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Old 04-08-2016, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Depends. Looking at a basic indicator, food and clothes cost 6-7% more in HI. Housing, transportation, and entertainment are 16-33% less than San Fran.

Island sickness, only you can answer that. I have friends who have lived there for years and never tired of it.Other can't wait to get somewhere else. IMO, a lot of that is how you condition yourself.
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Old 04-09-2016, 01:18 AM
 
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Yeah, it's called Oakland, CA
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Old 04-09-2016, 11:14 AM
 
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Yeah, it's called Oakland, CA
Isn't this city has a super high level of crime?
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Old 04-09-2016, 12:32 PM
 
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How about Arcata CA up in Humboldt County? If Redwoods pass as "tall pines" (which they are in essence) it hits the rest of your criteria.

City of Arcata, Arcata/Blue Lake, Humboldt County, California
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Old 04-09-2016, 04:28 PM
 
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Eugene, Oregon
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Old 04-10-2016, 01:08 PM
 
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Isn't this city has a super high level of crime?
Just don't do drugs and steal drugs, you'll be fine.
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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I have no problem with stoners in general, but the place is a bit a of magnet for all-purpose deadbeats, which blows.

Prescott is nice.

Yeah, ummm, well, most of the hippies have fled the area. These are stereotypes of Santa Cruz that are just silly.
UCSC is here. There are many educated and "successful" people all over the county.
Not to mention that it's been infiltrated / invaded by Silicon Valley people. And it's not a magnet for "all-purpose deadbeats" although, because Santa Cruz is a small city, it has the problems that all cities have and homelessness is one of those problems.
It's extremely expensive, it's gentrified and yuppified.
I still live in the county. One should always consider the entire county and not limit oneself to S.C. proper. There are many good things about living on the MOnterey bay.
And the tall trees are redwoods and not pine trees.
Although there are some pines around.
I don't think that this area is what you have in mind o.p.. And most of coastal CA is either extremely expensive or perhaps not where you'd want to live due to isolation and joblessness and crime in a few of the more northern ca communities.
There are communities all over the west that come close to meeting your criteria although you'll have to tolerate some lower temps at times.
I'll post more tomorrow. Gotta run.
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Old 04-11-2016, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Ashland, Oregon although i don't know how close you need to be to a city.

And you have some conflicting criteria.

City of Ashland, Oregon - HOME
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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sounds nice, but expensive



I think the sun there isn't moderate, but very hard (maybe I'm wrong, but isn't there is a drought?)


I haven't seen much of a downtown when I was there (it was awhile age, maybe something changed though)

is these criteria are only for California? What about other places. In the other topic ppl suggested Lexington. Is there too harsh climate?

What about OR and WA is there really raining everyday like 7 month a year (like some people say)?
The midwest (Ie Lexington) can get blistering hot/humid during the summer.
As other poster have mentioned, your criteria pretty much limits you to coastal california.

The big trees are on the northern part. the pleasant weather in the southern part (although the weather in the bay Area is also very pleasant)

the Drought is a cyclical thing... You learn to live with it...
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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But Ashland gets hot summers with an average high of 87.6F in July and a record high of 108F in Aug and 5 months with record highs above 100F https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashland,_Oregon I still think that the best fit would be coastal CA south of San Fran and the area within the Olympic rain shadow Olympic Rain Shadow - Information and Resources
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