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Old 11-14-2014, 07:25 AM
 
Location: portland, me
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In all seriousness, you can't go wrong with NH. Plenty of small towns, several colleges, a small but decent coastline, the White Mountains, no sales tax, no income tax, etc. The only downside (and why I don't live there now,) was a lack of jobs in my field. I grew up in NH, and I vacation there all the time.
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Old 11-14-2014, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Durham
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Default Get Ready!

Get ready for both culture and temperature shock then -- the vibe and weather in the Northeast is TOTALLY different from where you are coming from. Trust me, I've lived on both coasts. :-)



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Great suggestions you guys thanks a bunch , actually New Hampshire along with mainly the northeast states fit what I'm looking for , beautiful natural scenery and small towns. Winding roads along rivers , similar to waterville,me. Any other places like that?
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Old 11-14-2014, 10:28 AM
 
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I'd say a low cost of living because I am a college student. Fun things to do in the city of course outside of school and work. And also a good amount of part time type jobs available.
And even that England feel with open fields some towns have is lovely
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Old 11-14-2014, 11:06 AM
 
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@ckhthankgod
I'd say a low cost of living because I am a college student. Fun things to do in the city of course outside of school and work. And also a good amount of part time type jobs available.
And even that England feel with open fields some towns have is lovely
For a lower cost of living in the Northeast, you'll have to look inland, which will have an overall COL around the national average(give or take).

A sleeper area that comes to mind is Plattsburgh NY. It has Clinton CC and SUNY-Plattsburgh. It is located on Lake Champlain and is minutes from the Adirondack Mountains. There is a public lakefront beach free to city residents. It has an overall COL just below the national average. It only has about 20,000 people, but if it doesn't have enough for you, it is within an hour or so of Montreal and Burlington VT. You can take a ferry to the latter city and you will need a passport or enhanced drivers license to go to Montreal. Weather and size may be issues though.

City of Plattsburgh

Ithaca has a CC, great colleges/universities, is on a Finger Lakes and has quite a bit to do for its size.

There are some bigger Interior Northeastern cities that could work as well.

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Old 11-14-2014, 12:35 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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OP might also consider some of the towns and cities in Connecticut on Long Island Sound east of New Haven -- places like New London, Niantic, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, and even across the state line into places like Westerly Rhode Island.
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Old 11-14-2014, 12:43 PM
 
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Old 11-14-2014, 03:02 PM
 
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Here are street views for Dover and Plattsburgh: https://www.google.com/maps/@39.1572...-gew8Xk3qw!2e0

https://www.google.com/maps/@44.6978...hpX7vjiwsw!2e0
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Old 11-14-2014, 04:48 PM
 
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NH ranks at or near the bottom for public support of higher education, as a result community college tuition is nearly double the national average, and about 3x what you'd pay in CA. It also ranks as worst for 'student debt' though there's some wonkiness to the data.

It's also not really that cheap in terms of COL and jobs can be hard to come by. Yes, unemployment is low, but much like North Dakota, I think in part that's a function of people without work moving on to greener pastures and people generally moving in only with jobs in hand.

If you are looking in the northeast, MA frankly is probably a safer bet - much better community college system for half the cost, and more work opportunity. Upstate NY also has its charms, though for 'coast' you'd have to be willing to accept the shores of Champlain or Ontario/Erie for the Atlantic.
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Old 11-14-2014, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Durham
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Default Great Advice!

There is definite good advice here . . . and I would agree. I was a professor with SUNY for 5 years, and though I am now looking to leave the area, it's mostly weather related. :-)



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For a lower cost of living in the Northeast, you'll have to look inland, which will have an overall COL around the national average(give or take).

A sleeper area that comes to mind is Plattsburgh NY. It has Clinton CC and SUNY-Plattsburgh. It is located on Lake Champlain and is minutes from the Adirondack Mountains. There is a public lakefront beach free to city residents. It has an overall COL just below the national average. It only has about 20,000 people, but if it doesn't have enough for you, it is within an hour or so of Montreal and Burlington VT. You can take a ferry to the latter city and you will need a passport or enhanced drivers license to go to Montreal. Weather and size may be issues though.

City of Plattsburgh

Ithaca has a CC, great colleges/universities, is on a Finger Lakes and has quite a bit to do for its size.

There are some bigger Interior Northeastern cities that could work as well.
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:28 AM
 
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@ckhthankgod
I'd say a low cost of living because I am a college student. Fun things to do in the city of course outside of school and work. And also a good amount of part time type jobs available.
And even that England feel with open fields some towns have is lovely
As the criteria has slowly evolved and now know you're a college student who will need to work, I'd recommend the Boston area and perhaps cities like Framingham, which has both a community college (Massachusetts Bay CC) and an excellent public 4-year school (Framingham State U). You'd be in close proximity to quaint small towns and job centers in both Framingham and neighboring Natick.

Framingham State University - About FSU - Overview
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Choose Framingham, MA - Official Website - About Framingham
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