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Old 06-29-2014, 02:30 PM
 
Location: California
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I think you will like Eugene, Oregon.
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Old 06-30-2014, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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While looking at Eugene, go an hour north and look at Corvallis also.
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Old 06-30-2014, 05:20 PM
 
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I keep hearing Corvallis!
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska (South Central Region)
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Check out Murray Kentucky, home of Murray State University. The town ranked #4 among best small towns in America last year.

Murray ranked among best
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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Ann Arbor, MI
Athens, OH
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:40 AM
 
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50 Great Affordable College Towns in the U.S.

Many of these easily fit the OP's criteria.
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:22 AM
 
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While it isn't necessarily crunchy, it is walkable, has a Wegmans, has a SUNY campus and is within a metro of 1 million: Village of Brockport NY - Home Page

The College at Brockport: State University of New York

Brockport NY - the Greater Brockport Chamber of Commerce

Locator Detail | Wegmans - Wegmans Brockport

Here are some more places that could fit: Yellow Springs, Ohio | Everyone's Favorite Place

Brattleboro, VT *

The Community of New Paltz, NY

City of Oberlin

Welcome to the lively and historic city of Oneonta, New York

Village of Hamilton - Welcome to Hamilton New York

Corporation of Shepherdstown | Historic Shepherdstown, the oldest town in the state of West Virginia.

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Old 07-01-2014, 03:10 PM
 
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Iowa City has the right amount of crunch.

One of the best things about it is that it's not exactly in the middle on nowhere. A lot of other entertainment/sports options if you feel taking a day trip.
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Old 07-01-2014, 04:41 PM
 
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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Nuclear power plant's proximity to Chapel Hill? The closest nuclear power plant to CH is Sharon Harris down in Fuquay-Varina. Not that close at all.

Chapel Hill/Carrboro is literally exactly what you are looking for in a community. I don't want to insult you or belittle your concerns; but the exponentially tiny possibility of a major accident at Sharon Harris is a ridiculous reason to cross Chapel Hill off of your list. Plus; in all reality; if the extremely unlikely event that Sharon Harris "blew"...you'd pretty much be down and out throughout the whole southeast.
I agree that ruling out Chapel Hill because of its proximity to Shearon (note correct spelling) Harris is ... overly cautious, to put it mildly. OP might want to see Nuclear Fallout - Map of U.S. Nuclear Power Plants | NRDC for an idea of what other areas are no-go.

I live in Philly, used to live in Chapel Hill. The "Back in the Day" version of Chapel Hill would fit the OP's needs perfectly (smaller, and nuke-less). Even the current, built-up and continuing-to-build version of the city has a lot to recommend. So, yes, I second/third/... Chapel Hill and Carrboro as a place to consider. And let's rule out Berkeley due to the possibility of earthquakes.
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:19 PM
 
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Eh, I know, I know. I can roll with the jokes too. And I've spent some time studying the nuke maps, not to worry.
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