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Old 11-08-2009, 05:10 PM
 
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Okay so I feel in love with San Diego except the school system and "Red City in a Blue State" as 1 responder advised me. So I'm looking for:
1. Safety - single mother of 1 elementary school aged child
2. Mid sized to big city more subburbern excude New York, LA, & all of DMV
3. Diverse I can live in a Red State / City if need be as long as it's DIVERSE
4. Prefer summer to winter will compromise with 4 seasons
5. Entertainments a must- the beachs of the west/deep south or the culture of the northeast.
6. Does any place in the U.S. have a decent school system outside of NOVA any more! I ofcourse want my child in the best schools possible but every city everywhere complains about there schools!
7. ?afforable? - I figure if I live on the beach I can donate the $100+ cable bill money to rent. Not looking to pay northern east coast prices either! Paying more than $1500 for a 2 bedroom is an outrage to me.
8. Oh and a coastal state please no Las Vegas or Tennesse thank you

so where should I go?
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Denver via Austin
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You might want to look into Houston. It's one of the most diverse cities in the nation, and that diversity is found in the suburbs also. The schools in the suburbs are very good; it has predominantly warm weather; it has a low cost of living; the beaches are closeby, and it has a growing arts scene as well.
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:17 PM
 
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But, Houston does not have beaches. They have some around an hour away, but the Galveston beaches are nothing to rave about. Also, the school systems are not on par with the rest of the country.
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Maybe New Orleans would meet most of your criteria. Atlanta? Brownsville, TX?
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:23 PM
 
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Virginia Beach, perhaps?
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Old 11-08-2009, 07:31 PM
 
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@Westerner92 thanks sounds good
@UrbanLover really...I've never been to Galvenston before but I thought Texas beaches would be beautiful and their schools were good but it seems like Houston falls short on that
Isn't NO dangerous?

VA Beach thanks for helping but Gross!
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Old 11-08-2009, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Denver via Austin
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But, Houston does not have beaches. They have some around an hour away, but the Galveston beaches are nothing to rave about. Also, the school systems are not on par with the rest of the country.
In the city proper, I'm sure the schools aren't the greatest (just like every other central city district in the nation), but some of the suburban school distrcits are among the best in the nation. Schools in districts like Fort Bend ISD, Katy ISD, and Cypress-Fairbanks ISD are top notch.
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Texas
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But, Houston does not have beaches. They have some around an hour away, but the Galveston beaches are nothing to rave about. Also, the school systems are not on par with the rest of the country.
Well Galveston is part of the Houston metro, so in theory, yes Houston does have beaches (not to mention countless other bodies of water). And it's only about an hour depending on traffic. Sometimes you can make it there in much less time.
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Texas
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In the city proper, I'm sure the schools aren't the greatest (just like every other central city district in the nation), but some of the suburban school distrcits are among the best in the nation. Schools in districts like Fort Bend ISD, Katy ISD, and Cypress-Fairbanks ISD are top notch.
Thank you. I was especially impressed with many of the schools in the Sugar Land area.
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