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Old 02-20-2007, 02:50 AM
Location: Tampa Bay
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Not for a housing boom or house flipping but for for quality schools, sustained longterm growth, affordability, employment sector diversity, quality of life, natural enviroment, cleanliness, modern infastructure.

So what are some of the smaller to medium sized cities that are up and coming?
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Old 02-20-2007, 03:47 AM
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska (moving to Ohio)
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I would say with the exception of natural environment Des Moines, Iowa. The poverty rate is low, housing is very cheap by national standards, its very clean and Des Moines construction downtown is amazing.
Des Moines economy is not the most diverse its a big time insurance and banking town. But insurance companies tend to do good business no matter what the economy.

Other cities
-Bismarck, North Dakota: This town of 50,000 people has the North Dakota State capitol, a few small colleges. I think I heard Bismarck had employment growth every year since 1970. Its also very hilly, has a massive lake (Sakawea spelling is not right) just to the north. Also housing is very cheap.

-Cincinnati, Ohio is known for affordable, topographically interesting, good economy, high-paying jobs and very nice suburbs and amazing architecture in the city proper. The city itself though has a high violent crime rate though. The suburban areas though are very nice and clean.

-Lexington, Kentucky is a very clean place, good economy with the University of Kentucky lots to do, close to proximity to other cities, good moderate climate and very cheap. I think Lexington with the state capitol less then a half hour away, a huge medical center and the University of Kentucky has very good prospects.

-St. Paul, Minnesota is another great place. Extremely, extremely clean place.
Very, very friendly people. Very hilly and very good architecture. Very good economy in the twin cities area. Lots of lakes around and the economy is very good. Cost of housing while high for the midwest is cheaper then the nation as a whole. The Twin Cities are also very economically stable, but the economy hasnt been as good as it was it years past.
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Old 02-20-2007, 08:09 AM
Location: Tampa Bay
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Im thinking,

Portland OR
Boise ID
Greeneville SC
Lexington KY
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