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Old 05-31-2015, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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Salt Lake City proper fits your desrcriptions for most points. Where else can you be in a metro of over one million people and live 20 minutes from the ski resorts where the olympics were? There is a misconception that Salt Lake lacks in terms of booze. There are some weird laws at times, but the fact is that if you live in Salt Lake proper it's just as easy to get booze as anywhere else. Over 100 bars within two miles of each other right in downtown SLC. I live in Chicago right now and I'm dying to get back to Salt Lake. The outdoors and just the ease of living there can't be beat in my opinion.
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Old 06-01-2015, 01:48 AM
 
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Salt Lake City proper fits your desrcriptions for most points. Where else can you be in a metro of over one million people and live 20 minutes from the ski resorts where the olympics were? There is a misconception that Salt Lake lacks in terms of booze. There are some weird laws at times, but the fact is that if you live in Salt Lake proper it's just as easy to get booze as anywhere else. Over 100 bars within two miles of each other right in downtown SLC. I live in Chicago right now and I'm dying to get back to Salt Lake. The outdoors and just the ease of living there can't be beat in my opinion.
How is SLC easier to live in than Chicago? I'm curious. I know Chicago has a higher crime rate but it seems to me like it would be somewhat difficult to live in Utah. It's expensive, the wages aren't great and the weather is not that good either, though the same can be said for Chicago.
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Old 06-01-2015, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, Panther Carolina via ATL
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Salt Lake City perhaps, matches your stuff.

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Old 06-01-2015, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I had pretty much ruled out Montana based on my brother's experience Bozeman, but I hadn't really looked into or even considered other places, how do Missoula and Helenda compare to Bozeman?

When looking into WA, I was mostly focusing in the northwest area for some reason, but I will definitely look into Spokane.
What experience did your brother have in Bozeman? It'd be interesting to know, as Bozeman is probably the most "forward-thinking" place in Montana. Missoula is bigger, but IMO it's still trying to decide if it wants to be the next destination city, or remain a place for the good ol' boys. I don't know why anybody would consider moving to Helena, TBH.

After reading your OP, the only thing about Spokane that you'd have to understand, is that it's a working-class city. There's some old money there, some brains, and some retirees from out of the area, but by and large the culture is pretty rednecky, much more than you'd think would be possible in the Northwest. However, you could certainly find your niche in the lower half of the city's South Hill, and you would likely be content/happy with it as long as you mostly kept out of the suburbs.
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Old 06-01-2015, 11:29 AM
 
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How is SLC easier to live in than Chicago? I'm curious. I know Chicago has a higher crime rate but it seems to me like it would be somewhat difficult to live in Utah. It's expensive, the wages aren't great and the weather is not that good either, though the same can be said for Chicago.
Everything I've read says Utah is an extremely affordable place to live, one of the best wage to cost of living ratios in the country. I imagine Utah has much less traffic, less crime, less hustle and bustle of the big city, while still having many of the same amenities. SLC has been a top consideration for some time now.

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What experience did your brother have in Bozeman? It'd be interesting to know, as Bozeman is probably the most "forward-thinking" place in Montana. Missoula is bigger, but IMO it's still trying to decide if it wants to be the next destination city, or remain a place for the good ol' boys. I don't know why anybody would consider moving to Helena, TBH.

After reading your OP, the only thing about Spokane that you'd have to understand, is that it's a working-class city. There's some old money there, some brains, and some retirees from out of the area, but by and large the culture is pretty rednecky, much more than you'd think would be possible in the Northwest. However, you could certainly find your niche in the lower half of the city's South Hill, and you would likely be content/happy with it as long as you mostly kept out of the suburbs.
My brother just finished his freshman year at MSU and will be returning in the fall, so it's not like he hated it or anything. He said I would love the mountains, snowboarding, and scenery, but it would fall short in every other category compared to other areas I am considering. Mostly lacking the big city cultural amenities such as art galleries, museums, restaurants, etc. Not like they are nonexistent, just seriously lacking compared to Boston, NYC, SF, Seattle or even Denver or SLC.He was also not sure about the job situation with my finance/accounting degree. Obviously I could get a job as an accountant just about anywhere, but surely Bozeman is not the best place to start a career in finance. I will be able to get a better understanding of how I would like it if I am able to visit this winter as I plan to.
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Old 06-02-2015, 03:10 PM
 
Location: The Springs
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How is SLC easier to live in than Chicago? I'm curious. I know Chicago has a higher crime rate but it seems to me like it would be somewhat difficult to live in Utah. It's expensive, the wages aren't great and the weather is not that good either, though the same can be said for Chicago.
I've lived in Denver, CO Springs and Salt Lake. The weather in all 3 is almost identical. Salt Lake gets a little more snow (2 inches), a degree or two colder in the winter and a degree or two hotter in the summer. All 3 have low humidity and abundant sunshine. The biggest turnoff about SLC for me are the wintertime temperature inversions. Smog/fog that hangs around for weeks in the winter due to particulates being trapped when the air is colder above than below. Picture LA on one of its worst smog days.
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Old 06-05-2015, 12:10 PM
 
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I've lived in Denver, CO Springs and Salt Lake. The weather in all 3 is almost identical. Salt Lake gets a little more snow (2 inches), a degree or two colder in the winter and a degree or two hotter in the summer. All 3 have low humidity and abundant sunshine. The biggest turnoff about SLC for me are the wintertime temperature inversions. Smog/fog that hangs around for weeks in the winter due to particulates being trapped when the air is colder above than below. Picture LA on one of its worst smog days.
Do you have a strong preference for one or the other between Denver and SLC?
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Old 06-05-2015, 01:29 PM
 
Location: USA
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I can't even call it yo. Just pick somewhere.
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