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View Poll Results: Does anything remotely resembling Utopia exisit in the United States?
Absolutely! (Please share below or in a private message.) 3 10.00%
You're kidding, right? No. 19 63.33%
Somewhere. Maybe. Hopefully. Let us all know when you find it. 6 20.00%
Other 2 6.67%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 30. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-26-2016, 04:29 PM
 
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You said you wanted summers w/o "relentless humidity", which is why I recommended PHX. When its 95 in PHX, it feels much cooler than it really is. I dont think you realize just how different it feels with 5% humidity and a 20-degree dew point. Its not till it hits 105 that it feels pretty hot, and even then its not sticky air, its bone dry.
Thank you for explaining, but as noted other personal reasons keep PHX off my list. I'm glad you love it!
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Old 04-26-2016, 04:31 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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You need to scratch this requirement off of your list.

There are plenty of places in the U.S. which meet the rest of your criteria, but they are more expensive to live in than what you're looking for.
I agree. The median price in the US is $288k! Come up by $100k and I'd have some suggestions

https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/MSPNHSUS
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Old 04-26-2016, 05:02 PM
 
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I agree. The median price in the US is $288k! Come up by $100k and I'd have some suggestions

https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/MSPNHSUS
Okay! I'm game to hear your suggestions. My budget could expand that much depending on the other criteria. If all other points are met, I can travel less, look for a smaller space, and be more flexible budget-wise.
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Old 04-26-2016, 07:27 PM
 
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You said you wanted summers w/o "relentless humidity", which is why I recommended PHX. When its 95 in PHX, it feels much cooler than it really is. I dont think you realize just how different it feels with 5% humidity and a 20-degree dew point. Its not till it hits 105 that it feels pretty hot, and even then its not sticky air, its bone dry.
Isn't Phoenix pretty muggy in the summer though? Granted in April when it's 95F it probably feels nicer than 95F muggy in July in New Orleans, but summer in Phoenix is hot and pretty humid with dewpoints in the 60s and 70s much of the time.
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:50 PM
 
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Utopia for me would be being a billionaire because if I was a billionaire I could be happy living in many different places.
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Old 04-27-2016, 12:11 AM
 
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Thank you for the thoughtful reply! I need to prioritize safety, so the crime and fires are worrisome. I hear you on everything else, though.[/quote]

It's a college town, so it's mostly minor property crime. You might get a bike stolen and you do need to lock your car. But I feel very safe here. My kids bike and bus all over.

The fires in summer are pretty bad, the smoky smell used to seriously freak me out.
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Old 04-27-2016, 01:29 AM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
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Have you looked at the front range in Colorado? Check out Denver metro, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins. You might have to spend a bit more on housing, but its worth it.
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Old 04-27-2016, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Isn't Phoenix pretty muggy in the summer though? Granted in April when it's 95F it probably feels nicer than 95F muggy in July in New Orleans, but summer in Phoenix is hot and pretty humid with dewpoints in the 60s and 70s much of the time.
It can get quite humid, yes, but only in the mornings and nights, and its still not nearly as bad as the south. For us it feels super sticky, but I used to live in TN, and this is nothing in comparison. Most of the summer is very dry, even during monsoon season.
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Old 04-27-2016, 09:25 AM
 
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Somewhere. Maybe. Hopefully. Do NOT let anyone know when you find it.
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Old 04-27-2016, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles,CA & Scottsdale, AZ
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You said you wanted summers w/o "relentless humidity", which is why I recommended PHX. When its 95 in PHX, it feels much cooler than it really is. I dont think you realize just how different it feels with 5% humidity and a 20-degree dew point. Its not till it hits 105 that it feels pretty hot, and even then its not sticky air, its bone dry.
haha I feel like this is a never ending battle that everyone from Phoenix has to explain to people on here who aren't from the west.
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