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Old 11-02-2016, 08:55 PM
 
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Hello all.

I am in a position in which I will need to apply for academic positions in the near future and am looking for feedback on potential places where I can move.

In terms of location, I am interested in becoming a professor so I will need to be in reasonable distance of a university. I prefer living in a small but not tiny town (~50,000). I really like the small town vibe of going to a coffee shop and knowing the people there, hanging out on "main" street and seeing familiar faces... etc. I am currently in the Midwest and really love how friendly people are. I would like to be living in a community-oriented area. But I also want to be close, like 30 mins-1hr (if it is not within the town itself) to some of the more fun that doesn't always come with a small town, and I am more than okay traveling for it. I really enjoy live music so it is important for me to be at least close to a place with lots of venues.

In terms of weather, I do not mind the cold at all but really, really can't stand the heat. I would like to avoid any place that gets too warm or humid- I would prefer to avoid humidity than the heat if I had to trade.

Does anyone have any early suggestions for locations like this? I have read about Washington and Denver, but was wondering if those are the only options I have.

Thanks!

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Old 11-02-2016, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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Its unfortunate that a lot of people dont like the heat because otherwise Lafayette, Louisiana is a perfect fit. It just doesnt make many lists due to climate.
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Old 11-03-2016, 06:58 AM
 
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Hello all.

I am in a position in which I will need to apply for academic positions in the near future and am looking for feedback on potential places where I can move.

In terms of location, I am interested in becoming a professor so I will need to be in reasonable distance of a university. I prefer living in a small but not tiny town (~50,000). I really like the small town vibe of going to a coffee shop and knowing the people there, hanging out on "main" street and seeing familiar faces... etc. I am currently in the Midwest and really love how friendly people are. I would like to be living in a community-oriented area. But I also want to be close, like 30 mins-1hr (if it is not within the town itself) to some of the more fun that doesn't always come with a small town, and I am more than okay traveling for it. I really enjoy live music so it is important for me to be at least close to a place with lots of venues.

In terms of weather, I do not mind the cold at all but really, really can't stand the heat. I would like to avoid any place that gets too warm or humid- I would prefer to avoid humidity than the heat if I had to trade.

Does anyone have any early suggestions for locations like this? I have read about Washington and Denver, but was wondering if those are the only options I have.

Thanks!
No....Ithaca NY comes to mind right away. As does Burlington VT. Amherst MA is another one.
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Old 11-03-2016, 07:49 AM
 
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Boone, NC (pop. about 18,000 - Appalachian St.), Asheville, NC (pop. 88,000 UNC-Asheville), Charlottesville, VA (About 45,000 UVa)
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Old 11-03-2016, 08:31 AM
 
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If it wasn't for your dislike of heat, I would say check out Chapel Hill, NC, and if you didn't want to be too close to students you could stay in Carrboro which is connected right to Chapel Hill, and bus service is free, you could easily walk, bike, or bus to work and back.
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Old 11-03-2016, 02:38 PM
 
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If it wasn't for your dislike of heat, I would say check out Chapel Hill, NC, and if you didn't want to be too close to students you could stay in Carrboro which is connected right to Chapel Hill, and bus service is free, you could easily walk, bike, or bus to work and back.
It's really not that bad if one has any kind of fortitude since it lasts with any kind of consistency for around 2 months and it certainly isn't extreme like places further south (FL, TX for example). If still too much of a delicate flower so to speak I would say places like Corvallis OR or Davis CA could be good fits.
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Old 11-03-2016, 03:03 PM
 
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I would look at Lawrence Kansas. Population of about 87k, excellent music scene, one of the best main streets in the country, large university, and a reasonable drive to more options in Kansas City.
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Old 11-03-2016, 03:13 PM
 
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I would look at Lawrence Kansas. Population of about 87k, excellent music scene, one of the best main streets in the country, large university, and a reasonable drive to more options in Kansas City.
Probably not with summer temperatures well into the 90s and humidity averaging around 70%.
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Old 11-03-2016, 03:16 PM
 
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Probably not with summer temperatures well into the 90s and humidity averaging around 70%.

Yeah I guess I don't understand what the threshold is for heat. It gets hot in Kansas but not as hot as Southwestern/Southern states.
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Old 11-04-2016, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Look at Corvallis, OR (Oregon State U) and Pullman, WA (Washington State U).
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