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Old 06-05-2007, 10:33 AM
 
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We are having to relocate from MI becuase of the job market and would love to find a college / university town that was alot like East Lansing (MSU). Progressive, diverse and has alot to offer educationally. Any help would be greatly appreciated we're starting to feel like we'll never find the right place for our family.
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Old 06-05-2007, 11:32 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Madison, Wisconsin
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
State College, Pennsylvania
Morgantown, West Virginia

Berkeley, California and Austin, Texas if you can take the extreme politcs
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Old 06-05-2007, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Midwest
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Madison, Wisconsin
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
State College, Pennsylvania
Morgantown, West Virginia

Berkeley, California and Austin, Texas if you can take the extreme politcs
I would add Ann Arbor to the list, but subtract East Lansing.
East Lansing feels more like the university district around Columbus, Ohio than it does the other university towns, one reason that I moved from Ann Arbor to Champaign-Urbana, rather than East Lansing.

Chapel Hill, Charlottesville, and State College are great to visit, and I would not mind tenure track there. As a grad student, I think I would go crazy. I'm used to Ann Arbor and its proximity to Detroit; these are all small cities relatively far from larger ones. Raleigh-Durham does not substitute so well for Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, etc

Madison is really, really nice, much nicer than Champaign-Urbana or East Lansing. It rivals Ann Arbor. Visit!
You can combine the trip with a visit to Milwaukee as well.
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Old 06-05-2007, 03:34 PM
 
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Red face Why Madison over Ann Arbor?

I've been to both Madison and Ann Arbor and prefer AA. Wondering if I missed something in Madison. Also would like to know a little more about Milwaukee.
Thanks
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Old 06-05-2007, 06:46 PM
 
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Davis, California --- home of UC-Davis and one I don't see mentioned too often. Also close to some good sized urban job markets.
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Old 06-05-2007, 06:48 PM
 
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Milwaukee, believe it or not, has a burgeoning arts scene that's pretty incredible--and cost of living is relatively cheap, outside of their ritzier suburbs.

Madison is nice; university, state capital, something of an arts scene, literary, lakes are nice, Olbrich Gardens, the Arboretum, State St from capitol to UW campus. Cost of living is kind of high, and...well, hell. I lived there for two years and would move back, but it's the kind of place that grows on you, maybe. If you like hippie co-op grocery stores (Willy St), non-starbucks coffee (mother fools, michaelangelos are two of my favorites), winter, lake-related recreation, gay and lesbian and feminist issues, farmers market (it's a tradition), manageable traffic and downtown core, and pretty much as progressive as politics get in the midwest (not sure how it would compare to AA that way) then you might like Madison. If I were moving back, I'd probably look at the north side, which is a lot less "madisony" and a lot more like the rest of wisconsin. madison has horribly ugly sprawl, especially on the east side, so maybe if you stayed out there you couldn't fully appreciate what makes Madison cool.
It's not a big city by any means (though per wikipedia the metro area "had a 2006 estimated census population of 543,022" which is a little surprising), and things get kind of dead and insular in the winter. Luckily Milwaukee and Chicago are so close. I hear the economy is picking up, though you have the usual overeducated people working service jobs phenomenon.
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Old 06-05-2007, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Davis is great. The worlds best farmers market. Close to SF and Sac. However, $$$
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Old 06-05-2007, 07:36 PM
 
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True BB. Love the bike scene there too. OP didn't mention cost so I figured it was wide open.
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Old 06-05-2007, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Grafton, Ohio
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Default My sister suggests Austin, Tx

Apparently, it is among the greatest places for young adults for social scene. It is well known for having the greatest population of waitresses with PhDs because they don't want to leave because it is such a great area.
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Old 06-06-2007, 07:51 AM
 
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Thank you for your help I can't wait to check into those towns!
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