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Old 04-25-2017, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Some good info to sift through! Thanks! I guess I should clarify on "not outdoorsy"; I mean rather I'm not into camping/hiking/mountain climbing. I do like being outdoors--taking my dog on walks, outdoor festivals and plays, etc.

So "meh" to Portland (or PNW for that matter)?
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Old 04-25-2017, 05:27 PM
 
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Why not Chicago?
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Old 04-25-2017, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Left coast
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Some good info to sift through! Thanks! I guess I should clarify on "not outdoorsy"; I mean rather I'm not into camping/hiking/mountain climbing. I do like being outdoors--taking my dog on walks, outdoor festivals and plays, etc.

So "meh" to Portland (or PNW for that matter)?
that's Portland in a nutshell for you- we are NOT hiking adventure types. more like the local brew pub and taking the dogs to the 100 acre river park and then to the fried chicken and sushi hotspot....
(hate snow/sports actually and theres still so much to do here, lol)....
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Old 04-25-2017, 05:42 PM
 
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Hi everyone!

I have lived in Dallas for far too long and am ready to try somewhere new! I will of course be doing some in-person recon, but I'm trying to narrow my list a bit and hope to get some help!

31, single female, no kids, college educated. Foodie, craft beer lover, live music fan (except country), not outdoorsy unless you count patio drinking, history/science museum nerd, movie buff. Remote worker so commute, dominant industries, etc. are a non-factor.

Ruled out Boston and San Francisco, even though I love them, because of rent costs. Liking the look of Portland, but the reputation for rain/gloom makes me apprehensive. San Diego is on the list because of the perfect weather, beer, and Mexican food. Philadelphia hadn't initially crossed my mind, but I've seen some positive buzz on the forums. Wondering about those winters though.

Appreciate any insights!
Philly would be great for all of the above, but you'll need to adjust to winter. It doesn't snow everyday there in the winter, but it can be subjected to nor'easters from time to time. Meaning you'll have many days with no snow and then a storm drops 6 inches and melts a few days later. Cold, but a little milder than say Chicago or MLSP.

It's location is pretty amazing -- close proximity to NYC, DC, and beaches.
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Old 04-26-2017, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Philly sounds just right for you if you can put up with the winters. Then San Diego if you can afford it. There's always going to be something just a little wrong with a place, it's more a matter of what you want over maybe a few things you don't.

Chicago sounds as if it would meet your needs as well. There is so much to do there both indoor and outdoor all year round.
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Old 04-26-2017, 09:35 AM
 
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Some good info to sift through! Thanks! I guess I should clarify on "not outdoorsy"; I mean rather I'm not into camping/hiking/mountain climbing. I do like being outdoors--taking my dog on walks, outdoor festivals and plays, etc.

So "meh" to Portland (or PNW for that matter)?
A lot of people on this forum have a narrow definition of "outdoor activities." Some places with amazing "outdoor activities" also have undesirable weather to enjoy being outside (e.g. dreary rain)
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Old 04-26-2017, 09:42 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I do like being outdoors--taking my dog on walks, outdoor festivals and plays, etc.
Well, I was in Rittenhouse Square a couple of weeks ago and everybody was walking their dogs. :-)
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Old 04-26-2017, 11:18 AM
 
Location: DC
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Portland or SD. If you are moving NE, I would skip anything that is not DC, Boston, or NYC. Philly is okay, but I have spent enough time there to know it is not great in comparison to these cities. But I would move to Portland or SD in a heartbeat. Love both places. West coast faves.
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Old 04-26-2017, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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I am all about the PT idea. (part time, perpetual traveler, whatever you wanna call it) I'm salivating at the thought...If you do it I'll have to live vicariously through you at the moment, OP.

That way you can get a good taste of Philly, Chicago, Portland, etc without committing to long winters. SD, Austin, etc would all be great during that time. Only issues I see are a slightly inflated COL from the moving/STR and more complex income taxes. To me, totally worth it.
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Old 04-26-2017, 11:46 AM
 
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I am all about the PT idea. (part time, perpetual traveler, whatever you wanna call it) I'm salivating at the thought...If you do it I'll have to live vicariously through you at the moment, OP.

That way you can get a good taste of Philly, Chicago, Portland, etc without committing to long winters. SD, Austin, etc would all be great during that time. Only issues I see are a slightly inflated COL from the moving/STR and more complex income taxes. To me, totally worth it.
The OP wants to leave the greater TX/OK/LA region. Why do you keep mentioning that?
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