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Old 07-22-2014, 03:33 PM
 
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I am currently living in Florida and I absolutely loathe it here. I despise the humidity so much, and it's 1000% worse during summer (obviously). I cannot cope. I also have a fear of insects (due to a childhood incident involving a swarm of wasps...) and Florida has a plethora of them, some I have never come across before living here. Therefore, I want to move. Now - from what I gather these posts start by splitting up into sections and describing my personality and you advise me. So here it goes... =)

Personality-wise:
I would describe myself as laid back, more of a loner (I have 1 or 2 "friends" the rest I consider acquaintances so I don't care about moving), intellectual, fan of sports, and a music and technology nerd.

Economy/job opportunities:
A good economy is predictably what I am looking for. I have a degree in history and have worked in the following fields: teaching English in South America (2yrs after college), journalism (2.5yrs), marketing (1yr), HR (6mnths) and another marketing job atm (for 1.5yrs so far).

Cost of Living:
I make a modest wage. Not big bucks but I am not on the poverty line. I could afford an apartment in NYC (not Manhattan) for instance but it would be a push still. I don't want to live in NYC though, been there done that. Enjoyed it but it did cause a long depressed period of my life regarding a relationship with a girl there and the work lifestyle I endured.

Crime:
I was brought up in Detroit and cannot go back to a crime ridden area. My neighborhood bordered a rougher part of Detroit and violent crime was rife in the area. My uncle's house (2 blocks away) was attacked on Halloween back in '02 and my sister was mugged downtown a few years back. I know nowhere is perfect but I want somewhere that is not considered a crime city.

Weather:
Obviously I hate the humidity. I have never lived in a dry heat environment but I know humid heat isn't for me. I can deal with rain and overcast but not snow. I would consider anywhere that is rain, overcast or dry heat. No other types of weather please. Muggy is horrendous. I went to college in Minnesota and the winters were harsh, so snow is a no-no unless it only lasts 2 weeks at the most.

Social life:
I absolutely hate clubbing and would much, much, much prefer spending my free nights either at a coffee shop, an indie gig, running by the lake/ocean/etc or in the park, or watching a movie or sports game. I am a big music fan and play bass, I would like to meet other musicians - so a musical minded city is what I am looking for. Personally, as I said I prefer my own space but I do like to have a few close friends. Sports I like: baseball, baseball, baseball, and football. Oh, and I enjoyed watching the World Cup Soccer.

Dating:
I am single and I am heterosexual. I am into women who are well-educated, into music, and liberal. I could never date someone who doesn't align with me politically and I am a sucker for blonde hair and blue eyed women (was I Hitler in a past life? ).

Politics/religion:
Talking of politics... I am a Democrat, I am insanely liberal (pro-LGBT rights, feminist, believe in the legalisation of marijuana, certain socialist aspects of my ideology, pro-gun control and abortion, etc.). I am also an agnostic who is more convinced by atheism than any theist religion, although Buddhism has some great concepts that have kept me sceptical.

Foreign influences on the city:
I am looking for a city more influenced by Canada than Mexico. I lived in Southern California for a short while and didn't enjoy the hispanic influence. I am not racist in that respect and I have taught in Argentina for a few years after college, but I prefer Canadian culture overall as it reminds me of my home state's culture.

So where do you guys think I should head? Thanks in advance
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Old 07-22-2014, 04:42 PM
 
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Seattle, Portland or Sacramento sound like the best fit for your needs.
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Old 07-22-2014, 04:52 PM
 
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Seattle may work. What about Ann Arbor, as it would fit much of what you are looking for? It is humid, but not as bad as FL, I would think. Perhaps Burlington VT or certain neighborhoods in the bigger Upstate NY cities like Buffalo's Elmwood Village/Rochester's Park Ave/Syracuse's Westcott and Albany's Center Square neighborhood, among others. Cleveland may work as well.
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Old 07-22-2014, 04:52 PM
 
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Agree with Portland or Seattle. Seattle has a better economy but Portland sounds like a better fit.
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Old 07-22-2014, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Portland or Seattle, maybe somewhere in SoCal too (think Florida weather, but no rain/humidity and just a tad cooler).
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Portland and Seattle are a bit pricey though. And of course, SoCal is ultra expensive. People in this forum literally need to stop recommending that people move to SoCal, unless the person is at least upper middle class, or unless that person is okay with living in the Inland Empire.

