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Old 10-23-2015, 09:42 PM
 
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I am currently working as a Financial Analyst in California and both my girlfriend and I cannot handle it any more. We have been here since birth (30 now), and want out. We want someplace conservative, but not 'we hate blacks, jews, gays, and atheists' conservative. We don't really care about taxes, religions (outside Salt Lake City type areas), etc. We just want a place that isn't overly crowded, isn't overly expensive, isn't overly liberal, and where people actually say 'hi' to each other in the supermarket

Budget doesn't matter. We are both very fiscally responsible and I will be well compensated in my field. I am able to start searching anywhere, so a response like 'North Dakota, western part' is good.

We like ranch style, one story, relatively newer homes. We can do repairs and make a house our own, so we don't need something with $15,000 in upgrades that sells $50,000 over market value.

So far, all I really saw was Denver ... and then we found out the crime rate is steadily increasing and it's becoming way too populated

Ideas?
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Old 10-23-2015, 09:48 PM
 
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I would avoid somewhere huge like Denver. It's getting more and more full of what you want to avoid. Checkout someplace like Billings, MT.
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Old 10-24-2015, 12:47 AM
 
Location: So California
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Boise
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Old 10-24-2015, 09:45 AM
 
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I am currently working as a Financial Analyst in California and both my girlfriend and I cannot handle it any more. We have been here since birth (30 now), and want out. We want someplace conservative, but not 'we hate blacks, jews, gays, and atheists' conservative. We don't really care about taxes, religions (outside Salt Lake City type areas), etc. We just want a place that isn't overly crowded, isn't overly expensive, isn't overly liberal, and where people actually say 'hi' to each other in the supermarket

Budget doesn't matter. We are both very fiscally responsible and I will be well compensated in my field. I am able to start searching anywhere, so a response like 'North Dakota, western part' is good.

We like ranch style, one story, relatively newer homes. We can do repairs and make a house our own, so we don't need something with $15,000 in upgrades that sells $50,000 over market value.

So far, all I really saw was Denver ... and then we found out the crime rate is steadily increasing and it's becoming way too populated

Ideas?
If you like the idea of Denver in terms of location/geography/climate you might consider Fort Collins, which is about 90 minutes north and out of the sprawl of the Denver metro. It's a college town (Colorado State University) which has it leaning progressive but not overtly liberal. It has an overall friendly laidback population and think it could be a good option.
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Old 10-24-2015, 07:54 PM
 
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Hedge funds that are managed in the Dayton, OH area seem to perform way better than the national average, and many parts of the area have that conservative but not too conservative vibe. There is a relatively new business school at Wright State University that is rapidly climbing up the rankings, and there seems to be some incentives to get more financial analysts in the area.
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Old 10-24-2015, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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What do you want climate-wise? Have you considered the SW (Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona)?
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Old 10-25-2015, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I think you are going to be unhappy wherever you go, you seem fixated on the negatives.

If you are confident that you can find employment in any city of your choice, then get in your car and spend a month just wandering around the country and if you see a place that strikes your fancy, settle in. Don't ask me to suggest a place for you, you might not like the qualities of life that I do, nor see them in the same light.

There are a lot of people who are perfectly happy in Chattanooga or Oshkosh or Schenectady or Pocatello. You might be, too.
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Old 10-25-2015, 01:01 PM
 
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I want four seasons but not as drastic as 90 in summer and -50 in winter with horrible wind chills

I didn't say I can find employment in any city, just general area. The whole point of the forum is to get people's opinions. I do like Boise from what I saw, Billings not so much. Fort Collins is a possibility, and is still in Colorado which is nice. Maybe some place like West Virginia which seems to be forgotten
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Old 10-25-2015, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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My apologies, if you felt I was being too critical of you.

The plan I proposed for you has worked for me when I felt antsy, and you ought not to dismiss it out of hand. I've stumbled across a few very liveable places that I never would have expected. I have found that it is quite easy to live in a community, no matter how much you might disagree with the prevailing political breezes, and I think you overemphasize that as criteria.
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Old 10-25-2015, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I hardly hear WV mentioned on this forum, but from what I have heard it is both beautiful and none too expensive. I also hear it gets quite cold.

If you actually favor CO's climate, you could try Santa Fe (or Northern NM in general). You still have the Rockies, the four seasons, good food, and it doesn't get that hot in summer and certainly not -50 lol, but not as cheap as the rest of the state.
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