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Old 08-15-2009, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Charleston, SC?
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Old 08-18-2009, 04:24 AM
 
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I was thinking of California, but I agree, it could be expensive. Charleston, South Carolina...I'll have to check...I know someone that went to school there and she had visited since then...I'll check with her regarding the culture aspect...
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Texas or Cascais, Portugal
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Consider Albuquerque--it is sunny almost every day of the year. Winter temperatures are similar to here but winter is shorter there. If that is too cold, consider Las Cruces in southern New Mexico, warmer climate all year, sunny almost every day but not too hot in the summer. New Mexico is affordable, great weather and has employement opportunties. Although I have visited both Jacksonville and Charleston and enjoyed them both, they are similar to Maryland for having a lot of overcast cloudy days, high humidity. If you crave clear skies and sunshine like I do, New Mexico, Colorado, southern California and Arizona are your best bets. Of course, southern California is ridiculously overpriced, Arizona heat is maddening. Best of Luck to you!
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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ISTM that a lot of people are offering suggestions for places that have cold winters or which completely ignore the issue of cultural opportunities. I'm no expert on the South, but if I were looking for a warmer clime with some decent culture I would look at Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill or for much less winter, Charleston SC (a colonial city that is a tourist destination and has lots of tradition/style). Savannah might also warrant a look in, although it's significantly smaller. My main concern about the South would be excessive social conservatism some places and excessive humidity combined with the to-be-expected summer temps. The NC Research Triangle would come without the social conservatism and with a somewhat mitigated winter. Charleston would provide much less winter and apparently is more open than one generally thinks of South Carolina as being.
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Texas or Cascais, Portugal
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The south is fine for warm temperatures (if you don't mind the high humidity) but the original poster is looking for "Also looking for alot of sunny days". In my mind the southern cities, Raleigh, Charleston, Jacksonville included have long summers but are all frequently cloudy/overcast, not unlike Maryland. In most parts of the country, one must choose between a lot of sunny cloud free days and temperature extremes. The south and southwest have sunshine but, you may have to tolerate some high and low temperatures. As far as "excessive social conservatism" goes, the only cities in the South where I haven't encountered that are Nashville and Chattanooga, both great towns if you don't mind the heat, but again, not terribly cloud free.
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:12 PM
 
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I am looking to move to a climate with very mild winters, 50-60 degrees would be nice. Also looking for alot of sunny days, do not like driving in the mountains, but love to look at them. I am hoping to find something comparable to Maryland's cultural environment. Trying to avoid areas hit by hurricanes. I am looking to live close to a metro area - about an hour away, I'm in Carroll County Maryland now. Am I asking for too much? I've thought of Colorado, but even the western part of Colorado appears mountainous. Also looking for an area that didn't fair too bad through the economy. If someone can enlighten me, that would be great!!
Raleigh, Austin, Albuquerque or Sacramento
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Lancaster, SC
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The Carolinas. We moved from Carroll County 15 years ago and haven't looked back. We love it down here. The winters are awesome, that's when we do most of our hiking. Like Carroll County, we live 2 1/2 hours from the beach and about 2 1/2-3 hours from the mountains.
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