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Old 09-21-2008, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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I am originally from the Boston area. I have seen plenty of the USA and the San Francisco area is about it I think for what your looking for. Yes it is even more expensive than Boston, so cost prohibitive for most of us. I find more and more people are looking in to Denver as an alternative for living for several reasons. When one wants out of cold snowy northern climates they look south or west, but like you cannot find thier needs or comfort level being met in their options. Denver can be a more sensible choice because it is not nearly as cold as people think, has tons of sunshine. Denver is not in the mountains it is in the prarie below the Rocky Mountains. Most of the snow is in the mountains and what the city gets comes and goes quickly. Most years its minimal, its definitely not Boston in the snow or cold dept. A very diverse population at least in most instances, and the economy as far as I know is not as bad as some areas of the country. Its a growing and popular destination with alot of outdoors as well as cultural activities for many people. It definitely is a more live and let live people I have found, and a lively downtown. Alot of parks and alot of people into fitness and enjoying the sunshine with the rocky's in the backround. What I also like about Denver is they are continually extending thier transit/rail lines, which is reminiscent of Bostons transit options. From Denver's airport you can fly to just about every major east coast or west coast metro area nonstop in 2 to 3 hours. Like I said you might not find your needs in much of the country for a variety of reasons. Take a look at Denver and see what you think. Its a lot warmer than Boston and alot cheaper than both Boston and San Francisco. Its a lot drier than Seattle and Portland and alot more live and let live than any city I have been to in the South even Atlanta. Good Luck.
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Old 09-21-2008, 11:40 AM
 
Location: USA
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^^^^^^

X2. Excellent Jimrob1!
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Old 09-21-2008, 02:09 PM
 
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That was a fab response. Thanks so much!
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Old 09-21-2008, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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San Francisco may not be much cheaper, though...
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Old 09-21-2008, 10:55 PM
 
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I'm not so sure that Denver's winters are a LOT warmer than Boston's.

(Sources: National Weather Service, Weather Channel, Weather Underground):

Average January high temperature: Boston 36, Denver 43
Average January low temperature: Boston 22, Denver 15
Average annual snowfall: Boston 43.8", Denver 61.6"

However, I understand that there may be more sunshine during the winter in Denver, so that the winter mood does not weigh so heavily. A lot depends on how much milder than Boston's the OP needs the winters to be.

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Old 09-22-2008, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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The good thing about Denver' s winters compared to Boston's is all that sunshine. The snowfall melts very quickly in Denver not so in Boston. I remember way to many winters in Mass where we had one snow storm after another, and weeks of sub zero temps kept the snow frozen on the ground. It isn't every winter but there are winters where the ground is snow covered Dec thru Mar. I miss New England but I sure as hell dont miss commuting to Boston in those snow storms. If I was someone though that just did not want cold or snow at all then I would not pick Denver. However as far as Metro areas that do get snow, Denver is probably the one where the snow doesn't stay on the ground very long, thanks to all that sun.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:24 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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San Francisco

its more dense,more diverse,bigger(metro area as well),more beautiful scenery,better climate,better economy.

I don't know about climate though.
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Old 09-23-2008, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Greater PDX
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Charleston SC is the closest city to Boston I know of in terms of history and architecture. But obviously it is substantially smaller so there are some big differences as well. But definitely warmer and still on the Atlantic.
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Old 09-23-2008, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Dorchester
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Boston = Richmond?!!!!

Holy crap!

Try Baltimore. It ain't Boston but it has architecture.
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Old 09-23-2008, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Dorchester
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The climate in San Fran sucks!
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