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Old 06-20-2008, 01:06 PM
 
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Me too, I much prefer cold to heat. And WI gets really REALLY hot and sticky. We run our A/C pretty much 24/7 from mid-May until October.

Being from Maine, we seem to notice it a lot more than the natives. None of my neighbors even have A/C. I'd die without it.

Burlington VT might be a really good choice for OP.
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Old 06-20-2008, 02:11 PM
 
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If you want cold, then I would look at Minneapolis/St. Paul, Rochester,MN., Duluth, Sioux Falls, Madison, La Crosse all of which have cold winters and cool summers.

Duluth averages about 70-75 degrees in the summer and cool falls-frigid winters (no doubt you knew that) and plenty of access to nature.

Minneapolis is more expensive but has a lot of nature in the city with parks, lakes, good bus system and expanding light rail.

Rochester has an ibm plant in town and is fast growing too. It is more humid in the summer however. When I was there, the summer thunderstorms would come through and cool things off.

Good luck!
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Old 06-20-2008, 02:32 PM
 
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The OP is more concerned about moderate summers, though, and as we've already discussed, the midwest gets pretty dang sticky and humid. I lived in WI and the summers never felt cool. They weren't scorching, but they tended to be hot and humid.
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Old 06-20-2008, 02:51 PM
 
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If you don't want much crime but like the cold check out Minneapolis/St. Paul
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Old 06-20-2008, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Check out Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The population is 150,000 and it's very economical. Many businesses are headquartered there. It gets pretty cold too.
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Old 06-20-2008, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Me too, I much prefer cold to heat. And WI gets really REALLY hot and sticky. We run our A/C pretty much 24/7 from mid-May until October
Uh...... are you joking? For Pete's sake, if you think WI is "REALLY hot and sticky", youd probably die down south. lol No joke.

I was just up in WI last week and enjoyed the BEAUTIFUL low 70 degree highs and 55 degree nights.
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Old 06-20-2008, 03:52 PM
 
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Uh...... are you joking? For Pete's sake, if you think WI is "REALLY hot and sticky", youd probably die down south. lol No joke.

I was just up in WI last week and enjoyed the BEAUTIFUL low 70 degree highs and 55 degree nights.

Nope, not joking. And yes, I know I could never EVER live down south. I think my internal furnace is turned permanently to HIGH so when it gets even a little bit warm outside, I can't stand it. Fortunately DH is the same way so we don't have that typical husband & wife thing where one is always cold and one is always hot.

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Old 06-20-2008, 04:30 PM
 
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If when you say cold, you mean not hot, then the Pacific Northwest is what you're looking for. Winters are comparatively mild but summers are cool.

I live in Oakland. We at least got some light fog last night but it was gone by 7:00AM We only have two seasons here, blazing hot and cold & wet. As soon as the fog lifts it's blazing hot. San Jose is brutal but it could be worse...you could be in Livermore.

I tried to go to the Beach in Alameda to cool off but darned if it isn't closed because of yet another oil spill. Yippee. Right now, I'm baking and rainy old Seattle is looking real good.
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Old 06-20-2008, 11:15 PM
 
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Denver and Omaha sound like good options. Denver never seemed very economically, though I've never been there. Don't know much about Omaha, I always thought of it as middle of no-where type place.
Omaha's not any more middle of nowhere than Denver, since it's not far from Kansas City and Des Moines, but the scenery is certainly different. In July and August, and sometimes June and September, the temps can get well over 90, and often into the 100's. Summers aren't nearly as bad as further south, though, since there are breaks in the heat. I hear a lot of good things about Omaha's economy. It's a nice, clean town, with enough things to do.
Northern New England and Michigan would be cooler, but the economy isn't too great in MI.
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Old 06-21-2008, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Omaha
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I can testify for Omaha's economy, I remember seeing a local report on the possible Ressession, and when placed against KC, Des Moines, and maybe denver I can't remember, Omaha was the only city that would remain relatively uneffected.

I'm not sure why.
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