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Old 05-10-2016, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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Los Angeles--Amazing weather, tons of things to do, beautiful scenery...but the population, traffic, smog, and cost of living exceeded my personal threshold about forty years ago. It's also much too far from family and friends.

Charleston, SC--Gorgeous historic district and architecture but population growth exceeded the infrastructure a while ago so traffic is bad, not great job prospects, too hot and humid much of the year, and too many bugs (no-see-ums...yuck!!!)

Chicago--Amazing, clean, cosmopolitan city with tons of things to do and a little more affordable than LA, but still seems like you need more than an average income to live there comfortably, traffic is awful, and it has an especially bad reputation for political corruption.

Atlanta--lovely city, lovely suburbs, nice climate, but some of the worst traffic I have ever seen, and not pedestrian friendly.

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Old 05-10-2016, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Baldwin County, AL
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I love New Orleans, and living less than 2 hours away, have ample opportunity to visit, and do so quite often. However, there is no way in Hades you could get me to live there. It is not a cheap area ( I don't just mean housing), crime is rampant, and I just have something against the state of Louisiana....


Chicago would also fall into that category for me. I love Chicago, to the point my wife and I honeymooned there in February, and love to visit, but between the winters and the crowds, I don't think I could ever live there.


I may also throw St. Louis in the mix, as well as my former city (which I could never live in again as much as I love and appreciate it) Memphis.
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Old 05-11-2016, 01:36 AM
 
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Why nobody is talking about San Diego, Seattle? They`r quite affortable?
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Old 05-11-2016, 04:16 AM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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San Diego and Seattle are two of the most expensive cities to live in in the entire U.S. and are out of reach for many working class Americans. I almost mentioned San Diego in my post but decided that everyone already knows that it is ridiculously expensive and unattainable for many, so I skipped it.
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Old 05-11-2016, 05:44 AM
 
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yes I agree.


san diego, los angeles the bay area if money was not an option that's where I would spend the rest of my life,
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Old 05-11-2016, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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We could move to San Diego or LA if we wanted to live in an outdated, fixer upper, cracker box of a house and work until we're 75.

We live in a lovely small town in Michigan in a newer home with upgrades (granite, stainless, detailed woodwork, three car garage) that cost $250,000 six years ago. Our same exact house in a nice area of either San Deigo or LA would cost at least 1.5 million, which I think is ridiculous while also appreciating why it is so expensive to live there. The weather is considered about as close to perfect as it gets in the U.S. for a lot of people, the beaches are spectacular, and then, of course, there is the whole Hollywood/movie industry, Beverly Hills, celebrity watching, etc., if that is your thing.

There's a reason why a lot of Americans refer to LA/SoCal as "La La Land".
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Old 05-11-2016, 10:25 AM
 
Location: The Springs
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Monterey, CA is my dream locale. Love the climate, the food, the ocean front, Pebble Beach, the aquarium. Access to SF area.

Issue is that we can't afford $1000/sf for a home there. Maybe if I win the lotto.
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Old 05-11-2016, 01:04 PM
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Location: Miami
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lol what kind of thread is this.
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Old 05-12-2016, 12:43 AM
 
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Orange county is the same expencive as SD?
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Old 05-12-2016, 05:24 AM
 
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All of coastal southern California is outrageously expensive in comparison to most of the country, including Orange County.
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