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Old 06-06-2008, 02:55 AM
 
Location: cincinnati, ohio
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ok guys, i am loving this forum! so i thought i would seek some advice... i have lived in the cincinnati, ohio area my entire life (26 years) and am getting ready to graduate from pharmacy school. i definitely want to move and i have done TONS of research but i am missing personal opinions from the locals (that would be you guys!). here is what i am looking for... more suburban with urban flair, within an hour of a major city, liberal, slower paced but not stagnant, friendly neighbors, preferably no snow or frigid winters, more sunny days than cloudy, younger crowd (college and or professional), nightlife, great restaurants, sushi, sporting events, parks, a health conscious population, good schools, inexpensive cost-of-living (it's all relative)... so if this sounds like your area or an area that you know, let me know!!! and if you have any questions for me, just ask... thanks!!!

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Old 06-06-2008, 03:18 AM
 
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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Everything you ask for, except "inexpensive cost-of-living" equals:
Seattle. But since "it's all relative" ...
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Old 06-06-2008, 03:33 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Austin, Texas
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Old 06-06-2008, 04:01 AM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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When you say, "more suburban with urban flair" and "within an hour of a major city", it sounds like you are looking for Exurbia, America which can be found in every major or minor city in the country. You should have no problem finding your Utopia.
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Old 06-06-2008, 06:52 AM
 
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Gainesville, Florida

While I hate the University of Florida with every fiber of my soul, Gainesville sounds very much like the kind of town you're looking for.

It's a town of about 110,000 people with 50,000 college students (UF and the community college). The metro area has about 260,000.

It's about an hour from Jacksonville and a little over an hour from Orlando.

Gainesville is a young, trendy, uber liberal city with tons of sunshine, tons of restaurants and lots of nightlife. And it's not too expensive, either (well not compared to places like San Fran, DC or Seattle).
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Old 06-06-2008, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Everything you ask for, except "inexpensive cost-of-living" equals:
Seattle. But since "it's all relative" ...
Id agree except the OP said "more sunny days than cloudy", which means Seattle would probably drive her insane.

I second the Austin, TX recommendation. Sounds like it might fit you, if you can handle long and very hot/humid summers.
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Old 06-06-2008, 10:48 AM
 
Location: cincinnati, ohio
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thanks for your comment!!! and yeah, austin tx was top of my list until MANY people said it was over-rated and WAY overpopulated with all the influx of people. i see it at the top of every list for wonderful cities to relocate to, but i think because of this it may have lost that initial quality the placed it at the top of these lists... i think i am looking more for a hidden gem... would you agree or do you think this view is unfair to austin???
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Old 06-06-2008, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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thanks for your comment!!! and yeah, austin tx was top of my list until MANY people said it was over-rated and WAY overpopulated with all the influx of people. i see it at the top of every list for wonderful cities to relocate to, but i think because of this it may have lost that initial quality the placed it at the top of these lists... i think i am looking more for a hidden gem... would you agree or do you think this view is unfair to austin???
What about Santa Fe, NM, if you can afford it? Way more unique than Austin, IMO, not nearly as crowded and not as hot either.
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Old 06-06-2008, 12:34 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
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ok guys, i am loving this forum! so i thought i would seek some advice... i have lived in the cincinnati, ohio area my entire life (26 years) and am getting ready to graduate from pharmacy school. i definitely want to move and i have done TONS of research but i am missing personal opinions from the locals (that would be you guys!). here is what i am looking for... more suburban with urban flair, within an hour of a major city, liberal, slower paced but not stagnant, friendly neighbors, preferably no snow or frigid winters, more sunny days than cloudy, younger crowd (college and or professional), nightlife, great restaurants, sushi, sporting events, parks, a health conscious population, good schools, inexpensive cost-of-living (it's all relative)... so if this sounds like your area or an area that you know, let me know!!! and if you have any questions for me, just ask... thanks!!!
You'd love most of Fairfield County--especially Stamford, CT. Stamford has a tremendous quality of life with tons of opportunity for young professionals. Since it sits 44 mins by train to NYC and has many financial firms and corporate branches and headquarters here itself, job seekers should have no issue. Long Island Sound is right here, as are bars, restaurants, good schools, parks, etc. that you are looking for. The area is quite expensive--but it is for a reason: it's one of the best locations in the US.
Best of luck!
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