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Old 08-04-2009, 06:52 PM
 
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Ok, I'm looking for at least a "largish" city, that is within a few minute drive to forests(And I mean real forests. Not like cactus. someplace that's green basically) Also I want as little rain and cold as possible, and especially a small amount of humidity. But most important, the cost of living must be as low as possible. I know this is a tall order, so I will be especially thankful for any replies. Thanks.
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Old 08-04-2009, 07:25 PM
 
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Little rain, lots of trees....right. Let me see what I have in back.

Oh here we go, a lovely greenhouse...oh wait, low humidity, well I'm sorry.


Can the trees be fake?
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Old 08-04-2009, 08:44 PM
 
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Try Oberlin, Ohio.
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Old 08-04-2009, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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There is no such place, otherwise it would be incredibly overpopulated by now. High humidity and abundant rainfall is the price one pays for having a lush green environment.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Good luck with finding your city.

On another note, I would like a city that's within easy driving distance of a desert (a real desert). Also I want as much rain and cold as possible, and especially lots of humidity. But most important, there should be plenty of plant life.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:15 PM
 
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Flagstaff, AZ and Sante Fe, NM come to mind. They aren't lush like eastern forests, but there are trees everywhere, the desert is just a short drive away. Low amount of rain, a little snow in the winter, moderate summers due to sitting at 7000ft... Santa Fe isn't cheap. I don't know about Flagstaff.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:53 PM
 
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Green, little rain, low cost of living. You are right, a tall order.

Those three items can be found, but not together in one "largish" city. Green, anywhere along the west coast from SF to Seattle. Little rain, anywhere in the southwest, or east of the Sierra or Cascades. Low cost of living...not in any largish city, except for the midwest (excluding Chicago and Minneapolis) or deep south.

If I had to choose a city that comes close to meeting your criteria, I would say Boise, Idaho. Not a big city, but growing fast. Still somewhat green (it is known as The City of Trees), and still somewhat affordable.
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:39 PM
 
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Boise gets pretty cold in winter.

But yeah, that is a very tall order. All of the places that you've described have already been discovered by others, thus driving the prices higher. The only place that comes to mind might be Medford, Oregon. But even that's not really green itself (it's in a rain shadow zone), but a short drive to greenery.
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:59 PM
 
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Asheville, NC.
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Old 08-05-2009, 04:30 AM
 
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Asheville, NC.
I totally agree, and a great place to live too.
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