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Old 08-06-2014, 06:48 AM
 
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All of upstate NY is usually overlooked nationally. People may have heard of Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, or Syracuse. I personally like Saratoga Springs located just north of Albany. If you like country living, upstate NY is for you. The cities up here are meh.
Yeah, there are smaller cities up here that are cool like Saratoga Springs or even places like Glens Falls or Plattsburgh that offer quite a bit for their size. I think that is the case for Upstate NY cities in general in terms of what they offer for their size and the overall COL. Even people that grow up in these areas may not realize the things that are in these areas due to maybe staying on their side of town or such things aren't publicized like they could or should be.
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Old 08-06-2014, 06:58 AM
 
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In North Carolina the title would go to the twin cities of Winston Salem and Greensboro. Both are beautiful cities with a good standard of living (low cost) and nice amenities, yet it's all about Charlotte or Raleigh or to a lesser extent Asheville when people talk about North Carolina.
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Old 08-06-2014, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Las Cruces, NM. It's got a beautiful mountain/valley/desert setting, the NMSU campus, the old school Southwestern charm and character in Old Mesilla, and there is good amount of agriculture in the area. It's a lot prettier than El Paso, that's for certain. Las Cruces is kind of poor man's Tucson but it's nicer than expected. Albuquerque and Santa Fe are the only cities known nationally and a visitor to the state would most likely be drawn to Santa Fe for the history and the arts. However one could visit Las Cruces and easily get the quintessential New Mexican cultural experience with the scenery, history, and food.
Great call - there's a real cultural scene there, as well. Bands love skipping other better-known spots and cutting south to hit Cruces.

People instantly go to Milwaukee and Madison for Wisconsin, and while there are other cities of note (Appleton, La Crosse, Eau Claire, Stevens Point, etc.), they dominate for a reason. They're much, much bigger with far more influence.
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Old 08-06-2014, 10:44 AM
 
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All of them...
Haha, for Michigan I would argue this is true as well.

The only places that get mentioned in Michigan are generally for negative reasons. People hear about Detroit or Flint only for how bad they are. Nationally, a few people might be vaguely aware of Grand Rapids or Ann Arbor, but that's about it.
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Old 08-06-2014, 11:21 AM
 
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Haha, for Michigan I would argue this is true as well.

The only places that get mentioned in Michigan are generally for negative reasons. People hear about Detroit or Flint only for how bad they are. Nationally, a few people might be vaguely aware of Grand Rapids or Ann Arbor, but that's about it.
Lansing/East Lansing gets slept on big time too. You have Downtown E.L. and Lansing's Old Town just north of Downtown Lansing would be nice areas for young professionals. It is a pretty well integrated metro in terms of the city and suburbs, which is different from what people think of cities in MI. Kalamazoo also comes to mind.
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Old 08-06-2014, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I'm originally from the Inland Empire of CA.

What/where's that, right?

4,000,000 people, anchored by two cities that combined are 510,000.

No room for talk about the IE when you've got LA and San Diego right there. Not to mention "The OC".
I mean I don't know if it's fair to compare Fort Worth to the Inland Empire... Fort Worth definitely does have its own urban vitality and it does get overlooked because it shares its metro with Dallas.
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Newark, CA
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I'd say as far as big cities in California go, San Jose is often overlooked. It's the third largest city in the state by population, behind Los Angeles and San Diego and was also the state's first capital. People all over the place know "Silicon Valley" though.

Sacramento is another big city that has a lot to offer, but despite being the state capital, it tends to get very little national recognition.
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:21 PM
 
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Good call about North Carolina. Both Winston-Salem and Greensboro seem like great places that don't get talked about much while Raleigh and Charlotte get all of the attention.
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Old 08-07-2014, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Columbia, MD
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New Mexico -

Albuquerque
pop. ~560,000
overlooked

Santa Fe
pop. ~70,000
not overlooked

Funny how size isn't everything.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:59 PM
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Location: Fort Worth
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New Mexico -

Albuquerque
pop. ~560,000
overlooked

Santa Fe
pop. ~70,000
not overlooked
I'm pretty sure it's the opposite, thanks to Breaking Bad and The Simpsons...
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