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Old 07-26-2016, 12:01 PM
 
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Hello all, I could use your input! I have had enough of windy and cold Michigan winters and the steamy summers, so I am looking for the most ideal city for me to relocate to.

I'm 43, single, no kids, conservative, and appreciate the arts and live music. Since I'm a single income household, affordable housing is a must.

Desires: Within an hour of an airport that has non-stop Delta flights to Detroit, has at least 2 universities (I work in higher ed), low humidity, no/hardly any mosquitoes, better roads than Detroit (that shouldn't be hard), and no snowfall-melt-refreeze-icy sidewalk hazards. I would also like to be within an hour of a city that major concert tours stop in.

I've lived in Nashville and loved it, but the pollen was too much for my allergies and the summers too hot. The winters were lovely. I've spend a good amount of time in Florida and it's too sunny and humid for me. I need a location that is friendly to fair skin. Arizona is too brown. I missed grass and trees.

What research I've done suggests that I should consider Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Washington state.

Can you recommend any cities that fit the bill? Thanks in advance! :-)

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Old 07-26-2016, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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Probably the Salt Lake/Provo/Ogden metro in Utah
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Old 07-26-2016, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Cleveland or NE Ohio
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Old 07-26-2016, 12:30 PM
 
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Cleveland or NE Ohio
He wants to get away from the Great Lakes winters
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Old 07-26-2016, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Rochester NY
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Colorado Springs, CO
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Old 07-26-2016, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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no snowfall-melt-refreeze-icy sidewalk hazards.

I've lived in Nashville and loved it, but the pollen was too much for my allergies and the summers too hot. I need a location that is friendly to fair skin. Arizona is too brown. I missed grass and trees.

What research I've done suggests that I should consider Colorado, Utah and Washington state.
Surprised you have Colorado and Utah on the short list given the items extracted from your quote above. Both have snow-melt-refreeze in the winter. Both are very dry over all yet have wet times that can produce unusually high pollen counts. The dry, high altitude means things do have a brownish/tan tint to them, except for high in the mountains where it is cooler and it is still a darker, somewhat muted green compared to a place like Washington. High overall altitude means sunscreen, hat, and glasses are a must for fair skinned people year round.
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Old 07-26-2016, 01:14 PM
 
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Thank you for the insight. I read that Denver's snow does not stay on the ground long. It said the sun comes out and it melts off rather quickly compared to being on the ground for days or weeks at a time like in Michigan. Is that not the case?
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Old 07-26-2016, 02:41 PM
 
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Probably the Salt Lake/Provo/Ogden metro in Utah
Naw, that area has mosquitoes, snow and icy sidewalks, and is "brownish" because that area is a desert.
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Old 07-26-2016, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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Naw, that area has mosquitoes, snow and icy sidewalks, and is "brownish" because that area is a desert.
Have you ever been to Salt Lake? If you had, you would know that it is actually pretty green. Thanks to orographic lift from the Wasatch Mountains, they get over 20" of precip/year, so they are technically semi-arid, but still green, like Sacramento, the Desert doesn't start in northern UT unril about 40-50 miles west of Downtown SLC.

And to your other point, everywhere has mosquitos
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Old 07-26-2016, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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He wants to get away from the Great Lakes winters
Well, he won't find conservatives or the sun in WA.
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