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Old 03-05-2008, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Minnesota always ranks well in polls and studies....I think its a nice place if you are married, but if you are alone and over say, 21 and you are single...its like a barren wasteland! On top of that is cold!! Single + really cold + few opportunities to meet other single people can equal extremley depressing! Its really bad if you are not into winter. I think people who are FROM Minnesota do very well there, because communities are strong. But if you are NEW to Minnesota, I think you are better off married, or just giong there for college as a young single. It kinda was not so fun for me as a graduate student, age 29. I was not in a big city but I think even Minneapolis is a lot more "married" than say, Chicago or Madison, or Milwakee even (maybe not milwaukee...)
My sister and her husband moved to Minneapolis and lived there for seven years. They loved the city and still do, but they finally left. Being from the East Coast, it felt a bit different for them culturally. They always said the "Minnesota Friendliness" was kind of a myth. They made some friends there, but they said it was hard to form any kind of network of friends. Most people grow up there, stay and hang out with their family and high school friends. They felt it was hard for an "outsider" to break in. They also said they met many other transplants that felt the same way and wanted to leave. In fact, some of these transplants were amazed that my sister and her husband lasted that long in MN. I agree that Minneapolis is probably better for families than singles, and it's a great place to live if you grow up there and/or have family and friends there.
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Old 03-05-2008, 08:34 AM
 
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I live in a city of 50,000. I was NOT talking about Nashville. Everyone is entitled to their preferences.
That's my point. You live in a city of 50,000, which doesn't include the other 98% of Tennessee that you're disparaging in your generalizations about the entire state.
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Old 03-05-2008, 12:49 PM
 
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Florida. Living there is nothing at all like vacationing there. Upon moving there, even the "weather trumps all" crowd finds something less than the paradise the state has long touted itself as.
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Old 03-05-2008, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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My sister and her husband moved to Minneapolis and lived there for seven years. They loved the city and still do, but they finally left. Being from the East Coast, it felt a bit different for them culturally. They always said the "Minnesota Friendliness" was kind of a myth. They made some friends there, but they said it was hard to form any kind of network of friends. Most people grow up there, stay and hang out with their family and high school friends. They felt it was hard for an "outsider" to break in. They also said they met many other transplants that felt the same way and wanted to leave. In fact, some of these transplants were amazed that my sister and her husband lasted that long in MN. I agree that Minneapolis is probably better for families than singles, and it's a great place to live if you grow up there and/or have family and friends there.
In many ways this is true. I am born and raised California, and after ten years of Minneapolis I too left for reasons of cultural difference. Minneapolis is a great place, don't get me wrong, but it is hard to break into some circles of born and raised Minnesotans. Easily 90% of my friends and acquaintances came from other states.
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Old 03-05-2008, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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That's my point. You live in a city of 50,000, which doesn't include the other 98% of Tennessee that you're disparaging in your generalizations about the entire state.
Move here for a few years and learn something. That is unless you have lived in the same area for 40 years.
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Old 03-05-2008, 07:39 PM
 
Location: USA
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Move here for a few years and learn something. That is unless you have lived in the same area for 40 years.

I grew up not far from where your talking about in Bowling Green. About the same size as Clarksville. I left as soon as I could. It was a nice place to grow up, but not as a single 22 y/o.

I took a job in Chicago and never looked back. I guess if I'd stayed there my whole life I wouldn't have known any other lifestyle. But after moving and looking back I could NEVER move back, or to an environment like that.
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Old 03-05-2008, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Utah. Big cold state filled with religious fanatics who think Salt Lake is "THE PLACE". Utah is non diverse, boring, and very stuck on itself. People do not go out of their way to be friendly and many of the Mormons are afraid of anyone who is from out of state. Getting a job or finding friends is difficult and the pollution is terrible.
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Old 03-05-2008, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
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Kansas City is another place that is worse than death if you're a single 20 something. There is very little recreation or activity. It seems like everyone is married with children. Going to the bar and getting wasted every weekend seems to be the activity of choice around here. Ugh. I can't wait to go somewhere that people actually do things outdoors besides dress up in camo and try to shoot a deer from up in a tree.
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Old 03-05-2008, 11:46 PM
 
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Utah. Big cold state filled with religious fanatics who think Salt Lake is "THE PLACE". Utah is non diverse, boring, and very stuck on itself. People do not go out of their way to be friendly and many of the Mormons are afraid of anyone who is from out of state. Getting a job or finding friends is difficult and the pollution is terrible.
If it's any consolation, it seems that most of us Mormons who aren't from Utah have a similar impression of Utah Mormons.
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Old 03-06-2008, 12:12 AM
 
Location: yeah
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an exercise in maturity
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