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Old 10-06-2017, 09:36 PM
 
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Just curious. Why write off the entire state of California?

Itís a highly varied place and is huge. Many other western states are big but lack enough population to actually be interesting on a long term basis.

Moved from FL to CA. Never looking back.
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Old 10-07-2017, 06:30 AM
 
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Isn't Durango kind of a grittier area? It seems to me I've heard the crime's a little more of an issue there.
I have heard positive things about Grand Junction.
Durango is far from "gritty" and the term applies much more to Grand Junction which has very little going on and as a result all kinds of issues with crime.
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Old 10-07-2017, 06:32 AM
 
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There are many places in Pennsylvania that I keep finding on searches for great schools, best places to live, etc, BUT I have neighbors that told me a funny story about living in PA and it was so cold that the husband would put on these footie pajamas (that were originally given as a gag gift), and would curl up under a blanket and not want to get off the couch that they finally decided to move to Florida. So every time I think of PA I just see a man in footie pajamas huddled under a blanket too miserably cold to function. LOL
I lived for 10 years in Philly and the winters are quite long. By March you're pretty much over it but unfortunately it doesn't usually feel like Spring until mid-April to the beginning of May in terms of temperature, and more importantly regular appearance of the sun.
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Old 10-07-2017, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida
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Just curious. Why write off the entire state of California?

Itís a highly varied place and is huge. Many other western states are big but lack enough population to actually be interesting on a long term basis.

Moved from FL to CA. Never looking back.
Peta,

It's mostly the earthquakes, I think. Where in CA are you, and what do you like better about it (as opposed to FL)?
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Old 10-07-2017, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida
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Durango is far from "gritty" and the term applies much more to Grand Junction which has very little going on and as a result all kinds of issues with crime.
I had that completely backwards, then. Durango is more touristy, right? Would you recommend it as a place to live?
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Old 10-07-2017, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida
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I lived for 10 years in Philly and the winters are quite long. By March you're pretty much over it but unfortunately it doesn't usually feel like Spring until mid-April to the beginning of May in terms of temperature, and more importantly regular appearance of the sun.
Sounds like summers here in Florida. So ready for the heat to end.
The long PA winters and lack of sun would not be great for me. Maybe something in between those? Not unbearably hot most of the year, but also not unbearably cold? :-)
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Old 10-07-2017, 10:42 AM
 
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I had that completely backwards, then. Durango is more touristy, right? Would you recommend it as a place to live?
While it does have a tourist economy for the most part I would recommend it if you're not adverse to small town living or being a distance from a big city (3.5 hours to Albuquerque) as it is a fairly sophisticated place given it's location. The tourism aspect isn't high profile and mostly based upon the former Wild West historical aspect, the Durango-Silverton train along with varying outdoor recreational activities, and never really has a feeling of being overrun like some places.
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Old 10-07-2017, 10:56 AM
 
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Sounds like summers here in Florida. So ready for the heat to end.
The long PA winters and lack of sun would not be great for me. Maybe something in between those? Not unbearably hot most of the year, but also not unbearably cold? :-)
You could also check out Fort Mill SC and Matthews NC which are part of the Charlotte metro, so close to lots of work options. The schools in Fort Mill are ranked highest in the state typically and the schools in Matthews are among the best in NC, it's very safe, has tons of outdoor activities to enjoy nearby, and an equally distributed four season climate with mild winters and moderate summers.

https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_ren...83_rect/10_zm/

https://www.zillow.com/homes/Matthews-NC_rb/
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Old 10-09-2017, 09:16 AM
 
Location: New York City
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I lived for 10 years in Philly and the winters are quite long. By March you're pretty much over it but unfortunately it doesn't usually feel like Spring until mid-April to the beginning of May in terms of temperature, and more importantly regular appearance of the sun.
I lived in Philadelphia for most of my life and that is exaggerated. We have unusually long winters some years (this past one) where it doesn't feel like spring/summer until May, but then there are other years when its warm in March.


This fall for example, its mid October and 70-80 degrees and no end of that in sight. I really don't think Southeastern PA is that bad, and if it is then they might as well eliminate the entire Northeast because that is the warmest section.
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Old 10-09-2017, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I read the complaints about health in the South.

While this is broadly true, you also need to understand that most of the "bad stuff" is confined to small towns and rural areas. Major cities like Charlotte, Raleigh, and Nashville are probably no less healthy than places like Indianapolis, Cleveland, and St. Louis.
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