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Old 01-16-2010, 09:02 PM
 
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Okay not quiet, but most quiet. I'd like to know what you think are the most quiet/relaxed big cities. By big city I mean any city where I won't need a car (and not having one won't make me odd or hamper my social life).

I'm a young (early 20s) artist, so the obvious thing to do would be to move to NYC, but I don't care about nightlife, having access to every type of restaurant under the sun, or meeting a million different people. I'd rather just meet pretty girls around town, make a few good intelligent friends, and paint in my studio. Nice scenery is always a plus, too, as I like to go for walks and whatnot.

I could've alternately titled this thread "Best big city for introverts." I was thinking Boston. What say you? Thanks.
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:11 PM
 
Location: NJ Suburb of Philly (856)
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:21 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Hartford, Connecticut was once named the quietest city.

Keep it Down! This Is America's Quietest City | NBC Connecticut

Granted that was from Men's Health.

Metrogrades: Noisiest Cities : Men's Heath.com

Cincinnati is third quietest on their list and is on the lower side of Sperling's stress list.

Des Moines, Iowa; Lincoln, Nebraska and Madison, Wisconsin are among the least stressed according to Sperling and in Men's Health top-ten for quiet. Although they may not be large enough to be what you'd deem cities. Anaheim is larger and high on both, but it's apparently deemed a suburb.
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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My vote goes to New York City.

On two recent trips there, no car alarms (I believe they're illegal), $350 fines for honking your horn in a residential neighborhood, never heard a loud, thumping boom car the whole time I was there, no police sirens either.
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:48 PM
 
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I found Pittsburgh surprisingly quiet & laid back.
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:12 PM
 
Location: East Bay
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By big city I mean any city where I won't need a car (and not having one won't make me odd or hamper my social life).
Well, right there, you have limited yourself to NYC, Chicago, DC, San Francisco, and Boston. Since it sounds like you don't care about big city amenities, why not just get a car and live in a smaller, cheaper, quieter place?
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:18 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I'm not just a super-fan of cars, but don't you need them if you ever want to travel to another city? Or do you just take a bus or plane to any other city you want to go? Or just stay in your city and not leave?

Anyway Hartford and Yonkers were high on that Men's Health list while also being on CD's 101 with most car-less people.

http://www.city-data.com/top2/h21.html

I think of them as kind of rundown, but maybe they're not as bad as I think.

I imagine some of the towns big into bicycles are quiet. Madison, Wisconsin is listed as having 3.2% bicycling to work and was tenth on that quiet cities list. Maybe some others fit too.

http://www.city-data.com/top2/h38.html
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Springfield VA
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Well maybe living somewhere that isn't in the heart of the action is key. Even NYC has its quiet sections. I found Roosevelt Island to be extremely quiet. So maybe a quiet neighborhood is the key versus an entire city that's quiet. Usually peace and quiet doesn't hand in hand with car free living.
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Old 03-08-2010, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Cedar Park, TX
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Indianapolis. For a city it's size, I found it to be particularly uneventful.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:08 PM
 
Location: USA
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You need not write off any city. Every city has quiet/chill areas!

Based on your criteria, you would enjoy living in Ukranian Village, Chicago.
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