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Old 05-31-2007, 08:04 AM
 
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We currently live in FL, and are considering a move out of state. I know you've all heard all the reasons why from other posters, so I won't go into that here.

We are a couple in our 40's with 2 young (3 & 6) children. We like to spend time outdoors, but do not do so much here because of the heat. We took a vacation to TN last week and enjoyed the milder weather. Neither of us mind a place with snow or cold, in fact, we prefer to raise our kids in an area that has 4 seasons.

What is important to us:
good quality schools
low crime rate
affordable living/housing

good job opportunities (hubby is in real estate, I am a CPA working for a real estate development/construction company)

easy access to family activities, particularly outdoor/water related (not
necessarily a beach...lakes and rivers that are clean are even better actually!). I figure skate so I'd love for a rink or 2 to be nearby, but that's not an absolute must.

Family-centered community, or at least a place where families are the majority, rather than retirees or singles.

Easier commute factor (I currently have a minimum 40 min. commute one way).

Friendly people (we have no friends to speak of in FL...a common thing here, I guess)

What areas do you suggest I look into?


Thanks!
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Old 05-31-2007, 08:10 AM
 
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Try Roanoke, Virginia Its a quiet little city nestled in the Appalachian Mountains. About 3 hour drive to the beach, has its own airport to go to many larger cities, beautiful views, friendly southern charm, very decent schools, low(er) crime rate compared to many other cities, commute is low...the only issue you may have is "high job growth rate" as the city is beginning to grow but certainly not charging ahead at full speed.
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Old 05-31-2007, 09:08 AM
 
Location: New York City
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you might like lexington, ky.
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Old 05-31-2007, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Outer Space
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I would say Indianapolis fits basically all your criteria except for the outdoors/water one. That is one of the major reasons I am leaving here, but it is otherwise not a bad place.
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Old 05-31-2007, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Wi for the summer--Vegas in the winter
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You may want to consider MADISON WI. Seriously!!
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:38 PM
 
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You may want to consider MADISON WI. Seriously!!
Any particular section/areas? I've looked at WI as one of the options - mostly Appleton and surrounding area...but only briefly.
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:39 PM
 
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I would say Indianapolis fits basically all your criteria except for the outdoors/water one. That is one of the major reasons I am leaving here, but it is otherwise not a bad place.

Do you mean there's a lack of outdoor activities, or water? Any particular areas to focus on? I know it's a big place.
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:40 PM
 
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Try Roanoke, Virginia Its a quiet little city nestled in the Appalachian Mountains. About 3 hour drive to the beach, has its own airport to go to many larger cities, beautiful views, friendly southern charm, very decent schools, low(er) crime rate compared to many other cities, commute is low...the only issue you may have is "high job growth rate" as the city is beginning to grow but certainly not charging ahead at full speed.
I will check it out....any suggestions as to sections/areas of Roanoke?
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Old 05-31-2007, 08:18 PM
 
Location: UPSTATE SC
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We used to live in Florida as well. After moving to our perfect town in North Carolina, my husband got a job transfer, but to an area where we couldn't afford to live . . .

He's with a new company now and commutes a long way to work (he's a truck driver), his new company says we must live in TN, almsot anywhere as there are many terminals, VA along I-81, or Kentucky.

We have looked at all 3 places and we are deciding between the Tri-Cities in NE TN or our favorite, Abingdon, VA.

We, though, are on a budget, and we do not want to pay high taxes, or over 250K for a home. We also want some property . . . at least 2 acres, and we need to be near good medical, so there aren't that many places that we can look at that we can afford, and have amenities close by.

Our house is on the market here and we love it and wish we could pick it up and take it, we'd love to stay here in NC, I've made so many friends, and the kdis love it . . . but this company is good and has advancement, until then, we are still hoping he can find something else before our house sells, and we would be happy to stay here in Taylorsville, NC forever, but Abingdon, for us would be the next best thing we think.
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Old 06-01-2007, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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Some nominations:

Bloomington, Illinois
Peoria, Illinois
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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