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Old 11-11-2008, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
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...should I live? I've dreamed of living in Montana or Wyoming since I was little, but since I've been to neither place, I'm not sure if they're for me. Can someone help? I'd prefer somewhere with a medium-sized town, a university, four seasons, lots of trees, and not too much rain or snow. A lack of conservatives would be nice as well, but I can deal with it if that doesn't work out
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Old 11-11-2008, 12:42 PM
 
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Flagstaff, AZ would probably meet your bill....lots of trees, university, not too much snow, less conservative than some places (Wyoming/Montana)
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Old 11-12-2008, 05:46 AM
 
Location: LEAVING CD
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Boulder Co would fit your bill perfectly.
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:51 AM
 
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Flagstaff, AZ would probably meet your bill....lots of trees, university, not too much snow, less conservative than some places (Wyoming/Montana)
Don't move to Flagstaff!!!! I live here, and this is round two for me. Round one, 8 years ago Flag was nice, not nice anymore. The middle class is leaving in bunches leaving extreme rich and extreme poverty. I lived in Laramie and my sister went to school there. Nice safe town, while still somewhat conservative I'd say it's less so than the rest of Wyoming. Really, that shouldn't matter much anyway. Political diversity with constructive discourse is just as important as cultural and racila diversity in my opinion. Not all conservatives are far right whack jobs and not all Liberals are pinko commies people. I think most people are actually quite moderate and the politicos are the ones who want us to think we are so different and far off from each other. I lean left and have plenyt of right leaning frineds and family. Thosea re jsut my two cents on Flagstaff, Wyoming, and politics...oh and since this is the Montana forum Missoula might work for you as well, I'm looking into Grad School there, but looking at living out of town to save some $$$
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Old 11-13-2008, 06:27 AM
 
Location: SW Montana
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I concur with jimj - Boulder fits your criteria pretty well. The only place we have here that comes close is Missoula, but the weather is probably a bit wetter than average and there are sleeper cells of conservatives in the city limits.
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Old 11-14-2008, 02:01 PM
 
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Missoula is very nice. haven't been there in 10 or 11 years but I liked it. Jobs were VERY tough to find then. I wouldn't think that situation has improved any since...
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Old 11-14-2008, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Montana
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...should I live? I've dreamed of living in Montana or Wyoming since I was little, but since I've been to neither place, I'm not sure if they're for me. Can someone help? I'd prefer somewhere with a medium-sized town, a university, four seasons, lots of trees, and not too much rain or snow. A lack of conservatives would be nice as well, but I can deal with it if that doesn't work out
Hmmm...

Medium sized treed town with 4 seasons and no conservatives.

I'd say Canada might be your best option.
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Old 11-15-2008, 01:17 AM
 
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Hmmm...

Medium sized treed town with 4 seasons and no conservatives.

I'd say Canada might be your best option.
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Old 11-15-2008, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
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Hmmm...

Medium sized treed town with 4 seasons and no conservatives.

I'd say Canada might be your best option.

Lol! You may very well be right. I have considered that before.

As to all the above towns mentioned--how are the crime rates there?
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Old 11-16-2008, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Montana
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Lol! You may very well be right. I have considered that before.

As to all the above towns mentioned--how are the crime rates there?
I'm not really sure... (statistically) but I know as western Montana has grown in the last 10 years or so... so has the crime. I used to look off of my deck at my little place and see livestock and horses, and that's all gone now to make room for subdivisions and noisy neighbors. (with kids that like that annoying bass music driving around... I was a teenager once too, and now I know how annoyed my dad was when I was "that kid" running around..lol)

To me a lot of the country has turned to ghetto and yuppiville. I have a couple really close friends that farm, and it's hard sometimes to get out of whatever machine I'm running to help during seed and during harvest to come home to the lights and noise that never used to be there.

I'm sure it's not as much as you are used to in Arizona, but the thing is, people see this place as a refuge and bring their kids out hoping for a change and as good as their intentions are, add to the problems that have gotten so much worse in recent years. (I'm not trying to discourage you, but that is the truth.)

What's it like in your neck of the woods?
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