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Old 07-05-2008, 02:06 AM
 
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I need help! I'm dying to move out of anniston alabama!!! part of my problem is i'm indecisive :P I want cooler weather in the summer, but not frozen winters....apts that are affordable when compared to the average wages and job opportunities, safe, has things to do (arts and theater, concerts, historical things, sports, museums, etc), job opps, not too bad traffic (i don't mind a little bit of rush hour, but don't want it to be like LA or NYC). My husband and I are 20 and trying to find something better...we have no kids, just 2 cats and a rat. Ideas for big and small cities would be nice since i can't decide between the two :P Thanks!!!
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Old 07-05-2008, 06:09 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I hate to be the one to say it, but.... You will never find "home" if you don't know what you are looking for. There will always be the questions in the back of your mind, "Is this the best place for us? Is there someplace/situation we would like better?" Until you can answer and have an idea of what home should be, you will never find it. Large city, small town, rural; North, South, East coast, West coast; Warm Summers and Cool winters or warm winters and Hot Summers. All are questions you have to know first.
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Old 07-05-2008, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Orange, California
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It sounds like you want to move out of Anniston and are looking for a larger city. Beyond that, it does not sound like you have any particular requirements that would recommend a particular city (beyond what you would find in a larger city anyway). Cooler summer weather can be found in about 90% of the cities outside of Alabama (just stay away from non-coastal points that are further south than Anniston). A good starting point for your decision might be to consider where you might have a job opportunity or friends/family who might help you get acquainted with your new city.
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Old 07-05-2008, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Seattle maybe, it has a mild climate like you want but it might be too expensive, or maybe Fresno or Sacramento or Portland, OR.
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Old 07-05-2008, 08:01 PM
 
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Cities with milder climates, relatively low traffic, and affordability:
-Portland, OR
-Knoxville, TN
-Richmond, VA
-Charlotte, NC
-Louisville, KY
-Albuquerque, NM
-Boise, ID
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Old 07-05-2008, 09:21 PM
 
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Yes. Louisville would fit the bill quite nicely at least when looking at your list of desires. The Cincinnati area would also be good but you'd need to be selective when looking at cities and suburbs as potential sites for a house or apartment. Cincy does have a couple of pretty bad neighborhoods these days but overall the area is quite safe.
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Old 07-05-2008, 10:56 PM
 
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I had actually been looking at louisville, cause i've been there before and from what i remember, i liked it I've also been looking into charlotte some too, but don't know that much about it.
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Old 07-06-2008, 09:24 AM
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Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Louisville or Cincinnati
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Old 07-06-2008, 09:38 AM
 
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Charlotte has a lot of transplants from the Northeast and is now a much busier and faster growing metro area than Louisville. The people in Louisville and Cincinnati are much easier to get along with than a lot of places.
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Old 07-06-2008, 12:36 PM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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Albuquerque New Mexico and surrounding areas fits your criteria. A very unique city and very different from the deep south. I recommend moving west where the economies are better and where all the action seems to be moving to. I would not recommend Louisville, just seems stuffy and part of the old industrial regions.
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