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Old 06-11-2009, 10:20 AM
 
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Hello,

I've lived in the Midwest most of my life, and frankly, I'm sick of the winters. The frigid, wet winters have finally got to me, and I'm looking to relocate in the near future. (About two years from now, if not earlier.) Specifically to the Southwest. Mainly for the climate. I'd like a place with dry warm/hot summers, (emphasis on dry) and mild winters. A little snow is nice, but I wouldn't miss it if we didn't get any.

So my question/request. What are some of your experiences with cities in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, etc? First and foremost is, is the area safe? What's the crime like? Is it bad and getting better, bad and getting worse, good and deteriorating? Second would be how affordable is the area? And why did you move there/why do you stay there? Or, why did you leave? I only briefly lived in Southern California, so I have very little first hand experience with the region. (And for the record, I would like to avoid going back to California. I find you pay a little too much for what you get out there.) Other than that, I'm very adaptable. So a quiet little town or a city with a bustling nightlife would be fine, as long as it met the criteria above.

Thank you for all your input!
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Old 06-11-2009, 11:35 AM
 
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Las Cruces was voted the safest mid-size city. That's where I'm headed in August. Meets your criteria. Also, El Paso is safe (but it's very dangerous if you go across the border into Mexico).
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:00 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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Hello,

I've lived in the Midwest most of my life, and frankly, I'm sick of the winters. The frigid, wet winters have finally got to me, and I'm looking to relocate in the near future. (About two years from now, if not earlier.) Specifically to the Southwest. Mainly for the climate. I'd like a place with dry warm/hot summers, (emphasis on dry) and mild winters. A little snow is nice, but I wouldn't miss it if we didn't get any.

So my question/request. What are some of your experiences with cities in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, etc? First and foremost is, is the area safe? What's the crime like? Is it bad and getting better, bad and getting worse, good and deteriorating? Second would be how affordable is the area? And why did you move there/why do you stay there? Or, why did you leave? I only briefly lived in Southern California, so I have very little first hand experience with the region. (And for the record, I would like to avoid going back to California. I find you pay a little too much for what you get out there.) Other than that, I'm very adaptable. So a quiet little town or a city with a bustling nightlife would be fine, as long as it met the criteria above.

Thank you for all your input!

I live in the Southwest and to be honest it dosent really intrest me, I like some of New Mexico but I dont care for Utah,Arizona or Nevada. The crime is way above average for NM,AZ and NV but nothing that should affect you, you probably wont even really notice crime. Dont let the crime rates fool you its not that bad. NM is probably the most affordable and has yet to be taken over like PHX,Vegas and Salt Lake.

Salt Lake will get more snow,Albuqueruqe gets it a few times a year, and Tucson and PHX you are better off if you just dont wanna see it.

Albuqueruqe's winters are nice, its mostly sunny all the time and the high in Jan is almost 50 degrees which feels nice.
I was at a baseball game in April, it was 53 degrees with no sun in sight and it was damn cold, that same 53 degrees with that high elevation sun beating down on you is really pleasant. Its a big difference.
I dont even use the heater in my car in the winter unless its in the early morning cause the sun heats up the inside.
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