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Old 01-30-2009, 10:19 AM
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Originally Posted by BrieMuffin View Post
Wow, I hadn't considered areas like AR, IN or OH. Thanks for your input!

I've heard some mixed feelings about Asheville, NC. Some say it's beautiful, fun and filled with down-to-earth and friendly people. Others have said the people are rude, full of "southerners," and cost of living is expensive.
I've been to Asheville. It is beautiful, and artsy, but the cost of living is high. The weather isn't as extreme as the rest of the south. Like any southern city, it is full of southerners. You'll find both hippies and rednecks in Asheville, which makes for an interesting mix. Although it's one of the only southern cities I'd consider living in, I still wouldn't suggest it for what you're looking for

I agree that it will be tough finding mild winters near mountains. I'm just trying to get away from the flat, flat, flat land that is Buffalo.
Athens, OH is great for that. It's practically in the mountains, with very hilly terrain. It's almost like Asheville, but 400 miles further north, which makes for a big difference in culture (although it's still southern compared to Michigan or New York).

Albuquerque? I hadn't considered that either. This might sound strange but, are there scorpions, cockroaches and other large invasive creatures there??
Scorpions, centipedes, solpugids (camel spiders), and tarantuals all live in the desert southwest. If you don't like big scary bugs, the desert isn't the place for you
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Old 01-30-2009, 04:16 PM
Location: Connecticut... but trying to get out
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I just went on a 2 week long road trip to choose my new city. I am a young professional looking to get out of CT. After looking at many places in NC, SC, TN, TX and GA, we decided on austin. I looove it. Sounds like it would fit your criteria well.

We checked out asheville- doubt you'd like it. Too small and remote, a lot of closed shops, and the hippys might drive you insane. We are liberals but it was too intense for us.

Definitely check out Austin. We liked charlotte and raleigh a lot too, but they didn't compare to Austin. Keep in mind, our list was based around the best economies in the us. Austin and raleigh both top the list. Austin is a very active outdoorsy city that is quite liberal (in the actual city) and artsy. Its a bit pricier for in city living, but houses in the suburbs are more inexpensive than many of the other states mentioned. There are a lot of IT jobs and jobs in general, relative to the rest of the us.
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Old 01-30-2009, 07:15 PM
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Texas might have too much heat and humidity for the OP.

North Carolina would be milder in climate. Charlotte could be a good choice.

Somewhere in OH or IN could also work. The culture and climate change wouldn't be too radical, but you'd still have a lot more sun and less snow than in upstate NY.
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