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Old 08-14-2010, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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According to you, what is the best small city or town in America. Consider Cost-Of-Living, Crime rates, Big city amenities, Weather, People, Culture, way of life etc. Give me some places and tell me why! I would like to hear from as many people as possible! I'm interested in hearing your opinions.
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Old 08-14-2010, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Massatucky
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Essex, Massachusetts, the southern most point of NH! Near 5 beaches, huge woods, 5 mins to commuter rail from next-door Manchester, 40 min drive to Boston, great restaurants, great kayaking on the Essex River and estuary, boating, fishing for bass, blues, tuna, flounder etc, boat building, antique shops, home of the fried clam (Woodman's) clamming for steamers and quahogs, scenery, fantastic neighbors, dog-friendly, everyone is friendly and genuine (well, almost...) and its the only 'village' left in the Boston SMSA (under 5000 people), housing by Massachusetts standards is relatively 'market rate', close to Gloucester which has night life, history, markets, parks and cheap lobster. (4 culls for $20, thats cheap!) There is little if any crime, classic New England 'Town Meeting' government and classic New England weather: dress for it and stop bitching.....close to mountains and skiing in winter and great xc skiing locally.
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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Anybody else know of any "Hidden Gems" in America, that they wanna share with us?
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Old 08-21-2010, 07:04 AM
 
Location: 304
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small towns---
Buchannon, Elkins, Lewisburg, Moorefeild, Petersburg, Berkley Springs, Charles Town, Gauly Bridge---an in WV
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Old 08-21-2010, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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small towns---
Buchannon, Elkins, Lewisburg, Moorefeild, Petersburg, Berkley Springs, Charles Town, Gauly Bridge---an in WV

My grandpa is from Delbarton, WV
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Old 08-21-2010, 09:46 AM
 
Location: 125 Years Too Late...
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How about Houghton, MI (and surrounding region--Ontonagon, L'Anse, etc)?

Not overpopulated. Not near a large city (thus not endangered to become a bedroom community). In my opinion, the most beautiful region of the nation (UP Michigan). Perfect climate (if you like lots of snow in the winter and cool summers, like me). Lot's of outdoor activities. Property values are low by national standards. Low crime rate.

Down side? The only down sides I can find are politics and high property tax rates. Unfortunately, the high taxes are a deal breaker for me ($1547 average, compared to $505 average for the area I'm planning on moving to).

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Old 08-21-2010, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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How about Houghton, MI (and surrounding region--Ontonagon, L'Anse, etc)?

Not overpopulated. Not near a large city (thus not endangered to become a bedroom community). In my opinion, the most beautiful region of the nation (UP Michigan). Perfect climate (if you like lots of snow in the winter and cool summers, like me). Lot's of outdoor activities. Property values are low by national standards. Low crime rate.

Down side? The only down sides I can find are politics and high property tax rates. Unfortunately, the high taxes are a deal breaker for me ($1547 average, compared to $505 average for the area I'm planning on moving to).

High taxes and what about unemployment rate or cost-of-living vs income ratio?
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Old 08-22-2010, 12:25 AM
 
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Bloomington, IN
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