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Old 10-13-2010, 04:57 PM
Location: Eastern Washington
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Maybe the area around Iowa City Iowa? I lived near Cedar Rapids a couple decades ago, the hot humid summers and cold snowy winters (winter comparable to Idaho Falls, ID, Summer comparable to Atlanta, GA - I am not making that up) drove me away. But it does have a nice community feel, although the CR area was not at all diverse - Anglo-Saxon white people door to door. Not mean or racist people, mind you, but at that time it was just a "human monoculture" like the corn fields.

So I would suggest you think about Iowa City because of the University there.

Have you ever lived through a Midwest winter, OP? If you have always been in Cali, it's a very different experience. I could certainly "take it" but figured I didn't need to. When every thing you do outdoors on a January day seems like an event in a "tough man" contest, to me that got old quick.

Good luck. I would really suggest you at the very least spend a weekend somewhere like Minneapolis or Chicago, even Detroit, during the mid-winter. Try it before you buy it.
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Old 10-16-2010, 10:51 PM
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Point Pleasant Beach in NJ was named one of best towns in Jersey a few years ago. About an hour at the most to NYC, but it's a very nice community.
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Old 10-17-2010, 01:25 AM
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My only hope is that my in laws own 85 acres in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. And they are getting old and will be needing help. So my wife and I will hopefully move back and live on the "farm" and get to experience a different lifestyle.
Take me with you! I'll pack my overalls and boots, grab my straw hat and gloves and I'll wait for you to pick me up on your way.
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Old 10-17-2010, 09:36 AM
Location: Neither here nor there
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How about a rural or semi-rural area of Arkansas or Missouri? I think you would find more black families in the rural and small town areas of those states than you would in MN or MI and thus you would probably find it more comfortable to "fit in". If you can, take a month long trip through the states you think would best fit your criteria and spend a few days in different areas, talk to people and try and get honest opinions about what you might expect if you move there. If you have children, it is especially important for them to find a comfortable place to call home.

Good luck.
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