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Old 03-14-2007, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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Default Help me choose a city to live in

Hi, I cannot for the life of me decide on a city I want to live in. Maybe you can help me. I will give you my city info, and you reply with cities you think would match.

Here they are.

1. City is green. I like trees and lakes.

2. City is clean. Don't want a rundown dump.

3. Crime is fairly low. Don't mind have some crime ,but nothing up there.

4. Transportation has to be good. I don't have a car.

5. Rents are affordable and pay is good.

6. City cannot be real small. Would like something 100,000+

7. I would like to live somewhere where the population is growing ,but not to the point where in 5 years, you won't be able to drive or walk anywhere.


I appreciate all answers
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Old 03-15-2007, 01:11 AM
 
Location: In exile, plotting my coup
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I think Portland meets most of your criteria. The rents are considered a bit expensive but not as bad as Seattle, although definitely worse than where you're coming from in Tucson. Similarly, while not a dangerous city overall, it's a city nonetheless so there is some crime. I also hear the economy is somewhat shaky there. I think the most restrictive of your criteria is the "car-free living" criteria. That puts the biggest crimp on your choices.
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Old 03-15-2007, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Washington
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That's almost exactly what I'm looking for.

Portland or Seattle sound like a good fit, myself, I'm going to Seattle.
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Old 03-15-2007, 12:00 PM
 
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Minneapolis/St.Paul would also meet your criteria quite well. RE: #4, you can live car-free, but must select area wisely because the transit system has a few good lines (frequent service) but many lines, even in the central cities, run infrequently, or only a few times a day, or have no night/Saturday/Sunday service.
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Old 03-15-2007, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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Default Thanks

I have been considering Seattle, Portland, and Minneapolis. Thought I would narrow it down to them, but want to make sure it's a place i'm interested in. Seattle to me, is more interesting than Portland. Minneapolis looks nice too.

More suggestions would be great as well. thanks for the info

Daniel
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Old 03-15-2007, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Midessa, Texas Home Yangzhou, Jiangsu temporarily
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Oil City PA. It doesn't have quite 100,000 yet but I am sure it will real soon.
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Old 03-15-2007, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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Default oil city PA?

Never heard of it. Sounds crappy. Tell me more about it?

daniel
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Old 03-15-2007, 02:15 PM
 
Location: PA
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Everyone pokes fun at Oil City here now. Don't take it seriously.

For one thing, you definitely would need a car there, if the poster was serious. It's a pretty rural area -- not many cities around it -- so I guess it doesn't satisfy that requirement either.
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Old 03-16-2007, 03:21 AM
 
Location: Wherever my feet take me
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Some others you might want to look at that meet at least most of your criteria:

Albuquerque, NM
http://www.abqcvb.org/visitors/

Asheville, NC
http://www.exploreasheville.com/

Tallahassee, FL
http://www.visittallahassee.com/

Salem, OR
http://www.cityofsalem.net/
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Old 03-16-2007, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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Charlotte, NC. Has some crime like any other large city, but it's in pockets. Pick wisely, and you'll be fine. It's opening a light rail line this fall. Very beautiful city that's pretty affordable. Nice weather.
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