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Old 02-29-2008, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee, WI
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I think only people who are Midwesterners and moved to a different part of the U.S. can answer this question. I've lived in the upper Midwest (Milwaukee) my whole life. I love everything about the Midwest except the horrible winters (which last half the year). Is there a place in the U.S. that feels like you're living in the midwest but it's warm and sunny much of the time? Every time I suggest a city to friends that I think would be a nice place to live (from a weather perspective such as the South or the West coast) they say things like, "you would hate it there because...and then the list goes on depending on the place; it's too fake, expensive, the people are mean, the cost of living is too high, the schools are bad, people would be mean to you because you're a Yankee, too much traffic, too bible-banging, not a place to raise kids, too much Botox and fake boobs (wouldn't be a problem for my husband-LOL), traffic is horrible .... etc, etc...." So I'm suspecting that either my friends don't want me to move or maybe the Midwest is really a nice place to live and it's underestimated. I think I'm a true "Midwestern girl" so to speak. Hard-working, friendly, down to earth, fun, strong family values. I like the city life so it's not like I'm a farm girl or anything but I do enjoy friendly people and a nice place to raise children. Thoughts????
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Old 02-29-2008, 10:10 PM
 
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Good question. I am from the Midwest too and moved South one and came back to the Midwest. The Midwest has a unique culture (as does the South). They're both good; just different. A place like LA really doesn't have a strong culture. There are so many transplants there and strong ties with the movie industry. As a Midwesterner, I think if I moved again, it would be to the Northeast somewhere. So I guess what I'm saying is that we may be relegated to colder climates. NYC, Boston, Philly, Jersey, etc typically have milder winters than we do.
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Old 02-29-2008, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee, WI
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Good question. I am from the Midwest too and moved South one and came back to the Midwest. The Midwest has a unique culture (as does the South). They're both good; just different. A place like LA really doesn't have a strong culture. There are so many transplants there and strong ties with the movie industry. As a Midwesterner, I think if I moved again, it would be to the Northeast somewhere. So I guess what I'm saying is that we may be relegated to colder climates. NYC, Boston, Philly, Jersey, etc typically have milder winters than we do.

So it sounds like from a social/cultural perspective, the Northeast would be
similar to the midwest. I guess I'm destined for some cold in my life! You're right, though, the winters in those states are a little milder than in the upper midwest.
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:00 AM
 
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I too have been thinking about this same question; finding a warmer climate with a midwestern feel.
Currently live in (and was raised in) the suburbs of Milwaukee. I lived outside Houston and it was friendly, with many transplants to find as friends. In my research it seems the farther south I travel (south from Milwaukee) the deeper the southern culture is weaved into the fabric; UNTIL you hit Florida. Also wages seem to take a drastic decline. I am going to take a road trip to Johnson City, TN and then south to Vero Beach, FL to see if I can find a culture I'm comfy in.
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:13 AM
 
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What about those subdivisions in South Carolina? I cannot remember the names of the towns, but they are near Charlston and the deveopers have designed them to appeal to the people originally from small midwest towns. They have sidewalks, stores and schools are within walking distance. Anyone out there know anything about these towns? I first read about them in the Coastal Living magazine some years ago.
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Gulf Coast of Florida south of Tampa is very midwestern.
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Old 01-11-2009, 11:06 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Gulf Coast of Florida south of Tampa is very midwestern.
Absolutely. From Tampa to Naples, the population is by and large Midwestern, just as FL's east coast is largely populated by Northeasterners.
Therefore, the west coast is much friendlier.
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Old 01-11-2009, 11:24 AM
 
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So if you live in the upper midwest but do not want to leave the midwest, why not try the lower portion that borders the South? It won't be tropical but the winters would be much more tolerable...maybe places like St. Louis, Kansas City, Louisville or Cincinnati?

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Old 01-11-2009, 12:00 PM
 
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I would say OKC area if you like city life but not far from a mid-western feel. Friendly people, its 70 right now and has been most winter, sunny and dry on the west side and green/more humid on the east (which I would think a Mid-westerner would be more comfortable/familiar with)
Winter average isnt bad at all, but summers see a lot of 105+ so you might not enjoy that.

just my $.02
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