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Old 01-14-2016, 12:36 PM
 
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Hi all. Just looking to pick the collective brain in regards to nice places to live. I've read over some of the threads on here already and picked up a few ideas, but I thought I'd make a thread as well to see what else people can suggest.

I live in eastern Iowa right now, and I want to move away from here mostly for personal reasons, but also for practical reasons. Naturally I want to find somewhere with a good income/cost of living ratio, as well as good employment potential. The area I live in is very industrial/medical as far as job opportunities go, and I want to find somewhere with more potential for creative jobs. (I know, not an easy request) I would also like to find somewhere with more moderate weather, as I'm a bit tired of the extremes we have here with the nasty summers and bone chilling winters.

Politically I would prefer somewhere more progressive, doesn't have to be full on dark blue, but I would prefer to stay far away from far-right/very religious areas. As far as entertainment value, I'm looking for somewhere with a thriving "geek culture," convention centers, gaming stores/groups, that sort of thing. Not a big bar scene sort of guy, so I'm not worried about those.

One last big thing is road conditions/drivers. My city is notorious for crappy roads with cracks/potholes and exceedingly long amounts of time before repairs are done, and also the average driver around here is vastly impatient, and people are constantly cutting each other off and acting as though their destination is the most important thing on planet Earth. So somewhere with better driving conditions would be nice too.

So far a few places that popped up in other threads that sound interesting are Tacoma, WA, Sacramento, CA, and Panama City Beach, FL. That's just a few of course, and I'm wide open to any suggestions you all might have. Thanks!
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Old 01-14-2016, 11:11 PM
 
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Hi all. Just looking to pick the collective brain in regards to nice places to live. I've read over some of the threads on here already and picked up a few ideas, but I thought I'd make a thread as well to see what else people can suggest.

I live in eastern Iowa right now, and I want to move away from here mostly for personal reasons, but also for practical reasons. Naturally I want to find somewhere with a good income/cost of living ratio, as well as good employment potential. The area I live in is very industrial/medical as far as job opportunities go, and I want to find somewhere with more potential for creative jobs. (I know, not an easy request) I would also like to find somewhere with more moderate weather, as I'm a bit tired of the extremes we have here with the nasty summers and bone chilling winters.

Politically I would prefer somewhere more progressive, doesn't have to be full on dark blue, but I would prefer to stay far away from far-right/very religious areas. As far as entertainment value, I'm looking for somewhere with a thriving "geek culture," convention centers, gaming stores/groups, that sort of thing. Not a big bar scene sort of guy, so I'm not worried about those.

One last big thing is road conditions/drivers. My city is notorious for crappy roads with cracks/potholes and exceedingly long amounts of time before repairs are done, and also the average driver around here is vastly impatient, and people are constantly cutting each other off and acting as though their destination is the most important thing on planet Earth. So somewhere with better driving conditions would be nice too.

So far a few places that popped up in other threads that sound interesting are Tacoma, WA, Sacramento, CA, and Panama City Beach, FL. That's just a few of course, and I'm wide open to any suggestions you all might have. Thanks!
I can't speak much to geek culture, but there seems to be a fair amount of it in the Portland area. Plenty of gamers and conventions and things like that. COL is out of control here in comparison to wages, however. And lots of stiff competition for any "creative" jobs. Not a good place to move without a solid job. But it is plenty progressive and with moderate weather. Our drivers are crap though. A mix of the worst from all around the country (Oregon was the number one moving destination the past few years).

As for Tacoma, their drivers aren't any better than what you describe. I'm not a slow driver (usually do 10 over on the freeway), but I can't tell you how many times I've been tailgated and flipped off around between Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Seattle. Sometimes it has been military-looking guys around the base with army stickers on their vehicles, and sometimes it's commuters in suits and ties. You have the people stuck in commuter hell heading up to Seattle and coming back which brings out the ragey aggression in everybody. But around town the driving isn't so bad in Tacoma. COL there is rising, though still slightly behind Seattle, and employment opportunities, especially in the creative areas, is not nearly as strong in Tacoma as in Seattle. Many do commute from Tacoma up to Seattle and Bellevue/Redmond.

Eugene is a little smaller, but has a large geek culture, decent COL last time I checked, progressive, with moderate weather, mostly friendly drivers, and some creative jobs available. Only problem is that the wages in that area are low and jobs of any kind have never been plentiful there, but overall might be an alright choice for your desires.
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Old 01-17-2016, 12:04 PM
 
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Does anyone else have any thoughts?
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