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Old 05-25-2015, 07:26 PM
 
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Check out Winston-Salem, Durham, Wilmington, or Greensboro, NC. Durham is probably the most progressive of the bunch, followed by Winston-Salem.

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Old 05-26-2015, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas via ATX
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Fayetteville, Arkansas.
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Old 05-26-2015, 12:09 PM
 
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Others not yet mentioned: Rochester, NY; Quad Cities (Davenport/Moline/Rock Island/Bettendorf) IA/IL, although on the Iowa side there is a marked distinction between urban built-up and farmland.

Harrisburg, PA, mentioned earlier, is not good for those who wish to avoid traffic, due to legacy poor design choke points. "Progressive" might be questionable as well, depending on how defined.
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Old 06-01-2015, 08:51 PM
 
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Louisville.

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Such a unique, indie, soulful, festive, city full of great food and drinks.
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Old 06-02-2015, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Quad Cities and Duluth are not what I'd call "nice" or progressive. Duluth is in a beautiful spot and all, but the Duluth-Superior area has many, many issues and still-declining population base.
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Eugene, Boulder, Asheville.
Given your list, I'd also mention Bellingham, WA. People around here tend to want to keep it a secret- it's like a smaller, prettier Eugene, and I have no idea how it flies under the radar. Also in that same vein of cities- Bend, OR, Missoula and Bozeman, MT, Flagstaff, AZ, and Santa Fe, NM.
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:33 AM
 
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Given your list, I'd also mention Bellingham, WA. People around here tend to want to keep it a secret- it's like a smaller, prettier Eugene, and I have no idea how it flies under the radar. Also in that same vein of cities- Bend, OR, Missoula and Bozeman, MT, Flagstaff, AZ, and Santa Fe, NM.
Do the last 4 metros have at least 300,000 people?
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Old 06-02-2015, 02:29 PM
 
Location: The Springs
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Colorado Springs (2014 est):

450,000 City
690,000 Metro
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Old 06-02-2015, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Do the last 4 metros have at least 300,000 people?
No, and to be honest I read the posts, but when I went back to reply I totally forgot about the 300k-800k requirement. Regardless, I'll stick by my most of my suggested cities as possible suggestions to the OP (though some are on the small side, metro-wise). Big enough to have some variety, small enough to avoid anonymity, with a degree of self-sufficiency and about the same amount of amenities (retail offerings, regional flights from airport, etc.). Boulder's a bit unique in that it's only 25 miles from a major city, but Asheville and Eugene don't really feel any bigger than Bellingham, they just have more people in the outskirts/suburbs. Again, the rest of the criteria is fulfilled, so it may be worth the OP's time to explore them...
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Old 06-02-2015, 08:01 PM
 
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No, and to be honest I read the posts, but when I went back to reply I totally forgot about the 300k-800k requirement. Regardless, I'll stick by my most of my suggested cities as possible suggestions to the OP (though some are on the small side, metro-wise). Big enough to have some variety, small enough to avoid anonymity, with a degree of self-sufficiency and about the same amount of amenities (retail offerings, regional flights from airport, etc.). Boulder's a bit unique in that it's only 25 miles from a major city, but Asheville and Eugene don't really feel any bigger than Bellingham, they just have more people in the outskirts/suburbs. Again, the rest of the criteria is fulfilled, so it may be worth the OP's time to explore them...
Don't sweat it, as I forgot about the population criteria, until I looked again. It was really a curiosity question. I thought about Ithaca NY as another smaller area that could fit.
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