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Old 07-11-2007, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I currently live in Minneapolis. I think it's a great city. Lots to do for a midwest city. There are many positives to the city and the only one big negative for me is the brutal winters. However, I hate the winters so much that I'm planning on moving out west once I graduate college. For me that one negative outweighs the many positives. I think it's interesting how some people don't mind the winters at all and some people even like them. Many people look at cost of living as the most important factor in choosing a city but for me weather can be the dealbreaker in many instances. So I just wanted to see what other Minneapolis natives think and even people who have just visited the city. Do you dislike the winters or do you like them? If you don't like them, is it enough to get you to move in the future? Is weather a top factor in choosing a city? Discuss.
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Old 07-11-2007, 08:30 PM
 
Location: A suburb of Vancouver, BC, Canada
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I do not live in the Twin Cities area, and I would think your winters are brutal and probably would be enough to keep a few people from moving there. Personally, they are tad too harsh for me, I used to live in a climate similar (though less mosquitos, that is a negative of the Twin Cities I think) and well, Prince George in the winter, those -30 days, without the windchill get old fast. I thought about moving to the Twin Cities after college, but the weather is defineately a deterrent.

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Old 07-11-2007, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Weather is a big factor for me. I don't mind the cold so much as the gloom and the length of the winters. When summer finally comes, it's hard to enjoy the decent weather because of the bugs.

Just like you, if my house ever sells I am moving west to where it's hot, dry, and no snow or bugs. I will miss seeing the lightning bugs and hearing the frogs sing at night. I will think of them every summer. But I will never miss the winters. If I want to roll in the snow, the mountains are only an hour away! I will be happy to just look at the snow and not have to shovel it.
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Old 07-11-2007, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, MN
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I don't mind the winter at all. As I've gotten older, I don't play in the snow as much as I did when I was young; but I still don't mind it at all.

If it's cold, I DRESS for the weather! I have asthma and by wearing a face scarf I STILL don't mind the cold!
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Old 07-11-2007, 11:16 PM
 
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Default Look at other factors

Before you move decide what else you can live with or without. Make a list.

We moved to Seattle to advance our careers and it seemed like such a pretty place and very temperate. Now that I spend a minimum of 3 hours a day commuting traffic is the big thing I look for in a city.

I'll take freezing cold over 3 to 4 hour comutes!
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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I love the winter. Winter is when we ski race, go sledding, snowshoe, skijor, play hockey at the park, dogsled, fish and drink beer!
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:42 AM
 
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I love the winter. Winter is when we ski race, go sledding, snowshoe, skijor, play hockey at the park, dogsled, fish and drink beer!
You can drink beer in the summer too .


I also enjoy the winter. The variety of seasons keeps it interesting here in MN. I couldn't live someplace with the same weather year round. Personally I would take a couple days of -40° then having weeks of 110°+ any day.
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Old 07-12-2007, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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I currently live in Minneapolis. I think it's a great city. Lots to do for a midwest city. There are many positives to the city and the only one big negative for me is the brutal winters. However, I hate the winters so much that I'm planning on moving out west once I graduate college. For me that one negative outweighs the many positives. I think it's interesting how some people don't mind the winters at all and some people even like them. Many people look at cost of living as the most important factor in choosing a city but for me weather can be the dealbreaker in many instances. So I just wanted to see what other Minneapolis natives think and even people who have just visited the city. Do you dislike the winters or do you like them? If you don't like them, is it enough to get you to move in the future? Is weather a top factor in choosing a city? Discuss.
I lived in Minnesota for 40+ years (growing up in Minnetonka), and I've been in Georgia now for almost three, and I find that part of me really does miss the wintertime.

Georgia gets mildly chilly at times in the winter (I've seen it get down into the teens at night of a few days), and I admit I love having a fall that lasts for 4-5 months, but a cold winter night in Georgia is not the same as walking in the snow on a quiet evening when the temp is -15F or -20F and hearing the crisp sounds and "tunnel" effect that such low temperatures create.
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Old 07-12-2007, 11:06 AM
 
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Well, there are negatives and there are negatives. Looking at the two extremes I can see that beautiful weather attracts way too many people (witness that angry mob in the Miami forum) and Minnesota winters weed out some people. Of course there's everything else in between but at the end of the day we all choose a place that fits our lifestyle.
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Old 07-12-2007, 06:54 PM
 
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My biggest problem is the super hot days in the summer. My biggest problem with the winter is that it seems like there are to many sunny days and hardly any snow. I work outside year around and the winter is definetly not that big of an issue, just the hot freakin days in the summer.
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