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Old 03-14-2018, 02:20 PM
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New Mexico
Big gap between 1 and 2.
Bigger gap between 2 and the rest.
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Old 03-14-2018, 04:23 PM
Location: Denver, CO
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1. Minneapolis. Well functioning city, tons to do, plenty of winter activities and infrastructure, good economy, nice downtown, awesome bike trails.

2. Milwaukee. Affordable, *historic, fun vibe, friendly people, mediocre economy, poor neighborhoods, segregated

3. Cleveland. Very similar to Milwaukee, slightly worse economy (when I was there), more traffic

4. Denver. Fun people, good weather, near the Rockies, great economy, very congested, awful housing, expensive, transient population, cookie cutter/basic neighborhoods (due to all the new development), always in flux, no real identity

I still enjoy Denver and plan to be here for a long time, but I am here mostly due to the proximity to the mountains, and not for the city. Take the mountains out, and you basically have a very expensive Kansas City. I still consider the QOL to be fairly low due to many other factors. It's a fun place for your 20s, but not necessarily for long term or with a family. Denvers QOL matter so heavily on how much you utilize going to the mountains, and where you came from (Ex, if you came from rural Mississippi or something).
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Old 03-16-2018, 09:32 AM
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St Louis

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Old 03-16-2018, 02:06 PM
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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1.) Where I live now (Los Angeles area) - I don't live in the central city, but I live close enough in the 'burbs to take full advantage of the metro (including taking transit so I'm not having to drive everywhere) until I move into the central city this summer. I decided I wanted to live here my senior year of college after spending a week in LA on a solo trip, staying in a hostel and getting around strictly via the subways and light rail. I fell head over heels in love with the city and made it my overarching goal to live and work here.

2.) Palm Springs, CA - I only lived here for about 6 months after being hired on with the company I currently work for, but it holds special sentimental value to me because it's the first place I lived where I leased my own apartment on my own, and starting building a life for myself in Southern California. It was a bit too small for my liking, so when my company had an opening at a project in San Bernardino, I saw that as my opportunity to start inching my way to Los Angeles and took it.

3.) Bend, OR - My hometown is just north of Bend, but I spent the large proportion of my young adulthood in Bend going to college, working, and hanging out with friends. It's a beautiful place with so much natural scenery, but very limited in job opportunities and growth, so I didn't see myself there past graduating college. Also: the winters are freezing. One of the main things I miss most are the parks in the area.

4.) Las Vegas, NV - I like Las Vegas for weekend trips, but after living here for the duration of my internship with my company, it just wasn't somewhere I saw myself living for a long time. I have coworkers who live there and LOVE it, because it checks all their boxes. For me, personally, it wasn't my kind of place.
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Old 03-16-2018, 03:45 PM
Location: North Dakota
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1. North Dakota. Good down to earth people, helpful people, decent wages and cost of living, nice cold winters and although short, great summers. Lots of good fishing. Politics are relatively moderate.

2. Wyoming. I could make a living but the attitude was every man for himself, locals would not associate with transplants, very backwards conservative politics and too extremist conservative for my liking.

3. Just like Wyoming except the wages were terrible, cost of living was high, and people had a very blind loyalty and expected you to be grateful you lived in Montana. Politics in some areas have a lethal mix of ultra liberal and ultra conservative with little middle ground.
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Old 03-16-2018, 06:52 PM
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Midland is the only place i remember living and i still live here.I mostly love its politics.I love the Friday Night Lights. I love the fracking going on here.Great people.I do not like how its very isolated with it takin 5 hours to get to a big city.I like how its close to America's Land of Enchantment.I dont like the COL and the traffic with horrible drivers.I dont like how the local governments spend so much money in Midland and i dont like the property taxes.I dont like the bad roads.I wish there were more young church of Christ people here.

The summers aint hot enough for me.the winters are too cold for me.I like how theres a lot of economic opportunities here.I dont like how the dating is so bad here.I cant wait to move but Midland is still one of my favorite places in Texas or anywhere for that matter cuz its my hometown.I dont like how its so boring here.I dont like how theres no Krispy Kreme or Waffle House or Pappadeaux's lol.It has horrible scenery...i would be happy if it even had Big Spring's or Abilene's or Angelo's scenery.I wish theere were more water and i wish there was still a red fish lake nearby.
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Old 03-17-2018, 12:00 PM
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DFW - overall top - best road system, for a inland metro area, an abundance of lakes for outdoor recreation, overall best economy in terms of diverse industries, central time zone(like that late news is 10 pm not 11 lol) and locale makes travel around north America not too long, American and Southwest airlines based here too, affordable COL,

Best sport hub in the sunbelt (Hell, Texas has three domed stadiums), The only metro that has hosted NHL title, Super Bowl, NBA title, NCAA Football and Basketball title games, Division II football title games, College Bowl games, PGA events(two), NASCAR /Indy car races, Boxing championships plus Conference USA and SWAC basketball tourneys.

DFW home to State Fair of Texas (largest in the U.S.) and metro that's always a top destination for music acts too due to now or recently built venues (Winspear Opera House, Cowboys Stadium, new Toyota Music Factory opened and Fort Worth building new 14,000 seat arena) new museums, two casinos nearby, a large light rail system and adding lines. Good neighborhood diversity, fair to great school districts, no harsh winters. Windy which many don't realize,
Great shopping - Neiman Marcus, JC Penney, Fossil Watches, based here. A lot of new concepts seem to find their way here first than to other sunbelt metros. And Excellent dining though Houston gets more kudos.

