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View Poll Results: Which of these metro areas is the best in which to live--based on cost of living, quality of life, e
Gainsville, FL 7 17.95%
Bellingham, WA 3 7.69%
Portland, OR 11 28.21%
Colorado Springs, CO 12 30.77%
Ann Arbor, MI 5 12.82%
Ogden, UT 1 2.56%
Asheville, NC 7 17.95%
Ft. Collins/Loveland, CO 5 12.82%
San Luis Obispo, CA 7 17.95%
Boise, ID 1 2.56%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 39. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-09-2007, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Lakewood, CO
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Sperlings' Best Places has a new top-ten out for America's best cities. Here's their list:

Top Ten Ranked Cities
1. Gainesville, FL
2. Bellingham, WA
3. Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA
4. Colorado Springs, CO
5. Ann Arbor, MI
6. Ogden-Clearfield, UT
7. Asheville, NC
8. Fort Collins-Loveland, CO
9. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA
10. Boise City-Nampa, ID

It's a real interesting mix of places that are quite a bit different from eachother. But I must point out that Colorado is the only state with metro areas in the top-ten. What a great state!

Please choose three cities from the poll above, and rank them based on quality of life, job availability, schools, affordability,etc.
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Old 05-09-2007, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Ann Arbor, MI or Colorado Springs, CO, both are lovely.
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Old 05-09-2007, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Lakewood, CO
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Ann Arbor, MI or Colorado Springs, CO, both are lovely.

They're quite a bit different, aren't they? I've never been to Ann Arbor, but from what I hear, it's a real 180 from Colorado Springs.
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Old 05-09-2007, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Theyre different, but similar in many ways. Hard to describe... COS is much more modern and up-n-coming, but Ann Arbor is very nice. I actually like Ann Arbor more, its not a boomburb and its housing stock is much more interesting. COS definitely has the edge in scenery, but MI is also very beautiful in many areas. If I had the choice to move to either of those cities, Id have the darned hardest time choosing. My heart says MI, but I also love CO. Gee, come to think of it, Id drive myself crazy debating which city to move to! LOL
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Old 05-09-2007, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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Originally Posted by Rawlings View Post
Sperlings' Best Places has a new top-ten out for America's best cities. Here's their list:

Top Ten Ranked Cities
1. Gainesville, FL
2. Bellingham, WA
3. Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA
4. Colorado Springs, CO
5. Ann Arbor, MI
6. Ogden-Clearfield, UT
7. Asheville, NC
8. Fort Collins-Loveland, CO
9. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA
10. Boise City-Nampa, ID

It's a real interesting mix of places that are quite a bit different from eachother. But I must point out that Colorado is the only state with metro areas in the top-ten. What a great state!

Please choose three cities from the poll above, and rank them based on quality of life, job availability, schools, affordability,etc.
Hi Rawlings,

Where did you find this? Could you give me the internet link?

Thanks!
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Old 05-09-2007, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Having never been to any of these cities, I'll have to reserve my judgments. However, I'm a huge supporter of seeing the Rust Belt bounce back, so Ann Arbor would likely be my choice. It's also supposed to be a city that caters to college students, has impressive architecture, and has a population that is tolerant of the GLBT community, all of which are assets in my book! I really should check out Ann Arbor someday; is it better than Scranton?
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Old 05-09-2007, 02:53 PM
 
Location: The great state of New Hampshire
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Usually these rankings of best places are in actuality, amongst the last places I would desire to live....stats don't measure up to intrinsic values and it is amazing how much the issue of sprawl and general hospitality of a region is ignored. Some you take the good with the bad: Portland and Boise for example: some sound reasons and and some big negatives though as well. This list isn't nearly so bad from my vantage point as others except for the very #1 spot: Gainesville??? Uggh. Great place to go to college, but besides that? Congestion in town and typical sprawl that goes along with that "suburbia" feel, alot of weird drifters, and plenty of humidity in the worse part of the state to be- not in the vicinity of either of the oceans. Thanks, but no thanks.
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Old 05-09-2007, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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I've never been to any of these places either. I've been close to Gainesville and I agree with stuntman's assessment of North Florida. The only places I've heard good things about are Asheville and Ann Arbor. I've heard that Colorado Springs is very sprawly, which doesn't appeal to me, but who knows if that's accurate info. The rest are almost entirely unknown to me.
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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San Luis Obisbo is a great town. It is a college-oriented town near the california coast, about halfway between san francsico and los angeles.
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Lakewood, CO
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Thank you kind sir (or madam?).
LOL. Sir. It's sir.
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