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View Poll Results: Which of these amenities are most important to you in deciding where to live?
Proximity of Family/Loved Ones 40 37.74%
Comfortable weather (55-80 year round, or whatever you deem comfortable) 31 29.25%
Interesting Nature/Hiking Opportunities (Mountains/Canyons/Forests) 44 41.51%
Water access (ocean/lakes) 26 24.53%
Historical Charm/Excellent Cultural Institutions 33 31.13%
General Urbanity (population density/sports/nightlife/airport/etc.) 52 49.06%
Other (none of the above) 5 4.72%
A good COL/wages ratio 34 32.08%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 106. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-24-2019, 01:58 AM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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From most to least important. Added my own things in bold.

- General urbanity
- Proximity of family (but I want to live far from them, not close)
- Medium to large metro (>2 mil)
- Proximity to other cities (good: Northeast Corridor, Great Lakes, SoCal - bad: Boise, SLC, Albuquerque)
- Educated population
- Fairly flat (so biking is easier)
- Historical charm/cultural institutions
- Good COL/wages ratio (I like having spending money, but I'm okay with living in a shoebox if it means I have access to a great city)
- Comfortable weather (I can tolerate most of it, although I'd like to avoid muggy Deep South summers)
- Not growing rapidly in population (I prefer a place with traditions and local identity, all else being equal)
- Interesting hiking/nature
- Water access (I've only been to Lake Tahoe like three times, I don't care that much)
- Gender ratio (a lot of people care about this, understandably, but I'm gay so IDC about the proportional number of women, and I don't date much anyway)
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Old 05-24-2019, 08:01 AM
 
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General urbanity for sure here, somewhere dense and very walkable, don't need a car for most things, even with kids.

Second would be weather, I'm fine with anything as long as it's not hot and dry. Somewhere that rarely gets into the 90's during the summer, i'm ok with 70's and 80's. I like winter and snow, I need lots of storms and rain.

One I probably dont' care about at all is the water/nature one.
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Old 05-24-2019, 08:14 AM
 
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General urbanity, followed closely by cost of living.
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Old 05-24-2019, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Everything but "general urbanity". Heck this thread is making me feel crowded.
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Old 05-25-2019, 04:20 AM
 
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Comfortable weather (55-80 year round, or whatever you deem comfortable) [30-60 3 months a year. Then 60 to 100 the other month's]

Interesting Nature/Hiking Opportunities (Mountains/Canyons/Forests) [Hiking & biking trails within the Town or City living in. Outdoor camping and hiking locations at least an hour away.]

Water access (ocean/lakes) [Few rivers, ponds, and lakes in close proximity. Waterfalls be a bonus. 3 hours or less from the Ocean]

Excellent General Cultural Institutions [Historical downtown's & battlefields be interesting. At least an art museum, maybe a history museum, and a children's museum be great. 5 or more colleges within a 30 minute drive.]

Urbanity (population density/sports/nightlife/airport/etc.) [Would like to live in the suburbs of a larger Town or City with all these amenities. However, would prefer a walkable downtown main street area with local shops and restaurants.]

A Good COL/wages ratio

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Old 05-25-2019, 05:13 AM
 
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Population density winning out over family. Peak city-data?
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Old 05-25-2019, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Miami, The Magic City
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Comfortable/warm weather city with culture on the water for me.
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Old 05-25-2019, 08:36 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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I'm pretty easy. I just want to live somewhere that I have a garbage disposal in the kitchen sink.
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