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Old 08-22-2008, 09:02 AM
 
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We are planning to relocate somewhere else from our current location in VA within a year. I am a stay-at-home mom and my husband works in a professional medical field.
What are we looking for? We are a conservative Christian family with three children under three so obviously we are interested in conservative family-friendly places. We are also planning on homeschooling so a homeschooling-friendly state is vital. We really donít like the heat and humidity here in VA so we are looking into northern states. We want to have the ability to do things outdoors, have parks and recreational opportunities. Also it would be great if there were things to do within walking distance as we like to get out on foot instead of driving long distances.. some public transport options would be great as well. We prefer smaller or medium size towns or cities with lots of community events and things to do. We have family in OH so this is the first choice of my husband but we are not sure where exactly to look.. and we havenít decided about the state yet. (AK was another state we were seriously interested in but my husband doesn't seem to warm up to the idea as much.)
Anyways if you have some ideas for us Ė we would greatly appreciate your input!
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Old 08-22-2008, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Wheaton, IL sounds like it would be perfect for you. Its extremely conservative, very clean and very safe. Not much in the way of public transporation other than the Metra station(s) which offer trains into downtown Chicago and further out into other nice Western burbs (ie Geneva, Glen Ellyn, etc).

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Old 08-22-2008, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Elkins, WV
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Try Morgantown WV just to the north. Still decently close to the family in OH. I'm not sure how friendly the state is to homeschooling though, haven't crossed that bridge yet. But its a great town, check it out.. It has limitless options for outdoor folks with a booming medical community.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Morgan...-Virginia.html

Here is a video you can watch to give you a better idea!

http://www.pikewoodcreative.com/Showcase/Morgantown/index.html (broken link)

Or if Morgantown is too big for you, check out my hometown of Elkins, WV. A small town of around 8,000 with a small hospital and many medical offices.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Elkins-West-Virginia.html

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Old 08-22-2008, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Cortland, Ohio
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Why not check out the Cleveland metro. Cleveland has a pretty good public transportation system and there are a ton of parks and cultural happenings there. Also, your husband probably wouldn't have any problem finding a job there. Check these out:

Cuyahoga Valley National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Cleveland Metroparks - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Cleveland Metroparks

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

University Circle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

University Circle : Find Yourself in the Circle

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
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Old 08-22-2008, 09:43 AM
 
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Steve-O, great pictures of a really pretty town. I love places like that. Except for the ultra conservative part
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Old 08-22-2008, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Steve-O, great pictures of a really pretty town. I love places like that. Except for the ultra conservative part
Thanks! I have a whole SLEW of Chicago burb pics on the Chicago suburbs forum if youre interested. If you like Wheaton, youll love Hinsdale, Geneva, St. Charles, Glen Ellyn, etc.
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Old 08-22-2008, 10:17 AM
 
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The Syracuse area of NY and probably the Utica-Rome area of NY aka Mohawk Valley would probably offer most of what you are looking for. If you have to be in a Conservative area then you'd want to avoid areas around Cleveland. The Cleveland area is quite Liberal though you could probably find some Conservative democrats residing in the counties Northeast and Southeast of Cleveland.

Oswego, NY which is situated on Lake Ontario just north of Syracuse is probably a very close match to what you desire. It has an ample number of family friendly activities, both indoors and outdoors and home schooling in NY like New England is welcome. Oswego County is fairly Conservative and has more registered Republicans than Democrats, at least in the Oswego area.
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Old 08-22-2008, 11:26 AM
 
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Well there are a bunch of places in the north that are very family-friendly and conservative. Grand Rapids, Michigan is the obvious choice (or maybe it's not so obvious. lol.) Either way, G-Rap is a bastion of conservativism and reformed theology. Homeschooling is very popular in Michigan.

Colorado Springs is the same--though it's not so much "northern" as it's "western." Home to Focus on the Family and a myriad other evangelical organizations, the Springs is a very good place for your family.

St. Louis and most of Missouri has a very strong homeschooling contingent and most of the area is fairly conservative (at least compared to most other similarly sized US cities).
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Old 08-22-2008, 11:28 AM
 
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Wheaton is also an obvious choice--with Wheaton College right there. Of course you're right in the middle of Chicagoland--which could be good or bad depending on what exactly you're looking for. It is definitely a very nice--and very evangelical--area.
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Old 08-22-2008, 11:30 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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Steve-O, great pictures of a really pretty town. I love places like that. Except for the ultra conservative part
Ditto.
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