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Old 06-08-2012, 04:50 AM
 
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Hello friends,
I am a single mom of pre-teen age child, physician, considering relocation. I will rent. What place in California would you recommend (except Bay Area/SF, LA and San Diego)? I currently live in a small town in California, but looking for a new place in Northern (preferably) or Southern California.

Criteria of my perfect place in order of importance:
1. safe place with friendly people
2. good schools- public or private
3. many single professionals - would like to have access to where I can meet my soulmate
4. moderate climate- no or minimal snow/fog/rain/humidity. Some heat (like Sacramento) is ok.
5. I am white but came originally from other country (years ago) and still speak with an accent, so prefer areas with some diversity and where people are open-minded and no racism.
6. community size 50K-1mln. Not rural.
7. less smog/polution (have asthma)
8. not too much traffic
9. preferably to have a college or University in town or nearby (students usually help me with babysitting if I need to work late evening or night hours)

Things I am not concerned much about are: nightlife, being able to ride bike, outdoors, fancy shopping/restaurants, beaches (I love all of this but can live without).

So far I am considering Silicon Valley and Rooseville/Sacramento. Anything else?

Would greatly appreciate you advise!
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:42 AM
 
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#7:
California: State of the Air 2012 - American Lung Association
Sacramento gets an F in air quality. So do parts of the Silicon Valley, although they aren't as bad as Sacramento.
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Old 06-08-2012, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Whiteville Tennessee
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San Luis Obispo
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Old 06-08-2012, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Have you considered either Davis or Chico?

//www.city-data.com/city/Davis-California.html

//www.city-data.com/city/Chico-California.html
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:56 PM
 
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San Luis Obispo
Echo that. The sillicon valley is part of the bay area. The San Luis Obispo/5 cities area sounds ideal, although the lack of cultural diversity is a knock, however acceptance of ideas, etc is there. Also try Santa Barabra or Ventura.
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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not too much traffic kind of kills the bay area as an option. do you like conservative or liberal? roseville tends to be conservative, although so many from the bay area have moved there so maybe that has changed some.
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Mountains of Oregon
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You might like the Carmel Valley...

Carmel Valley, California - carmelvalleycalifornia.com
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Declezville, CA
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Confucius say: "He who look for perfect place never satisfied."
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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You might like the Carmel Valley...

Carmel Valley, California - carmelvalleycalifornia.com
ooh yeah!
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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Santa Cruz or Marin County.
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