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Old 06-24-2015, 07:34 PM
 
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Cost of Living: Somewhere that wouldn't require me to have to share a small apartment with roommates. Preferably somewhere I can rent or buy a moderately sized suburban home.

Crime: Obviously I would prefer to live somewhere safe but as long as the crime is specific to certain areas rather than a city-wide issue then that's fine.

Leisure: I like watching sports and going to concerts. I like dining out sometimes (favorite cuisines are American, Italian, and Mexican). Nightlife must not be focused on clubbing as I hate clubbing. I love going to dive and sports bars, however.

People: I am pretty introverted and hate nosey neighbors. I can deal with aloofness.

Politics: I would say I am a centrist; socially liberal but fiscally conservative. E.g. pro-choice, LGBT rights, pro-2nd amendment however but skeptical of the welfare state and a proponent of free market economics.

Religion: I am agnostic but brought up in a Christian-identifying family. Would prefer to avoid areas where the Church is key to social events and life.

Transportation: Preferably has decent public transport, is walkable and NOT car-dependent.

Vibe: I hate eccentric people and living somewhere like Portland, OR where everyone is a faux-artist would drive me insane. I like normal, relaxed, laid back people who aren't cliquey and would rather spend Friday night at a sports bar than at a nightclub.

Weather: Four seasons. Hot and humid summers with white winters.
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Old 06-24-2015, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Chicago could be a consideration and would hit a lot of the points you mention.
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Old 06-24-2015, 07:41 PM
 
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Chicago could be a consideration and would hit a lot of the points you mention.
It was a city I considered but what points specifically does is fit?
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Old 06-24-2015, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Tons of large multinationals, affordable COL for the size of the urban area, crime mostly localized to certain community areas, lots of dive and sports bars all over, tons of live music, all the major pro sports, church is definitely not key to social life, excellent public transit, lots of very walkable areas, several community areas with laid back vibes (but there's also lots of areas with the rat race), definitely four distinct seasons. The city definitely leans to the left, and houses in the suburbs can be a bit pricey, but there are tons of burbs to chose from. However, I think your criteria would be best met in the city.
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Old 06-24-2015, 08:35 PM
 
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Cost of Living: Somewhere that wouldn't require me to have to share a small apartment with roommates. Preferably somewhere I can rent or buy a moderately sized suburban home.

Crime: Obviously I would prefer to live somewhere safe but as long as the crime is specific to certain areas rather than a city-wide issue then that's fine.

Leisure: I like watching sports and going to concerts. I like dining out sometimes (favorite cuisines are American, Italian, and Mexican). Nightlife must not be focused on clubbing as I hate clubbing. I love going to dive and sports bars, however.

People: I am pretty introverted and hate nosey neighbors. I can deal with aloofness.

Politics: I would say I am a centrist; socially liberal but fiscally conservative. E.g. pro-choice, LGBT rights, pro-2nd amendment however but skeptical of the welfare state and a proponent of free market economics.

Religion: I am agnostic but brought up in a Christian-identifying family. Would prefer to avoid areas where the Church is key to social events and life.

Transportation: Preferably has decent public transport, is walkable and NOT car-dependent.

Vibe: I hate eccentric people and living somewhere like Portland, OR where everyone is a faux-artist would drive me insane. I like normal, relaxed, laid back people who aren't cliquey and would rather spend Friday night at a sports bar than at a nightclub.

Weather: Four seasons. Hot and humid summers with white winters.
This post screams for the Midwest. Chicago is obviously the largest of the options in that region, and Chicago far and away has the best mass transit options.
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Old 06-25-2015, 08:46 AM
 
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Tons of large multinationals, affordable COL for the size of the urban area, crime mostly localized to certain community areas, lots of dive and sports bars all over, tons of live music, all the major pro sports, church is definitely not key to social life, excellent public transit, lots of very walkable areas, several community areas with laid back vibes (but there's also lots of areas with the rat race), definitely four distinct seasons. The city definitely leans to the left, and houses in the suburbs can be a bit pricey, but there are tons of burbs to chose from. However, I think your criteria would be best met in the city.
Thanks! Chicago looks awesome. Any other good fits?

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This post screams for the Midwest. Chicago is obviously the largest of the options in that region, and Chicago far and away has the best mass transit options.
Which other cities would fit? Chicago is the frontrunner at the moment!
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Old 06-25-2015, 09:12 AM
 
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Welcome to Atlanta, Come on down....
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Old 06-25-2015, 10:12 AM
 
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Chicago was my first thought too. Public transit/walkable is the most limiting factor on your list. Depending on how strict you are on that factor, there are a lot of other cities that could meet your requirements. If you want good public transit, your list is more limiting. NY, SF, and LA are obvious nos. Boston and DC meet all your requirements except cost of living.
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Old 06-25-2015, 11:40 AM
 
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Welcome to Atlanta, Come on down....
I'll consider it!

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Chicago was my first thought too. Public transit/walkable is the most limiting factor on your list. Depending on how strict you are on that factor, there are a lot of other cities that could meet your requirements. If you want good public transit, your list is more limiting. NY, SF, and LA are obvious nos. Boston and DC meet all your requirements except cost of living.
Indeed. Ignoring the public transportation requirements, which other cities would fit?
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Old 06-25-2015, 04:45 PM
 
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