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Old 11-17-2016, 07:55 PM
 
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Old 11-17-2016, 08:22 PM
 
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Is detroit pretty? Community feel?
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Old 11-17-2016, 08:26 PM
 
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An affordable tech job center is somewhat of an oxymoron these days. KC has some tech presence and was the pilot city for Google Fiber. It's affordable but scenery isn't that great and the suburbs are mostly conservative though there are family friendly liberal parts of the city like Brookside, Waldo, and the Plaza. We have four seasons and summer is the longest and most uncomfortable. Spring and fall are very pleasant most years and winters are very mild for the Midwest.
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Old 11-18-2016, 05:54 AM
 
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Probably too gloomy for me. And perhaps a bit too hipster versus liberal/progressive, although I may be stereotyping.

I should have added "sunny" to my want list
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Old 11-18-2016, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Probably too gloomy for me. And perhaps a bit too hipster versus liberal/progressive, although I may be stereotyping.

I should have added "sunny" to my want list
That eliminates a large swath of the upper midwest and Great Lakes Region. Places like Buffalo, Columbus, and Detroit have below-average sunshine for a large portion of the year.

Compared to Florida, Denver's not a low COL city, but if you can secure enough income to keep pace with the COL then your QOL will be hard to beat. I did my sentence in the Sun Belt (Dallas-Fort Worth), and have zero desire to go back. There's more to life than a big house and shopping.
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Old 11-18-2016, 08:26 AM
 
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Looking for a fairly progressive/liberal environment, with a decent number of tech jobs, that has affordable housing where a family can live on one income, and is pretty. Preferably 4 real seasons, as we're coming from Florida and would like our kids to get to see seasons

So far, Durham, NC and surrounding are is my best find. Anywhere else I'm missing?
You nailed it with Durham (or neighboring Carrboro especially) in my opinion as it's quite liberal/progressive (like west coast level), has very affordable housing in desirable neighborhoods with excellent schools (Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public Schools), an amazing food/dining scene for it's size, 4 real seasons and lots of tech jobs at RTP in Durham as well at universities like Duke or UNC. I lived in the area for 7 years (also from Florida) and found the quality of life the best I've experienced after living in other areas up/down the east coast.
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Old 11-18-2016, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Looking for a fairly progressive/liberal environment, with a decent number of tech jobs, that has affordable housing where a family can live on one income, and is pretty. Preferably 4 real seasons, as we're coming from Florida and would like our kids to get to see seasons

So far, Durham, NC and surrounding are is my best find. Anywhere else I'm missing?
Unfortunately when you find a progressive environment, decent tech jobs, attractive area with mild weather a four seasons, it tends to rapidly attract throngs of people that tends to really drive up cost of living.

Case in point, California used to be an inexpensive place to live.
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Old 11-18-2016, 08:46 AM
 
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You nailed it with Durham (or neighboring Carrboro especially) in my opinion as it's quite liberal/progressive (like west coast level), has very affordable housing in desirable neighborhoods with excellent schools (Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public Schools), an amazing food/dining scene for it's size, 4 real seasons and lots of tech jobs at RTP in Durham as well at universities like Duke or UNC. I lived in the area for 7 years (also from Florida) and found the quality of life the best I've experienced after living in other areas up/down the east coast.
I know that this is relative, but isn't housing pricy in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area? To be fair, I believe that pay is relatively good in that part of the Triangle though.

OP, this may help give a general idea in terms of housing costs: Metropolitan Median Area Prices and Affordability | realtor.org
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Old 11-18-2016, 08:51 AM
 
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Unfortunately when you find a progressive environment, decent tech jobs, attractive area with mild weather a four seasons, it tends to rapidly attract throngs of people that tends to really drive up cost of living.

Case in point, California used to be an inexpensive place to live.
I agree, however the Durham area while having gone up has maintained affordability via well paying jobs in general, with an average entry level IT income of around 70K (experienced/mgmt much higher) and average home prices around 200K.
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Old 11-18-2016, 08:58 AM
 
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I know that this is relative, but isn't housing pricey in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area? To be fair, I believe that pay is relatively good in that part of the Triangle though.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro average home prices tick up quite a bit to around 340K on average which is due to the excellence of the schools, though shouldn't be an issue with a well-paying tech job.
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