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Old 09-03-2014, 12:41 PM
 
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I know there have been countless threads on this topic, and I have read through a lot of them. I was hoping to get some specific advice on our situation though. My wife and I are 22 and 23, and we just got married. No kids yet and not for the next few years. I have a degree in environmental engineering, and I currently work in transportation doing civil engineering inspections. My wife is currently works for a marketing and advertising company, and her degree is in English. We will have to find jobs wherever we go, so that will be the first step as well as the deciding factor in where we go. We are looking to relocate about a year from now and have been broadly considering Washington,Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. I was hoping some of you could offer possible cities in these states that we should look at to help narrow things down. Here is our "wish list", and I have marked the things we are flexible on.

-Population between 30,000 and 100,000 (flexible)
-My wife is a foodie and into culture/art so we were thinking a college town would be probably be good
-I'm big into the outdoors so it is important for me to have access to places for hunting, fishing, hiking, etc
-We want to be somewhere close to mountains and cold
-Within about 2 hour of skiing would be nice (flexible)
-Within about 2 hours of a decent sized airport would be nice (flexible)
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:43 PM
 
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Maybe Cheyenne, Casper, Laramie in WY; Pullman WA; Pocatello, Lewiston, Idaho Falls and Moscow in ID; Logan, Ogden or Cedar City in UT; Boseman, Helena, Great Falls and Butte in MT; McMinnville, Bend, Medford and Albany in OR.

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Old 09-04-2014, 10:49 AM
 
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Grand Junction, CO. I wouldn't call it a foodie town but it has everything else you're looking for, and it's only 4 hours from Denver, 4.5 hours from Salt Lake City, and 7 hours from Vegas.
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Old 09-04-2014, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Its not too much of a foodie town, but the places youre interested in wont be in the first place. lol My recommendation is Flagstaff, AZ, sounds perfect for you guys.
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Old 09-04-2014, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Santa Fe could work for you. It's not in one of your focus states, but it meets your criteria.
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Old 09-05-2014, 06:23 AM
 
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Thanks for all of the replies! We will start researching these places this weekend. Also, we are open to places in other states out west as long as they have the things we are looking for. We are in the very beginning stages of this process, so we are open to all suggestions.
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Old 09-05-2014, 11:20 AM
 
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Check out Longmont, CO. It's close to Boulder, but has a much lower cost of living. Also Ft. Collins, CO. It's a little more expensive, but is a FANTASTIC city and home of CSU.
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