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Old 06-18-2009, 09:27 PM
 
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I love Chicago, 5 months a year. But I think I suffer from some major weather induced depression.

I'm a musician and work freelance graphic design.

Though I always thought I would move to New York because of the culture, and hustle bustle akin to my life here in Chicago, now I'm dead set on relocating in October. I'm just getting cold feet about choosing say, LA.

Is there a city that has:
lots of young folks
vegans
intellectuals/artists
bike culture
warm sunny weather
affordable housing
jobs
?

The weather is making this search the most difficult. I'm starting to wonder if I should think new orleans or hawaii! And a lot of people in the LA forums seem to hate it there.
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Old 06-18-2009, 09:38 PM
 
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If affordable housing is a must, I'd say rule out just about anywhere in California. Even the "cheaper" parts of the state are well above average. Hawaii is pretty expensive too.

New Orleans could be a good fit. The housing is very affordable, it's a warm climate, and the city has a lot of flavor and spirit. There are a couple universities in the area to keep things young. It's not right for everyone though, so definitely visit first to see if you like the vibe.

Austin, TX seems like an obvious choice as well.

If you want a drier climate, try the Tempe area of the Phoenix metro. It's more of a dry heat than a humid heat. It's a young college town. Cheap housing. Lots of good areas for biking.
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:40 PM
 
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consider the housing extra downpayment on a better lifestyle. everything else on your list is a primo location for. SF will be a nice scenic/better climate transition from Chicago. I just did the transition and know several other people who have done it.
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:52 PM
 
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I don't currently live in LA, although would be perfectly happy if I did. I thought I'd hate LA, but ended up absolutely loving it (thought Chicago or NYC more my kind of place, but discovered LA was also great in its own way) A lot of people hate LA because they move there with unrealistic expectations, then are crushed when the dream doesn't work out the way they'd envisioned (and it is a weird place, a very different kind of city, and admittedly is not to everyone's tastes). LA is a wonderful place, one of my favorite cities around (big city, diverse, exciting, tons of opportunities, etc.) but I think you're right to have cold feet if you're worried about affordable housing and jobs. California at this point in time is not good on either front, although LA is cheaper than some major cities (cheaper than NYC and SF, not sure how it compares to Chicago).

I've only visited, never lived there, but how about Houston? There are some interesting neighborhoods there, some big schools, an interesting art scene, and warm. Also plenty of bikers:

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