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Old 05-24-2009, 09:48 AM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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With housing prices crashing...The Bay Area suddenly is much more affordable.
What do you think future projections of this are... bleed out, people move out who want bigger houses, then stabilize and get back to normal? That is my hopes...
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Old 05-24-2009, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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There will be more demand for low-priced housing, as people lose their expensive homes and have to downsize.
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Old 11-16-2009, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Auburn Hills, MI
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I know this post is old, but I am from California and want to share my opinion.

The problem is that the more harmonious people of different races and cultures are towards each other, the more education (and thus income) they tend to have, which drives up the market demand for housing and impacts the overall cost of living. It might be better for you to just say "liberal", as this is pretty much the only place you are going to find harmony among races. There is no place in the south where there isn't racial tension that I've lived or visited. In fact, you can count out most of the United States. Instead, focus on locations in the west, including Nevada, NM, AZ, Bellevue, WA, Colorado SPrings, Co, Albequerque NM. One other options is also Orlando, Fl.

I lived in St Louis and found it to be full of corruption and bigotry. It has an ugly dark side and strange politics.

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Old 11-16-2009, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Los Altos Hills, CA
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I know this post is old, but I am from California and want to share my opinion.

The problem is that the more harmonious people of different races and cultures are towards each other, the more education (and thus income) they tend to have, which drives up the market demand for housing and impacts the overall cost of living. It might be better for you to just say "liberal", as this is pretty much the only place you are going to find harmony among races. There is no place in the south I FL where there isn't racial tension. In fact, you can count out most of the United States. Instead, focus on locations in the west, including Nevada, NM, AZ, Bellevue, WA, Colorado SPrings, Co, Albequerque NM. One other options is also Orlando, Fl.

I lived in St Louis and found it to be full of corruption and bigotry. It has an ugly dark side and strange politics.
Interesting perspective.
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Old 11-16-2009, 04:22 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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And the answer is: Albuquerque, NM.
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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I would say that Charlotte, Austin, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Nashville, and Raleigh could be a great fit for you.
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Old 11-19-2009, 01:31 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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The Newark, DE area sounds good.
The economy is good, the property taxes are really low (no sales tax), the weather isn't too harsh in any season, and I'm pretty sure that area is racially harmonious (compared to a lot of the country)
You're also never too far from beaches which may be a plus for you. The location also offers Philly, Baltimore, DC, and NYC all under 2.5 hours distance.

Delaware is definitely growing, I think, according to your criteria, you'll find it a nice place to have a fresh start.
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Old 01-14-2010, 06:33 AM
 
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Lexington, Kentucky is pretty awesome! Check it out. Medium size city, low crime, great schools, moderate climate, some of the best tasting chocolate, centrally located, Appalachian Mountains next county over, multi-ethnic and really nice people. I moved up here 20 years ago from South Texas and have loved it every since! Good luck in your search~
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:24 AM
 
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Harrisburg, PA area tends to rank well in these comparisons. Seems to be a high percentage of stay-at-home parents because both don't *need* to work to afford a home here.
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Old 01-14-2010, 11:20 AM
 
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I know this post is old, but I am from California and want to share my opinion.

The problem is that the more harmonious people of different races and cultures are towards each other, the more education (and thus income) they tend to have, which drives up the market demand for housing and impacts the overall cost of living. It might be better for you to just say "liberal", as this is pretty much the only place you are going to find harmony among races. There is no place in the south where there isn't racial tension that I've lived or visited. In fact, you can count out most of the United States. Instead, focus on locations in the west, including Nevada, NM, AZ, Bellevue, WA, Colorado SPrings, Co, Albequerque NM. One other options is also Orlando, Fl.

I lived in St Louis and found it to be full of corruption and bigotry. It has an ugly dark side and strange politics.
Fairly valid, but if that was the case, cities like New York, Boston, Chicago, and Washington DC would be very racially harmonious. As for the above cities mentioned, we all know that these cities have more than their share of issues considering how liberal these cities are supposedly are. And in the case of DC, I can personally attest that the expensive places within the city limits are anything but racially welcoming (tolerant maybe, which the OP stated was not enough). The main reason why all of these places are expensive are because of high-paying jobs! However, the DC suburb of Northern Virginia and the Northern DC suburbs of Maryland are very racially harmonious, which in that case, may be a supplemental reason why these areas are expensive (along with the recession-proof government and IT jobs scattered about in these parts of the DC area).

But overall, I do agree with this post. For the OP, I would stay West of the Mississippi river to find something that fits all of your criteria, and venture no further northeast than Minnesota/Wisconsin and no further Southeast than Texas. The cities you mentioned are good suggestions, but there are plenty of more cities on the list that would fit at least most of what you're looking for. Austin, Minneapolis, and Denver are also good candidates for cities that have most of what you're looking for as well; all are known to have decent jobs (or will have decent jobs when the recession ends), are very tech savvy, are very racially integrated and harmonious (compared to most cities), don't have very extreme catastrophe-categorized weather, and most importantly, don't have killer bugs.
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