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Old 05-22-2017, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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I dont mind living in a smaller city. Im actually not a big city girl. I dont like traffic and smog and tons of homeless on all my street corners. But all the parts of CA that I know either are above my price range or are in the ghetto (not willing to compromise on safety!) or there are just zero jobs. But if you believe this place exists with affordable homes, available jobs, and in a safe rural or suburban area... do tell.
Well, there are plenty of options, but it depends on how far you're willing to go. Idaho, Iowa, Utah all fit those criteria so it depends how close to CA you want to be...
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Old 05-22-2017, 03:08 PM
 
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Im also open to CO (denver suburbs) and Asheville NC if the humidty is as low as Ive read
If you don't like "humidity" I'd stay away from the east coast. I lived there most of my life and I'm now on the west coast. Don't think I could go back. But don't go by humidity go by the dewpoint...that is what you should use to determine how comfortable an area is. I will say that if you had trouble with the winters in Washington that Oregon will not be much better unless you are referring to the east side or southern end of the state? I think Colorado is a good suggestion as it's quite sunny but I hear the winters can be somewhat harsh.
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Old 05-24-2017, 02:26 PM
 
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Well I know that most of North Carolina is humid but AsheVille is supposed to be less so ... I track the weather every day but I haven't seen it yet for myself in person. Looks like it gets a lot of stormy weather. Seeing lots of thunderstorms but not necessarily rain.

I'm still open to Colorado because it seems there are jobs and seems safe enough and home prices are more affordable ... even though Apartments seem to be only a few hundred less than here in California. Not as cheap as I would hope. My main concern would be how much snow it actually gets in spring. Charts show 9 to 15 inches. The most snow I've driven in was Washington state which was not a lot. I'm not opposed to being cold because I hate being hot, but I'm not well-versed on functioning in snow... but maybe I can adjust over time. My main concern would be just driving in the snow.

I have looked into the Salt Lake City suburbs like Sandy and Midvale. Not necessarily opposed to Utah. But in addition to 15 inches of snow in the spring, there are those red air days, where the air quality is so poor it's suggested you stay inside. I'm an outdoor person so I don't like that. Also when I did visit Utah it seemed that everyone was either Mormon or a tweaker, and I'm neither. Not sure if I would fit in.
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Old 05-24-2017, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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Well I know that most of North Carolina is humid but AsheVille is supposed to be less so ... I track the weather every day but I haven't seen it yet for myself in person. Looks like it gets a lot of stormy weather. Seeing lots of thunderstorms but not necessarily rain.

I'm still open to Colorado because it seems there are jobs and seems safe enough and home prices are more affordable ... even though Apartments seem to be only a few hundred less than here in California. Not as cheap as I would hope. My main concern would be how much snow it actually gets in spring. Charts show 9 to 15 inches. The most snow I've driven in was Washington state which was not a lot. I'm not opposed to being cold because I hate being hot, but I'm not well-versed on functioning in snow... but maybe I can adjust over time. My main concern would be just driving in the snow.

I have looked into the Salt Lake City suburbs like Sandy and Midvale. Not necessarily opposed to Utah. But in addition to 15 inches of snow in the spring, there are those red air days, where the air quality is so poor it's suggested you stay inside. I'm an outdoor person so I don't like that. Also when I did visit Utah it seemed that everyone was either Mormon or a tweaker, and I'm neither. Not sure if I would fit in.
Salt Lake City might be too hot for you, normal highs in July and August are in the low 90's, and they see several days in the 100's every year
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Old 05-25-2017, 10:01 PM
 
Location: DFW
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If you need a good economy and good churches and don't mind the heat but hate humidity and high costs of living, then maybe try West Texas?
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Old 05-26-2017, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Old 05-26-2017, 09:14 AM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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Albuquerque can be a good fit for you
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Old 06-06-2017, 08:48 AM
 
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Is there any place with san fran sort of weather without the san fran rent prices? Most days are in the 60s which is my perfect weather, but it so overpriced their. Even the states I look into that get cold in winter (like 10 or 15 degrees) or get a lot of snow (10 to 15 inches each month in spring ) seems to have summer days in the 80s and 90s... yuck. I know some people look forward to that weather but not me. Even oregon, with many overcast days most of the year ( which would be perfect minus having so much constant rain ) is having days in the 80s and 90s right now... and its not even summer yet. There must be more than one place out there that has those nice cool summer temps without the san fran price tag. Im not a city girl so I wouldnt be happy in san fran, aside from the perfect weather. Not into traffic and homeless beggars and drug addicts on the street corners. Experienced that in Portland, Seattle, and LA and its not for me. Dallas was surprising decent when I went, but of course its so hot there. Just looking for a mix of rural (nature) and suburbs ( safe, some stores nearby). Does this exist without having to pay 800,000 for a house? I work in Mortgage right now and watch all these people buying homes for like $150K but of course its in these states with horrible humidity or hurricanes or something awful like that.
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Old 06-06-2017, 10:21 AM
 
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If days in the 80s and 90s are too hot for you, then CO is out of the picture, even without considering cold winter weather. I have witnessed "The Other White Flight" in CO--droves of CA transplants who moved out of CO after the first non-drought winter, aka snowy. Literally tiny forests of For Sale signs popped up in the beautiful, coniferous-treed but snowy "mountain" neighborhoods that are considered foothills.

Paying no more than $300k for a house also strikes Denver and burbs from the list, because you stated safety is important.

You can have mild winters, not-hot summers, and lower house prices in parts of WA, but you already nixed the gray winter days. Maybe SW OR (Medford area) would fit, if crime levels are acceptable to you.

Then there is pay scale to consider. Likely you would be looking at lower salaries where housing costs are low.

You can't have it all in any one place. Repeat over and over again.
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Old 06-06-2017, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Cortland, Ohio
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You would probably like the great lakes region of the midwest. It's beautiful, lots of rolling hills, trees and green. Contrary to what a lot of people think, there's actually a lot to do in this region and it's very affordable.
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