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Old 11-24-2017, 05:44 PM
 
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It's going to be practically impossible to find high density that's "affordable". You're pretty much going to have to pick one or the other. A lot of people tightly embrace high density, then complain about affordable housing shortages that high density creates in these same areas. It's Economics 101; you almost never can have it both ways........ The "hypster" scene is usually a "the grass is greener" trap, so be sure to go into all of this with reasonable expectations. "Cool" is a very relative term........ Be sure when looking for a "diverse" place to live that you REALLY want what the word means. Many times when people say "diverse", it means "thinks like me"......... Given all you said, Minneapolis/St. Paul comes to mind. If the cold isn't an issue for you, it's a great place whose cost of living hasn't gotten crazy out of control yet. Wherever you land, good luck!
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Old 11-29-2017, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Chibostoncaliseattle
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Where in gods name are you paying $850 p/bed in Boston?

Will you find me one?
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Old 11-29-2017, 11:07 AM
 
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Where in gods name are you paying $850 p/bed in Boston?

Will you find me one?
I was thinking the same thing. A rooftop in Roxbury?
In terms of the question posed, how about Flagstaff or Colorado Springs? I don't recall the extent of public transit in either, and I know Flagstaff is hardly affordable in most people's eyes, but I don't think any worse than a few places mentioned by the OP.
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Old 11-29-2017, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Mars City
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I think Portland does have a small tech scene, but it didn't appear to be nearly as close as other popular cities. Seattle definitely does, though.

And yeah, Austin really does have it all, but high heat is such a killer for me. But I guess it's similar to the miserable winter here.
Just remember that while summers in Austin are intense, fall/winter/early spring are quite moderate. With Portland and Seattle, you'll have long periods of rainy dreary weather. Austin would have the friendlest / sociable people by far of the four cities. And yes, cold miserable winters would be traded for hot miserable summers. Just stay indoors more during those times.

I'd scratch Denver off the list. Based on your desires, which I can relate to, and being familiar with Denver, would say that town won't work.

You really might want to consider other cities / states / areas. You might be missing some great places that will top the four you're focusing on now.
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