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Old 12-20-2016, 08:22 AM
 
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Hi everyone!

Well after reading hundreds of threads I have finally joined in the hope of finding help on where to move! Currently we live in the suburbs of Chicago and have been here all of our lives. I work remotely and support my parents so job economy is not an issue for the new location.

Here's the situation. I am in a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury. My dad has bad emphysema from smoking. My mom loves being outdoors.

We all are hating winter now. The snow is too hard in the wheelchair, my mom is too old to be dealing with it herself and the bitter cold takes my dads breath away so he can't help and is stuck inside all winter.

The other thing is we can't handle very hot or very humid (high dew point makes it very hard for my dad to breathe). Like this past summer it was nasty hot and humid and it kept us inside a lot. Then boom, winter hit and we're stuck inside more!

I have read a lot on North Carolina and how nice the weather is but my fear is year round humidity. Is that the case? Any humidity better than Chicago I'm ok with!

I know there is no area where it's going to be perfect all the time. I am looking for somewhere that we can enjoy the most months out of the year with the understanding that we may have to sacrifice 2 or 3 months whether it's for extreme heat or a couple humid months.

Also we wouldn't mind a short mild winter with minimal snow. Winter seems to last November - March here and that's way too long.

Key things I'm focusing on.

Most months with low humidity and non extreme heat.
Mild short winters.
Nature and lakes
Not the Northeast

Affordability may or may not be a deciding factor so please don't hold back on wealthier areas and also most affordable areas. My goal is to be out of here next January!

Thanks so much in advance!
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Old 12-20-2016, 08:37 AM
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You want a western state such as New Mexico or Arizona where the humidity is low and you can choose your climate by choosing from a lot of different elevations. In Arizona there is extreme heat and plenty of snow, in different parts of the state. Phoenix is a big city with lots of extreme heat. Flagstaff is a high-elevation city with plenty of snow. There are lots of choices in between those extremes.
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Old 12-20-2016, 12:14 PM
 
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Asheville in North Carolina, Johnson City in Tennessee or Albuquerque in New Mexico would fit your criteria. Neither are particularly hot, cold nor humid.
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Old 12-20-2016, 12:39 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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Consider the Pacific Coast, like approximately from Santa Barbara up through Seattle. That area should easily fit your climate and close to nature requirements. And while coastal California is famously expensive for the most part, my guess is that once you get north of the SF Bay area, costs are somewhat more reasonable (until you hit the Seattle region). But other posters will know about that region than I do.
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Old 12-20-2016, 01:01 PM
 
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With one of you suffering with emphysema, high elevation and thinner air with less oxygen is not a good idea. You would be better off in a place lacking higher humidity and higher elevations. I would recommend a place like Henderson NV (outside of Las Vegas) where temps don't go below freezing and where the air is dry. It's also at lower elevation for "out west" at just 1800' which doesn't create the thinner air scenario when it does get cooler.
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Old 12-20-2016, 02:48 PM
 
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No, Phoenix's air quality is not great. Many days you could see the smog above the mountains and lots of heat is hard on lung/heart patients. Many people would get allergies when they moved there, too. I had heard same w/ kids and asthma there, but not exactly sure about that one.

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Old 12-20-2016, 03:26 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. I'm curious how the elevation would effect him. His pulmonologist said he has trouble getting air out but not in. I'll have to make him ask about that.

I've been looking a lot at Northern CA. I'm an avid bass fisherman so being near Clear Lake would be a dream!

Is humidity in the Southeast year round or would we really only have a couple of rough months in somewhere like Raleigh?
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Old 12-29-2016, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Is humidity in the Southeast year round or would we really only have a couple of rough months in somewhere like Raleigh?
The Southeast is MUCH more humid than other parts of the country. Summer is the worst, but you can pull up a climate site and compare the data from one city to the other.

What put Raleigh in your mind since most everyone in this thread is recommending the West Coast?
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Old 01-01-2017, 01:33 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. I'm curious how the elevation would effect him. His pulmonologist said he has trouble getting air out but not in. I'll have to make him ask about that.

I've been looking a lot at Northern CA. I'm an avid bass fisherman so being near Clear Lake would be a dream!

Is humidity in the Southeast year round or would we really only have a couple of rough months in somewhere like Raleigh?
It is real humid in the Southeast pretty much year round.
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