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Old 09-29-2015, 12:07 AM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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I could also recommend Wisconsin. There have been statewide cuts to education recently, but local support can make up for some of that. I live in a small town in Dane County (near Madison)
I would second this. Madison is not only a major college town, but is the state capital. It has lots of people your age, has a thriving music and club scene, is on an isthmus between two lakes and has lots of nature nearby, and has a walkable downtown. And you can always drive to Milwaukee or Chicago for bigger things.
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Old 09-29-2015, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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ComposeWhoKnows,
I wouldn't worry about not being welcome in New England. It's been a long time since I lived there, but I knew plenty of families from elsewhere. As with any region, there are some more insular places than others, but I think you'll be able to find a comfortable place to live.

Some towns that come to mind (but not sure about cost of living) -
Newburyport MA
Amherst MA
Northampton MA
Portsmouth NH
Portland ME
Burlington VT
Montpelier VT (maybe too small?)

In WA, if the Seattle area is too expensive, you might check out Bellingham

Thanks for specific cities. I'll put them on my list to look at!
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Old 09-29-2015, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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I would second this. Madison is not only a major college town, but is the state capital. It has lots of people your age, has a thriving music and club scene, is on an isthmus between two lakes and has lots of nature nearby, and has a walkable downtown. And you can always drive to Milwaukee or Chicago for bigger things.
Maybe I overlooked the appeal for Wisconsin. Thanks for your input!
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Old 09-29-2015, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Washington and Oregon can meet #2, 3, 4 and 6.

They definitely do not meet #1.

Neither really meet #5.

Cities which meet #7 will be (much) larger than your population-range. Other cities which might work, size-wise, won't meet #4 or #7.
Not necessarily......I'm thinking of a WI city that's near that population range and has a great nightlife: La Crosse.
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Old 09-29-2015, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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Minnesota is a great choice for all but one thing: it does not have amazing mid-sized towns like other states do (like WI, for example). However, on the education and arts front it's very strong, and the Twin Cities has a very strong cultural presence that has nearly everything you'd look for from a larger city.
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Old 10-01-2015, 03:21 PM
 
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Maybe Albany, NY or Troy, NY. Lots of smaller cities outside of those 2 that could work, too. Lots of green, trails & parks. Truly one of the prettiest areas from April to November. Unparalleled beauty. NY state is very pro-education. THose areas would get average or above snowfall in winters. Both are full of colleges/universities so a pretty good vibe compared to other parts of NY state.
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Old 10-01-2015, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Miami, Floroda
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I would look into Seattle. I've been to Minesota, Twin Cities area. I didn't like it that much other than the mall of America.
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Old 10-02-2015, 09:52 AM
 
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Lots of people live in WA and work in OR for the tax benefits so the traffic is horrendous. You have to go across either a bridge on the west side or a bridge on the east side.
North of Seattle Bellingham is more expensive than Seattle.
Olympia south of Tacoma wasn't too bad. Its all one city now from Seattle to Olympia. Traffic on I-5 is horrible. I don't remember if the bus goes through on its own lane. Seattle bus is very expensive. Probably the most expensive of any city I've seen. Portland is expensive too.
Madison WI is expensive because it is so nice.
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Old 10-04-2015, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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Thanks for all of the help so far. Much appreciated!
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Old 10-04-2015, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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I've thought about the Wisconsin area as well. I was worried about the political climate there, mostly in relation to education, as you were saying. I'm glad to hear that there is still local support for the arts and music over there. I'll absolutely check into Wisconsin. Thank you!

That's why I have so many choices in states in the New England area. I've been there multiple times, in winter and summer, and very much enjoyed the climate. I have heard that New Englanders are not a fan of transplants coming into the state. Again, could be hearsay, but please tell me what you think. I think would very much enjoy area. Maybe a smaller town within an hour of Boston.

For the Pacific NW, it's a bit expensive, but I could make it work with my salary. I'm a fairly frugal person.

Thanks for your input!

I don't think the New Englanders will mind at all that you come from Arizona. I will never understand where some of the stereotypes, about New Englanders come from.

No matter where you go in Eastern Mass it's going to be on the expensive side. It is all reflective of Boston and how much area Metro Boston encompasses. The Boston Metro including suburbs and exurbs, now spreads to Rhode Island and Southern New Hampshire.. Rhode Island use to be a cheaper alternative to Mass, but that seems to have changed some what in recent years.

I think I will suggest Portsmouth NH. Its just above the Mass NH border, and is the NH Maine border some 60 miles from Boston. It's a nice seacoast community, with a downtown of shops and restaurants. The beaches of NH are just outside of town. In the summer it is a heavy tourist area, which might keep you away I don't know. I notice more and more young people seem to be moving into the Portsmouth area, as they do Portland, Maine. It's a good location, and though it is far from being inexpensive, it can be a lesser cost than much of nearby Mass. A big draw to NH besides it's not Mass, is there is no Sales or Income Taxes in NH. Revenue comes from Property Taxes, which will be noticeably higher. States have to get their revenue from somewhere.

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