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Old 02-26-2017, 05:43 PM
 
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42 years old, 2 UK postgraduate degrees under my belt.

Needless to say, I don't want to leave the UK but immigration is as much of an issue if not more so here as it is back in America.

Having said that I love the UK. The walkability, the friendly people, the weather and the history.

Wondering what my best options are in the US to try to find an area that is somewhat close to that. I am befuddled because
1. South: friendly, not walkable, intolerably hot (I am a native Southerner btw)
2. PNW: has the weather, some walkable, some not but prone to possible earthquakes
3. New England: has the history, the weather can wildly swing from hot to freezing but I find the people less than friendly especially as they learn from hearing my accent that I am a southerner

Any suggestions?
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Old 02-26-2017, 05:53 PM
 
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We don't worry much about earthquakes in the Northwest. Knock on wood...once every 300 years we're supposed to get a big one. But the damage will mostly be on the coast away from population centers (tsunami), on/below unstable land (landfills can be like jelly; hillsides with loose soil can slide), and on bridges etc. that aren't to current standards (we're getting rid of the worst ones). The weather isn't very different than much of the UK (referring to the Puget Sound and Willamette lowlands), and urban areas are generally walkable.
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Old 02-26-2017, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Why not parts of the Midwest or Mid-Atlantic? There are several walkable, somewhat friendly cities located in both regions that are historic by U.S. standards. The weather of the U.K. Is going to be somewhat hard to recapitulate, though.
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Old 02-27-2017, 08:21 AM
 
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42 years old, 2 UK postgraduate degrees under my belt.

Needless to say, I don't want to leave the UK but immigration is as much of an issue if not more so here as it is back in America.

Having said that I love the UK. The walkability, the friendly people, the weather and the history.

Wondering what my best options are in the US to try to find an area that is somewhat close to that. I am befuddled because
1. South: friendly, not walkable, intolerably hot (I am a native Southerner btw)
2. PNW: has the weather, some walkable, some not but prone to possible earthquakes
3. New England: has the history, the weather can wildly swing from hot to freezing but I find the people less than friendly especially as they learn from hearing my accent that I am a southerner

Any suggestions?
Given your definitive perspectives of entire regions and the people living there, you might find it difficult to fit in anywhere here in the US. Perhaps you should give staying in the UK a closer look.
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Old 02-27-2017, 09:22 AM
 
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NYC is walkable with an extensive public transportation network and is welcoming to everyone no matter what their accent is.
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Old 02-27-2017, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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That screams Philly area to me.
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Old 02-27-2017, 10:59 AM
 
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Given your academic background and experience, etc. what area of the US are you most likely to find employment in? Surely you need to look at that issue before you think about climate - unless your background is something that is needed/in high demand everywhere or you don't want/need to work but then why mention your UK degrees?
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