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Old 10-05-2009, 03:17 AM
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Just looking for some relocation ideas for our family. We are in Southern California but looking to move. We run our own business and have backgrounds in education too so we should be okay for employment.

We have considered, and visited, places such as the CDA area of ID, Southern Oregon (Grants Pass etc), Northern Washington (north of Spokane) and parts of Arizona. Pros and Cons are all over the place for each of those areas.

We are fairly conservative. We like the outdoors - although could do without bugs. LOL. We do prefer to be about an hour, more or less, from major shopping and a semi-large airport. Our kids are from 8 to 15 years of age so close to some colleges and universities would be nice. An area with a lot of families would be nice too.

We have always lived where it's warm (Southern Cal and Marianas Islands) so we worry about the snow. We are not opposed to snow but concerned about whether we could get used to it and everything that comes along with it. (Our biggest 'con' regarding ID and WA) I have never been where there are four actual seasons so I guess sometimes I think I'd love that. But sometimes I wonder if I can actually "handle" it.

Grants Pass seems nice but further from shopping and an airport. We know it can snow here too but it seems that it doesn't snow much compared to NID and Northern WA. The rain and the "gloom" everyone talks about makes us a little leery.

My husband is not to keen on any areas in AZ I've shown him. (I liked Flagstaff.) He prefers to see water (ocean, river or lake) and in AZ he didn't see too much of that.

As you can see, we are still in our "throwing it all out there" stage. We haven't even looked at hospital reputations in these areas or crime rates etc. But if anyone can give us some ideas on things we should know and consider (good and bad) about those areas, we'd really appreciate it. Or if another city pops up in your head to suggest to us... we'd appreciate that too.

Thanks ahead of time for any help!
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:01 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Hmmm, tricky. I think Utah has some lakes, is very conservative, and probably has some warm spots. That might be too far though, not sure. (Or too Mormon, but I think there are places in Utah that are a bit less Mormon than their average)
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Old 10-07-2009, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Just looking for some relocation ideas for our family. We are in Southern California but looking to move. We run our own business and have backgrounds in education too so we should be okay for employment.

We have considered, and visited, places such as the CDA area of ID, Southern Oregon (Grants Pass etc), Northern Washington (north of Spokane) and parts of Arizona. Pros and Cons are all over the place for each of those areas.

We are fairly conservative. We like the outdoors - although could do without bugs. LOL. We do prefer to be about an hour, more or less, from major shopping and a semi-large airport. Our kids are from 8 to 15 years of age so close to some colleges and universities would be nice. An area with a lot of families would be nice too.

We have always lived where it's warm (Southern Cal and Marianas Islands) so we worry about the snow. We are not opposed to snow but concerned about whether we could get used to it and everything that comes along with it. (Our biggest 'con' regarding ID and WA) I have never been where there are four actual seasons so I guess sometimes I think I'd love that. But sometimes I wonder if I can actually "handle" it.

Grants Pass seems nice but further from shopping and an airport. We know it can snow here too but it seems that it doesn't snow much compared to NID and Northern WA. The rain and the "gloom" everyone talks about makes us a little leery.

My husband is not to keen on any areas in AZ I've shown him. (I liked Flagstaff.) He prefers to see water (ocean, river or lake) and in AZ he didn't see too much of that.

As you can see, we are still in our "throwing it all out there" stage. We haven't even looked at hospital reputations in these areas or crime rates etc. But if anyone can give us some ideas on things we should know and consider (good and bad) about those areas, we'd really appreciate it. Or if another city pops up in your head to suggest to us... we'd appreciate that too.

Thanks ahead of time for any help!
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Old 10-07-2009, 09:40 PM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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Consider southern New Mexico, Las Cruces NM. Excellent weather and affordable.
Great small town, good place to raise a family and meets lots of your criteria except the water part.
Well, there's the Elephant Butte Lake but its not the same as the ocean.
Here's the climate in nearby El Paso:


http://www.rssweather.com/climate/Texas/El%20Paso/

more on Las Cruces here:

http://www.city-data.com/forum/las-cruces/

http://www.lascrucescvb.org/
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Old 10-07-2009, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Idaho would work for you. Look into Boise and the Coeur d'Alene areas.
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