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Old 09-26-2008, 02:40 PM
 
Location: East Coast, Continental USA
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My husband and I need to relocate to the Northern regions of the Continental USA and we would appreciate some help to figure out a healthy, safe, comfortable suitable place. It may be challenging, but it is possible. The following is a list of criteria that is important to us when seriously considering a place for relocation:

Strong Non-Smoking Laws
Peace and Quiet, Strong Noise Ordinances and Quality of Life Laws
Strong Vegetarian Support Groups, Significant number of strict vegetarians
A Minimum of 5 or 6 strict vegetarian restaurants
Green Organic-Minded, where people genuinely care about Breathing Clean Fresh Air
A region where everyday is Earth Day and it genuinely matters is Celebrated
North of the Mason-Dixon Line
Genuine 4 seasons, Autumn, Winter Solstice, somewhat steady weather with snow - 30 - 40 low - 60 - 71 high, but not near the "Atlantic Freeze Zone", (as in the movie, "The Day After Tomorrow")
A state with ZERO nuclear reactors
Minimal extreme weather, Florida is the lightning capital of the world with horrible hurricanes, California has horrific earthquakes, and the Midwest has horrific tornadoes, while we're not looking to escape it, we need weather that will allow our severely damaged frayed PTSD nerves an opportunity to repair.

I want to mention that we are currently looking for a vegetarian eco-village in a region of a state that has the above criteria. If anyone has any information about this that may help us, please feel free to contact us and let us know.

Thank you
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Old 09-26-2008, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Your best bet might be Portland, OR.
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Old 09-26-2008, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Try Traverse City, Michigan.

Being right on the lakeshore, it keeps the winter about 10 or 20 degrees warmer than it would be 20 miles inland from the lake. Typically, no more than five mornings per winter below zero. No AC required in summer. The city has a very strong ethic of alternate lifestyle. Lots of bicycles, thrift shops, small restaurants and cafes, a very large and comprehensive natural foods outlet and a vibrant open market. Vital downtown is busy. It's 150 miles from a larger city, so well insulated from metropolitan bustle.
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Old 09-26-2008, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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WE used to have a saying here in Oregon that 'Every day is earth day in Oregon." If you want quiet then I'd suggest a small city although several different cities would fit what you are looking for. Most of western Oregon gets more rain than snow but not a lot of thunder storms.
You may want to look into Washington too. The northwest has lots of farmers markets with home grown fruits and veggies. Eastern Washington and Oregon will get some snow and 4 seasons.
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Old 09-26-2008, 05:56 PM
 
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Alaska
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Old 09-26-2008, 06:10 PM
 
Location: North Central Indiana
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I would say Portland, Oregon would be nice but at the same time I wouldn't say it has 4 seasons either. Try Madison, Wisconsin as an option or even Milwaukee.
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Old 09-26-2008, 06:30 PM
 
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Oh, good God. Go to Idaho. I hear the flakes are so thick there, you can't stir them with a stick.
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Old 09-26-2008, 06:41 PM
 
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In fact, to celebrate your rarefied standards, here's my previous thread on this subject:

Which City Is Best for Me?
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Old 09-26-2008, 07:44 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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In fact, to celebrate your rarefied standards, here's my previous thread on this subject:

Which City Is Best for Me?
Haha! That's great!
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:29 PM
 
Location: USA
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Great satire, cpg! And a point for you. It is hard to believe that there are people almost like that.
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