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Old 08-29-2016, 03:09 PM
 
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Is it cost-of-living question? Distance from family? Job market? Haven't built up the courage? Where, and why not?

For me, it's Chicago. We've lived there before, and we love it. My wife has A career and a level of attainment in that career that's only available in select cities (for sake of discussion, let's say she's an NFL offensive coordinator), and there are no more than one or two positions in any given city. Someone in Chicago would have to retire, die, or get fired
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Old 08-29-2016, 03:12 PM
 
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San Francisco. We have kids, business, job in the Twin Cities. It's a phenomenal place to live and raise kids. I hope that all 3 of my daughters graduate high school from here.

The day the last one is self-sufficient...wife and I are moving to San Fran. Even a tiny studio.
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Old 08-29-2016, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Texas
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A slow seaside village on a south sea island.

I don't live there bc I have elderly parents to watch and small children to educate.
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Old 08-29-2016, 03:30 PM
 
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The small, liberal, safe one next to the lake, with the vibrant main street, the mature tree-lined streets, and the assortment of affordable housing options showcasing mostly pristine Craftsmans and upscale, restored Federalist row houses. It has that world class library, that one really friendly cafe, a nice grocery store a walkable distance away, and a handful of pubs you can settle into and call home. It's got a couple lush parks and green spaces, oh, and a great 24 hour diner together with a handful of hidden gem restaurants of varying cuisines, styles, and price points.

The only reason I don't live there is that it doesn't, as far as I know, exist.
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Old 08-29-2016, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The small, liberal, safe one next to the lake, with the vibrant main street, the mature tree-lined streets, and the assortment of affordable housing options showcasing mostly pristine Craftsmans and upscale, restored Federalist row houses. It has that world class library, that one really friendly cafe, a nice grocery store a walkable distance away, and a handful of pubs you can settle into and call home. It's got a couple lush parks and green spaces, oh, and a great 24 hour diner together with a handful of hidden gem restaurants of varying cuisines, styles, and price points.

The only reason I don't live there is that it doesn't, as far as I know, exist.
I think you can find all this...minus the affordable house options.
Otherwise, I guess you can just watch Gilmore Girls or something...lol...
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Old 08-29-2016, 04:15 PM
 
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I think you can find all this...minus the affordable house options.
Even costing a fortune, I'd take a link.
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Old 08-29-2016, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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St. Paul, Minnesota.

To me it's Pittsburgh---just more socially liberal, more diverse, and more cosmopolitan.

I'm not there because I wouldn't be able to handle the brutal winters; my family in Eastern PA would be too far away; and the cost of housing is quite expensive.
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Old 08-29-2016, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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Eastport Maine - bad job market but will retire there.
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Old 08-29-2016, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Even costing a fortune, I'd take a link.
Look up the lake communities in the U.S. with a nearby university (for your library).
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Old 08-29-2016, 04:33 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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San Diego. Our careers, better job market/pay, family, friends, etc..is what keeps us here. We're both natives to the Bay Area so all of our family and nearly all of our close friends are in the region. We would like our kids to grow up around family too so basically it's family and friends that keeps us here.
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