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Old 05-30-2015, 11:47 PM
 
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I'm Southern California born and raised (Orange County) but I can't stand living here anymore. It's way too crowded (one of my biggest pet peeves is traffic), everything is very expensive, and from my own personal experience, everyone is always stressed, in a rush, and unfriendly.

My perfect place would be somewhere in a suburban or rural area (definitely not a big city). I am very into the cowboy/country culture/lifestyle. I love animals, especially dogs and horses, so somewhere that's very dog and horse friendly. I love nature and am an outdoorsy person and love hiking, camping, or anything outdoors. I want to live somewhere where people are genuinely nice and somewhere with a great sense of community. I prefer mild climates/weather. I'm liberal and a Buddhist. I don't know if that would make a difference. I'm also very into health and wellness, holistic healing, buying organic produce (I love farmers markets).

Can't think of anything else that might help. Thanks so much for the responses!
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Old 05-31-2015, 04:17 AM
 
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Sedona or Flagstaff in Arizona may suit you, but they'll be cold in the winter, as would a lot of New Mexico outside of Albuquerque. I would also think parts of Colorado like Durango and Fort Collins (and possibly Boulder, Telluride and Grand Junction) might be okay. Based on all your criteria, you may need to make a compromise or two, such as colder temperatures or more conservative politics and people if you want to cast a wider net.
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Old 05-31-2015, 05:06 AM
 
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The central coast would be a good match. Morro Bay, the Monterey area, Seaside, etc would be places to look into.
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Old 05-31-2015, 06:05 AM
 
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I'm Southern California born and raised (Orange County) but I can't stand living here anymore. It's way too crowded (one of my biggest pet peeves is traffic), everything is very expensive, and from my own personal experience, everyone is always stressed, in a rush, and unfriendly.

My perfect place would be somewhere in a suburban or rural area (definitely not a big city). I am very into the cowboy/country culture/lifestyle. I love animals, especially dogs and horses, so somewhere that's very dog and horse friendly. I love nature and am an outdoorsy person and love hiking, camping, or anything outdoors. I want to live somewhere where people are genuinely nice and somewhere with a great sense of community. I prefer mild climates/weather. I'm liberal and a Buddhist. I don't know if that would make a difference. I'm also very into health and wellness, holistic healing, buying organic produce (I love farmers markets).

Can't think of anything else that might help. Thanks so much for the responses!
If you can lessen the impact of importance of a "cowboy culture" I would highly recommend Carrboro NC. It hits all of your other criteria completely and is close to larger cities that share similar vibes (Durham and Chapel Hill) so it's not like living in a remote outpost in terms of value systems like other similar areas in the US.

An overview of Carrboro, NC
Carrboro, NC - Official Website
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