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Old 12-03-2009, 06:22 PM
 
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I am looking to move out of California to a college town so there are people around my age. I feel like a have been researching forever and i need a few suggestions..

I want;
-Four distinct seasons (LOTS of snow and rain, and hot summers)
-Green surroundings, mountains and trees(I love hiking and being outdoors)
-Friendly people
-I don't need a crazy night life scene, but definitely things to do

I looked into Boulder, CO but it is too dry and the snow melts within a day or two. And i looked into Burlington, VT (which sounds amazing) but I'm worried about the summers not being hot enough.

I absolutely love any kind of storms (believe it or not I love severe weather), I love the mountains-especially when they are covered in green trees or snow. I feel like i have researched so much I can't think straight any more and I need help!

Thanks ahead of time!
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Morgantown, WV

unpretentious and fun. Not the prettiest college town, but surrounded by natural beauty.

About an hour south of Pittsburgh. Less than a day's drive to NY and DC
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Ann Arbor, Michigan is your place.
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Old 12-03-2009, 08:05 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Just doodling based on stats and lists.

Bozeman, Montana
Jamestown, North Dakota - Might be too flat.
Manhattan, Kansas - Might be too flat or non-green for you though.
Spearfish, South Dakota - Home of the fastest weather change in 1943 and Black Hills State University.


Some of these might be too small for you.
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Old 12-03-2009, 08:37 PM
 
Location: SF,CA
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I'd check out Ithaca, NY if you like the idea of Burlington. Arcata or Santa Cruz may be work if you decide to stay in California. There's got to be a few college towns in the PNW that would work as well. In the South East I'd check out Athens, GA and Asheville, NC although I wouldn't label it a "college town". It's got most of the criteria you're looking for and there are a few colleges in the area.
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Old 12-03-2009, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Syracuse, NY
Ithaca, NY
Ann Arbor, MI
Madison, WI
Fort Collins, CO
Provo, UT
Pullman, WA
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:01 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Charlottesville, VA or Asheville, NC. Charlottesville is more quintessential college town than Asheville but Asheville does have a university.
I also agree with the Ann Arbor suggestion.
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:20 AM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Honestly Burlington was definitely the first place that came to mind. Daytime temps in the summer are usually in the 70s and 80s (sometimes 90s) with significantly more humidity than in California. The summers are not as hot as a lot of other places in the US but frankly you'd be sacrificing an otherwise perfect fit.
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Old 12-04-2009, 01:23 AM
 
Location: Cardboard box
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Lawrence, Kansas
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Columbus, Ohio.

Might not exactly fit the mountains part, however it fits all the other criteria. Columbus is a great college town (Ohio State University) and has the weather you're looking for.

EDIT: Also, how about Minneapolis, MN?
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