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Old 10-18-2009, 08:09 PM
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Champaign-Urbana is fairly liberal in the central Illinois area.
It's got the University of Illinois and Parkland community college.
The "suburbs" of Saint Joseph and Mahomet are known to have almost all professors as residents; they are about twenty or so minutes from Chambana.
It's a bit large, at 100,000 combined population (about 60K and 40K respectively).

There are two hospitals serving the area (Carle and Provena), with numerous clinics dotting the landscape.

I think that the thing with Chambana, is that it's in between becoming "cultured" but still has vestiges of its recent rural past.
Both town and university are constantly expanding.
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Old 10-19-2009, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by cmw6v8 View Post
Hi there,

I'm looking for some leads/ideas on some cool towns in the Midwest for potential relocation. Definitely some place under 100,000 population, but smaller is better, like maybe 20,000 or less. Could be small town near a larger urban area etc. Looking for a place that is a bit more cultured than an average farm town. Liberal values are a big plus, and friendly people are a must (maybe in your opinion those two don't go together, but humor me). Ideally a town with at least one or two colleges/universities and good health care/medical centers nearby (for employment). States could be Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, etc. We'll consider any area but we need some ideas! We're a young couple looking to move out of the city (we both grew up in rural areas but don't want to move "home"). We'd still like to be a part of a young, hip small community if ever such a thing existed in the Midwest

You should check out Northfield, MN. It is a town around 20,000 people with two highly respected liberal colleges-Carleton & St. Olaf. Northfield is about 35 minutes south of the St. Paul/Minneapolis metro.
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:18 AM
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Madison WI, Ann Arbor MI and Iowa City IA.....

Even better....Try some place outside of Seattle or.......Santa Cruz CA.....better weather...
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:16 PM
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Thanks for responses everyone--just now getting around to checking thread after I posted :/ Yep, Out West would be ideal but not practical for us. I've actually driven through Northfield, and I'm inclined to check it out again, along with possibly Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. A small college town would be great!
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:41 AM
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You would defintly want to check out Yellow Springs, Ohio. Very liberal. Plenty of health care opportunities nearby. Close to Dayton and not too far from Cincinatti and Columbus Ohio. Beautiful area, not too expensive. Has a population of about 3 or 4 thousand. Very nice people. Liberal with small town warmth. Nearby Dayton has a decent amount of culture, but not a city you would probally want to live in.
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:51 PM
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Lots of liberal small towns within about 40 miles or so of Madison,WI. Some examples to look at would be,Cross Plains,Sauk City/Prairie Du Sac,Baraboo,Mineral point,Spring Green.
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