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Old 05-21-2016, 02:01 AM
 
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I'm looking at a job in Lincoln right now and thinking about where I'd live if I got it. I don't think I'd want to live in Lincoln but the closest places I'd be interested in would be either Springfield or Bloomington-Normal. BN is slightly further away but just from looking online I'm thinking that I might like it there more. I've never really spent much time in either city and don't know that much about them, aside from the face that Springfield is the capital, obviously.

Things that are important to me are good ethnic restaurants; Mexican, Indian, Middle-Eastern, Chinese, Thai, etc.. natural foods, farmer's markets. I like non-chain coffee shops and am more an underground/bohemian type person. Any suggestions or thoughts?
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Old 05-21-2016, 02:11 AM
 
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Lincoln is a decent town and within a short driving distance in any direction to a larger city.
It would be best if you could visit all three areas and spend a few days.
Then you could see which area has what you are looking for.
No one refers to Blooming-Normal as *BN*.
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Old 05-21-2016, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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I think you can find what you are looking for in either place. Springfield will be a bit closer to Lincoln, but Bloomington will have more of a Bohemian vibe because of the higher percentage/larger presence of college students.
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Old 05-25-2016, 12:23 PM
 
Location: IL
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Bloomington/Normal is a nicer town no matter who you are. But I think you would fit in well with the Normal hipster crowd.
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