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View Poll Results: Vote for your favorite inland Western US cities:
Denver, CO 9 39.13%
Colorado Springs, CO 3 13.04%
Phoenix, AZ 1 4.35%
Tucson, AZ 1 4.35%
El Paso, TX 1 4.35%
Las Vegas, NV 3 13.04%
Salt Lake City, UT 0 0%
Reno, NV 1 4.35%
Boise, ID 0 0%
Spokane, WA 2 8.70%
Albuquerque, NM 2 8.70%
Voters: 23. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-19-2007, 01:08 PM
Location: Denver, CO
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I would like to have a discussion of the relative pros and cons of different mid-to-large sized metropolitan areas in the Intermountain and desert West. I am specifically excluding California, since that is a world unto itself (and a source of migrants to this vast region), as well as coastal Oregon and Washington, since that is a distinct region culturally and climatically than these inland, semi-arid/desert cities that I have in mind. I'm talking about Denver, Colorado Springs, Phoenix, Tucson, El Paso, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, Reno, Boise, and Spokane. I personally have lived in Denver and Phoenix, and I am especially interested in hearing from people who have lived or travelled extensively in different cities throughout this region, who have a basis for comparison. For each city, what is the strength of the economy? How would you rate the quality of life? Which cities have the most to offer for someone in their early twenties who will soon begin their career? Also, do you think the region I have envisioned here, the metropolitan, urban/suburban inter-mountain west, exists? or are these just individual cities in the middle of nowhere that have no relation to each other?
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Old 05-19-2007, 03:35 PM
Location: Las Vegas
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I voted for Vegas because it's not a boring place to live. There's always something to do. What's wrong with Las Vegas is generally low salaries and tons of service industry jobs. Anyone can get a job but you might need 2 or 3 to make a living.

I've also lived in Salt Lake. A really beautiful place especially if you like skiing/winter sports. And the weather in the valley is pretty good. Winter doesn't last too long. What's wrong with Salt Lake is low wages and not too many jobs. It is also lacking in the club/bar scene popular with younger singles.

Generally I've found wages to be higher in places you don't really want to live.
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Old 05-19-2007, 04:04 PM
Location: Lakewood, CO
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Good topic, Pilgrim.

I'm personally partial to Denver and Colorado Springs--though Salt Lake and Boise are also wonderful places. I think what makes the west so compelling is that it has crafted for itself a really vibrant economy with lots of jobs yet it has retained the very things that make it so liveable--it's affordable, family-friendly, community-oriented, etc.

The inner-west cities are all VERY similar culturally and economically and overall present themselves as a far better option for relocation than the west coast cities like LA and Seattle.
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