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Old 10-08-2009, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Forget NY state. No sports teams there other than Buffalo. High state taxes.

I'd recommend Knoxville, TN. You have the Tennessse Vols there, one of the best college football teams in the best football conference with great tradition, a great stadium and a great fight song. Huge rivalries with other powerhouses.

The great Smokey Mountains are right around Knoxville, it is a very scenic area. There are seasons, milder winters than Chicago but there is still a winter. Low taxes, low cost of living.

There is a younger population due to UT-Knoxville. Culture can be found in Knoxville for the same reason. It is much bigger than just a college town though, so there is a lot of variety there too.

Much better than what you'll find in Ithaca or upstate NY.
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Old 10-08-2009, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Hello My boyfriend and I are planning on moving out of Chicago in the next 1-2 yrs. and I was looking for some ideas on new places to consider for relocation. Thanks in advance for any input.

Things I am most looking for:

-4 seasons (I like the change of seasons and would like some snow although I do not necessarily need as much as Chicago, but I also do not want to live somewhere that only gets a chance of 1-2 inches or so a year)
-A lower cost of living. I don't want to be spending ALL my salary on housing.
-great scenery(trees, mountains, lakes or ocean).
-lots of outdoor activities (We like to hike, ski, etc.)
-No Illinois, Indiana, or Michigan-no flatland. I would rather have access to mountains/hills even if it is a few hours away.
-A younger population (more young families/couples in late 20s to upper 30s)
-culture(museums, zoos, holiday events).
-pro or college sports teams
I'll second Denver as well, but keep in mind that much of the city/suburbs are as flat as a tabletop, nearly all trees here aren't naturally placed, the mountains don't start until you're far west of downtown (Denver is NOT in the mountains), most lakes are man-made and there is no ocean. And the seasons here are very inconsistent (we are expecting our first snow tomorrow).

You might check out Colorado Springs too.

Another area you might check out is the Spokane/North Idaho area.
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Old 10-08-2009, 06:49 PM
 
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Forget NY state. No sports teams there other than Buffalo.
College sports is HUGE here. Ever hear of Syracuse Orangemen, NCAA champions?!

And people here are so passionate about baseball, we just made the national news because some Red Sox loving teacher made one of his Yankee fan students turn his Yanks shirt inside out in class.
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Old 10-08-2009, 06:57 PM
 
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Hello My boyfriend and I are planning on moving out of Chicago in the next 1-2 yrs. and I was looking for some ideas on new places to consider for relocation. Thanks in advance for any input.

Things I am most looking for:

-4 seasons (I like the change of seasons and would like some snow although I do not necessarily need as much as Chicago, but I also do not want to live somewhere that only gets a chance of 1-2 inches or so a year)
-A lower cost of living. I don't want to be spending ALL my salary on housing.
-great scenery(trees, mountains, lakes or ocean).
-lots of outdoor activities (We like to hike, ski, etc.)
-No Illinois, Indiana, or Michigan-no flatland. I would rather have access to mountains/hills even if it is a few hours away.
-A younger population (more young families/couples in late 20s to upper 30s)
-culture(museums, zoos, holiday events).
-pro or college sports teams
Some other possible places are:

-Chattanooga, TN
-Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
-Metro Atlanta, GA
-Richmond, VA
-Virginia Beach-Hampton-Newport News (Hampton Roads), Virginia
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:27 AM
 
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I'd say central NY, like Ithaca or Syracuse.
Basically...Pretty much any major Upstate NY city would do.
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:36 AM
 
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Forget NY state. No sports teams there other than Buffalo. High state taxes.

I'd recommend Knoxville, TN. You have the Tennessse Vols there, one of the best college football teams in the best football conference with great tradition, a great stadium and a great fight song. Huge rivalries with other powerhouses.

The great Smokey Mountains are right around Knoxville, it is a very scenic area. There are seasons, milder winters than Chicago but there is still a winter. Low taxes, low cost of living.

There is a younger population due to UT-Knoxville. Culture can be found in Knoxville for the same reason. It is much bigger than just a college town though, so there is a lot of variety there too.

Much better than what you'll find in Ithaca or upstate NY.
Actually, Syracuse has a AAA Baseball team, an AHL Hockey team, Syracuse University and LeMoyne College sports(SU is D-1 and LeMoyne will be completely D-1 in a couple of years), cultural festivals during the summer showing the ethnic diversity of the city/area, museums, a very underrated Arts scene(with Opera, Symphony, Syracuse Stage playhouse and much more) and is in a good location as it is within 5-6 hours of many of the biggest metro areas in the US and Canada. Can't forget the Adirondacks, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario and the 1000 Islands, among others, all within an hour to an hour and a half.

Also, it has one of the most stable housing markets in the US, if not the most stable and is affordable.
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