Don't move to an expensive place. It's not worth it, if you can't comfortably afford it. I'm currently suffering from this right now, living in Fairfield County, CT. Can't wait to move out of here ASAP!
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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Salt Lake City. It's a lot more liberal and progressive than people think. They elected Rocky Anderson as mayor.

Just think--you can meet yourself one of the many ultra-liberal, rebellious, blonde, ex-Mormon girls that you'll find in one of the city's many bars or hiking in the Wasatch.

It's bone dry. You'll see some snow in the winter, but it melts fast because it's so sunny.

Cost of living is lower than California and the Pacific Northwest, but there are still a lot of well paying jobs.
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Nep, but those are the only places that seem to meet the OP's criteria. The OP loathes snow, but could deal with rain and/or dry heat.

That said, just saw from the OP's post that he doesn't want to be back in SoCal, and refers to be closer to Canada. In those respects, Portland and Seattle would also be better, or perhaps smaller town nearby. Maybe Sacramento is another thought...
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Old 07-23-2014, 05:42 AM
 
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I am currently living in Florida and I absolutely loathe it here. I despise the humidity so much, and it's 1000% worse during summer (obviously). I cannot cope. I also have a fear of insects (due to a childhood incident involving a swarm of wasps...) and Florida has a plethora of them, some I have never come across before living here. Therefore, I want to move. Now - from what I gather these posts start by splitting up into sections and describing my personality and you advise me. So here it goes... =)

Personality-wise:
I would describe myself as laid back, more of a loner (I have 1 or 2 "friends" the rest I consider acquaintances so I don't care about moving), intellectual, fan of sports, and a music and technology nerd.

Economy/job opportunities:
A good economy is predictably what I am looking for. I have a degree in history and have worked in the following fields: teaching English in South America (2yrs after college), journalism (2.5yrs), marketing (1yr), HR (6mnths) and another marketing job atm (for 1.5yrs so far).

Cost of Living:
I make a modest wage. Not big bucks but I am not on the poverty line. I could afford an apartment in NYC (not Manhattan) for instance but it would be a push still. I don't want to live in NYC though, been there done that. Enjoyed it but it did cause a long depressed period of my life regarding a relationship with a girl there and the work lifestyle I endured.

Crime:
I was brought up in Detroit and cannot go back to a crime ridden area. My neighborhood bordered a rougher part of Detroit and violent crime was rife in the area. My uncle's house (2 blocks away) was attacked on Halloween back in '02 and my sister was mugged downtown a few years back. I know nowhere is perfect but I want somewhere that is not considered a crime city.

Weather:
Obviously I hate the humidity. I have never lived in a dry heat environment but I know humid heat isn't for me. I can deal with rain and overcast but not snow. I would consider anywhere that is rain, overcast or dry heat. No other types of weather please. Muggy is horrendous. I went to college in Minnesota and the winters were harsh, so snow is a no-no unless it only lasts 2 weeks at the most.

Social life:
I absolutely hate clubbing and would much, much, much prefer spending my free nights either at a coffee shop, an indie gig, running by the lake/ocean/etc or in the park, or watching a movie or sports game. I am a big music fan and play bass, I would like to meet other musicians - so a musical minded city is what I am looking for. Personally, as I said I prefer my own space but I do like to have a few close friends. Sports I like: baseball, baseball, baseball, and football. Oh, and I enjoyed watching the World Cup Soccer.

Dating:
I am single and I am heterosexual. I am into women who are well-educated, into music, and liberal. I could never date someone who doesn't align with me politically and I am a sucker for blonde hair and blue eyed women (was I Hitler in a past life? ).

Politics/religion:
Talking of politics... I am a Democrat, I am insanely liberal (pro-LGBT rights, feminist, believe in the legalisation of marijuana, certain socialist aspects of my ideology, pro-gun control and abortion, etc.). I am also an agnostic who is more convinced by atheism than any theist religion, although Buddhism has some great concepts that have kept me sceptical.

Foreign influences on the city:
I am looking for a city more influenced by Canada than Mexico. I lived in Southern California for a short while and didn't enjoy the hispanic influence. I am not racist in that respect and I have taught in Argentina for a few years after college, but I prefer Canadian culture overall as it reminds me of my home state's culture.

So where do you guys think I should head? Thanks in advance
Why even ask? You've taken the characteristics found in just two (to maybe three if including SF) major US cities as your parameters and eliminated all other options.
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:25 AM
 
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I wonder if Missoula MT would work too?
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