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Old 03-08-2010, 06:39 AM
 
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Here is a short background so you know what I'm looking for....

I'm 25 and single and my income is 20-25K a year(trust fund). I have lived near Rochester, NY my whole up bringing. Past year I have lived in Las Vegas Nevada and have hated it with a passion. I'm looking for a city that can easily be assessable with walking/riding a bike(good transit system), decent weather(nothing like 120 in the summer or - 10 in the winter). Also average to below average crime rate, small to mid sized city, and a laid back nature.

any help would be great

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Old 03-08-2010, 10:15 AM
 
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The best cities for walking/biking and living car free are Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco.

There are other cities where it is possible to live without a car, but it won't be 100% convenient.

I named the top six cities livable without a car, five out of the six named have cold winters. So, San Francisco would be your best choice.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:22 AM
 
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The best cities for walking/biking and living car free are Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco.

There are other cities where it is possible to live without a car, but it won't be 100% convenient.

I named the top six cities livable without a car, five out of the six named have cold winters. So, San Francisco would be your best choice.
I tend to agree with San Francisco. It's not "small to mid-sized", but it does have every other trait the OP is looking for. I don't think you're going to find many small to mid-sized cities with good public transportation outside of Portland, OR.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:24 AM
 
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Thanks for the responses. I have thought about San Fran but the cost of living really scares me. I was fortunate enough to have a income through my parents, but I don't think I make enough to live there comfortably.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:25 AM
 
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It sounds like you are on a fixed income. You won't be able to live very well on that kind of income in any of the cities listed. They are all quite expensive with the exception of Philly which is still expensive.

You might try Pittsburgh. Cost of living is pretty reasonable, they don't get the volume of snow or cold in an average WNY winter (this year is an exception though) and the mass transit is not too bad for a metro area of 2.3 million.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:35 AM
 
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It sounds like you are on a fixed income. You won't be able to live very well on that kind of income in any of the cities listed. They are all quite expensive with the exception of Philly which is still expensive.

You might try Pittsburgh. Cost of living is pretty reasonable, they don't get the volume of snow or cold in an average WNY winter (this year is an exception though) and the mass transit is not too bad for a metro area of 2.3 million.
Thanks for the response. I'll look into Pittsburgh more, I have never been there except a drive by once when I was like 12 but I do remember it looked like a neat place. I remember taking a pic of 3 rivers stadium it was really cool(at least back then).

TheCity also recommended Portland Oregon, which I have done some research on. It has a lot of the qualities that I like, except the weather but you have to make at least some sacrifices.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:59 AM
 
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^^^Portland is also trending on the expensive side but it would probably be the cheapest place to live out of all the cities TheCity listed. Aside from that you can truly enjoy the out of doors activities there.

I've looked into the Pittsburgh area myself. It has a lot going for it these days and the cost of housing if you purchase, is absurdly affordable. Plenty of places to go hiking and biking in the metro area makes it a place to stay in shape. Your 20 to 25 grand will go pretty far there even if you have to rent. You can get a decent 1 BR apartment for $600 or so in many areas of the metro area. As long as you don't have a lot of credit card debt you should be fine on that kind of income.
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:37 AM
 
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Look for college towns too. Maybe a city like Chapel Hill NC would work. It's in a growing area and generally, college towns tend to be very "walkable". Here's an example of Chapel hill's walkability: Walk Score - Helping homebuyers, renters, and real estate agents find houses and apartments in great neighborhoods.

Maybe cities like Knoxville TN, Columbia MO, Blacksburg VA and Kent OH, among many others, would work. That website posted for walkability is pretty good and showing how good a community is in that regard.

If you every wanted to come back to Upstate NY, by the way, Ithaca would be perfect.
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:09 PM
 
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If you are interested in a smaller city that still has alot to offer you may want to look at Jersey City or Hoboken NJ. If you are interested in a bigger city then Philadelphia would be a good choice.
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