Obviously these two places aren't perfect in all those categories, but they seem to fit most of them.
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:24 AM
 
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Try Sacramento
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