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Old 07-05-2014, 07:33 AM
Location: Somewhere extremely awesome
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Originally Posted by Adriana5alexi View Post
Hi there! My boyfriend and I are looking to move to anywhere in the u.s, except for our native states of Florida and Washington. We don't want any huge cities, but we do want a nice downtown area or something like that. We're both interested in going to community college for now, but we don't want to pay crazy prices for it. He wants access to hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking, and I'd like to put in some serious volunteer hours with non profits like united way, Red Cross, or maybe big brothers big sisters. We want somewhere with four seasons, but I can't handle super harsh cold for long periods of time. We'd prefer somewhere with a younger demographic, but not a crazy partying college town. Culture and live music would be nice too, and cheap apartments or rooms is a must. I know this is all pretty specific, but I know there must be a match out there. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!
By super harsh cold for long periods of time, are you talking about Minnesota/North Dakota type stuff, or anywhere in the north?

If you can handle temperatures mostly in the 20s and 30s and some snow, Michigan would be great for you, particularly Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Lansing. There is access to both community colleges and a lot of access to hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking - that stuff is practically like a way of life there. Plus, I think live music exists there as well.

Central Pennsylvania would also work well for this, and is a bit milder.
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Old 07-05-2014, 07:35 AM
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Best educational bang for your buck - Once you establish California residency go to Sacramento City College or American River College. Transfer to Sacramento State - Good Teaching/Education program.

Recreational hunting is popular - Especially waterfowl in the winter, deer in north, east, and west Upland game also. Big game a couple hours drive.

Camping, hiking - Tons of Diverse environments to do this, foothills, Mountains (Coastal and Interior), ocean, bays, rivers, and Mountain rivers, rugged Coast, Beaches, Dense Redwood forests, But you won't find anything quite like interior Florida or warm beaches like Florida. Great weather for Water recreation, great weather for everything really.

Midtown Sacramento - Vibrancy, culture, live music, lots of young people, but not a college town.

Non-profits, charity, and volunteerism is big in Sacramento.

4 Seasons - but a very mild Winter (colder than Florida, warmer than Washington), shortened, yet Colorful Fall, inclement stormy weather only occurs in the winter. No hurricanes. Tons of Sunshine.

It does not snow in Sacramento, but 1-2 hours away is all the snow you would ever need in the Sierra Nevada Mtns. Warm summers, but much more comfortable than Florida, and much of the US because of low humidity, and cool and comfortable evening, night and A.M hours. The humidity is not bone dry like the desert southwest nor is it "humid" like the South.
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Old 07-05-2014, 11:37 AM
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Do you like cold outside, or hot outside or all seasons?

Have you looked at upper New England? Plenty of space, yet you arent too far from major cities either.
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Old 07-05-2014, 04:31 PM
Location: Pittsburgh
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Morgantown, WV or Ohio
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Old 07-05-2014, 05:56 PM
Location: The Woods
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VT or ME would be great for the hunting, fishing, camping, etc. MA would be a terrible state for anyone into hunting IMHO.

Outside of New England, I'd look into the UP of Michigan. There are some small college towns there you might consider looking into, it's fairly cheap, and plenty of woods to explore and use.
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Old 07-05-2014, 06:22 PM
Location: Minneapolis
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Kansas City
Des Moines
Iowa City
Grand Rapids
Indianapolis/surrounding towns

There's a lot that's underrated in the part of the country you're looking at.
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Old 07-05-2014, 06:37 PM
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Albuquerque, NM
Four seasons, none extreme. Cool downtown/Central Avenue scene.

The biggest reason? CNM, the community college offers free school or crazy cheap ($200-600 a semester full time in state) if you pick a major that is a skill (nursing, radiology and/or any technical major).

Cost of living is really affordable too!

Living in Albuquerque Metro - YouTube
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Old 07-05-2014, 07:35 PM
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Phoenix, AZ.

Fiscally conservative, pro-2A yet tolerant, open-minded people with a live-and-let-live attitude--no one cares what religion you are, where you're from, or who you sleep with.

Lots and lots of people here hike, bike, run, camp, kayak, garden, ride horses, etc.--very fitness/outdoors-oriented place overall. Most people here are very health-conscious, too--lots of people shop/cook/eat healthily/organically, few overweight/obese people, hardly any smokers, lots of CSA supporters, etc. Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, et al. are very popular.

Very clean as well as low crime for a major city with esp. safe suburbs. My God, the most convenient city in the world in terms of shopping, amenities, driving. Absolutely immaculate roads and freeways--best in the nation. Great infrastructure network, too. Very convenient airport with fantastic domestic air service.

Mild winters, lots of sunshine, very long growing season, no tornadoes/hurricanes/humidity. Beautiful Sonoran desert scenery and mountainous topography abounds.

Affordable COL, including reasonable housing, insurance, gas prices. High quality, cheap produce--important for leading a healthy lifestyle. Low taxes.

Close to Flagstaff if you want cooler temps in summer and snow in the winter. Quick flight to UT, CO, or Tahoe for better even skiing/snowboarding. Four professional sports teams, spring training in the winter, ASU for college sports w/ UofA just down the road. Las Vegas, LA, and SD all within reasonable driving distance.
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:28 AM
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Thank you everyone who has responded! We love a lot of the cities that were listed, but right now it's looking like were either moving to Chattanooga or Nashville! If you have any advice on those areas, or anywhere else in Tennessee, please message me!
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:35 AM
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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Prescott AZ isn't harsh cold for too long. Four seasons, in the woods, not too big or small. Has community college. Has nearby water, woods, mountains, wilderness, large cities an hour's drive away. Nice old buildings downtown, breweries, indie bookstores, etc. Culture is cowboys and conservatives rubbing elbows with crunchy granola REI shoppers. Has a Trader Joes's and is soon to have a Whole Foods. Summer weather is highs in the 80's with some late summer T-storms.
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