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Old 08-24-2017, 03:10 PM
Location: Gulf Coast
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What is most important to you? What do you look for? Any make or break factors?


These are our top factors:

1. Climate (for us that means 4 distinct seasons, no more subtropical temps and high humidity, no more hurricanes!!!!, clean air)

2. Scenery/Landscape ... nature, trees, rolling hills, fall leaves

3. Outdoor recreation ... fresh water easily accessible, please no poisonous snakes!

4. Political climate with conservative leanings (but politics isn't our life, we aren't ugly about it. We stay busy doing our thing, and we're easy to get along with) ... we are devout Christians, my husband is a pastor.

5. Homeschool friendly state ... I've been a homeschooler for 16 years

6. Community pride ... cleanliness, well manicured, gentrified, small town, neighborly

7. Family friendly ... quiet, smallish town, likeminded people who just want to raise their families without drama/chaos/fear, not overrun with casinos and bars/party atmosphere, quality library, well maintained parks, nature trails, and fun activities for families

8. Good climate and soil for growing a garden (I miss that!)

9. High quality food availability ... Aldi's or Trader Joe's, Publix, Whole Foods, fantastic farmers market. Good restaurants... a very good Chinese restaurant is a must.

10. Good job opportunities

11. Low crime, no crazy drug epidemic

12. Affordability ... Hawaii and California are not an option

***Some parts of Michigan (my home state) have all of the above!

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Old 08-29-2017, 08:26 AM
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I'd say climate. Obviously there's other factors but i think climate is most important because I wouldn't take a high-paying job in Vostok, Antarctica
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Old 08-29-2017, 08:54 AM
Location: Brew City
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1. Good schools. This is my #1 because in order to have good schools you will also have an engaged community, taxpayers willing to invest in education and most likely willing to invest in the community in general. Things like a great library, sidewalks, street lights and parks. I have no problem paying higher taxes if I feel the community is using the tax money wisely. All of these things contribute to a lower crime rate so I don't need to list crime somewhere else.

2. Affordability. Not bottom of the barrel like where I am now but I want a metro area that's reasonable. Seattle is not reasonable. This goes hand in hand with job prospects. A good balance of lifestyle sustaining jobs with affordable housing.

3. Walkable. I want to move to a metro area that's at least partly walkable. I may not be able to walk from one end of the metro to the other but I at least want to be able to walk the downtown core and my neighborhood. As long as I can walk to shops, schools, and restaurants I'll be happy.

4. Recreational opportunities. Both outdoor and urban. I've lived high in the Rocky Mountains and on the edge of the earth in Upper Michigan. The outdoor activities are nice but I need sporting events, museums, festivals, theatres, etc. Outdoor activities that can be reached by a short drive are needed as well.

5. Climate. I'm a northerner through and through. I'll never live as far south as NW Ohio again. Too hot. I need snow in the winter. It only feels right when I'm spending 6 months a year in an ice rink watching my kids play hockey.

6. Left leaning. Less important simply because I want to be in a metro and they virtually all lean left anyway. I couldn't handle a small conservative town.
6a. No smothering religion. If you're religious, rock on with your bad self, just leave me and the government, i.e. laws, out of it.

Lucky for me I'm moving to Shorewood, WI in a few months and I couldn't be happier. I feel like it fits all these criteria perfectly. Great schools, great library, great community beach on Lake Michigan, walkable all over town, with cute affordable housing stock. Downtown Milwaukee is 20 minute bike ride away. Unfortunately houses sell so fast I'm not sure we'll be buying right away.
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Old 08-29-2017, 08:55 AM
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Climate - I like the Southern half of the West Coast and an equal 4 season climate like the Mid-Atlantic. I am absolutely a wuss and cannot do the winters of the upper interior.
Politics - Must be left leaning.
Religion - Least amount of religion as possible and/or very live and let live.
Diversity - Race is one thing but I prefer diversity in the types of people.
City - Urban, walkable, all of the amenities i.e. theatre, concerts, numerous restaurants and coffee shops and shops and beer gardens etc.. random dinner en blanc types of events
Economics - I don't want to live in a poor city/area.
Geography - Has to be somewhat interesting for a nice hike with white water/kayaking or a trip to the beach/coast. Can't do miles of flatness unless it's Florida.
Airport - Must have a major international airport nearby.
Education - Must have a large educated populace. Not necessarily degree's galore but a knowledgeable populace. Hate insular communities.
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Old 08-29-2017, 09:04 AM
Location: California
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Here is the AARP Livability Index:


For me it is the neighborhood and proximity to health care. In my opinion, when I compared two cities on the above index, it didn't rate them correctly. If an area such as San Jose is loaded with buses and high density houses, it was rated higher than a smaller town with less density, but I don't think it is is a good place for seniors also because of the crime. For me, a smaller town with room to roam and breathe and affordable housing is very important than using all my energy just getting to the grocery store.
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Old 08-29-2017, 11:34 AM
Location: New York NY
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For me, my priorities for moving would be

a) Work. There'd have to be jobs I could do that paid well.
b) Housing Affordability. But leaving New York, that wouldn't be hard!
c) Public school quality (If I still had had school-age kids. Otherwise I wouldn't care.)
d) Diversity. So used to it by now, I couldn't imagine living in an ethnically homogenous area.
e) Walkability. Wouldn't move anyplace where I'd have to drive most of the time.
f) Urbanity. Combination of density plus cultural and entertainment options.
g) Closeness to family.
h) No huge weather preference.

But honestly, I think for most people the first three are the biggest factors in a relo.
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Old 08-29-2017, 07:56 PM
Location: New York Metropolitan Area
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1) Location. If it isn't near my job opportunities, family and/or a decent sized city thats pretty concerning for me.

2) Weather. Cannot stand harsh, dark, windy cold winters/depressing weather (leaves out the Upper Midwest/PNW for the most part)

3) Topography. Would prefer variations in topography, but if in a state with beautiful beaches like Florida, I don't particularly care if its flat (growing up on Long Island which is pretty flat, this isn't a HUGE factor)

4) Political atmosphere. I would say I am definitely right of center, however, I have lived in NYC before and can handle being around different people. That being said, I don't have a preference, just as long as it isn't a city like San Francisco/Portland where I feel like I'm being surrounded by people that want me beheaded just because I didn't vote for Hillary/Bernie.
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Old 08-29-2017, 08:42 PM
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Greenville, SC
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Old 08-29-2017, 09:30 PM
Location: East Side, Indianapolis
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Broad economic indicators
Educational opportunities
Robust public services
Amenities, both urban and natural
Connectivity to other cities

That's about it. The rest is window dressing.
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Old 08-30-2017, 06:04 AM
Location: Trieste
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First scenery, then climate.

My ideal place to live would be set in an environment that allows you to flee the city rush pronto so it's fundamental to have nearby something, unspoiled, not urbanized yet such as a park, a big lake or a set of little lakes, a tall mountain or a set of tall hills, a canyon, a few miles along a river with rapids or beaches etc you get the point
and I gotta get to those places in much less than 1 hour otherwise it would be useless...

About the climate of course it shouldn't get too hot nor too cold, it shouldn't be too humid so as to freeze your bones in the winter or make you feeling like you're doin a sauna h24 in the summer but I prefer a place where it rains a lot rather than hardly seeing the rain since rain cleans the air, waters your lawn, make vegetables grow and help your health (mental and physical) thorugh negative ionization of the air.

That being said I likely assume any place from NorCal to Bellingham, Wa, would match my criteria.
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