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View Poll Results: Which is the best small city in the southwest?
Gallup 0 0%
Farmington 2 9.09%
Kingman 4 18.18%
Bullhead City 5 22.73%
Other 11 50.00%
Voters: 22. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-26-2017, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I passed through Socorro once. While it has beautiful scenery, it is a bit to small for me. Any thoughts on Alamogordo or Roswell?
Spent some time in Alamogordo once. It was beautiful but a bit dry. The mountains there sure are stunning, and the White Sands National Monument is a major plus.

Not too sure about Roswell but it seems like a nice city...
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Old 08-26-2017, 08:19 PM
 
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I am unfamiliar with Prescott. I will have to give it a look. Thanks.
Prescott is gorgeous. But, employment is an issue. Lots of retirement money and small business ownership. Not so sure about decent paying jobs.
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Old 08-26-2017, 08:34 PM
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Location: Ontario
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Sierra Vista, Arizona is worthing checking out, population just over 40,000

Carlsbad, NM has about 25,000...I like it's setting with the Pecos River running through it.

Deming, NM is not bad either, though population is a bit below your threshold at about 15,000.

Las Cruces, NM for me is the winner, meets all your criteria.
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Old 08-26-2017, 08:34 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Not too sure about Roswell but it seems like a nice city...
Roswell is hot as hell, flat as a pancake, Texan as Texas, and smells like cowsh-- when the wind blows.

Other than that it's a charming little burg.

My vote for bast small city in the Southwest is Durango.
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Old 08-27-2017, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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Of the choices, I voted for Bullhead City. Seemed to be a pleasant area just outside of the Laughlin orbit, though I'm sure many Bullhead residents have jobs across the river in Laughlin. Still affordable by most standards, too.

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Old 08-27-2017, 03:24 AM
 
Location: Yakima WA
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I remember I stayed in Laughlin, crossed the river to Bullhead City and ate lunch at a Chinese restaurant in a run down strip mall. I remember thinking if I wanted to live somewhere really hot I might choose Bullhead City...having Laughlin right there is a plus. Have you looked into Lake Havasu City?
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Old 08-27-2017, 05:51 AM
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Of the choices, I voted for Bullhead City. Seemed to be a pleasant area just outside of the Laughlin orbit, though I'm sure many Bullhead residents have jobs across the river in Laughlin. Still affordable by most standards, too.
The intense summer heat in BHC makes it a no go for me.
Average july high is 112.5F ...hotter than Phoenix

Gimme Las Cruces any day of the week.
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Old 08-27-2017, 05:57 AM
 
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Did you look at Las Cruces? It's at the high end population-wise (just over 100K) but think it fits your criteria well. I just don't think those on your current list are going to fulfill much of your wish-list.
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I don't speak Spanish, so I think it would be difficult for me to find work there?
Not sure what you mean by that other than some misinformation you picked up along the way. Las Cruces is very much an English-speaking city with the largest employers including White Sands Test Facilities, New Mexico State University and NASA, and is among the few most educated cities in New Mexico.
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Old 08-27-2017, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Not sure what you mean by that other than some misinformation you picked up along the way. Las Cruces is very much an English-speaking city with the largest employers including White Sands Test Facilities, New Mexico State University and NASA, and is among the few most educated cities in New Mexico.
Not to mention they get first dibs on the good green chile!
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Old 08-28-2017, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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Prescott is gorgeous. But, employment is an issue. Lots of retirement money and small business ownership. Not so sure about decent paying jobs.
As a long time Arizonan, I can say that if you have to work and want a shot at a middle class life, then metro Phoenix is the only place to live in this state.

Retired is another story. If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd settle in Kingman or Nogales or possibly even Sierra Vista
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