Where do you live and do you like living there?

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  1. Reality

    Reality Administrator Staff Member

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    I am going to be moving in the near future, but have not decided where just yet, so I would like to hear about where you guys live and whether you like living there. Any extra details like seasonal weather, things to do, crime (especially crime), etc. would be great to hear about! In general, I would like to know the pros and cons of living where you live.

    I have no political alignment so blue, red, purple, etc. states don't matter to me. I have a few areas I will not consider moving to for a variety of reasons, but since other people here might be thinking about moving now or in the near future, I won't mention those so everyone can benefit from details that people would like to share.
     
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  2. Tabascocat

    Tabascocat Dexternjack

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    I have lived in 5 different states and about 15 different areas in those states. They ranged from Wash. to Cali to Texas to NH. If any of those interest ya, narrow down a region and criteria for me.

    Also, need to know your interests like outdoors, city preference, hiking, fishing, etc.
     
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  3. Reality

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    I am open to most areas though I don't plan to move to any very high cost of living places. I definitely want to be able to enjoy the area where I live at least most of the year. Whether it's a warm or cold climate does not really matter to me. The more you get away from one thing that bothers you, the more you get of something else that bothers you. :)
     
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  4. Tabascocat

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    Ok, I will compose a list soon with the pros and cons of a few areas. I assume that means leave out California? That is a beautiful state with many things to do....just that darn cost of living thing.
     
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  5. Reality

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    While I created this thread, it really is for anyone who is thinking of moving, so if you live there or have experiences in recent years in other areas, you should share them as I'm sure other people might want and enjoy that information.
     
  6. Reverend Conehead

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    I'm in Omaha, Nebraska. I originally moved her in 2008 and moved away to Idaho in 2012, but moved back to Omaha in 2016. It's known as the "largest small town in the USA" and for good reason. It has enough big city stuff, but it's still small enough that traffic doesn't get awful here like in LA or Boston or many other US cities. People also don't realize what a beautiful city Omaha is. They think of boring cornfields, but there's so much more here. For example, the local music scene is amazing. There are really talented artists here. Check out the music of Matt Whipkey. If casinos are your thing, they're right across the border (Missouri River) in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

    The local NCAA football team, the Cornhuskers, have massive support here. It get hot in the summer here, but not anywhere near as hot as in Texas. Winters do get cold and there's snow, but it's not as cold as Minnesota or Wisconsin. People here are also generally nice and helpful. I like it a lot better than Idaho where I was before. This city is important for family history for me too. My grandparents immigrated here from Switzerland in the 20th century.
     
  7. Sarek

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    Fairview NJ & Cliffside Park NJ. The corruption in the town government/police department in this neck of the woods is off the charts. Even the feds wouldn't try to prosecute these criminals. I'm sure there is corruption in plenty of places in the North East but these places take the cake.
     
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  8. Runwildboys

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    I'm in CT.... You don't wanna live here.
     
  9. Trouty

    Trouty Hear the train a’coming, rollin ‘round the bend.

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    CT is beautiful :(

    One of my best friends lives in Somers.
     
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  10. Trouty

    Trouty Hear the train a’coming, rollin ‘round the bend.

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    I'm in North Hollywood, CA. One mile from Universal, 12 from Downtown LA, adjacent to Glendale, Burbank, 6 miles from Pasadena. Very nice suburbs, but very expensive.

    As soon as the little one turns 18 I'm probably off to Rhode Island. Gorgeous, gorgeous state.
     
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  11. Reverend Conehead

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    I visited the LA area and went to the Universal Studios tour. That was way cool. I also went to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library near Anaheim.
     
  12. Silver Surfer

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    Gulf Coast of Alabama.

    The weather is hot, wet and muggy much of the year. Late August until early October can be dry.

    People are poor but nice. Local and state government think they're sophisticated but they're not.

    Property taxes are low, state income tax is 5%, but at this point they still charge sales tax on groceries.

    Its most attractive in the winter when the weather is mild and the snowbirds are passing by on their way to Florida. Its still not overly crowded.

    Because of the heat and rain, you can grow almost anything here, as long its not tropical. It gets cold enough to have pull some plants in at night a few days a year.

