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Old 11-06-2017, 07:13 PM
 
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Hi! I'm going to be moving soon and, with a job that allows me to work remotely, I'm fortunate enough to have a lot of options for where to go. Except... I have no idea what to do! And I'm overwhelmed trying to figure it out.

I currently live in SW Virginia, in a city of about 100,000 people. Mid-20s and single. I'd like to move further north, and definitely no further south. I'm leaning toward either the northeast or the Pacific northwest. Here are some things I'd find in my ideal city:

- Comparable population size (maybe 100,000 - 150,000)
- Comparable cost of living (I'll be looking for a studio/1BR apartment and would love to find $750/month or less)
- In or near the mountains/countryside/"nature" (or at least easy access to hiking and quiet, open areas)
- Left-leaning
- A lot of people in their 20s and 30s
- Co-ops, farmers' markets, vegan-friendly
- Real winters! I love rain and snow.
- Walkable, friendly downtown

I know this is very broad. I'm open to and thankful for ANY suggestions, feedback, anecdotes, etc. I'm feeling pretty lost and running out of time to decide - thank you in advance for any recommendations!!

(PS: If you recommend a city and happen to know which neighborhoods/areas there would be good, please let me know! Thanks again!)
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Old 11-06-2017, 07:27 PM
 
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Rochester, NY could be an option. It’s definitely affordable, has the weather you seek, and is somewhat close to the Adirondack Mountains, it’s on a Great Lake, close to the finger lakes, etc... I think it’s a little bigger as far as population (around 200K I think).
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Old 11-06-2017, 07:48 PM
 
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Rochester, NY could be an option. Its definitely affordable, has the weather you seek, and is somewhat close to the Adirondack Mountains, its on a Great Lake, close to the finger lakes, etc... I think its a little bigger as far as population (around 200K I think).
Thank you Greg! I have heard a little about Rochester but not looked too far into it. I'll do some more research
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Old 11-06-2017, 08:14 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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Take a look see in New England at Providence RI and Burlington VT. Both should offer what you’re looking for, though Burlington is probably a bit more expensive. Caveat: Good paying jobs can be scarce in either city. But not impossible. Plus both cities are (relatively) easy day trips to Boston or NYC.
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Old 11-07-2017, 05:32 AM
 
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$750 a month or less is definitely limiting in either region. Perhaps outside your box of "Pacific Northwest" but close, you might check out Boise ID. The monthly rent budget works there and otherwise fits your criteria except population (225K).
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Old 11-07-2017, 06:11 AM
 
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Syracuse NY would fit. It fits the city population criteria(144,000 in 25 square miles), you can get into the country quickly going south of the city, it has a major university(along with a few others in/around the city), definitely gets “real” winters, etc. Finding a rental may be hard, but not impossible.

The Westcott neighborhood has a co-op market and there is a farmers market at the Westcott Community Center every Wednesday during the warmer months. There is also the CNY Regional Market: CNYRMA You also have other markets in the city/area that have organic foods. Westcott has a business district and is several blocks east of Syracuse University.

Here is a image of the city with hills to the south of the city: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/92/79...bb94e2d2b3.jpg

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You could perhaps look here: https://dndruckerltd.com/index.php/r...allResidential
Rentals found in the area | apartmentfinder.com
https://www.orangehousing.com/

https://www.planning.org/greatplaces...ersityhill.htm
https://westcottsyr.com/
https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0403...7i13312!8i6656
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Old 11-07-2017, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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I don't know it personally but I hear Ithaca, also in upstate NY, is pretty close to what you seek. Probably can't get your rent range though, would need to have a roommate to get under $750.
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:35 AM
 
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Syracuse NY would fit. It fits the city population criteria(144,000 in 25 square miles), you can get into the country quickly going south of the city, it has a major university(along with a few others in/around the city), definitely gets real winters, etc. Finding a rental may be hard, but not impossible.

The Westcott neighborhood has a co-op market and there is a farmers market at the Westcott Community Center every Wednesday during the warmer months. There is also the CNY Regional Market: CNYRMA You also have other markets in the city/area that have organic foods. Westcott has a business district and is several blocks east of Syracuse University.

Here is a image of the city with hills to the south of the city: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/92/79...bb94e2d2b3.jpg

May add a little bit more later.


You could perhaps look here: https://dndruckerltd.com/index.php/r...allResidential
Rentals found in the area | apartmentfinder.com
https://www.orangehousing.com/

https://www.planning.org/greatplaces...ersityhill.htm
https://westcottsyr.com/
https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0403...7i13312!8i6656
UNPA | University Neighborhood Preservation Association
Home Crouse-Marshall
Also, Downtown districts such as Armory Square and Hanover Square have some shopping/nightlife as well. Clinton Square has festivals and a farmers market during the warmer months. https://www.downtownsyracuse.com
Armory Square | Downtown Syracuse, New York
Hanover Square | Downtown Syracuse | Restaurants, Bars, and More
http://www.syracuse.ny.us/parks/clin...areevents.html

As for another city that could fit, Albany NY. It is just under 100k in about 21 square miles, but would fit just about everything else. https://www.albany.org
Entertainment | Albany, NY | Concerts | Capital Region | Tulip Festival | Last Run 5K | Riverfront Jazz Festival | Alive at Five | Father's Day |

Allentown PA is another place that could work(120,000 people in 17.55 square miles). Allentown | #visitPA
https://www.discoverlehighvalley.com

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Old 11-07-2017, 12:49 PM
 
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Syracuse NY would fit. It fits the city population criteria(144,000 in 25 square miles), you can get into the country quickly going south of the city, it has a major university(along with a few others in/around the city), definitely gets “real” winters, etc. Finding a rental may be hard, but not impossible.

The Westcott neighborhood has a co-op market and there is a farmers market at the Westcott Community Center every Wednesday during the warmer months. There is also the CNY Regional Market: CNYRMA You also have other markets in the city/area that have organic foods. Westcott has a business district and is several blocks east of Syracuse University.

Here is a image of the city with hills to the south of the city: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/92/79...bb94e2d2b3.jpg

May add a little bit more later.


You could perhaps look here: https://dndruckerltd.com/index.php/r...allResidential
Rentals found in the area | apartmentfinder.com
https://www.orangehousing.com/

https://www.planning.org/greatplaces...ersityhill.htm
https://westcottsyr.com/
https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0403...7i13312!8i6656
UNPA | University Neighborhood Preservation Association
Home Crouse-Marshall
You may be interested in this as well, OP: CNY Hiking
Syracuse is in Onondaga County. Lake Ontario is 45 minutes away, there are 2 Finger Lakes in the same county(Skaneateles and Otisco), the Adirondacks are about an hour and a half away and the 1000 Islands are an hour and a half away. You also have other Lakes nearby(Oneida, Cross, Cazenovia, etc.) as well. If you like to fish, there are plenty of places nearby for that as well. Same in terms of skiing. Ithaca is only an hour away too.

Besides a very good state park system, there is also a pretty good county park system that includes a zoo and a couple of beaches: Home Onondaga County Parks
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:01 PM
 
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In terms of the Northeast, another place that may fit is Erie PA. It is right around 100,000 people in slightly over 19 square miles. It is on Lake Erie and it would likely be easy in terms of access to rural areas for hiking. There are multiple colleges/universities in the city(Gannon, Mercyhurst, etc).Not sure about anything else though. https://www.visiterie.com

https://www.walkscore.com/apartments/search/PA/Erie

https://wfcerie.coop/home

https://www.traillink.com/city/erie-pa-trails/
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