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Old 02-15-2015, 04:45 PM
 
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- What about the far Philly 'burbs -- like 35- 55 miles out? The frenetic pace slows down noticeably once you get like 40 miles outside of the city. I would know, I used to live like 40 miles outside the city. I guarantee you that there's some suburb or small town outside of Philly that would suit you perfectly. The area offers a little bit of everything -- skyscrapers to the sticks. Or check out towns in Delaware / New Jersey if you don't want to move too far, and want a different vibe.
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Old 02-15-2015, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Forks,WA
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But surely there's some kind of middle ground between a city like Philadelphia and the middle of nowhere? It sounds like you are done with life and want to exile yourself, at least that's how it comes off.
Yeah,that's kind of what the area does to people...I've heard of quite a few people from out here who have become burned out on it and have ended up in places like out west or Alaska.
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Old 02-15-2015, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Forks,WA
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- What about the far Philly 'burbs -- like 35- 55 miles out? The frenetic pace slows down noticeably once you get like 40 miles outside of the city. I would know, I used to live like 40 miles outside the city. I guarantee you that there's some suburb or small town outside of Philly that would suit you perfectly. The area offers a little bit of everything -- skyscrapers to the sticks. Or check out towns in Delaware / New Jersey if you don't want to move too far, and want a different vibe.
Been there done that,ready to expand elsewhere.
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Old 02-15-2015, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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I hate to say this (since I know this isn't what you want to hear), but every study I have seen shows the slowest states are disproportionately in the Northeast. This makes sense when you consider:

1. Speed limits are lower.
2. There is more congestion/traffic.
3. You are less likely to use a divided highway for regular travel, and more likely to rely on surface roads.
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Old 02-15-2015, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Forks,WA
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I hate to say this (since I know this isn't what you want to hear), but every study I have seen shows the slowest states are disproportionately in the Northeast. This makes sense when you consider:

1. Speed limits are lower.
2. There is more congestion/traffic.
3. You are less likely to use a divided highway for regular travel, and more likely to rely on surface roads.
That does seem disproportionate since though the speed 'limits' are lower doesn't mean people even follow them...the limits seem more like minimums; And just because there is congestion doesn't mean people aren't constantly trying to invent ways to get around/through it.
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Old 02-15-2015, 08:20 PM
 
Location: ATL
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I also was going to point out the slowest drivers are usually in the densest cities. Congestion has a way of significantly slowing traffic. Out in the middle of nowhere, not only are speed limits higher but people aren't dealing with a traffic issues and can go faster.

Outside of densely populated cities, some of the slowest towns I've encountered are in rural New England. Low speed limits that have to be followed because of pedestrian traffic.
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Old 02-15-2015, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Forks,WA
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I guess I didn't mean low speed limits because of defaults like congestion,that doesn't seem to stop many from trying to break out of traffic and open it up...

I was driving through Fort Wayne Indiana years ago and it seemed like a pretty slow pace in general...things like that. I'd also seen small towns in Texas where there's a slow pace and one blinking traffic light etc.
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Old 02-15-2015, 08:32 PM
 
Location: ATL
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Those one light towns on Texas aren't going to have really slow drivers seeing as there is only one light to slow things down. I grew up in one of those towns. They don't really have a central, usable and functional downtown area because the center of life in these towns are the church or the school and are often located well outside of the center where the one light is located. One thing to keep in mind is that every single area is going to have their driving issues. If you find yourself deeply frustrated driving where you live now, you'll probably still find yourself deeply frustrated driving in another place.

If you mean a slower pace of life, you can get that pretty much outside of any major city. It depends on your desires and requirements.
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Old 02-15-2015, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Forks,WA
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One thing to keep in mind is that every single area is going to have their driving issues. If you find yourself deeply frustrated driving where you live now, you'll probably still find yourself deeply frustrated driving in another place.
Not really,I've been places with slower pace of life and wish I could return to similar.
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Old 02-15-2015, 10:06 PM
 
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Florida. You'll be required to buy a beige Buick with a left turn signal that is permanently on though.
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