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Old 06-23-2009, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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when no city is perfect, and a number of them are decent?

How do you narrow it down if you simply cant afford to visit them all before you move?

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Old 06-23-2009, 02:14 PM
 
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I don't want to generalize, but this is the same problem I'm having right now. Especially when you know what you want, and you don't know what to sacrifice in order to enjoy another want.

If it's a win-win situation between 2 places, flip a coin. But I have more than 2 places I'm considering.
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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This math formula:

number of skyscrapers * number or rivers * number of urban sidwalks * number of museums * (height of tallest skyscraper - avg. number of bricks per house)
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cost of ice cream cones * cost of bus fare * metro population * number of hipsters * number of dog walkers * (number mcdonalds - number of burger kings) * number of regional foods unique to the metro area * number of people who think I will be cool if I live there * number of rowhouses



Works every time
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Old 06-23-2009, 03:56 PM
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Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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I'd imagine picking a city now is much easier than in the Oregon Trail days, when you just packed up the wagon and headed West.

You can research everything about a city now: it's weather, crime, humidity, racial makeup, and even tour the streets with Google Street View.
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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I'd imagine picking a city now is much easier than in the Oregon Trail days, when you just packed up the wagon and headed West.

You can research everything about a city now: it's weather, crime, humidity, racial makeup, and even tour the streets with Google Street View.
Yes but unfortunately you cannot completely research the personality traits of the place and mainly its population. You can to an extent, but its only once you move there do you really see what is what.
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Old 06-24-2009, 12:43 AM
 
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If you have it narrowed down to just a few, it's pretty simple:
1. Visit each place.
2. Pick hotels in a residential areas and talk to some locals.
3. Choose the place where you feel like you'll fit in best.
4. *If relevant, factor in the job situation.*

If you have more than a few options, it gets harder, because you obviously can't visit all of them. That's where I'm stuck right now - I have a huge list, but have a hard time narrowing it down, because I just have so many questions that I can't get a good enough feel for each place.
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Old 06-24-2009, 01:57 AM
 
Location: East Texas
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I make a list of all the things I like. For instance my list is

1. What is the cities population
2. How big is the skyline & how nice is it in the day & at night
3. Does the city have a subway or light-rail system
4. Does the city have mountains, lake, river or is it by the ocean
5. Does the city have a sports team definitely some I like
6. Does the city have a good mall or galleria multi-level mall
7. Does the city have good museums or theaters
8. What are some of the main attractions of the city
9. Does the city get snow
10. Is the area around the city scenic
11. Does the city have good hospitals
12. Does the city have good schools or Universities


A lot of times you have to give up some things to get others but what would you be willing to give up.

Like I love Texas but think If I moved to Dallas I would get little snow, no Mountains, no ocean, hospitals are ok but everything else is great or what about Houston it is close to the ocean, has everything but mountains, snow well what about Denver which has mountains but no ocean or Seattle that has just about everything for me but palm trees but then I come up to: Do I really want to move away from Texas LOL I think I could but for now no.

Just make a list of things you want, it helps
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Old 06-24-2009, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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Pick a place to live based on the factors you most enjoy and want.
For me:
1. Ability to get around without a car. Although I have one, I don't want to be a slave to it and would prefer it last awhile.
2. Affordability. There are a lot of decent places so I went after one that was less expensive.
3. Desirable neighborhoods. I have three dogs. I will always have dogs. So I wanted a place with at least a small yard and dog friendly.
4. Location. Do you want to be somewhat close to family/friends? Also, are there interesting things available to where you would relocate. (access to water; biking, mountains, etc.)
5. Good transit connections to other cities. I didn't want to have to drive to other places if possible.
6. Weather. I am not an all-year round heat person. That eliminated quite a few.
7. Most important (especially now)-Job potential
8. Livability: I love NYC (probably my favorite). But for full-time. No way. It's just too many people for me. I need to get away from that every now and then.

Other factors to me aren't as important like skyscrapers, museums, etc. All cities have them and if not, it's a reason to travel.
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Pick the city with sweet, beautiful single women
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