    The thing I like the most is being able to walk out in my back yard and pick figs and blueberries in June/July, tomatoes and peppers all summer, and meyer lemons and owari satumas (mandarin orange) in November/December.
     
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  13. Tabascocat

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    Here goes.......to preface this list, I will start with a few personal things I don't mind sharing. My wife started out as a registered nurse years ago and has worked her way to nurse practitioner. Currently, she is working on furthering her education, so we move often to different teaching hospitals(from Stanford to Dartmouth to any children's hospitals). We do travel contracts from 13 weeks to 6 months then move on to the next place. Sometimes, she goes to teach new graduates and sometimes she learns from others....just depends on what step is needed next. For myself, it is hard to hold down a permanent job, so I usually go to a local dive shop and help teach Scuba but I also have a side business helping restaurants trim their fat with a partner, which I can do from anywhere. I guess it is kind of like Kitchen Nightmares but way less hectic and more on the financial side :D Got two little ones to keep in shape as well. We are nearing the end of traveling so the girls can settle down and start Elementary school and stay in the same school system....we have narrowed it down to Texas(for family) or California(no family anywhere close).

    In no particular travel order:

    Bellingham, WA - not much to say about this city, real small and kind of old. It is really close to Canada to go explore Vancouver and also kind of a short drive to Seattle. A lot of whale watching, fresh seafood but quite a bit of rain, especially in the Winter. Some real nice trails to explore and nature in general but it does get pretty cold. This is a real political state and town though. Be ready for multiple protests for anything and everything and lots of pot smoking on every corner. The people who aren't there for College are mainly the hippie type. Cost of living is cheap with no real option to upgrade housing.....will stick out like a sore thumb.

    Bend, Oregon - nice country but this state was not for us. The people were pretty much like those in Washington but weirder. The weather wasn't the best either with lots of rain. There wasn't really an easy way to get to the coast either. Cost of living - moderate

    California

    San Francisco area:
    We have lived on all three sides of the city. We love the area and can go to Napa, Yosemite, Monterrey Bay, Carmel all within a little drive. There is so much to do, can live there for years and still not see/do everything. It does have a lot of fog and light rain but it isn't near as bad as Seattle rain. The late Summer months are perfect. We liked Pacifica the best, well because I am a water bug :)
    I won't go into detail on the three sides but it does get quite a bit hotter on the East side and down to the South. Cost of living - very high

    LA area:
    We have lived in Calabasas/Topanga/Tarzana areas. It is much warmer here than SW of LA. or along the coast. Beautiful, rugged areas to do things outdoors and a short trip down the 101 to Santa Barbara or a bit South to Malibu.

    We also were in Beverly Hills for awhile and that should be self-explanatory.......

    Newport Beach was our favorite which is near Anaheim/Orange with plenty of things to do. Being that far South, the outdoor activities are limited, it is mostly beach stuff.

    There have been other places along the coast down to San Diego but basically, LA down to SD is the same....just gorgeous. The weather is usually perfect with arms reach of the coast but it does get warm further towards the East up and down the state.

    Cost of living - high but not quite as expensive as SF on average. There are places in the state where it isn't so bad but not sure they are areas where many want to live. If anyone wants a house near a major city, expect to pay close to a million for something decent and of average size and not real old.

    Houston

    Do not go there, it is a really hot, humid vacuum of a place! This is my hometown too, never really knew how bad it was until I moved out of state. I lived South towards NASA which is better than most of the surrounding areas but it is still bad :(

    San Antonio/Austin

    If I had to settle down back in Texas, this is where it would be. It still has the nature I like with one main drawback....no ocean! It does get hot but I think it isn't as bad as Houston. Cost of living in Texas is nothing compared to the West Coast :cool:

    Hanover, NH

    This is a beautiful area, close to Vermont, Boston, NY, the whole NE map. I am amazed by the color of the trees and the local seafood. There is not enough city life for us to settle down here but it is a nice change. The Winters will be brutal we are told, so we won't be here past October :laugh: Cost of living - moderate but higher the more East you go. It takes a nice, country drive from here to go see the sights but it is a nice ride to the destination.


