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Old 06-16-2017, 11:31 PM
 
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I'm thinking about moving, out west. I want to visit some places next spring, then decide where to live. Can anyone suggest places that are diverse and safe (both highly important), with indie bookstores and museums? My budget would be $2,000-$2,500 a month. Self-employed, so commuting isn't an issue. Thanks in advance, for your answers.
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Old 06-17-2017, 12:02 AM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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Expand upon your criteria more, so that we can analyze it and even ask for extrapolation of it if needed.

To begin, given what you've stated, I can suggest Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Oakland, Long Beach, San Luis Obispo, Phoenix, Tucson, Seattle, Tacoma, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Portland, and Eugene. Of these, L.A., Santa Barbara, and Oakland would obviously be the most expensive, followed by, in my educated guess of an order, Long Beach, Seattle, Portland, San Luis Obispo, Santa Fe, and Phoenix. Albuquerque is probably the lowest cost city out of any of these, and still a gem if you do some research and spend some time there.

San Francisco is fun and all, but probably out of your price range. That's why I listed Oakland instead. Within the Bay Area, if the crime and grit in some parts of Oakland are off-putting for you, you could still consider Berkeley, or some of the wonderful, quaint, and semi-walkable suburban areas on the Peninsula, in Silicon Valley, in Marin or Sonoma Counties, or in the outer East Bay (e.g., Walnut Creek, Danville, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Livermore), any of which would still place you in close proximity to the amenities of San Francisco and Oakland.

I could've included San Diego on that list, too, but I lived there for a little while and found the locals to be pricks. However, if it suits your sensibilities, then, hey, I don't care.
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Old 06-17-2017, 04:45 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Do you want big city living like the west coast or Phoenix, or did you have a small mountain-town thing in mind?
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Old 06-17-2017, 08:45 AM
 
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Nothing in your critiera reflects the natural setting or outdoor activities. Do these matter to you? Because if not, there is no reason to narrow it down to the western US. The attributes you listed can be found in the rest of the US also.
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Old 06-17-2017, 08:48 AM
 
Location: DFW
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Salt Lake City?
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Old 06-17-2017, 09:40 AM
 
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Nothing in your critiera reflects the natural setting or outdoor activities. Do these matter to you? Because if not, there is no reason to narrow it down to the western US. The attributes you listed can be found in the rest of the US also.
I agree.

Anyways, check out Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins CO.
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Old 06-17-2017, 11:33 AM
 
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Thank you for your responses, everyone! I am interested in places with large populations and moderate temperatures. I'm also looking for places with hiking trails (or near them) and nice parks. I have visited relatives down south and lived in small towns, in the east, with harsh weather and decided that those places weren't for me.
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Old 06-17-2017, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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Salt Lake City?
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I agree.

Anyways, check out Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins CO.
Silly me. How could those have escaped my memory?! Tucson and Albuquerque didn't, but SLC and Denver did...
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Old 06-17-2017, 03:38 PM
 
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Thank you for your responses, everyone! I am interested in places with large populations and moderate temperatures. I'm also looking for places with hiking trails (or near them) and nice parks. I have visited relatives down south and lived in small towns, in the east, with harsh weather and decided that those places weren't for me.
What do you consider moderate temperatures? That doesn't really describe the interior west. Coastal, yes.
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Old 06-17-2017, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Thank you for your responses, everyone! I am interested in places with large populations and moderate temperatures. I'm also looking for places with hiking trails (or near them) and nice parks. I have visited relatives down south and lived in small towns, in the east, with harsh weather and decided that those places weren't for me.
It gets up to 105 in the summer and the teens in winter in ABQ. Do you consider that harsh? Denver will be cooler of course, probably down to the negatives in winter, and around up to 90. Both are relatively arid. Denver is far more heavily populated, ABQ has far more access to hiking trails and outdoor activities.
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