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Old 04-22-2018, 10:07 AM
 
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Most people on City-Data end up trying to find places with great climates. California tops the list usually, but the cost of living in California is simply unattainable for a lot of people. Is there a place in the US that enjoys mild weather (50s-80s mostly) year-round, with sunshine and things to do? I know the South fits the bill, but the South is also humid and along the coast, swampy. I'm tired of the midwest, where we wait for 7 months for good weather and then struggle to make time to do all the camping, beach trips and fun outdoor activities in the 3 months of decent weather.

As far as affordable, could someone who isn't in one of the professional classes find a good house for 100-150,000 in a nice town or city with amenities? Where's the secret sweet spot you've been hiding up your sleeve?

Or is there simply no sweet spot? Pay the cost of living in California or live with the swampy mugginess of the South?
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Old 04-22-2018, 10:14 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Most people on City-Data end up trying to find places with great climates. California tops the list usually, but the cost of living in California is simply unattainable for a lot of people. Is there a place in the US that enjoys mild weather (50s-80s mostly) year-round, with sunshine and things to do? I know the South fits the bill, but the South is also humid and along the coast, swampy. I'm tired of the midwest, where we wait for 7 months for good weather and then struggle to make time to do all the camping, beach trips and fun outdoor activities in the 3 months of decent weather.

As far as affordable, could someone who isn't in one of the professional classes find a good house for 100-150,000 in a nice town or city with amenities? Where's the secret sweet spot you've been hiding up your sleeve?

Or is there simply no sweet spot? Pay the cost of living in California or live with the swampy mugginess of the South?
I don't think you're going to find a place like you've described that isn't a nasty mid climate like the South or horrendously expensive like California.
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Old 04-22-2018, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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If you can handle occasional summertime hot spells, a place like Albuquerque might not be bad.
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Old 04-22-2018, 10:36 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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If you can handle occasional summertime hot spells, a place like Albuquerque might not be bad.
Shhhh.
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Old 04-22-2018, 11:06 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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What is your age by the way? I am a 19 year old guy who has grown up in New Jersey my entire life. I am in college as a sophomore. I hate the east coast climate (northeast mainly) and have no desire to live back east when I am done with college. If I don't get headaches from the humidity, then I'd definitely love to live in the muggy southeast. Arizona and New Mexico sound like cheap places, but some parts of Arizona get too hot in the summer, while some parts get snow. New Mexico sounds milder, but it does get cold in the winter and I am trying to do more research on what their winters are like.

When I am done with college, I plan on having Washington state or Oregon in my mind, but Washington sounds affordable as long as you don't live near Seattle. By the way, if you would like sunshine, then the Pacific Northwest is not for you. I don't mind living through drowsy weather as long as the temperatures don't get too cold, no humidity, and as long as I don't have to ever shovel snow or operate a snow blower.

The western USA isn't cheap in general.

The only place in the US that has PERFECT weather all year round is San Diego, CA and it is well known for never getting too hot and too cold, but obviously California is way too expensive.

Texas is a cheap state to live in most of the time, but it does very hot there. Western Texas is a desert an does not get humid and swampy.

Honestly it's complicated to find a decent climate in the US now that California is overpopulated and too expensive.
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Old 04-22-2018, 12:23 PM
 
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Most people on City-Data end up trying to find places with great climates. California tops the list usually, but the cost of living in California is simply unattainable for a lot of people. Is there a place in the US that enjoys mild weather (50s-80s mostly) year-round, with sunshine and things to do? I know the South fits the bill, but the South is also humid and along the coast, swampy. I'm tired of the midwest, where we wait for 7 months for good weather and then struggle to make time to do all the camping, beach trips and fun outdoor activities in the 3 months of decent weather.

As far as affordable, could someone who isn't in one of the professional classes find a good house for 100-150,000 in a nice town or city with amenities? Where's the secret sweet spot you've been hiding up your sleeve?

Or is there simply no sweet spot? Pay the cost of living in California or live with the swampy mugginess of the South?
For starters the entire South/Southeast isn't comprised of "swampy mugginess" if you have the fortitude to last three whole months of summer. If you can manage survival of that climactic aberration places like Columbia SC and Chattanooga TN come to mind.
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Old 04-22-2018, 01:20 PM
 
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For starters the entire South/Southeast isn't comprised of "swampy mugginess" if you have the fortitude to last three whole months of summer. If you can manage survival of that climactic aberration places like Columbia SC and Chattanooga TN come to mind.
Columbia SC is a humid city with average high temperatures of 80 or higher, for SIX months of the year.
https://www.experiencecolumbiasc.com...-info/weather/

Iíve never been to Chattanooga to experience its humidity, but itís hot five months out of the year.

https://www.usclimatedata.com/climat...tates/ustn0084
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Old 04-22-2018, 04:55 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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The thought of needing “the fortitude to last three whole months of summer” anywhere is not a glowing endorsement. If you have the option of picking where to live try to avoid extremes where you need “fortitude” to deal with the climate. Some people tolerate extremes and some prefer extreme cold or heat. That’s good - otherwise we would all live in the same place.
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Old 04-23-2018, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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If you don't need to work for a living (ideally retired) there are relatively affordable areas in California that still have mild climates, but they are in the Central Coast and North Coast regions that aren't near the big cities (hence saying if you don't need to work for a living)
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Old 04-23-2018, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Monument,CO
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Texas is a cheap state to live in most of the time...
You're a literal cliche machine, but no Texas isn't cheap. Go find a nice house in Dallas or Houston. Look at your cradle to grave expenses. You'll be shocked.
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