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Moving criteria: fairly large size, thriving downtown, great social scene, socially moderate, diverse

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Old 06-01-2007, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Nashville
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I'm a native Chicagoan who currently lives in Nashville and I'm looking into relocating somewhere else within the next three years...

I'm searching for a city that would be the right fit for me but I havent found it yet...so I'm asking for various opinions.

Here's my criteria. I would like to move somewhere that:
  • is a fairly large size with at least 2 million people in the metro--that way I can be sure there's always something to do
  • has a thriving vibrant downtown (I'm a downtown dweller)
  • offers a great social scene for young adults
  • is diverse
  • is moderate socially and politically (no extreme conservatism; no liberal smugness)
  • has a low cost of living
  • offers good business opportunities and lots of jobs
  • isn't too hot or too cold

I know it sounds picky, but can someone please offer some insight? It doesn't have to match all eight of the criteria points, but maybe six out of the eight at least? Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-01-2007, 02:05 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I'm a native Chicagoan who currently lives in Nashville and I'm looking into relocating somewhere else within the next three years...

I'm searching for a city that would be the right fit for me but I havent found it yet...so I'm asking for various opinions.

Here's my criteria. I would like to move somewhere that:
  • is a fairly large size with at least 2 million people in the metro--that way I can be sure there's always something to do
  • has a thriving vibrant downtown (I'm a downtown dweller)
  • offers a great social scene for young adults
  • is diverse
  • is moderate socially and politically (no extreme conservatism; no liberal smugness)
  • has a low cost of living
  • offers good business opportunities and lots of jobs
  • isn't too hot or too cold

I know it sounds picky, but can someone please offer some insight? It doesn't have to match all eight of the criteria points, but maybe six out of the eight at least? Thanks in advance.

Well I can tell you that St. Louis or Cincinnati easily meet that criteria. i'd also maybe have recommended Cleveland except you aren't fond of coldness. St. Louis, Kansas City, and Cincinnati all meet your criteria pretty well. I guess while Downtown St. Louis isn't exactly what I'd call thriving it has a nightlife...riverboat casinos, etc...downtown lofts are growing relative popular. Give it a chance. If not, pick KC or Cincy. These three cities are close to "middle-climate" 2 million people as it gets. You could also try and take a look at the Baltimore-D.C. area. If you can tolerate Pittsburgh...normally its winters aren't as bad Cleveland...look at that as well. But first and foremost on this list would be St. Louis, KC, and Cincy.
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Old 06-01-2007, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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Originally Posted by DefaultAlias View Post
I'm a native Chicagoan who currently lives in Nashville and I'm looking into relocating somewhere else within the next three years...

I'm searching for a city that would be the right fit for me but I havent found it yet...so I'm asking for various opinions.

Here's my criteria. I would like to move somewhere that:
  • is a fairly large size with at least 2 million people in the metro--that way I can be sure there's always something to do
  • has a thriving vibrant downtown (I'm a downtown dweller)
  • offers a great social scene for young adults
  • is diverse
  • is moderate socially and politically (no extreme conservatism; no liberal smugness)
  • has a low cost of living
  • offers good business opportunities and lots of jobs
  • isn't too hot or too cold

I know it sounds picky, but can someone please offer some insight? It doesn't have to match all eight of the criteria points, but maybe six out of the eight at least? Thanks in advance.
You just described Chicago.
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Old 06-01-2007, 10:16 AM
 
Location: The Bay State
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Originally Posted by DefaultAlias View Post
I'm a native Chicagoan who currently lives in Nashville and I'm looking into relocating somewhere else within the next three years...

I'm searching for a city that would be the right fit for me but I havent found it yet...so I'm asking for various opinions.

Here's my criteria. I would like to move somewhere that:
  • is a fairly large size with at least 2 million people in the metro--that way I can be sure there's always something to do
  • has a thriving vibrant downtown (I'm a downtown dweller)
  • offers a great social scene for young adults
  • is diverse
  • is moderate socially and politically (no extreme conservatism; no liberal smugness)
  • has a low cost of living
  • offers good business opportunities and lots of jobs
  • isn't too hot or too cold

I know it sounds picky, but can someone please offer some insight? It doesn't have to match all eight of the criteria points, but maybe six out of the eight at least? Thanks in advance.