    There have been a few other small cities we lived in, but they are within the SF/LA areas. For the wife and I, we like California because you can do the nature thing or the city thing, even in the same day if you wish. I have snow skied at Big Bear one morning and went surfing that afternoon :flagwave: Cali has everything to offer but it is crowded and expensive.

    Hope this list helps someone, I can get more specific if anyone wishes.
     
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  14. lukin2006

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    I'm in Southwestern Ontario (Windsor, across the river is Detroit). I do not like living here and have no interest in Ontario anymore, reasons, summers are to humid, spring is either to rainy or just goes straight to summer, winter is unusable (we get a wet cold and not enough snow for good winter activities), now fall I like, easily the best season here, other reasons we pay twice the Canadian average for hydro and insurance (monthly insurance and hydro > than my mortgage, insane, getting to congested, to much urban sprawl, lacking in green space and naturalized areas (what green spaces that are left we have to fight tooth and nail to keep), and the province is far to liberal for me.

    The wife and I at some point are moving to Alberta, Canada...it's our absolute favorite place...we love the Canadian Rockies and the national parks in Alberta the wildlife and nature...

    I realize this doesn't help the OP much, just thought I'd share.
     
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  15. lukin2006

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    I'm a little familiar with the area, wife and I stayed at a comfort inn (I think) in Hollywood about 10 years ago, not to far from Universal. Trouty, the LA traffic would drive me insane, between Chicago and LA, I've never seen traffic like that..
     
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  16. Trouty

    Trouty Hear the train a’coming, rollin ‘round the bend.

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    Traffic is going to be the death of me. I have to drive my son to his school, 20 miles one way, every Monday morning during rush hour. It takes me an hour and a 1/2 to get home.

    But it isn't as bad as the 5 FWY in @dexternjack's neck of the woods! I have to take that drive every time I go to an Angels game.
     
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  17. Tabascocat

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    Haha, reminds me of a funny story. Our first trip from Texas out to SF, we drove through LA just to see it. We got stuck on the 405 from 3pm to 11 pm. I had no idea at the time of how to avoid that traffic :(

    We were very tired and decided to find a room at a moments notice. We got lucky and this place in Hollywood had one room left. I was stoked to be staying there in the limelights. Well, it turned out to be a real dump with bars on the windows and even behind the main door to lock yourselves in. Our room was on the floor level and talking about scary..........bums and headcases walking by all night trying to peek in, banging on the window.

    We said to each other "no way we are ever going to live here". As it turns out, we came to love LA and can't wait to get back in October! :laugh:
     
  18. Melonfeud

    Melonfeud I Copy!,,, er,,,I guess,,,ah,,,maybe. Zone Supporter

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    I reside in the Sonoran Desert in Southern Arizona about the last 30 years,I've absolutely loved it but like you ,I'm thinking of a geographical jump ,I plan on keeping my place here as a winter place and get back to where it's green and alive,oh it's alive down here but it's really like a thousand times ******** in the plant growth/life cycles aspect, I worked up in Boise last summer and saw more water in 3 weeks up there than I've saw in damn near 30 years down here,a guy who was getting his 18 Wheeler repaired at a diesel mechanic garage ( me too) was talking to me,said he hauled high dollar sports/ antique cars up to Alaska, said they had three trucks each making a run about every other month,he acted like he was trying to hire me (LOL)
    but that conversation reignited my wanderlust for seeing the 'tall and uncut' country again,, to old to rough it out in a cabin like I've fantasized about in my younger days,, but would like to stomp around up in Alaska before I die.
     
  19. daboyzruleperiod

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    Wanted to tell you. The Vinyard was unbelievable. John Belushi and his family go to my friends church which is right down the street from their cottage. And what they call cottages are big houses lol.
    Went to a small fishing town and learned it was where the first JAWS movie was filmed. To top it off, you can see Billy Joel's house. Very tiny town, if you blink, it's gone. Martha's Vinyard is so beautiful and Majestic. They say heaven is better then any place on this earth. I truly thought I was in heaven.
     
  20. lukin2006

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    That's a great story, the 405, what a nightmare. When we were there, whenever I asked a local for directions or how long it would take to get somewhere I got 2 part answers, "with traffic or without...lol
     
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