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Old 08-09-2006, 02:13 PM
 
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Winter really is not that much better in Madison than Minneapolis. The Twin Cities have tons of restaurants, theatres, great schools, lakes, and nice people. And, I think you would appreciate the work ethic of the upper midwest. Of course winter is a *****, it is nice to have a white xmas, but a white Easter is too much. Overall, I think this area of the country is going in a good direction, and the economy is doing quite well. You could get a nice place with 400K. I have visited Madison often, and DC twice and would like living in both, but I prefer Minneapolis over those two. And crime really is not a problem compared to most large cities, just avoid North Minneapolis.
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Old 08-11-2006, 05:19 PM
 
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I plan to leave Tennessee sometime within the next few months due to cultural inactivity, a virtually nonexistent liberal population, and lack of any progressive future.

I have narrowed my search down to five cities/towns in the United States. My priorities are as follows: Progressive Outlook, Education, Medium-to-High Liberal Population, Plenty of Rainy/Cloudy Days, Somewhat Populous, and Good Shopping/Entertainment/Dining Options.

I have selected five cities that I am strongly considering, but I need some more insight before I just leap into a new city perhaps thousands of miles away from where I am currently located. My decision will be made from any of these following five cities:

Cary, North Carolina
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Madison, Wisconsin
Greater DC Area, Virginia
Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota

Any help with my decision would be greatly appreciated as I hope to move very soon.
Your prioirities seem to describe most of the west coast. Mid to North California and Portland, OR really come to mind. I cannot imagine how DC could be on a list of positives for anyone, but to each his own. Madison is very nice, so is Carey. I am considering relocating to TN. My list of "wants" is pretty much the reverse of yours. Isn't this a great country?
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Old 08-11-2006, 11:52 PM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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Default Sperlings test

On the Sperlings Best Places site there's a quiz to take. It's called MySpot. It's a questionaire on your preferences. It gives you a variety of places and some info on each one. If you take the test and one of the areas you're looking at comes up on your list, you'll know you found the right place.
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Old 08-12-2006, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Missouri
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Default Tokyopapa, you just described Seattle.

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Originally Posted by tokyopapa
I plan to leave Tennessee sometime within the next few months due to cultural inactivity, a virtually nonexistent liberal population, and lack of any progressive future.

I have narrowed my search down to five cities/towns in the United States. My priorities are as follows: Progressive Outlook, Education, Medium-to-High Liberal Population, Plenty of Rainy/Cloudy Days, Somewhat Populous, and Good Shopping/Entertainment/Dining Options.

I have selected five cities that I am strongly considering, but I need some more insight before I just leap into a new city perhaps thousands of miles away from where I am currently located. My decision will be made from any of these following five cities:

Cary, North Carolina
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Madison, Wisconsin
Greater DC Area, Virginia
Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota

Any help with my decision would be greatly appreciated as I hope to move very soon.
Of the cities you mention, only Minneapolis and Madison ring somewhat close to your stated wants. But they aren't particularly rainy cities. The cities that have the atmosphere and climate you describe are first and foremost; Seattle, Washington, then Portland, Oregon. They're both very liberal, highly educated large populations, great shopping and access to cultural events, progressive, and you'll need an umbrella much of the year.
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Old 08-15-2006, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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I plan to leave Tennessee sometime within the next few months due to cultural inactivity, a virtually nonexistent liberal population, and lack of any progressive future.

I have narrowed my search down to five cities/towns in the United States. My priorities are as follows: Progressive Outlook, Education, Medium-to-High Liberal Population, Plenty of Rainy/Cloudy Days, Somewhat Populous, and Good Shopping/Entertainment/Dining Options.

I have selected five cities that I am strongly considering, but I need some more insight before I just leap into a new city perhaps thousands of miles away from where I am currently located. My decision will be made from any of these following five cities:

Cary, North Carolina
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Madison, Wisconsin
Greater DC Area, Virginia
Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota

Any help with my decision would be greatly appreciated as I hope to move very soon.
I understand why you are leaving TN (i lived there 5 years myself and couldn't wait to get out), however your list somewhat mystifies me.

You have missed three obvious choices.
Seattle WA
Portland OR
and my choice for you would be
Ann Arbor Mi.
My Dad had a business there for 43 years. Given your criteria, I think you would love it.
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