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Old 11-13-2019, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Oh I imagine the heat being hot and long. I've been to TX and OK but that was many, many years ago.

What makes the COL in TX not as low people think in the metro areas? I suppose most if not all metro areas are more expensive than say rural or burbs.
Oh people think "Housing costs less in Texas!" Well, not much less in the larger metro areas. Also, property taxes are high in Texas (though there's no state income tax so it tends to be evened out).

Smaller cities though do have a good COL in my opinion.
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Old 11-13-2019, 11:29 AM
 
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I think the main problem is going to be finding a city large enough to have a good economy, yet not large enough that the city is clearly left-wring, yet not small enough that the city is anti-LGBT.

One thing I realized when living in KY is that while the population is quite conservative in many ways, very few people are actually homophobic in the more populated areas.

Louisville has good LGBT protections, but the city itself is actually quite liberal. Maybe some of the suburbs would work. But the conservative suburbs in the Southwest are full of drugs and crime, though pretty accepting of the LGBT community. The conservative suburbs on the East Side are quite expensive and still pretty homophobic. The fun neighborhoods where the good restaurants and nightlife and jobs are are far more progressive than you'd imagine for a Southern city.

Lexington KY is somewhere between large college town and secondary major city in the state. But the college town vibe makes it quite left-wing. Though it's small enough that areas just outside of it are pretty moderate and LGBT friendly.

The Cincinnati region including the suburbs in Northern Kentucky is doing well economically and as far as large-ish metro areas go, it's still pretty conservative. But again, I never met a homophobic person from there.

I would also add the eastern/coastal area of Virginia.

The only places I can think of where you get the longer summers compared to KY and VA would be maybe Birmingham and Tallahassee. I can't comment on the LGBT friendliness of either, but they are larger/more important cities in conservative regions. That mix of importance and conservative region tends to create a progressive core city with moderate suburbs where the LGBT population is still somewhat accepted.
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