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Old 08-12-2014, 04:55 PM
 
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Madison, WI. Simply, a great town.
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Old 08-13-2014, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Well, if you actually mean metropolitan areas instead of cities, then I would say central Connecticut, particularly metropolitan Hartford (not the city though...the city sucks). Here are the reasons:
  • Access beaches, mountains, and two world class cities (NYC and Boston) within 1-2 hours.
  • Excellent public schools; educated populace
  • Reasonably diverse (70% white, 30% non-white)
  • Interracial couple friendly (http://www.examiner.com/article/conn...-relationships)
  • Socially progressive (gay marriage, abortion, women's rights)
  • Fiscally progressive (high minimum wage, union-friendly, mandatory paid sick time)
  • Among the top tier healthcare in the nation
  • Not too big, not too small (metro population = 1.2 million)
  • Strict zoning laws prevents ugly sprawl and overcongestion; zoning looks natural
  • Rush hour traffic isn't bad for the most part
  • Shopping, malls and amenities scattered all throughout the area
  • #1 in the world for human development index (List of U.S. states by American Human Development Index - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
  • #1 in the nation for most Americans achieving the American Dream (New Report Announces the 2013 American Dream Cities)
  • Highest GDP per capita in the nation
  • #7 least stressful city in the nation (short work hours, quick commute times) (Hartford, CT - 10 Least Stressed Out Cities - CNNMoney)
  • Low obesity rate
  • Nice mixture of old and new construction
  • The perfect balance of all four seasons (warmest city in New England, too)
  • Has a very good International Airport (BDL)
  • Has a normal vibe (minimal hipsters and weird people)
  • Purchasing a house is a safe investment and a nice home can be bought for $200K, with your high paying job
  • Home to quite a few major American corporations (Aetna, Stanley, UTC, etc.)
  • Virtually no tornadoes, earthquakes, dust storms or droughts.
  • People won't shove religion in your face
  • No toll roads whatsoever.
  • Doesn't feel isolated from mainstream America (part of BosWash Coridoor at a reasonable price)
  • No accents; just plain American English
  • Very few fast food chains
  • Mixture of sophisticated and simple people; blue collar and white collar
  • Not too fast paced
  • Slow, controlled growth without tons of transplants moving in and ugly new construction all over the place
  • No annoying tourists
  • Excellent Italian food and pizza all over the place
  • Not too urban; not too rural

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