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Old 07-24-2016, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Rochester NY
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As the title says, what do you think are some of the best bang for your buck midsize, family oriented cities?

Eventually many couples decide to start having kids and need that 3rd or 4th bedroom in a good school district. They are then forced to ditch the out all night, out to eat five days a week, public transportation everywhere life lifestyle. Problem is, many young families have been priced out of areas like, NYC, DC, SF for years. And now mid sized cities like Portland, Austin, Denver, and Raleigh are becoming more and more expensive. So what family friendly cities do you see getting the most bang for your buck out of that offers affordable housing options,cheap family entertainment like museums, minor league sports, amusement parks, abundant outdoor activities like camping, water sports, and hiking, good schools, and low crime.

Some that come to mind are Columbus OH, Rochester NY, Grand Rapids MI. What cities do you guys think? Use your best judgement on 'mid-sized' cities.
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Old 07-24-2016, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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are you able to move to any city that is suggested?

I think Greenville SC has all of what you listed except amusement parks but those are 2 hours away in Charlotte and Atlanta.

many of the cities you listed I would describe as big cities, not medium sized, like Denver and Austin.
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Old 07-24-2016, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Rochester NY
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are you able to move to any city that is suggested?

I think Greenville SC has all of what you listed except amusement parks but those are 2 hours away in Charlotte and Atlanta.

many of the cities you listed I would describe as big cities, not medium sized, like Denver and Austin.
For argument sake we'll just say metros with population between roughly 2 mil and 500k. So yes you are correct, Denver would be more of a large city. Austin I think I'd still consider a mid sized city though.
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Old 07-24-2016, 02:04 PM
 
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In Midwest, Madison and Des Moines have great economies, low COL, plenty of newer housing stock.
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Old 07-24-2016, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Ne
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In the Midwest, Omaha for sure. A growing, diversified economy. A growing tech community and home to 4 Fortune 500 companies. Low COL plus excellent diversity..and excellent public/private school systems.. All in a nice mid-major metro of 1 million..

Peace...
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Old 07-24-2016, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Lubec, ME
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Nashville, Louisville, most cities in the midwest that are diversified like those.
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Old 07-24-2016, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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Austin is the 11th largest city in the country per a website i looked at. i think it is in the top 5 for growth and its traffic issues are legendary.
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Old 07-24-2016, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Rochester NY
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Austin is the 11th largest city in the country per a website i looked at. i think it is in the top 5 for growth and its traffic issues are legendary.
Not sure where you are getting your info. Austin metro area has about 2 million people which ranks it at 33rd in the nation between Columbus OH and Indianapolis IN
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Old 07-24-2016, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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i said city , not metro.

the info is from the Census, according to the website I saw it on. 11th largest city.
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Old 07-24-2016, 05:41 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Do you care about weather (floods, tornados, droughts, blizzards)?
Politics (care if the kids in their "good" schools learn evolution isn't real)?
Diversity (your race mostly)?
Job opportunities (level of unemployment, tech presence)?
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