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Old 08-09-2013, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Hell, Arizona
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So I have a friend who just really wants to leave Phoenix. She hates the climate here. This is what she is looking for:

- Medium to large city. Just a lot to do, essentially. Some big cities (like Phoenix) have nothing to do. Phoenix is a family town, so to speak. Just not a lot to do for the college-aged citizens.
- Fiscally conservative. But socially more accepting.
- Obviously a better climate than Phoenix. She said she's open to even the rugged snow at this point. Even the hot deep south she said would be fine too. I'm starting to think she's pretty desperate...
- Lower COL but she said that if she has to sacrifice for a high COL she's for it.

What would you suggest?
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Old 08-09-2013, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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I'd suggest San Diego, it leans conservative but there's a fair amount of socially accepting folk there. She'll probably love the climate too.
It's funny, it seems like San Diego and Phoenix exchange each others residents a lot.
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Old 08-09-2013, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Hell, Arizona
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Didn't know SD leaned conservative! That shocks me. I'll let her know.

At least for my age group, everyone here fantasizes about CA. Beaches, hot people, great climate, music scene, etc. The ones who don't complain about the politics (usually the only reason, or too many people.) To each their own. SD and LA are about the same distance but LA is kinda messy, at least compared to Phoenix. San Diego is a lot more similar to Phoenix in terms of the actual city itself than LA is, which is why more people end up going to SD.
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Old 08-09-2013, 05:37 PM
 
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Perhaps a place like Columbus OH would work, as it has a strong college presence and it is a top 20 city in population that is growing.
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Hell, Arizona
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Columbus? Well it sure does have a strong college presence, that's for sure
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Old 08-10-2013, 07:05 AM
 
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Atlanta would be a good option. It has three seasons minus the brutal winters, a couple of months of summer like pretty much everywhere else in the lower 2/3 of the country and nice topography with lots of trees and greenery versus the Southwest. It's cost of living is a bargain compared to other cities of it's size and social/recreational offerings. Check out areas like Midtown, East Atlanta, Decatur, Five Points and Virginia Highlands.
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Old 08-10-2013, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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FL, TX and TN? All three states have very republican governors and no state income tax. But the big cities are all mostly liberal and therefore socially accepting.
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