Welcome to City-Data.com Forum!
U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > World Forums > World
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 06-29-2012, 01:37 AM
 
78 posts, read 255,074 times
Reputation: 61

Advertisements

I'd greatly appreciate if you could apply your knowledge and suggest a place.
Here's what I'm looking for:

1. Some rain and fog is fine, but no long hot summers and preferably not-too-cold winters.
2. Not as expensive of a city as my current one, Vancouver, BC. A place where a 20-30 something can graduate college and join the middle class with a good job in the green field (my major is environment & sustainability).
3. Access to world-class museums that aren't very expensive (for example, the Vancouver Art Museum here charges $20 per person and the art is not great). I am also a painter (surreal) and enjoy an arts scene.
4. Fairly liberal, well-educated population that does not tend towards crime.
5. Fairly clean.
6. Good transportation; walking-friendly.
7. Access to pretty, green hiking trails and mountains.
8. Mostly English-speaking, white population, but still fairly diverse.
9. Environmentally conscious, and vegetarian-friendly would be nice.

Places I've ruled out:
-Seattle, because it's ugly and the Pike Place Market is lame
-Los Angeles, because people are too superficial, too much crime and homeless people, and it's a desert (I like greenery), plus too many clubber types
-San Francisco, too expensive, high-crime areas (Oakland, Richmond) nearby, too many homeless and the streets smell of ****
-New York, too expensive and summers are disgustingly hot
-southern US states; too many rednecks and too hot

I would consider places in Europe and Australia.

Thanks so much =)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 06-29-2012, 06:06 AM
 
43,877 posts, read 44,652,852 times
Reputation: 20640
One needs to get a work permit/visa (which is not usually so simple) before one immigrates to most places in the world. If you are Canadian your best options would be places that are part of the former British Commonwealth or perhaps the USA. It is quite difficult to immigrate to Europe.

You might want to consider Melbourne in Australia.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-29-2012, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
10,664 posts, read 16,088,959 times
Reputation: 5286
Portland, Oregon
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-29-2012, 06:47 PM
 
78 posts, read 255,074 times
Reputation: 61
I am actually a US citizen studying in Canada.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-29-2012, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Czech Republic / United Kingdom
383 posts, read 1,591,966 times
Reputation: 367
the Netherlands
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-29-2012, 07:43 PM
 
78 posts, read 255,074 times
Reputation: 61
Sounds nice, though I don't know Dutch! Oh poo.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-29-2012, 07:59 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
27,723 posts, read 28,837,641 times
Reputation: 25343
I don't think you'll find many cities that fit all those criteria. Even just #3, #4 and #6 are going to make a city expensive to live in.

Other than the cities you mentioned, I'd check out Chicago and Philadelphia in the U.S. They have a relatively manageable cost of living. But Chicago can get exceedingly cold in the winter and is not near any mountains. And Philadelphia gets cold in the winter and hot in the summer, but it meets most of the other criteria. Washington, DC has a world-class, mainly free museum complex. London is another city to consider, bit it has a very high COL.

Last edited by BigCityDreamer; 06-29-2012 at 09:21 PM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-29-2012, 08:32 PM
 
1,815 posts, read 3,173,185 times
Reputation: 3577
If you can tolerate cold winters & a lousy job market, Berlin has everything else on your list. No mountains in the metro area but you can get to them by train for a weekend trip.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-29-2012, 08:45 PM
 
78 posts, read 255,074 times
Reputation: 61
Good suggestions...thanks! Of course, moving to Berlin would necessitate learning German
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 06-29-2012, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
10,016 posts, read 12,610,975 times
Reputation: 9030
Montreal fits all of your criteria except #9 and that really doesn't matter much because most people speak English and you can learn French if you live thereIt's really an awesome city and I have seen ratings that it's the best in North America in many respects.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > World Forums > World

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:41 PM.

© 2005-2024, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top