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Old 07-07-2014, 11:06 AM
 
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I DO NOT want suburbs. I want independent cities.

Which ones have the most "cool" factor? Most urban build? Most vibrant? Best environment?

I heavily prefer cities that are not part of a metro area of a much larger city.

Examples:

Sheyboygan, WI
La Crosse, WI
Dubuque, IA
Jefferson City, MO
Kearney, NE

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Old 07-07-2014, 11:10 AM
 
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Wilmington DE is pretty urban for 70K

https://www.google.com/search?q=Wilm...w=1280&bih=899
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:14 AM
 
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Wilmington DE is pretty urban for 70K

https://www.google.com/search?q=Wilm...w=1280&bih=899
That IS very urban and vibrant, but I wouldn't consider it a completely independent city with Philly right there.

I was thinking cities that are a little more isolated from very large metropolitan areas... like Wausau, WI or Idaho Falls.
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:38 AM
 
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Kalamazoo, next closest city is Grand Rapids 45 mins away. It seems to do pretty well, but it's a college town does that disqualify it?
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:49 AM
 
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Kalamazoo, next closest city is Grand Rapids 45 mins away. It seems to do pretty well, but it's a college town does that disqualify it?
Nope, college towns are fine. Most the examples I have listed have at least a small university. I would almost disqualify it because of Portage, together they put the area above 90k... but only barely, so I will count it.

Great suggestion, very beautiful!


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Old 07-07-2014, 01:28 PM
 
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I DO NOT want suburbs. I want independent cities.

Which ones have the most "cool" factor? Most urban build? Most vibrant? Best environment?

I heavily prefer cities that are not part of a metro area of a much larger city.
You pretty much just described Asheville NC, population 83K.

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Old 07-07-2014, 01:28 PM
 
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Sherman, TX looks pretty cool...40k pop. with an additional 20k in the sister city of Denison, TX.


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Old 07-07-2014, 01:34 PM
 
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You pretty much just described Asheville NC, population 83K.

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Ashville does fit the description quite well, it has a huge metro area for its size too. I think that is from being so close Greenville, Charlotte, Knoxville, etc... If it were more isolated it would be, by far, the king of this conversation.

This thread is really so I can find out about cities I didn't know of, under the radar types. Although I do think Ashville is a wonderful city, it is pretty far from low-key these days.
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Old 07-07-2014, 01:48 PM
 
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I would like to add a criteria after the fact, this DOES NOT mean I don't appreciate the prior suggestions

It would be cool if the metro area for the city is under 200K.
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Old 07-07-2014, 01:52 PM
 
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I would like to add a criteria after the fact, this DOES NOT mean I don't appreciate the prior suggestions

It would be cool if the metro area for the city is under 200K.
How about Trenton NJ (or Princeton NJ same MSA) - City 85K MSA 360K


https://www.google.com/search?q=tren...w=1280&bih=899

https://www.google.com/search?q=tren...on+nj&tbm=isch
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