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Old 06-18-2015, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Fountain Square, Indianapolis
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Madison, WI
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Old 06-19-2015, 12:01 AM
 
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Possibly Minneapolis?
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Old 06-19-2015, 12:44 AM
 
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Asheville is >400k population, Chattanooga >500k and Charleston >700k. If these are too small then I'm thinking you'll want metros at 1 million or more.

I don't know much about the biking side but Richmond and Louisville seem like they might fit. Gainesville, FL has a similar vibe but it's smaller than all the above. Jacksonville, FL is not great for bikers but there's definitely a fervent community and if you don't need to commute by bike it can be ok. Also I wouldn't classify the weather as moderate...it's definitely on the hot and humid side.

Portland obviously is a good choice but too pricey.
I agree with Louisville. It is becoming a great biking city with many clubs and now many bike lanes on almost every inner city street, and many suburban streets now. The bike trails in the city parks are amazing.
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Old 06-19-2015, 08:08 AM
 
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Boise fits most of the qualifications. The North End district is liberal and professional, however the rest of the state (except for a few areas such Blaine and Latah counties) is deep red.

It's also a major biking city. City proper is 200k.
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Old 06-21-2015, 04:43 AM
 
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I didn't really find Portland bike friendly. There are lanes, but not a lot of trails or grade separation and the traffic makes it very dangerous along the major thoroughfares, especially for commuting.
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Old 06-21-2015, 01:18 PM
 
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Boise fits most of the qualifications. The North End district is liberal and professional, however the rest of the state (except for a few areas such Blaine and Latah counties) is deep red.

It's also a major biking city. City proper is 200k.
I'm happy someone else mentioned it. Boise was my first thought when reading the thread title
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Old 06-21-2015, 02:58 PM
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Location: West Michigan
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Surprised nobody said Grand Rapids yet, it fits all the qualifications. The whole area around downtown and north of Wealthy ave. is very liberal, lots of young professionals, though the suburbs are some of the most conservative areas in the state.
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Old 06-21-2015, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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Louisville, Kentucky and Richmond Virginia were the first places that came to mind when I read this post. Though, both are larger than 200K. It might be a little expensive, but Santa Rosa, California would also be a good fit.

If the OP doesn't like the cold, s/he is not going to like Grand Rapids. Plus, even the Grand Rapids metro is pushing a million people.

I think the OP should compromise on size. Most young professional prefer large cities; that's where the jobs are. I know the OP will be working remotely, but most of his/her peers are do not have that option.

If the OP is dead-set on living someplace small, s/he should consider a city of the fringe of a major metro area. Someplace like Frederick, Maryland or New Castle County, Delaware could work.
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Old 06-21-2015, 07:52 PM
 
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Louisville, Kentucky and Richmond Virginia were the first places that came to mind when I read this post. Though, both are larger than 200K. It might be a little expensive, but Santa Rosa, California would also be a good fit.

If the OP doesn't like the cold, s/he is not going to like Grand Rapids. Plus, even the Grand Rapids metro is pushing a million people.

I think the OP should compromise on size. Most young professional prefer large cities; that's where the jobs are. I know the OP will be working remotely, but most of his/her peers are do not have that option.

If the OP is dead-set on living someplace small, s/he should consider a city of the fringe of a major metro area. Someplace like Frederick, Maryland or New Castle County, Delaware could work.
Technically it's over a million, but it's unique in that it's divided over 3 urban areas that are closely connected. The immediate Grand Rapids urban area is just over 600k. Because of the way it's spread out it doesn't feel as big as the other metros in that 1mill-1.3 range. Even then it fits the OPs description, all except for the colder winters which probably rules it out.
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Old 06-22-2015, 03:22 AM
 
Location: california
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Oxnard/Ventura, CA. But the trees are often palm trees!
The OP calls himself/herself a professional (which means he's salaried LOL) yet he couldn't afford a home in Ventura/Oxnard. No way
Or probably anywhere in California for that matter

Unless of course, this cracker jack wants to live in a Mobile Home, the Ghetto or a home most of us would deem inhabitable.
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