I'm not sure you will ever find one place that fits all these, but if you really are willing to settle for 6/8 criteria, I'd suggest:

Seattle or Portland (high cost of living, but fits the bill for everything else)
Atlanta, Austin (hot, and I'm not sure Austin has 2 million people)
Minneapolis/St Paul (probably in your "too cold" category)
Maybe think about Columbus OH, maybe Louisville

What don't you like about Nashville?
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Old 06-01-2007, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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From what you're asking, the closest I can think of is Charlotte and Atlanta.
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Old 06-01-2007, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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DefaultAlias, you and I seem to be looking for the same thing. My criteria is almost exactly identical to yours, though I won't mind the swings in weather.

People have recommended to me the following locations:

Louisville, KY
Chicago, IL
Houston, TX (maybe too hot for you)
Austin, TX (maybe too hot for you)
Kansas City, KS
Denver-Boulder, CO
Nashville, TN
Seattle, WA

I've been to Cincinnati before, and I didn't like it. A bit too conservative and not much to do there. I liked Louisville though. Never been to the rest, except Denver. Denver seems ok, but I haven't spent much time there.
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Old 06-01-2007, 08:35 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Actually yea I totally forgot about Seattle. That is the best one of all of these. It's got the most vibrant downtown and it's weather is mild season-round. Definitely have to go with Seattle. Also, Chicago in the winter? How can you call that not too cold in the winter? Atlanta is too hot by far I would say. I don't see what the lure of Louisville...nothing to do in Cincinnati? There has to be more to do there than Louisville...when I was there I asked around what there was to do and I got the same response every time...nothing. Louisville is not 2 million people. way too small for what you're after. Seattle I think would be your best option. Also, Louisville is far more conservative than Cincinnati. Denver in the winter is far too cold. You get more snow there than Cleveland gets. Trust me...Seattle is the best pick of all these. It's not as hot STL, KC, or CIncy in the summer nor is it as cold as these places in the winter...and unlike these cities which get 13-20 inches of snow every year, Seattle hardly gets any due to it's sea-level altitude. All it gets is rain. Probably one of the greatest and most tolerable climates you'll find in the U.S. is Seattle. it's downtown is among the most impressive IMO in the United States. St. Louis, KC, and Cincy and Cleveland can't hold a candle to it. Now watch the hypnotic coin of gold, DefaultAlias, and you will do as you are told... YOU WILL GO TO SEATTLE...YOU WILL GO TO SEATTLE....YOU WILL GO TO SEATTLE...YOU WILL GO TO SEATTLE...NOW GO!!!!!

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Old 06-02-2007, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Nashville
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Thanks all for the responses!!
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Old 06-02-2007, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Portland, OR:
2.5 Million Metro (fairly large)
Has a Vibrant Downtown
Offers a GREAT social scene for young adults
Is NOT very diverse (80% white I believe)
Is NOT moderate politically (very liberal)
Has a mid-level cost of living.
Does NOT offer good business opportunities, but DOES offer lots of jobs.
It has a relatively mild climate all year round.
5/8 Criteria Met

Chicago:
3rd Largest City in U.S.
Has a Vibrant Downtown
Offers a GREAT social scene for young adults
Is Diverse
Is moderate politically (can really go either way here)
Has a high cost of living.
Offers good business opportunities/jobs
Cold as a mofo
6/8

Houston, TX:
4th largest city in U.S.
Has a Vibrant Downtown
Offers a decent social scene for young adults
Is Diverse
Is moderate politically
Has a very low cost of living.
Offers good business opportunities/jobs
Hot climate, but check out the weather in Sugar Land, TX

In all honesty, given your criteria, I would have to go with Houston, TX. I personally think Seattle/Portland is a bad suggestion for you, considering cost of living and political environment. However, it all depends on how you define low-cost of living, and what industry you work in (for criteria of jobs and business opportunities).
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Old 06-02-2007, 01:05 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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Re: Houston, I'd just like to nitpick...

Has a Decent Downtown (it's well on its way, but not far enough along yet to be considered "vibrant")
Offers a GREAT social scene for young adults
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