I've lived in NYC for about 15 years, and have been pretty happy with it. For the last few years, my wife and I have discussed moving off and on. We both have full-time jobs, and freelance, and are active in the arts scene. We also love to go hiking and spend time outdoors. She's fantastic at finding the best spots to explore around the city.
We're both wanting a change of pace and feel out of sync with New York lately. We want more time with our child, less time at work, and more resources (ie: time, money, space). We're also tired of rarely seeing our families. We feel the most logical choice would be to move our family from NYC to either Cleveland or Atlanta area where our families live. I think we like the Northeastern sensibilities of Cleveland more, but the job market sucks and winters are bleak. But most of Atlanta is so bloated with traffic or crime, we don't know where to start. We do know if we stay in NYC, we just want to stay in the city. Neither of us are up for a long commute to live upstate.
I think we're spoiled in thinking a city can have it all - culture, low cost of living, our families, good economy, outdoors. Feels like a no-win situation. Any insight? Anyone doing anything similar?