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View Poll Results: How important is weather to you when moving to a new city?
1 - Weather is the MOST important factor in deciding where to live 8 9.30%
2 Weather is very important 40 46.51%
3 Weather is a bit important 17 19.77%
4 - neither more nor less important than anything else. 7 8.14%
5 Weather is not that important 6 6.98%
6 Weather is not very important 6 6.98%
7 - Weather is the LEAST important factor in deciding where to live 2 2.33%
Voters: 86. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 12-21-2009, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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If you had an offer for a great job (after the recession ends) but it was in a city that had weather you hate, would you take it?

How important is weather to you when moving to a new city?
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Old 12-21-2009, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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For me, climate is critical, living somewhere that the "fun" cars and motorcycles have to be put away for "salt season" is almost like cutting my lifespan in half.

I'm talking regular "weather" here too, not to include floods, hurricanes, tornados...areas where these are a problem are also pretty much not gonna get any love from me either.
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Old 12-21-2009, 03:38 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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For me it's important but not necessarily the only thing I look for. I'll consider moving to a city with a climate I don't particularly like if other aspects make up for it. For example, I would like to live in one of the major cities in the NE like NYC, Boston, or Philly despite them not having a favorable climate to me b/c other aspects of those cities make up for it, especially NYC. I've also considered living in Miami, for that city the climate is an important factor in me wanting to live there.

Of course I've never experianced living outside of CA so climate might be a bigger factor to me if I had actual experiance living in a cold weather climate. I feel like I could handle it but who knows, I might come running back to CA with my tail between my legs after one or two winters. Or I might appreciate the seasons despite the cold. Can't really say yet.
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Old 12-21-2009, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Climate is important if outdoor living\ activities are important, but I would move to the East Coast to experience a different life style.
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Old 12-21-2009, 03:48 PM
 
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It's strange that people always consider cold weather to be the only version of "unpleasant" weather.

I'll take gray skies and subzero windchill any day over the desert climate of Arizona or inland California. I'll trade on mild winters for the promise of that first day of spring when the world bursts into life again.

I've had nightmares about living in the dry, hot areas of the United States. That much dry, brown land in such a lifeless environment is terrifying to me.
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Old 12-21-2009, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Texas
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It's pretty obvious that the places that get less sun have unhappier, ruder people...whether that be in the U.S. or in Europe. And I have noticed that I start to get grumpy when the sun's been gone for too long...my frame or mind, my mood, and the disposition of the people around me is way too hard to ignore.
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Old 12-21-2009, 03:55 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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It's strange that people always consider cold weather to be the only version of "unpleasant" weather.

I'll take gray skies and subzero windchill any day over the desert climate of Arizona or inland California. I'll trade on mild winters for the promise of that first day of spring when the world bursts into life again.

I've had nightmares about living in the dry, hot areas of the United States. That much dry, brown land in such a lifeless environment is terrifying to me.
That's a good point, it's not just cold weather I don't like but hot, dry and brown I don't care for either. I wouldn't want to live in a lot of inland SoCal and much of the Central Valley. I'd probably take much of the east coast over the deserts of the west b/c at least I would have several seasons with green and trees before winter sets in.
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Old 12-21-2009, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in the universe
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It doesn't bother me too much unless I'm moving to Siberia or Saudi Arabia. I chose the 'a bit" option because I'm not obsessed with weather, but I am more cautious if I'm moving to an area with heavy winters.
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Old 12-21-2009, 04:32 PM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Number one concern would be COL of course. Then weather and availability of outdoor activities are a close second. No point in moving to a place with great weather if there is nothing for me to enjoy outdoors, such as lakes, mountains or beaches, etc. And the reverse is equally true. I've spent plenty of time being trapped indoors all the time because of miserable year round weather, No fun!
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Old 12-21-2009, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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Of course I've never experienced living outside of CA so climate might be a bigger factor to me if I had actual experience living in a cold weather climate. I feel like I could handle it but who knows, I might come running back to CA with my tail between my legs after one or two winters. Or I might appreciate the seasons despite the cold. Can't really say yet.
Its funny you say that.

For me, even San Diego gets to cold

REALLY limits where I think I would be comfy living.
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