Where to live in the continental US?
July 1, 2010 7:38 PM Subscribe
Another 'Tell me where to live thread', United States based.
posted by youcancallmeal to travel & transportation (41 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for specific cities and towns that I haven't thought of yet and more information on the ones that I have already been considering. What neighborhoods in these cities might I like? Is there a dog park in particular that I'd love? What's your favorite restaurant / swimming hole / hiking path that I should check out?
- mild summers (otherwise, i'd just move back to austin.)
- actual seasons, preferably with snow (cold > hot)
- decent access to broadband (as much as i love vermont, the lack of cell access and high speed internet is a frustration for me.)
- medium to low cost of living (i'd like to buy a house with an acre or five for sheep and chickens and a garden.)
- a non-frozen state budget (i'll be looking for jobs as a high school teacher with social studies, spanish and theatre endorsements.)
- politically tolerant of things like my 'marxist' vanity plates. (i'm from texas though, so i'm pretty easily able to deal with nutty right-wingers as long as they don't key my car)
Things I'd like, but aren't dealbreakers:
- dog parks
- farmers' markets
- a good microbrew culture (bars and brewpubs)
- decent cheap food
Things I don't really care about:
- theatre / film / art stuff
- high end restaurants
- sports teams
Cities that I'm considering:
- Portland, OR
- Eugene, OR
- Olympia, WA
- Portland, ME
- Burlington, VT
- Asheville, NC
- Northampton, MA
- Minneapolis, MN
- Providence, RI
- Cumberland, MD
- Eureka, CA (or in the general area)
I've already done the find your spot thing and have read countless threads on the topic here, but I feel like some of these cities haven't really been explored in directions that I'm looking for. I'm planning on doing this move in the next couple of years if that's relevant and will be taking small trips to visit the top contenders in the meantime.