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Old 11-25-2014, 02:23 PM
 
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I don't HAVE to be near an ocean. It'd just be nice. But good transit is a must. And it has to be a big city for me to co sider. I hate small towns. They're for old people (no offense to any old people). Rural areas are great for old people to retire in (if they can drive a vehicle that is, otherwise you may need to go to a nursing home, because chances are you have trouble with taking care of yourself too).
What about college towns, which are far from being for old people? I ask, because they will or can fulfill most, if not all of the criteria.

I agree that many of the Great Lakes cities/areas would or could fit as well.

Also, what is your criteria for a big city?
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Old 11-25-2014, 02:23 PM
 
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No way! I was HIGHLY considering there. Does it actually snow there in the winter! I'd love to have snow on Christmas! Christmas without snow just feels less like Christmas! I'm willing to deal with freezing cold winters, that's what snow coats are for.
It's an amazing city at what I consider to be a bargain price. It's main drawback is the winter weather. You want a white Christmas, but how do you feel about a white Halloween?
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Old 11-25-2014, 02:39 PM
 
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It's an amazing city at what I consider to be a bargain price. It's main drawback is the winter weather. You want a white Christmas, but how do you feel about a white Halloween?
I've never heard of snow on Halloween. The only way I know of snow being all year is on South Park, but not in real life. That's weird, but I'm too old for trick or treating anyway, so that's fine with me.
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Old 11-25-2014, 02:48 PM
 
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I've never heard of snow on Halloween. The only way I know of snow being all year is on South Park, but not in real life. That's weird, but I'm too old for trick or treating anyway, so that's fine with me.
It snowed this year on Halloween, but that's not typical. It does happen though. It's still an awesome city - definitely give it a hard look.
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Old 11-25-2014, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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What about college towns, which are far from being for old people? I ask, because they will or can fulfill most, if not all of the criteria.
Personally, I would hate to be in a college town if I were someone without a college degree. I know even with a degree, when I lived in New Haven, I always felt kind of weird when Yalies would figure out I was essentially a "townie" who was just there for a job.

Not to mention the job market in most college towns sucks. He'd be competing with part-time college students for blue-collar jobs. And on the more "professional" level they're even bad, because tons of graduates would like to stick around - far more than could ever find gainful employment.
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Old 11-25-2014, 02:54 PM
 
Location: US
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It snowed this year on Halloween, but that's not typical. It does happen though. It's still an awesome city - definitely give it a hard look.
They have good and fast Internet services right?
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Old 11-25-2014, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Seattle is in the state of Washington. There is a border that touches the ocean. I just think it'd be cool to live in a state with an ocean by it, otherwise you'd have to travel farther just to go to a beach.
Sir or madam, I have spent the lifetime equivalent of a few years in Washington and the Seattle metropolitan area. I am aware that the state touches the ocean, and have even been to ocean beaches there (in addition to beaches on the sound and on lakes). BTW, you won't want to swim/board in any ocean beach in the state of Washington.

My hint about "not counting the Great Lakes as an ocean" was an apparently thickly veiled attempt in mentioning Chicago. I would move to Chicago in an instant if I were a single public transitophile.

Leaving in a coastal state doesn't really matter much if you're still 3 (or more) hours from the ocean. I would think Philadelphia or DC would be better than Atlanta for this, for example.

Denver has great ever-expanding transit (and fits your other criteria), but if I want to see a beach that isn't on a reservoir, I'd have to take the dreaded two hour flight to LA/SD/etc.

I personally haven't seen the ocean in at least 8 years. I feel so deprived.
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Old 11-25-2014, 05:54 PM
 
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Personally, I would hate to be in a college town if I were someone without a college degree. I know even with a degree, when I lived in New Haven, I always felt kind of weird when Yalies would figure out I was essentially a "townie" who was just there for a job.

Not to mention the job market in most college towns sucks. He'd be competing with part-time college students for blue-collar jobs. And on the more "professional" level they're even bad, because tons of graduates would like to stick around - far more than could ever find gainful employment.
Good points and it may depend on the size of the city/area too.

On the flip side, those communities generally fit the OP's criteria or many of them do so.
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Old 11-25-2014, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I don't HAVE to be near an ocean. It'd just be nice. But good transit is a must. And it has to be a big city for me to co sider. I hate small towns. They're for old people (no offense to any old people). Rural areas are great for old people to retire in (if they can drive a vehicle that is, otherwise you may need to go to a nursing home, because chances are you have trouble with taking care of yourself too).
Oh boy, do you have a lot to learn. Wait until you have to pay property taxes.
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:48 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Pennsylvania does not have a seacoast.
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