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Old 03-01-2008, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Ameren Lockdown
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Phooey on Forbes and all those "Best To Live" lists! How about a City Data's Best Places To Survive" list? With the mortage/housing issue, drought problems, pollution, increasing crime, unemployment, swarms of people flooding into one city or another and increasing these problems...where are the best places to survive well and live simply (and simply live)?
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Old 03-01-2008, 11:02 AM
 
Location: West Hollywood
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I know this will upset many people, but the Midwest is in a very safe spot. We have the great lakes, which supply a lot of the fresh water all over the Midwest (which hopefully other parts of country won't get, because, sorry, it's ours), and during a drought, we are safe with all of the water in there.

We also aren't in danger of coastal flooding like NYC, LA, and SF and Miami. I predict you will see a major shift in population for cities in the west and south in the next 70 years or so.
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Old 03-01-2008, 11:08 AM
 
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Live Simply? I think of the Great Plains region of the midwest.

Cities such as Omaha and Kansas City will offer ample job opportunities without all the crime and poverty of rust belt cities, and without all the expenses of "major" cities.
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Old 03-01-2008, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Cleveland Suburbs
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Columbus and Indianapolis. Two very progressive cities, fairly safe, great job oppurtunities, low unemployment, and lots to do.
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Old 03-01-2008, 11:14 AM
 
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And actually, if you don't mind large towns, rather than cities, you might like Wyoming.
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Old 03-01-2008, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Ameren Lockdown
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Unhappy I agree

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I know this will upset many people, but the Midwest is in a very safe spot. We have the great lakes, which supply a lot of the fresh water all over the Midwest (which hopefully other parts of country won't get, because, sorry, it's ours), and during a drought, we are safe with all of the water in there.

We also aren't in danger of coastal flooding like NYC, LA, and SF and Miami. I predict you will see a major shift in population for cities in the west and south in the next 70 years or so.

Yes, I pretty much agree...Actually confess I live in IL now. Near Champaign/ Urbana...cost of living is going crazy and I don't want to work just to support the U of I and all the hospitals here. I don't get much from this area, but it's great for many and the health industry is recession-proof. But that's not for me. Illinois itself is heavily taxed and those of us downstate don't exactly enjoy seeing all the money spent in the Chicago area. But that's the way it is and always has been. Still...
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Old 03-01-2008, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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I know this will upset many people, but the Midwest is in a very safe spot. We have the great lakes, which supply a lot of the fresh water all over the Midwest (which hopefully other parts of country won't get, because, sorry, it's ours), and during a drought, we are safe with all of the water in there.

We also aren't in danger of coastal flooding like NYC, LA, and SF and Miami. I predict you will see a major shift in population for cities in the west and south in the next 70 years or so.
Rising sea levels will effect every location that is currently at sea level regardless if they are on a coast or located further inland. Many places along the Great Lakes Shores would be affected by this.
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Old 03-01-2008, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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The Great Lakes aren't at sea level.
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Old 03-01-2008, 03:04 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Any small town in the Great Lakes region would be my bet.
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Old 03-01-2008, 03:06 PM
 
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The Chicago area probably wouldn't be a good fit for the OP. It's pretty expensive, with it's fair share of crime and pollution.

I still think the Great Plains region would be a better fit than the Great Lakes region, but of the GL cities, I'll second Columbus.
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