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Old 05-11-2017, 05:44 AM
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Left DC for Tampa. Other than cost of living and traffic, everything else was better up north. Leaving as soon as I can.
The humidity is horrendous as I'm sure you've learned.
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Old 05-11-2017, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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The humidity is horrendous as I'm sure you've learned.
Yes, the June-October time frame is atrocious. I knew that going in, though. I also know now that there are a lot of locals with hidden agendas who promote Tampa summers as the greatest thing since sliced bread. These people have spent too much time out in the heat. They're also the same folks who say "but DC gets just as hot!!" Not even close, champ. And even if there is the occasional summer day in DC that's oppressive, it's just that - occasional. In Tampa, it's 24/7 around the clock oppressive and brutally humid for 4-4.5 months straight with no break whatsoever. Honestly, that isn't even my biggest gripe w/ Tampa. It's the people, the local politics, the unchecked sprawl, the lack of public transit, the endlessly flat terrain (which I didn't think would bother me but after 6 years does), etc.
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Old 05-11-2017, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Yes, the June-October time frame is atrocious. I knew that going in, though. I also know now that there are a lot of locals with hidden agendas who promote Tampa summers as the greatest thing since sliced bread. These people have spent too much time out in the heat. They're also the same folks who say "but DC gets just as hot!!" Not even close, champ. And even if there is the occasional summer day in DC that's oppressive, it's just that - occasional. In Tampa, it's 24/7 around the clock oppressive and brutally humid for 4-4.5 months straight with no break whatsoever. Honestly, that isn't even my biggest gripe w/ Tampa. It's the people, the local politics, the unchecked sprawl, the lack of public transit, the endlessly flat terrain (which I didn't think would bother me but after 6 years does), etc.
I think we've spoken of this before. DC guy saying "man it is so hot" has no idea. Same with the Texan (also with the hidden agenda) who says "everywhere gets hot, my hottest summer was in Madison, Wisconsin."

Texas is very hot, for a very long time. By long I mean June to October (like you), but also heat indexes well into the 90s at 11 pm.

DC cools down by September and most nights are very pleasant. Hell, it's been 44 degrees these last few mornings.

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Old 05-11-2017, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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I think we've spoken of this before. DC guy saying "man it is so hot" has no idea. Same with the Texan (also with the hidden agenda) who says "everywhere gets hot, my hottest summer was in Madison, Wisconsin."

Texas is very hot, for a very long time. By long I mean June to October (like you), but also heat indexes well into the 90s at 11 pm.

DC cools down by September and most nights are very pleasant. Hell, it's been 44 degrees these last few mornings.
Yes, exactly.

When someone up north complains about the "awful" summers, or conversely Florida's "wonderful" summers, the automatic assumption is they're too stupid to tie their own shoes (or they're in real estate).
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Old 05-11-2017, 11:56 AM
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Yes, the June-October time frame is atrocious. I knew that going in, though. I also know now that there are a lot of locals with hidden agendas who promote Tampa summers as the greatest thing since sliced bread. These people have spent too much time out in the heat. They're also the same folks who say "but DC gets just as hot!!" Not even close, champ. And even if there is the occasional summer day in DC that's oppressive, it's just that - occasional. In Tampa, it's 24/7 around the clock oppressive and brutally humid for 4-4.5 months straight with no break whatsoever. Honestly, that isn't even my biggest gripe w/ Tampa. It's the people, the local politics, the unchecked sprawl, the lack of public transit, the endlessly flat terrain (which I didn't think would bother me but after 6 years does), etc.
Wow you've made it 6 years. I agree with everything you said. Are you going back to DC?
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Old 05-11-2017, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Cbus
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Moved from a far-flung exurb of New York to Columbus, Ohio.

For me Columbus is a great balance of urban amenities and robust economy with a laidback Midwestern vibe.

The nice parts of urban New Jersey are very expensive and extremely crowded (waterfront Jersey City, Hoboken). The suburban areas of the state are great for raising a family (if you can afford the taxes) but pretty much ground zero for young professionals.
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Old 05-11-2017, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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Wow you've made it 6 years. I agree with everything you said. Are you going back to DC?
Nah, but somewhere in the Blue Ridge area of Virginia. More than likely Charlottesville.
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Old 05-11-2017, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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I left Upstate New York for Phoenix, AZ right after I got out of high school, for 3 reasons. First was the fact that our area was shrinking rather than maintaining or growing. Second, we were hemorraging jobs, and finally, the weather. Upstate NY has some of the worst winters in the country, which seem to start between Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, and don't end until after Easter most years. And late Fall and early Spring are nothing to write home about. In November and December, Rochester only averages 25% possible sunshine, which means you might see the sun 1 or 2 days a week on average. And some of the snowiest winters in the country outside the mountain West coast.
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Old 05-11-2017, 01:20 PM
 
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I left Upstate New York for Phoenix, AZ right after I got out of high school, for 3 reasons. First was the fact that our area was shrinking rather than maintaining or growing. Second, we were hemorraging jobs, and finally, the weather. Upstate NY has some of the worst winters in the country, which seem to start between Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, and don't end until after Easter most years. And late Fall and early Spring are nothing to write home about. In November and December, Rochester only averages 25% possible sunshine, which means you might see the sun 1 or 2 days a week on average. And some of the snowiest winters in the country outside the mountain West coast.
I asked my brother in law why he left Albany for Tucson as soon as he could. Aside from the population shrinking, he said he was tired of his eyes freezing open while walking from his car to the office. Can't blame him..
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Old 05-12-2017, 09:38 AM
 
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Yes. We moved from the NYC suburbs to Eugene, Oregon. Life is much more relaxed here, and the city is small enough that we can live close to everything. I was really tired of the suburbs.

I was careful to still pick a place with a lot to do. Eugene is small, but we are never bored here. College towns are often good that way. Of course there are still drawbacks. We do have to travel to Portland for certain things (a 2 hour drive, not much longer than it used to take me to get into NYC with traffic.) It also took me a while to find a job. My partner works remotely, though, so that wasn't an emergency.
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