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Old 11-05-2009, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Howard County, MD
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As I've grown older, the axiom "The more I learn, the less I know" has proven fairly true, and made me a fairly moderate guy. I'm curious which cities would reflect this, and not necessarily in just a socio-political sense.

I'm registered to neither the Democratic or Republican party, and unlike many people I see on he net, there are aspects of both philosophies I like. I don't necessarily have a preference between left or right leaning moderates; what I DON"T like are monolithic blocks of like-minded zealots who feed of their mutual feelings of ideological superiority and alienate those who think differently.

I wouldn't want an environment of stifling religious culture that aimed to try and tell everyone how to live, nor would I want one where people either can't or don't care to distinguish the average American Christian from Pat Robertson.

I wouldn't like somewhere that's economically depressed, but also probably wouldn't like somewhere that's yuppie central, where people who would be considered solidly middle class elsewhere feel like they're just getting by.

I wouldn't want to be somewhere boring or hopelessly out of the loop, and would want access to at least one pro sports team, but I'm not fixated on being seen in all the hottest bars/restaurants and having endless "cool" things to do.

Basically, what are some overall middle-of-the-road cities?
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Old 11-05-2009, 04:08 PM
 
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My location of Dayton, Ohio is. So is Columbus.

Cincy would fit, too, but has a rep for conservatism as a whole (fair amount of truth to that)

Cleveland is liberal, along with the rest of NE Ohio and Toledo.
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Old 11-05-2009, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Omaha is pretty much 50/50 in voter registrations between Democrats and Republicans, but we don't have a pro team, economy is awesome though.
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Old 11-05-2009, 04:23 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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San Diego is very moderate overall and the county is evenly split between democrats and republicans. People tend to be somewhat apathetic about politics and do get in your face about it here. A survey of the countries most liberal/conservative cities based on voting patterns placed SD right in the middle.

SD seems like a decent fit for you except it's expensive and b/c of that it has a shrinking middle class.
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Old 11-05-2009, 04:45 PM
 
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The San Antonio area is fairly moderate, in terms of electoral politics Bexar County has been correct in 12 of the past 13 Presidential elections. Obviously with all cities it is more liberal in the urban areas and more conservative in the suburban areas. Once you get out of Bexar County into Kendall and Comal County it gets very conservative very quickly. San Antonio is also listed as one of America's friendliest cities. I'm not sure if there is a huge correlation between friendliness and political extremes but not having people protesting yelling about stuff clearly helps.
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Old 11-05-2009, 05:55 PM
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The San Antonio area is fairly moderate, in terms of electoral politics Bexar County has been correct in 12 of the past 13 Presidential elections. Obviously with all cities it is more liberal in the urban areas and more conservative in the suburban areas. Once you get out of Bexar County into Kendall and Comal County it gets very conservative very quickly. San Antonio is also listed as one of America's friendliest cities. I'm not sure if there is a huge correlation between friendliness and political extremes but not having people protesting yelling about stuff clearly helps.
If you look at the precinct-by-precinct election results in Bexar County, there are many very red precincts and very blue precincts and there are distinct lines dividing the two areas by by geography. Although the county has plenty of red and blue voters, I haven't encountered many moderates here in San Antonio, nor can I think of any currently holding public office.
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Old 11-05-2009, 06:02 PM
 
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The Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois was fairly moderate when I lived there.
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Old 11-05-2009, 06:19 PM
 
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Sperling's has San Antonio proper at about 55-45 split Republican-Democrat. I can see it might be conservative-leaning, but would anyone familiar with the area say it's overwhelmingly conservative? Keep in mind, my hometown of Washington, DC is registered about 89% Democrat, and you're probably better off coming out in support of Fidel Castro than you are a Republican politician in that town, so from where I stand the numbers make San Antonio look fairly moderate.
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Old 11-05-2009, 06:44 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Someone here said Indianapolis was relatively moderate. Davenport, Iowa looks like it's in a county that's consistently Democratic, but not strongly so. Dayton, as mentioned, looks like a good choice. Spokane is deemed conservative for a Northwest city, but judging by some things that might means it's moderate by general standards.
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Old 11-05-2009, 09:09 PM
 
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You know, Knoxville is pretty generic. Moderate politically & socially. Moderate economy, moderate weather, moderate traffic, a bit on the religious side but still in the moderate range.

You will encounter zealots on both the right and left but they are in the minority.
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