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Old 07-03-2014, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Duluth, MN
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i am just drained, depressed about where to move to, any help greatly appreciated. Everywhere i discover for moving seems to have a major drawback-- dreary long rainy 9 months in Portland, snakes snakes snakes in SE USA, no lush green in arid AZ, boatloads of snow in Boulder CO. I can't take another winter in MN so I am desperately looking to move somewhere:

  • with little to no snow to shovel, so tired of shoveling snow
  • without snakes creeping around in one's yard
  • affordable 3BR home ($300,000 max)
  • property taxes on such a home not excessive, preferably 1% of the home's value or less
  • crime index 400 or less
  • at least partly sunny much of the year
  • green (not desert); ideally trees lining neighborhood streets
  • 50% or higher white population demographics
  • academic community (college in the town)
  • commercial airport nearby for travel
  • requisite stores and such: barnes and nobel or similar bookstore, starbucks, fitness center
  • culture in the form of theatre/symphony/concerts
  • bicycle friendly so i can exercise by bicycling to a coffee shop most mornings

I know nowhere is perfect, and perhaps that is the problem; I suppose I have to let go of certain desired elements of where to live. Just that I wish such a place existed, wondering if I am not seeing it.
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Old 07-03-2014, 05:28 PM
 
Location: StlNoco Mo
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Sounds like you're looking for a place in the Midwest.
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Old 07-03-2014, 05:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Austin: College town. No snow. Not super lush but not desert. Keep your grass cut low - no snakes. Flowing with white people. White people on tap.
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Old 07-03-2014, 05:39 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Ventura, CA. There are some houses in that budget and there are townhouses, and there are more in nearby Oxnard. It has everything else except the airport---you'd need to go to LAX.
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Old 07-03-2014, 05:48 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Raleigh
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Old 07-03-2014, 05:54 PM
 
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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Sacramento, CA comes to mind. Maybe Prescott, AZ or Flagstaff. Though as far as I know Prescott doesn't have any major universities. Flagstaff has U of Northern AZ, though it may get too much snow for you. None of these cities are "lush" the way they are in the Northeast and Midwest, but they aren't in the desert either.

Kansas City may be worth considering if you don't mind a hot (edited to add: and HUMID) summer. Winters are pretty mild by Midwestern standards - it does snow but typically melts within a day or two and a good amount of sunshine. There are plenty of areas with low crime. Low COL. Several universities, etc etc. It is really, really green and lush here in the summer. I don't know about snakes. I've been here 8 months and have yet to see any here, granted it's been winter for part of that. What I dislike most about here is the heat combined with humidity in the summer months but I didn't see that listed as a negative factor on your list.

Overall though Sacramento seems like the best fit though not sure about the taxes.

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Old 07-03-2014, 07:01 PM
 
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Maybe Morgantown WV, Fayetteville AR or Blacksburg VA.
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:21 PM
 
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Ashland, OR could possibly work for you.
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:46 PM
 
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Maybe Morgantown WV, Fayetteville AR or Blacksburg VA.
Clemson SC is another community that may work.
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:06 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Your wish list is reasonable, but what do you plan on doing in the new city for money? Will the job market matter, or will you be making money via telecommuting or the internet?
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