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Old 06-16-2008, 09:01 PM
 
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Hello all! Our family has narrowed it down to four cities that we are interested in living in. Thanks to all of you that have helped us come to this decision. Here are the places in no particular order.

1. Madision, WI-We love the layout of the city, the activities, the look, and the overall attitude of the people. Downsides: weather!
2. Des Moines, Iowa-We love family friendly mindset and choices of activities. Downsides: We are concerned about tornadoes and flooding.
3. Ithaca, NY-We love everything about Ithaca besides it being so small in population and being in the middle of nowhere.
4. Columbus, Ohio-Don't know a lot about it. A lot of my friends have recommended it and swear that we will love it. Downside: Population is a bit higher than what we are used to.

We are a young family of four seeking a place that has good public schools, safe, friendly people, affordable, and lots to do. ( I know that this is vague). It would be wonderful to live in a place where we don't have to live miles and miles away from the action. Public transport is a plus or being able to actually walk/ride a bike would be excellent. We are not country people. But safety is most important. I have been told that in most big cities, the crime tends to be close to city centers.

We have struggled to make friends in Virginia. People are very much to themselves and there aren't a lot of mingling opportunities. As we won't have family around, it's important to be in a place that there is a lot to do and easier to make friends. We are looking for a place where neighbors can actually become friends. (Does this exist?)

I would love to hear your comments on the above places. We want to settle down in a place we can call home. Please feel free to post opinions. I am excited about receiving responses.

Thanks in advance. I will leave positive feedback to all of those that reply.
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Hello all! Our family has narrowed it down to four cities that we are interested in living in. Thanks to all of you that have helped us come to this decision. Here are the places in no particular order.

1. Madision, WI-We love the layout of the city, the activities, the look, and the overall attitude of the people. Downsides: weather!
2. Des Moines, Iowa-We love family friendly mindset and choices of activities. Downsides: We are concerned about tornadoes and flooding.
3. Ithaca, NY-We love everything about Ithaca besides it being so small in population and being in the middle of nowhere.
4. Columbus, Ohio-Don't know a lot about it. A lot of my friends have recommended it and swear that we will love it. Downside: Population is a bit higher than what we are used to.

We are a young family of four seeking a place that has good public schools, safe, friendly people, affordable, and lots to do. ( I know that this is vague). It would be wonderful to live in a place where we don't have to live miles and miles away from the action. Public transport is a plus or being able to actually walk/ride a bike would be excellent. We are not country people. But safety is most important. I have been told that in most big cities, the crime tends to be close to city centers.

We have struggled to make friends in Virginia. People are very much to themselves and there aren't a lot of mingling opportunities. As we won't have family around, it's important to be in a place that there is a lot to do and easier to make friends. We are looking for a place where neighbors can actually become friends. (Does this exist?)

I would love to hear your comments on the above places. We want to settle down in a place we can call home. Please feel free to post opinions. I am excited about receiving responses.

Thanks in advance. I will leave positive feedback to all of those that reply.
First of all, may I recommend Omaha? It has all of the factors you want and our city center is actually really nice with several new condos going up.

Ok out of that list, I will recommend Des Moines, its a very beautiful city with a strong economy and great public schools, by the way, tornadoes rarely touch down in Des Moines, they usually happen in the country and aren't wide spread when the do touch down, and the flooding that is happening now is being called a 500 year flood and it isn't nearly as major in Des Moines as it was in Cedar Rapids. People in Des Moines or any other city in the mid west are very friendly and welcoming to new comers.
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Old 06-17-2008, 12:04 AM
 
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If climate is a concern for you, Columbus will likely be the mildest. It is a bit larger in size, but it's not overwhelmingly large. It still has a small city feel. The benefit of it being larger, though, is that it's a bit more transient than some of the others (meaning that you'll have a better chance of meeting people from all over that you can relate to).

Des Moines...yeah, the flooding is a problem right now, but anywhere in the midwest is going to have weather emergencies and disasters. Same with the south and hurricanes. And California with fires. The only region of the country I know of that doesn't have many natural disasters is the northeast.

Madison is brutally cold in the winter, there's no avoiding it. You see all the positives, and yes, it is a good city. But another negative to consider is that it may be harder to fit in. Despite being a college town, the city is still about 80% native WI and about 85% native midwesterners. So it may be difficult to blend in with the WI culture if you're not from around there.

I think Columbus may be your best bet. Although Omaha could be worth looking at as well (their local economy is booming right now).
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Old 06-17-2008, 02:20 PM
 
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Columbus, Ohio
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Old 06-17-2008, 03:35 PM
 
Location: The Dominating Los Angeles
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hmmm..never heard of those places, but id say iowa...heard they have good corn lol
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Old 06-17-2008, 03:41 PM
 
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hmmm..never heard of those places, but id say iowa...heard they have good corn lol
If you've never heard of any of these places, then it's silly to make a recommendation...
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Old 06-17-2008, 04:05 PM
 
Location: North Central Indiana
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I would be tied between Madison, WI and Columbus, OH. If you want a more clean family friendly setting, then go Madison.
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Old 06-17-2008, 04:12 PM
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Weather is an issue in Des Moines as well. It has a typical midwestern climate: hot and humid in summer, cold in winter. Look up some weather stats on one of the weather websites.

I have lived in a college town (Champaign, IL) as a working adult with no ties to the University, and it got old, for me. That is the downside of a college community. Madison is more than just the university, it is also the state capital and it is not too far from Milwaukee, so it may be a bit different.

I think Columbus (also college town and state capital, but larger than all that) would perhaps be best.
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Old 06-18-2008, 02:10 AM
 
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I think Columbus (also college town and state capital, but larger than all that) would perhaps be best.
Agreed.

It's more of a small city than a collegetown, which I think is better in the longrun (there's more outside opportunity; and the whole spirited-college-vibe thing does lose its novelty after awhile).
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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I'm a sports fan, so I'd probably recommend Columbus since they have an NHL team. It's also within 2 hours of Cincinnati, which has MLB and NFL and 2 1/2 hours from Cleveland which has some sports teams.

Columbus will probably meet your needs. And it'll be milder than Wisconsin.
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