Also, cClose to visit other towns - within a four hour drive of OKC, Tulsa, Austin, San Antonio and Houston.

Oh a nice mix of New Sunbelt (Cities of Dallas, Plano, Frisco) and old Texas small town flavor with the likes of Granbury, Weatherford, Waxahachie, McKinney, Grapevine and Denton. Love their town squares.
Negatives...Summer from July through mid- September and no mountains for those who like that. Also, Dallas has a reputation as being snobbish (blue bloods) compared to its large Texas brethren towns of Houston, SA and Austin.

Houston - most diverse city in the Sunbelt, ranking really with NYC and L.A. great food town, affordable, very friendly (remember Katrina?), close to the coast, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston Livestock & Rodeo, one of two largest in North America, great heavily wooded neighborhoods on the northern arc, good sports town (though no NHL team),Johnson Space Center, the best medical complex in the Western Hemisphere in the Texas Medical Center (over 100,000 employees) with great physicians and nurses and teaching and good blue collar jobs due to the Energy industry.

Negatives - failed on not doing rail 25 years ago like Dallas did, so traffic is worse than it should be BUT has added and continuous to add roadway. Humid as hell, flooding can be ruinous. Flat landscape

D/C, Atlanta - D.C. and Atlanta remind me of each other (small core cities encircled by big populated suburbs). Liked ATL more because ...WARMER, CHEAPER, cleaner, generally less congested. Really the most naturally beautiful of the five cities. A very good college town. Big gain for ATL is the film/movie industry which they can thank Ted Turner for getting started. Some real great parks with Stone Mountain nearby and the Appalachian trail a few hours north and Callaway Gardens south.

Negatives for ATL - Maybe the most segregated. Bad traffic due to lack of new roads and Public Transit is disappointing because its doesn't serve enough of the metro area. Great airport but ONLY one. Worse mistake ever not building another Had a chance back in the 1990s to add a second locale but stupid NIMBYs in Gwinnett messed that up. Not a great sports town. Hawks underachievers, Lost NHL team for second time. No great Concert Hall is another glaring deficiency.

D/C - Culture is A+ and a very good sports town though lacking venue size and/or weather to host national events. great neighborhoods, appreciate the international diversity and very educated. Negatives - Farther inland than I thought for weekend drive to the coast. TRAFFIC bad... REAL bad despite a great transit network. EXPENSIVE...that's a big negative.
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Old 03-22-2018, 09:12 AM
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Morehead City/ Havelock NC
Omaha, NE
Big drop- Northwest Arkansas

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Old 03-22-2018, 06:49 PM
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1. Traverse City, Michigan - I loved it there. Hopefully will retire here (for summers anyway). Low cost of living. Amazing local food/wine/beer scene and the whole region fully embraces the farm to table movement. Foodie heaven. It doesn't hurt that the area is absolutely beautiful, and yet flies under the radar so places aren't over crowded. I want to go back.

2. Outer Banks, NC - Beautiful area, but pricey and as a resident, it gets old after a while. I actually enjoyed the beaches of Lake Michigan better than the Atlantic beaches, but I know that is sacrilegious to say to East Coasters who haven't experienced the Great Lakes. Still, nice weather and relaxed pace of life.

3. Seaside, OR - Also beautiful. The Mountains are great, but ultimately it was just too remote and the restaurants get old after a while. Great place to visit, but as a local you run out of things to do.

4. Plymouth, MA - Nice area, just wasn't as nice a place to live as the three above.

5. West Palm Beach, FL - Nice weather in the winter. I will leave it at that.
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Old 03-27-2018, 09:45 AM
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This is a great thread. Interesting to see the different takes on some of the same areas. Some hate, some love. What resonates with one doesn't with others. I've liked each area I've lived, just to varying degrees. On my list, Charlotte and Orlando are the only ones I could see my wife and me living permanently and being happy.

1. Charlotte, NC - Absolutely love it here. Great economy, very reasonable cost of living, love the weather/climate, people of all types get along really well, friendly, much more to do here than many here on C-D realize, clean n green, really good transportation for a COL this low (light rail, trolley, GREAT airport, good roads/freeways).

2. Orlando, FL - Love the theme parks, but there's much more to do than that. A huge variety of unique recreational assets. North of the Florida Turnpike, you're away from the touristy areas. Great home prices, reasonable cost of living, pretty neighborhoods, lots of lakes and parks, within 90 minutes of Atlantic and Gulf beaches, great access to the Tampa/St. Petersburg area and their offerings, the tropical climate didn't bother me, love the native birds and flora, a great little downtown.

3. Columbus, OH - A hidden gem, IMO. Really good economy and low cost of living. People were very friendly. Family oriented. The snowy winters didn't bother me, but the cloudiness did. Overall, a really good area.

4. Cape Cod, MA - Very pretty and quaint. Very friendly people. Good access to Boston. Some great non-chain restaurants. Don't mind the snow. Sunnier winters than I had expected. VERY expensive. Most roads are 2 laned, making it take forever to get to most places. Ocean water is chilly, even in mid-late summer.

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