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Old 11-01-2017, 03:54 AM
 
Location: Scotland, UK
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Hi everyone,

I'm thinking about coming back to live in the US. I've not decided on where exactly, but I do love 4 seasons weather, especially dry hot summers and cold snowy winters! It would also be great if wherever I lived, had a nice downtown area with shops, bars and places to eat. And is a walkable area.

I'm open to all suggestions, so please help me out if you can. It will be hugely appreciated!

Thanks guys,
J0hnnyMac.
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Old 11-01-2017, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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What's your price range, job prospects, etc?

There are certainly many many options for nice downtown areas as you describe, but most of them are limited to a small area. If you are seeking a city that has a large walkable area, perhaps not just limited to downtown, then you are probably looking at a dozen or so at the most, and they would all be very large cities.

Of those, given your weather preferences (with the caveat that I'm not a weather expert but just glanced at historical humidity averages), NYC seems to be the best fit, with Boston, Philly, DC and Chicago close behind. Minneapolis, Baltimore and Denver are some other good ones to consider, particularly on the affordability scale.
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Old 11-01-2017, 09:49 AM
 
Location: I is where I is
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There a TONS of options for the little bit of criteria that you provided.

What’s the budget in mind?
What will you be doing for work?
Any activities you want to have close by (hiking, biking, etc...)?
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Old 11-01-2017, 09:59 AM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
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Hi everyone,

I'm thinking about coming back to live in the US. I've not decided on where exactly, but I do love 4 seasons weather, especially dry hot summers and cold snowy winters! It would also be great if wherever I lived, had a nice downtown area with shops, bars and places to eat. And is a walkable area.

I'm open to all suggestions, so please help me out if you can. It will be hugely appreciated!

Thanks guys,
J0hnnyMac.
Welcome back (potentially!!)

If you are looking for dry, hot (NOT HUMID) summers, your best bet is out in the western US. Think Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico or Utah--also areas in California near the mountains. The east coast and southeast of the US will be super humid during the summers and will be hot, but mostly humid. Also, the great lakes areas, plains states and parts of the northeast will provide snowy winters (think Syracuse, New York/Buffalo, New York, along the Michigan great lakes coastline). In the southeast, there will be minimal snowfall on the whole.

As for the nice downtown areas, check out Santa Fe, New Mexico or Flagstaff, Arizona, Sedona, Arizona, and many other rocky mountain/southwest states fit the bill for big snows, hot dry summers and nice downtowns.
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Old 11-01-2017, 11:10 AM
 
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Minneapolis, Baltimore and Denver are some other good ones to consider, particularly on the affordability scale.
Minneapolis and Denver especially I think are good fits as would be Baltimore if it were more on the "snowy" end, however it's not. I would also throw Indianapolis and Columbus into the mix as well given their cost of living and very vibrant downtown neighborhoods.
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Old 11-01-2017, 01:01 PM
 
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Dry hot summers and snowy winters pretty much means Colorado or PNW I imagine.
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Old 11-01-2017, 01:37 PM
 
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Spokane. The weather fits perfectly and they have really revitalized the downtown.
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Old 11-01-2017, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Spokane. The weather fits perfectly and they have really revitalized the downtown.
I was going to say the same thing, or Salt Lake City.

Here are their climate tables.

Spokane
Salt Lake City

They both have snowy winters and dry hot summers. SLC is hotter and gets more snow than Spokane.
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Old 11-01-2017, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Tulsa
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Washington D.C
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Old 11-01-2017, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Big Bayou
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Hi everyone,

I'm thinking about coming back to live in the US. I've not decided on where exactly, but I do love 4 seasons weather, especially dry hot summers and cold snowy winters! It would also be great if wherever I lived, had a nice downtown area with shops, bars and places to eat. And is a walkable area.

I'm open to all suggestions, so please help me out if you can. It will be hugely appreciated!

Thanks guys,
J0hnnyMac.
Dry and hot summer with a snowy winter can really only be found in the west like Colorado, Utah etc. The northern states are pretty humid in summer (and are unbearable in winter) Consider Denver, CO.
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