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Old 11-14-2014, 04:56 PM
 
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Hello,

We live in OH (wife [+1 in the belly], 2 kids and I) and are looking relocate. We are pretty sick of the COLD winters and short summers. My wife is a teacher and I just became a police officer. Here are some of the things we are looking for:

Stable jobs for both (police friendly)
good schools for children
good hospital
we like our space for living (little bit of land)
kiddos love to play soccer

weather is a biggie for us so we are looking for:

warm weather (we love to be outside)
no crazy natural disasters
we are ok with cool weather just not cold
a beach or a nice lake wouldn’t be bad

We are a very easy going, easy adapting family. We are just a happy out going family that currently live in a suburb of OH and we love it except for the cold.

Please help us find the perfect state!?!?!?!
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Old 11-14-2014, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Texas?
Oklahoma?
Hawaii?
The South?
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Old 11-14-2014, 06:59 PM
 
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There are natural disasters everywhere. That's something you just have to live with. I recommend Texas or Arizona for you. Texas has better paying jobs and more available in regions like Houston and San Antonio. You two could definitely rent or buy a nice 2 story home for under $200k and have a good life with good schools for the kids.
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Old 11-15-2014, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Jacksonville is a possibility. Police jobs are tough to come by now and schools in FL generally suck (Jax is no exception). You can find ways around that though and our young/new superintendent has been doing a great job improving things.

On the positive side: real estate is as cheap as it gets for a big city (including large lots), tons of soccer, rare hurricane damage (there's almost a forcefield around northeast florida), almost never gets cold, and plenty of beach available.
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:05 AM
 
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Check out Mooresville, NC which is a northern suburb of Charlotte. It's very family-friendly with excellent public schools (rated 9s and 10s on Great Schools), on the booming northside of Charlotte which has the lowest unemployment rate in the metro area, has a moderate equally-distributed four season climate, a nice assortment of homes in the 175K-185K range and easy access to beautiful Lake Norman.

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Old 11-15-2014, 07:01 AM
 
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Decatur AL, SW of Huntsville, may be another option to consider due to good schools and it is on a lake near a growing metro in Northern Alabama. Nearby Athens is also worth a look.
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Old 11-15-2014, 08:33 AM
 
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Decatur AL, SW of Huntsville, may be another option to consider due to good schools and it is on a lake near a growing metro in Northern Alabama. Nearby Athens is also worth a look.
Good suggestion but it's kind of tornado-prone if I'm not mistaken, as is much of Alabama.
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Old 11-15-2014, 10:46 AM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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You might really like Simi Valley, or Ventura (both in Ventura County, CA). Simi has everything on your list, except the beach, and Ventura has that, which is not terribly far, anyway.

Sample Police jobs:
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P.S., Ventura County has its own forum under California.
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Old 11-15-2014, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Careful what you wish for. If you end up in the southeast or Texas you'll likely be trading crappy winters for equally crappy summers.

In Texas, summer (June 22-Sept. 22) is either ungodly hot with average highs over 90 and a handful of days above 100 (Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Midland-Odessa), or not as hot, but ridiculously humid (Houston, Corpus, the RGV). Texas is also not as outdoorsy as you might think. There's some pretty country, but unless you really like sweating your arse off you won't enjoy it.
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Old 11-16-2014, 07:44 AM
 
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Good suggestion but it's kind of tornado-prone if I'm not mistaken, as is much of Alabama.
I think you are right about tornados. It may be a matter of how strict the criteria is.

I thought about Franklin TN just south of Nashville and could work for the OP.
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