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Old 11-06-2018, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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How exciting! Good luck OP. All are great spots. Keep in mind Arlington is super pricey and Syracuse is next level cold.
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:20 AM
 
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How exciting! Good luck OP. All are great spots. Keep in mind Arlington is super pricey and Syracuse is next level cold.
Minneapolis is likely colder, but Syracuse gets more snow.
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Old 11-06-2018, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon (in Transition)
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How exciting! Good luck OP. All are great spots. Keep in mind Arlington is super pricey and Syracuse is next level cold.
Syracuse is quite a bit snowy >100 in per year to Minneapolis' 50 or so inches, but Minneapolis is definitely temperature colder. The damp cold of the east might make it feel colder.
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Old 11-06-2018, 10:17 AM
 
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Syracuse is quite a bit snowy >100 in per year to Minneapolis' 50 or so inches, but Minneapolis is definitely temperature colder. The damp cold of the east might make it feel colder.
Syracuse gets lake effect from Lake Ontario, which tends to be "fluffier" versus the snow that would come from a Nor'easter, which tends to be heavier.
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Old 11-06-2018, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon (in Transition)
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Syracuse gets lake effect from Lake Ontario, which tends to be "fluffier" versus the snow that would come from a Nor'easter, which tends to be heavier.
Is it not true that Syracuse gets all three systems: Lake Effect, Nor'Easter, and Alberta Clippers?
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Old 11-06-2018, 11:26 AM
 
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Is it not true that Syracuse gets all three systems: Lake Effect, Nor'Easter, and Alberta Clippers?
It can get the other 2, but it primarily gets lake effect. Alberta Clippers aren’t that common and the impact from Nor’easters weakens that far inland.

As mentioned before, most of the lake effect bands in the area tend to hit places to the north hardest(Oswego County)-East/SE of Lake Ontario.

Buffalo is similar in that the higher snowfall totals are east of Lake Erie/the Southtowns.

So, when you hear about how snowy these areas are, those are the portions that really get hit hardest.
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Old 11-06-2018, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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Hahaha, thank you everyone! From doing more research + y'alls answers, I think I've axed Arlington due to the prices in housing already being pretty high and like you guys said, likely even higher by the time I can venture to buy a house there.

It's looking like Syracuse may be out as well, due to the weather, unless I visit and absolutely fall in love. I'm looking into visiting Minneapolis, and then I'll swing around and visit Pittsburgh for the 2nd time (as it's been 3-4 years since I've been) and compare the two.

As far as bar setting goes, I am enamored with Pittsburgh so it'll be interesting to see if Minneapolis reaches or surpasses that! My SO would love to go back, but he's also interested in Pittsburgh, so we'll take some visits and have a real heart to heart on which would be better for us.

Thank you all so much for the answers again! This forum is helping me so much in narrowing down places to live.
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Old 11-06-2018, 01:23 PM
 
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We moved from upstate-NY last year to Pittsburgh. We are very happy with the decision (except why are food prices so high in Pittsburgh? Trader Joes and Whole Foods are fine, but nothing compares to Wegmans in my book). Much less snow and a little warmer than Syracuse (mainly in the fall and spring - the height of summer and depth of winter as far as temps are pretty similar). What I like about Pittsburgh are the great cultural influences and the pragmatic nature of the people. Very approachable and "real", i.e. more likely than many places to tell you how they feel, but not judge you harshly when you differ in opinion. Good recreational opportunities with the three rivers, many hiking and biking trails and nearby skiing (about 1-1.5 hours from the city). There's a pretty large and growing Asian community, but very few latino enclaves. The program at SUNY-ESF in Syracuse is a top program, so if that's a determining factor it might tilt the table in that direction.


Have visited the Arlington area many times. Wonderful place to live if you can afford it and can tolerate the constant congestion of NOVA . . . and they have Wegmans. No idea about Minneapolis, but have heard nothing but good things. I think any of your choices will provide a contrast to Knoxville, so enjoy the adventure of living life in a different place!
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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We moved from upstate-NY last year to Pittsburgh. We are very happy with the decision (except why are food prices so high in Pittsburgh? Trader Joes and Whole Foods are fine, but nothing compares to Wegmans in my book). Much less snow and a little warmer than Syracuse (mainly in the fall and spring - the height of summer and depth of winter as far as temps are pretty similar). What I like about Pittsburgh are the great cultural influences and the pragmatic nature of the people. Very approachable and "real", i.e. more likely than many places to tell you how they feel, but not judge you harshly when you differ in opinion. Good recreational opportunities with the three rivers, many hiking and biking trails and nearby skiing (about 1-1.5 hours from the city). There's a pretty large and growing Asian community, but very few latino enclaves. The program at SUNY-ESF in Syracuse is a top program, so if that's a determining factor it might tilt the table in that direction.


Have visited the Arlington area many times. Wonderful place to live if you can afford it and can tolerate the constant congestion of NOVA . . . and they have Wegmans. No idea about Minneapolis, but have heard nothing but good things. I think any of your choices will provide a contrast to Knoxville, so enjoy the adventure of living life in a different place!
I absolutely loved reading your description of Pittsburgh because that's the vibe I got from it when I visited on my college tour and I'm so happy that it is founded and that other people feel the same way! Honestly, I am very heavily leaning towards Pittsburgh just because of how much I loved it when I visited, but I do want to give Minneapolis a fighting chance as it sounds awesome as well.

Arlington seems amazing and gorgeous, but part of the reason I hightailed out of Socal (where I lived prior to Knoxville) was the congestion.

Is Wegmans a grocery store?
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:04 PM
 
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Hahaha, thank you everyone! From doing more research + y'alls answers, I think I've axed Arlington due to the prices in housing already being pretty high and like you guys said, likely even higher by the time I can venture to buy a house there.

It's looking like Syracuse may be out as well, due to the weather, unless I visit and absolutely fall in love. I'm looking into visiting Minneapolis, and then I'll swing around and visit Pittsburgh for the 2nd time (as it's been 3-4 years since I've been) and compare the two.

As far as bar setting goes, I am enamored with Pittsburgh so it'll be interesting to see if Minneapolis reaches or surpasses that! My SO would love to go back, but he's also interested in Pittsburgh, so we'll take some visits and have a real heart to heart on which would be better for us.

Thank you all so much for the answers again! This forum is helping me so much in narrowing down places to live.
The best kept secret in Minneapolis is St. Paul!
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