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Old 12-19-2009, 01:34 PM
 
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I've posted a thread like this before, but I am still looking for ideas. I figured I would try again, and be more specific about the things I care about most.

I am looking for a small-mid size city of at least 50K up to about 250K. I have found that anything smaller usually has too limited apartment options, and anything bigger is too big for my taste. I do not want a city with a large metro with sprawling suburbs. One area of the country I do not want to live is the Northeast.

Climate - I am not too hard to please. I do want an average winter high of at least 25F and snowfall to average less than 30 inches a year.

Cost - It is important that the average cost of a 1 bedroom apartment be low, averaging less than $550 a month. Preferrably even under $500. I have found cheap apartments in many cities, but there is sometimes a reason they are so low (age, neighborhood, etc) So, I need this price to be average, even for a decent, no frills, apartment

Public Transit - I need a city with some sort of public transit. I won't need it every day, and it is okay if it does not run on nights and weekends. I just need something.

Crime - Like everyone, I am looking for a fairly safe city. All cities have crime, and some have distinct bad areas to avoid. I just want to feel safe walking or riding a bus, and do not want a city where the only safe areas are where only the wealthy can afford.

Airport I would like to live in a city with an airport served by at least two commercial airlines, even if they are regional jet or turbo-prop.

Politics - I am very conservative myself. I would like to live in a place that has mostly conservative views, with an importance on Church, morals, and common sense. I also do not drink, and would like a place where you aren't expected to in order to enjoy life or socialize.

Things that do not matter - Schools, Night Life, Things For Children, Jobs (mine is transferrable)

If you have any ideas, let me know.
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Old 12-19-2009, 02:01 PM
 
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Check out Johnson City, Tennessee. City population: 61,000. Metro population: 195,000. Very conservative area. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians. Commercial airport with 3 airlines (Allegiant, Delta, USAir). Very affordable, low crime, four beautiful seasons.
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Old 12-19-2009, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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Ever thought of Grand Rapids Michgian. It is cheap, has a population in your window and it is conservative and religious. There is a decent size airport on the southeast side of town. The city is only about 40 min from the beaches of Lake Michigan, and it is one of the nicer cities in the midwest to live in. Only one of your wants is not met there, the weather. Grand Rapids does receive alot of snow and it can be cold. You will not find many places that offer the cost of living that you will find there.
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Old 12-19-2009, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I would have suggested cities that are college towns, but if your a conservative it probably wouldn't completely fit your discription. You may want to look at: Colorado Springs, Salt Lake City, Fort Wayne

Those are three cities that come to thought.
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Old 12-19-2009, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Ridgecrest, CA fits some of these.

It's only 30,000 people.

Winter highs are in the 40's-50's, and snow only every 5-6 years. Hot as Hades during the summer, with nice (albeit short) fall's and spring's.

Fits the apartment parameter.

The only public transit is a dial-a-ride and a regional bus system.

Low crime, mostly small-town petty drama B.S.

The airport (Inyokern, IYK) has daily flights to/from Los Angeles on United.

About as conservative as it gets, with a military focus (a naval base is the primary employer).
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:53 AM
 
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Branson, Missouri
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Old 12-20-2009, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Denver via Austin
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Lubbock, Texas, fits everything on your list.
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Naperville, Illinois (about 30 miles West of Chicago). Consistently rated in the top 5 (and finished 1st one year) "best places to live" by CNN/Money magazine. Its incredibly safe, has two Metra train stations, decent bus coverage, taxis galore. Its quite expensive, but with the economy the way it is, many rents have been slashed. You shouldnt have a big problem finding somewhere to rent in your price range. And I know you dont care, but nightlife and dining is absolutely superb, especially around the downtown area.
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Naperville, Illinois (about 30 miles West of Chicago). Consistently rated in the top 5 (and finished 1st one year) "best places to live" by CNN/Money magazine. Its incredibly safe, has two Metra train stations, decent bus coverage, taxis galore. Its quite expensive, but with the economy the way it is, many rents have been slashed. You shouldnt have a big problem finding somewhere to rent in your price range. And I know you dont care, but nightlife and dining is absolutely superb, especially around the downtown area.
IMO, Naperville is exactly what the OP is not looking for. It's part of Chicagoland, which has almost 10 million people. And Naperville (overall) is not cheap.

The OP is looking for a place more the size of Rockford or Champaign.
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Old 12-20-2009, 08:37 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I'm thinking somewhere in Utah as they tend to be conservative and have plenty of non-drinkers. Granted much/most of that is due to the Mormons, but there are parts of Utah that aren't so Mormon. However Utah might be expensive, I don't know. Idaho is somewhat less Mormon, but still quite conservative, and might have places that fit. Nampa, Idaho looks to be in a county with low alcohol use, It might be too cold for you though.
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