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View Poll Results: Which is it?
Stockton/Modesto 3 20.00%
Hagerstown/Chambersburg 4 26.67%
Allentown/East Stroudsburg 4 26.67%
Riverside/San Bernardino 4 26.67%
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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Due to affordable housing and being priced out of the metropolitans adjacent to them, these places have largely become a bedroom community to four of the most expensive places in the country: Tri-State Area, Southland, Chesapeake Area, and Bay Area and all of these places are home to such a large population (well for exurbs anyways) and are increasingly becoming more apart of the general area (as data shows) yet they're relatively never compared.

So to compare them based on:
+ Environment (schools, public safety, infrastructure, so on)
+ Neighborhoods
+ Stuff for entertainment
+ Proximity to major cities (how long it takes, with traffic)
+ Food
+ Scenery
+ Climate
+ Amenities (just basic amenities)

Which exurban area/bedroom community is the best and why is it the best?

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Old 04-05-2013, 01:51 AM
 
Location: Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA
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The IE is likely the best of the four. Stockton and Modesto are in theory suburbs of the bay. I'm not a fan of Stockton but hopefully over time the influence from the bay will change them into better places to live for those that live there.

I'm hoping they upgrade the highways to Stockton and Modesto and the passenger rail, it's a nightmare into the central valley. 4 and Rio Vista/Kettlemen need to be upgraded into Stockton and Byron into Tracy. There needs to be a major highway to Modesto from San Jose...

If you look at the grid from Merced to Stockton and see how spread out it is, you can tell that area is going to be huge in the next 40 years in every direction. Modesto will sprawl north into Stockton and Stockton will sprawl across Discovery Bay into Brentwood, that area is begging to explode IMO. What used to be a metro around the bay is becoming a metro that sprawls through the delta.

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Old 04-05-2013, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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I'd have to say IE as well. Stockton/Modesto, just go live in Tracy, imo.
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:07 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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I'd have to say IE as well. Stockton/Modesto, just go live in Tracy, imo.
tracy isn't that great either. spent 3 months a while back, hated every minute of it. at least the IE has some genuinely nice areas.
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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No... but it's also affordable, less of a commute, better schools, less crime. As far as bedroom communities go, it is better than Stockton or Modesto for not that much more money. I mean, I can see how people get priced out to Tracy from the Bay Area. Prices just fall off the cliff at Tracy. The house prices are literally half what they are in Dublin or Livermore... Well, I guess Stockton is also literally half the price of Tracy.
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I don't consider Riverside and San Bernardino to be exurbs. They are just part of the Southland. Certainly not comparable to Chambersburg anyway. They have lots in common with the rest of greater LA and blend pretty seamlessly into it.
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:33 AM
 
Location: San Bernardino, CA
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San Bernardino Was established around the same time LA was, its a whole different are or was anyway but now that the gap has closed with new cities popping up between LA and SB-Riv, I could see why people might call SB an exurb
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Old 08-02-2013, 06:32 AM
 
Location: So California
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^^same with Stockton and Modesto. Which both are set up structurally well. Barring a bit of the south and east sides, Stockton is actually very good looking. People give it a bad rep and its always had high unemployment and crime. Its too bad.
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