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Old 07-15-2016, 10:30 AM
 
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I'm looking to move out of Chicago in the spring of 2017. I've been here 3 years and cannot deal with the crowds of people anymore or the long depressing winters. I'm a 32 year old single female with no kids, and I do not want to have kids. Big cities cater to these child free lifestyles, but the masses of people give me anxiety.

So...I'm looking for a warmer, smaller (200,000-500,000 pop) city that is maybe within a 3 hr drive to a larger city for concerts, sports, museums, etc... I know Austin would be a good fit, but it is a bit too big and I don't like the location. You can't really drive to anything except to other places in Texas. I don't want to have to fly every time I want to go on a vacation.

The most important thing for me is outdoor recreation. I love hiking, kayaking, trail running and camping. Chattanooga seems like a great fit for what I am looking for but am a little concerned my non-religious, child free, feminist self may not fit in too well. I could definitely be wrong though.

Any suggestions on some warm, medium sized cities?
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Old 07-15-2016, 10:55 AM
 
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Louisville, Richmond, Pittsburgh

Asheville works if it's big enough for your tastes.
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Old 07-15-2016, 11:16 AM
 
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Corpus Christi is as warm and outdoorsy as you can get. 3 hours from Houston and Austin. 2 hours to San Antonio. Lots of kayaking in the Bay, Laguna, and Nueces River. It's also at the intersection of the major bird migratory paths so there are lots of hiking areas where you can see birds from all over the Hemisphere.
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Old 07-15-2016, 12:16 PM
 
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Knoxville TN could work as well due to its proximity to mountains/outdoor activities and its size.
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Old 07-15-2016, 12:48 PM
 
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Santa Fe, Fayetteville AR, Knoxville, Charlottesville VA.
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Old 07-15-2016, 01:44 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Ventura, CA has what you want: liberal politics, childfree singles, population, climate, access to nature (hiking, biking, beach/ocean, hills, views), 1.5 hours to Los Angeles, yet has its own museums and concerts, as does Santa Barbara (about 30 minutes away).
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Old 07-15-2016, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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greenville SC
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Old 07-15-2016, 01:48 PM
 
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^Except it's the buckle of the Bible Belt.
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Old 07-15-2016, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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there is no requirement to be religious in Greenville. some people are, some people aren't. just like everywhere else. i don't go to church and i have never been asked if i do. people have never talked about religion at work at 4 different companies i worked at. you make it seem like living in Greenville is like going to a religious college.

again, i have lived in Greenville and upstate for 20 years. you haven't.

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Old 07-15-2016, 02:49 PM
 
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So...I'm looking for a warmer, smaller (200,000-500,000 pop) city that is maybe within a 3 hr drive to a larger city for concerts, sports, museums, etc... I know Austin would be a good fit, but it is a bit too big and I don't like the location. You can't really drive to anything except to other places in Texas. I don't want to have to fly every time I want to go on a vacation.

The most important thing for me is outdoor recreation. I love hiking, kayaking, trail running and camping. Chattanooga seems like a great fit for what I am looking for but am a little concerned my non-religious, child free, feminist self may not fit in too well. I could definitely be wrong though.

Any suggestions on some warm, medium sized cities?
I would recommend Durham NC

The city has a population of 250K and is around a flat four hour drive to DC though you don't really need to leave that often as the city has a wealth of cultural and social events to keep you busy. It's surrounded by outdoor recreation with kayaking on the Eno River or Jordan Lake, hiking/trail running in Duke Forest and camping (plus all kinds of other outdoor activities) in the NC mountains which are a fairly easy 2.5 hour drive. The population is largely very progressive (deep Blue voting patterns) with a healthy population of feminists from my experience living there for several years. While not what one might refer to as "warm' climate-wise, it does have a moderate four season climate with very little snow/ice and fairly equal seasons so by the time you're getting tired of one season the next one is upon you.

Things to Do | Durham, NC
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