U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S.
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 11-12-2017, 12:13 PM
 
Location: SF, CA
1,509 posts, read 679,088 times
Reputation: 2346

Advertisements

Mild weather + politically progressive + low cost of living is not the easiest combination to find.

A few ideas:

Gainesville, FL (college town)

Asheville, NC (college town in western NC)

Albuquerque?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 11-12-2017, 05:17 PM
 
3,048 posts, read 1,797,496 times
Reputation: 1153
Downtown San Diego:lots of cheap SROs with rents around $350 and up per month. Good weather and culture
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-12-2017, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
4,849 posts, read 2,978,355 times
Reputation: 3394
Drawback of RTP would be you are in a sea of red.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-12-2017, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
4,552 posts, read 3,637,492 times
Reputation: 3625
No one has mentioned New Mexico, which is baffling. I think ABQ falls on the middle of the teeter totter for hot or cold and will really depend on the individual. Coming from blazing Phoenix, ABQ is significantly cooler, but still very nice weather in my opinion.

If ABQ is too cold, maybe Las Cruces?

There's plenty of places here in Arizona that match, like Tucson averaging $800/month for a 2 bedroom apartment and is a Democrat city, but you are still in a red state (that is turning more blue over time).

Or is this another purple squirrel thread?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-12-2017, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
1,427 posts, read 2,569,254 times
Reputation: 2535
I’ll be the third to mention Albuquerque. It’s fairly progressive for a large city in a poor state. The job market isn’t gangbusters, but if you bring some education and skill with you, an employer will be glad to have you (I came to NM from out-of-state four years ago and have done nothing but move up in my career during that time). Housing costs are a bit higher (particularly if you rent) than southern or midwestern or TX locations, but aren’t crazy like Seattle. There’s a pretty good social scene that orbits around a semi-revitalized downtown, Nob Hill, the redeveloping railroad and sawmill areas and the brewery scene. The casinos are pretty good about bringing national acts through.

Las Cruces is an option, but it’s in the far more conservative, Texas-influenced southern portion of the state. It may not fit your needs.

I consider NMCD a purple state. The governor’s office seems to bounce back and forth between dem and GOP. Both US senators are Dems. Of the three US reps, the two from the North and ABQ are Dems while the one from the south is GOP — which fits the demographics of the state. ABQ has a GOP mayor now, but will probably have a Dem mayor very soon.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-13-2017, 12:13 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
1,385 posts, read 1,689,795 times
Reputation: 1714
Quote:
Originally Posted by jakabedy View Post
Iíll be the third to mention Albuquerque. Itís fairly progressive for a large city in a poor state. The job market isnít gangbusters, but if you bring some education and skill with you, an employer will be glad to have you (I came to NM from out-of-state four years ago and have done nothing but move up in my career during that time). Housing costs are a bit higher (particularly if you rent) than southern or midwestern or TX locations, but arenít crazy like Seattle. Thereís a pretty good social scene that orbits around a semi-revitalized downtown, Nob Hill, the redeveloping railroad and sawmill areas and the brewery scene. The casinos are pretty good about bringing national acts through.

Las Cruces is an option, but itís in the far more conservative, Texas-influenced southern portion of the state. It may not fit your needs.

I consider NMCD a purple state. The governorís office seems to bounce back and forth between dem and GOP. Both US senators are Dems. Of the three US reps, the two from the North and ABQ are Dems while the one from the south is GOP ó which fits the demographics of the state. ABQ has a GOP mayor now, but will probably have a Dem mayor very soon.
This is a good post.

Mayor Berry is a Republican but he is fairly moderate and has been quite progressive on a lot of issues. He's been good for downtown revitalization and focusing on urban growth, public transportation and addressing homelessness.

It's been disappointing to me as a Democrat and liberal person to see Tim Keller run against Albuquerque Rapid Transit and the mayor's urban development initiatives. If Tim Keller sticks to these positions then he will be less progressive as a Democrat than Mayor Berry has been as a Republican.

I'm only going to vote for Tim Keller because Dan Lewis is way too conservative and even more anti-urban and against the Albuquerque Rapid Transit BRT project for me to risk not voting at all and him becoming mayor. Luckily, it seems Tim Keller has a wide lead in the runoff, but I'm not completely happy with him, either.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-13-2017, 02:16 AM
 
Location: Yakima WA
4,403 posts, read 4,605,807 times
Reputation: 3848
It's ironic that Democrats say they are for working families yet liberal cities are (mostly) very expensive.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-13-2017, 02:41 AM
 
11,456 posts, read 6,575,220 times
Reputation: 6091
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jay F View Post
It's ironic that Democrats say they are for working families yet liberal cities are (mostly) very expensive.
All big cities in the US are left leaning, and it's a supply and demand reason that some of them are expensive
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-13-2017, 07:41 AM
 
21,187 posts, read 30,351,954 times
Reputation: 19622
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gaylord_Focker View Post
Drawback of RTP would be you are in a sea of red.
Not even close.

The following were all "Blue" numbers from the 2016 election:

Wake County (Raleigh/Cary) was 58%
Durham County was 79%
Orange County (Chapel Hill/Carrboro) was 74%
Chatham County (Pittsboro/ south of Chapel Hill) was 54%

This in an area with a population close to 1.5 million people...hardly a "sea of red".
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-13-2017, 09:19 AM
 
377 posts, read 202,011 times
Reputation: 349
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jay F View Post
It's ironic that Democrats say they are for working families yet liberal cities are (mostly) very expensive.
With the exception of the coasts, the price of property in a city is directly related to the job market in said city.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S.
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top