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Old 04-07-2007, 05:34 PM
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We are casually considering a move to the midwest. The northeast's harsh winters and ridiculous cost of living are getting to be a real drag.

My wife has family in the Louisville area of KY, so we considered there.

We'd like a place with moderate weather, but still has seasons.

We are partial to areas around colleges as we enjoy the arts and culture. My wife and I are both graphic designers though I think I would certainly consider a job change. Heck, going to work on the Toyota assembly line for a few years actually appeals to me... the money and benefits are much better then what I make here and now as a designer in an ad firm.

Anyway, we'd love to hear some midwest recommendations. It's hard to look at this great big country and see everywhere so feel free to chime in. A place that is safe, had good jobs and schools, isn't too hot or to cold, nice people, and lower cost of living... ya' know, just the perfect American small city or big town.

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Old 04-07-2007, 05:52 PM
Location: Missouri
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I recently read good things about the Fayetteville-Springdale area of Arkansas. I can't remember where, I read too many relocation articles. lol But it said it had a steady economy, safe area, nice place, etc. I haven't personally been there but it might be worth looking into. I went to Hot Springs, Arkansas once and the people were super nice. I've been to Kentucky and I thought it was nice there, too.

If I find that article again, I will post its link.
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Old 04-07-2007, 07:10 PM
Location: Wi for the summer--Vegas in the winter
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I would suggest MADISON WI. It's a real gem. One drawback of course is the long and cold winters. Myabe worth taking a look at though.
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Old 04-07-2007, 07:15 PM
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Arkansas may be very nice, but it is very southern. Even Kentucky is quasi-southern come to think of it. Parts of Missouri have milder winters than most of the midwest. Southern Ohio is more temperate. Cincinnati? KCMO? Look for cities with state universities. Columbus, Columbia? Do you like urban or rural? Maybe that can get you a start.
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Old 04-07-2007, 08:26 PM
Location: Phoenix metro
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Madison, WI is quite a nice place actually! Give it a shot! Winters can be long and harsh at times, but the summers and quality of life more than make up for it.

I dont know how much youre interested in spending on a house, so Ill recommend some areas around here that are quite nice. Pay scales are awesome and jobs are plentiful and constantly growing. Here are my fave Chicagoland suburbs: Hinsdale, Wheaton, Bartlett, St. Charles, Warrenville, Lake Forest, South Elgin, Geneva, Wasco, Winfield, Lisle, Schaumburg, Bloomingdale, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Plainfield, Glen Ellyn.
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Old 04-08-2007, 12:36 AM
Location: In exile, plotting my coup
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I'd like to pipe in and recommend Kansas City. The weather is definitely four seasons but winters are much milder than what you experience in Vermont. The city has a surprisingly large and vibrant arts scene. The economy there is good and the cost of living is quite low as well.
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Old 04-08-2007, 02:39 AM
Location: Southern California
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what you want, is actually more in the southern region. The midwest is going to be about as dismally cold as your trying to get away from!

For the climate you want, louisville is at about the northern boundary of what I would consider a more gentle, milder climate, where winter leaves a bit sooner (compared to my location in northern illinois).

I think arkansas and kansas city are good suggestions, I would also look at more of the cities in Kentucky (I havn't been to many besides louisville or I would recommend one...i would check out lexington, KY myself though). I have also heard that Columbia, MO is a very nice town.

There ARE a lot of nice towns in illinois, iowa, indiana and wisconsin (what I consider the real midwest) but they are just sooo cold. I dont think it would be worth considering for you since you want easier winters (maybe southern illinois or southern indiana...maybe!).
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Old 04-08-2007, 05:57 PM
Location: Missouri
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My husband and I are relocating to the KCMO 'burbs this summer. I almost also recommended it, but refrained because from what I have heard, their winters are...winterish, not terrible but not mild, either. Still, we love it, enough to move there, so maybe it would be right for you too. The people there are super nice.
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Old 04-08-2007, 07:05 PM
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Lawrence, KS
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Old 04-08-2007, 08:21 PM
Location: Journey's End
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I just spent a few days in Columbia, MO and thought it a rather nice town/city; has a college or two, good restaurants, an established downtown and affordable housing.

I couldn't recommend a specific town in KY, but having just driven through it from West to East, I'd say it is one of the greenest, most beautiful states in the region.
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