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Old 09-26-2019, 10:53 AM
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Hi- I have the chance to move anywhere in the US...
Have two pre-teen kids. Highly important to me is an area that is welcoming to newcomers and has a high sense of community. Think farmers market, events and activities for kids/teens/community etc.

Walkable/bikeable in the sense that kids can walk around with their friends, go get an ice cream, something to eat etc.

Safe is important but that goes along with high sense of community.

Budget is 300k ish for a home, prefer single family.

I would rather cold over heat.

I love small little towns but there's a fine line between small town and a dead town

Would love some input.

Some cities I have visited and loved are Rapid City, Boise, Portsmouth, Fredericksburg, Knoxville, Madison WI, Nashville, Austin to name a few but I didn't spend enough time in any of those cities to know the real world there

I am not religious or political- but those don't concern me as it's an individual choice that I respect. I am much more concerned with how people treat each other.

Would love some suggestions, thanks!

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Old 09-26-2019, 11:38 AM
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West Hartford, CT?

I lived there for a little while, seems like a good fit for you. Family oriented, walkable New England town, reasonable home prices (but high property taxes). Might not be a bad bet.
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Old 09-26-2019, 12:01 PM
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Out of the cities you listed, I feel like Madison is a perfect fit. Good amount of amenities for its size and it feels like just the right size on what you're looking for.
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Old 09-26-2019, 12:10 PM
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I’d look into the Grand Rapids Mi area, Specifically the suburbs of Rockford, East Grand Rapids, Grandville, and Hudsonville.
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Old 09-26-2019, 12:33 PM
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You'll want to take Austin off the list. The family friendly areas are in the burbs and those are like the burbs anywhere. I would think Madison is a fit.
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Old 09-26-2019, 12:53 PM
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I'm thinking that you may like villages/communities outside of a city like Baldwinsville, Manlius, East Aurora, Kenmore, Williamsville, New Hartford, Pittsford, Fairport, Brockport and Delmar in NY, among others.

Village of Baldwinsville : Official Government Website

https://www.fayettevillefarmersmarketcny.com/ (is a nearby village that it shares a school district with)

https://east-aurora.ny.us/ (has Fisher-Price HQ's)


Village of Williamsville | Williamsville, NY
Williamsville Farmers Market |

https://www.newhartfordchamber.com/f...et/#!directory (just outside of the village)

https://www.villageofpittsford.com/ (Erie Canal community)

https://www.village.fairport.ny.us/ (Erie Canal community)

https://www.brockportny.org/ (Erie Canal community that also has a state college)

Is within this town and SD of the same name: https://www.townofbethlehem.org/

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Old 09-26-2019, 02:23 PM
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Thanks so much for the replies. I will check those recommendations out.

To clarify- the cities I listed were examples not meant to be the only ones I would entertain.

Very appreciate of your input.
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Old 09-27-2019, 11:59 AM
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Some others...

https://villageoflewiston.net/ (outside of Niagara Falls)
Welcome to Historic Lewiston, New York
Hibbards Custard – World Famous Frozen Custard Made Right Here in Lewiston, NY

https://villageofcazenovia.com/ (has a small private college and on a lake, about 20 miles east of Syracuse)

https://www.homerny.org/ (in between Syracuse and Ithaca, a mile north of Cortland)
Town of Homer NY Official Web Site

Clinton, New York: Historic Village of Clinton, NY Shopping & Entertainment Travel Guide (home to a small private college and is about 15 minutes outside of Utica)
If the kids like Hockey, a good choice: https://www.facebook.com/clinton.arena/

https://villageofballstonspa.org/ (outside of Saratoga Springs)

https://villagesaugerties.digitaltow...:10064/content (artsy Hudson Valley community)
Saugerties Farmers Market | Farm Fresh, Local Foods, Hudson Valley, Produce
Kylie's Sweet Shoppe – My new Web site

There are others, but I'll leave it there. Hopefully, others will suggest some other places that would fit.
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Old 09-27-2019, 12:26 PM
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I'll second Grand Rapids. And I'll also add Northfield, MN. Its a great small college town (2 colleges!!!), but it draws on the resources of the Twin Cities. Very walkable and affordable.
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Old 09-27-2019, 04:22 PM
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I'd pick Knoxville and take Austin off the list.
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