(Closed) Sell me on your city! Looking for a new place to live…

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Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Austin, Texas.

‘Nuff said. 🙂

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Well — it really fits a lot of your criteria. Heavy Spanish-speaking population, very liberal populace, urban and lively downtown with suburbs and cheap country land just outside the city limits, passable schools (although the Texas school system leaves a lot to be desired, which is something to think seriously about if that’s your career choice), great weather, filled with people of all cultures/orientations…the only thing I’m not sure about are the dog laws. It’s not quite as radical as Berkeley, but it’s a heck of a lot cheaper.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I am from TX, and I think Austin would be a great place and meets most of your requirements except the culturally diverse requirement.  There is definitely a need for ESL teachers there.  My sister is a certified MS math teacher and also has to be ESL certified because she works with mostly Spanish-speaking students.  First year teaching paid $41,000/yr. But it’s not all that diverse other than Anglo, Latino and African-American.  However, there is REAL culture there!!!  People are who they are.

I live in Northern VA now, and even thought it is diverse, I feel like there is no culture here of any sort.  Everyone tries too hard to be politically correct and fit in, that diversity does not = a lively culture of any sort.

I’d say the most diverse city in TX is Houston, but it’s really humid there. 

Just my opinion!

Best of luck!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Also, I would say there are actually some really good school systems all over TX!  Of course there are some trouble spots, but having lived there and now working for a college admissions office, we actively recruit students from many public school systems in TX!

Post # 9
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Newbee

I was going to throw in my vote for Seattle (well, probably one of the surrounding parts to make buying a house/land feasible), but then you said not rainy! While we don’t get much in terms of inches, we’re good at keeping a constant drizzle 🙂 Other than that I think we fit everything!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

Have you considered Vegas or Florida?  Both housing markets have been really hurt by the collapse of the housing bubble, and I don’t think either state has an income tax.  It would be a great time to buy property in either area..

I think your best best would be somewhere in the South that’s near a major city (so the population is open minded).  I grew up in Northern Virginia – that’s too cold for your mister, since it snows there in the winter…  but maybe Atlanta might also fit the bill?  Although possibly not liberal enough for your tastes…

Good luck!

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Don’t come to St Louis! I’m from Southern California and StL is almost the OPPOSITE of what you want! It’s not diverse (it’s very area specific…latino neighborhoods, gangster areas, upper white class people, etc. i hate it), liberal, some good schools some not, the weather sucks big time–it’s SO hot in the summer and humid, and snowy in the winter, but not good snow, it’s like just enough to get you stuck, and ther’es not a lot of land nearby. Lots of starter homes though. 

I grew up in Fullerton, CA and I really liked it, but I hear it’s becoming less culturally accepting and has a lot of cultural gangs going on.  

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Anywhere that’s NOT Ohio (Cleveland to be specific). I’m from a pretty culturally diverse suburb (Lakewood; 2 of my closest friends are Eastern European immigrants) but ugh…the city is dying. Plus, the weather is terrible. I’m interested in this thread too because my FI and I really want to move after our wedding as well. Not trying to jack it, but I’ll be keeping an eye on it. Good luck in your search!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

This may sound crazy but I recommend Kalamazoo Michigan. I know there is alot of bad press about Michigan’s economy but we have a diverse population and a really urban setting for a small city (3 colleges). Check out the Kalamazoo Promise..it is a program that guarantees every child who attends our public schools a FREE college education.  We need good esl teachers.  I don’t know what your fi does so I can’t help you with that but I moved here 20 years ago for a job and never left.  We have  good art programs, 3 universities, a very active progressive community and lots of land close by. The cost of living is really affordable.  (the bad news is that we do have cold winters..not as bad as NY but still..we don’t have alot of rain)

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

I live in San Diego, California but the school systems are doing quite poor.  Many of the teachers here are getting pink slips because San Diego has run out of money, so it’s not a place I would recommend. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I live in Frederick, MD and I love it here. As we’re both a college and military town there’s a ton of diversity. There are tons of art, cultural and community events year round and several historically significant sites if you’re a history buff. It’s the second largest city in Maryland (behind Baltimore) and growing fast but yet, if you drive ten to twenty minutes in virtually any direction you’re in "the country". We’re forty-five minutes from both DC and Baltimore which is fabulous too.

I’ve experience as both a student and a parent with the schools here. We’re big enough to have several in-town & local rivalries (my guy and I actually graduated from rival schools – Frederick & TJ!). There’s a great variety of sports & extracurricular activities for the kids and lots of field trip (or "learning oppurtunity") experiences close enough for the kids to go to. My kids are a pretty good range of learning ability so I can attest to the wonderful teachers we have – my daughter is a advanced learner, and my two boys are ADD and ADHD respectively. They all love their schools.

Being in the Mid-Atlantic region the weather is great – you still have the change of seasons without the extreme heat of the south or cold of the north. The growing season is long considering the fact that we do, still, have something resembling winter here! The biggest complaint is that it can get muggy. Considering Washington, DC was built on a swamp it’s to be expected.

There are tons of communities with hiking and bike trails, lots of city and state parks nearby and a rapidly expanding number of "off-leash" parks for our four legged friends (and check out our Walk-n-Wag!) We have a three year old boxer, Diezel and we’ll be at the park with him next weekend. He is considered a bully breed in many towns & cities but is welcomed with open arms here.

The housing opportunities here are wonderful too. Lots of options as far as neighborhoods go and great prices overall. When you’re downtown it’s the perfect strolling city – great shops, fabulous food and tons of "townies" – people who live, work & play in downtown. As you work your way through town you’ll find everything type of housing there is – grand old victorians, row & town houses, apartment & condo buildings and single family homes.

Okay, I think I can stop now… I just realized I’m rambling! Can you tell I love my town?

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Worker bee

I can’t add much to what amysue said, but I have to second (third?) Austin, TX. I’ve lived here for five years now and I think it matches your criteria pretty well. Come down and visit, people are friendly down here! 🙂

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