(Closed) Top Ten States for best quality of life

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Post # 107
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

For what it’s worth, Carmel, Indiana, ranked #1 for the Best Places to Live (small cities) by CNN Money in 2012.

Post # 108
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@skippydarling:  color me a d-bag, but I love NYC. I’ve been here for over 8 years (moving from the deep south) and have NEVER thought about leaving, even when I was working 3 jobs to support my 1200 studio.  And, not for nothing, anyone making a combined 350k who can’t afford an apt is doing it wrong- I know there are student loans and all that, but I lived in my own apt in park slope while I was making 40k, so it’s not impossible (and it has a dishwasher and laundry in the basement.)

We’re doing better now, but we’re nowhere near 350k and we have a beautiful penthouse apt 15 mins from FiDi with a washer dryer, dishwasher, central everything and 700sq foot of private roofdeck with two grills, a sustainable garden that we planted and unobstructed views of manhattan.  Sure, we looked for a hot minute to find the apt but I would NEVER give up with F train in exchange for the bible belt. Christ.  Ugh. Not even an option.

Post # 109
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Honey bee

It just depends on what you’re looking for. Personally, I’d be terribly bored and unhappy in all of the states on the list except for maybe Washington (Seattle) and Oregon (Portland). Plus, I’m against living anywhere too cold.

Post # 110
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Honey bee

OP, what about Denver, CO? Friends who are there really seem to like it.

Post # 111
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@beekiss:  My house is 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, on a 9,000 foot lot. We bought it for $225,000. Granted, it does not look as nice as the homes you posted, but it has one thing that Indiana does not: it’s half a mile from the beach. For fun, my friends and I go to plays, to the Academy of Sciences, hike Tilden, go on runs along the marina, etc. It sounds like you live in the South Bay, which is a vast wasteland of track homes and auto malls, so I’m not surprised you don’t like it. You should come check out the east bay! Smile

Post # 112
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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@likewoah:  I live in the East bay (Hayward).  Where do you live?  You should check zillow.com for approximately what your home would go for now, I bet it’s increased a bunch. 🙂

Post # 113
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I could have told ya who number 1 was! Lol.. These states are all gorgeous from what I understand so I’m not totally surprised. I’m just a little surprised there wasnt at least one southern state on the list!

Post # 114
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@beekiss:  I live in West Contra Costa. We bought in 2009 so it’s only increased a bit under 30k. Despite being so close to Richmond, it’s a pretty safe neighborhood and it’s treated us well.

Post # 115
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Poulsbo, WA

I’ve seen a lot of beautiful and fun places around the world, but I’m from a small town near Seattle (live in Seattle now) and I don’t think I’ll ever leave western Washington permanently. Hopefully I’ll end up somewhere a little more rural, but I love this area.

Post # 116
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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@likewoah:  Just curious, how far/long is your commute?  Living close to Richmond would definitely make me nervous.

Post # 118
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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@peachacid:  +100!

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@skippydarling:  Fiance and I grew up in New Husband and we both miss it. We’re still in New England, but CT (where we went to school and lived for a few years) and MA (where we live now) totally aren’t the same. We really love New Husband and would like to move back at some point if that becomes an option.

Post # 119
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@skippydarling:  40x the rent (which is standard in the city) for 350k would be aprox 8750k a month.  Taking out student loans for both of them, lets say they can pay 6k a month in rent, childcare and utilities, so maybe 4k a month in rent. If they cannot find a 1.5 or 2br apt near a hospital in NYC, they are absolutely doing it wrong.  As a sidenote, Fiance has doctors in his family who are recently out of residencies (both from Cornell) and they are not doing fantastically well because they are new doctors and want to work on what they are interested in versus working in westchester making, you know, 350k a year…. but they can afford apartments in the city without suffering.

 

 

 

So yeah, I stand by my statement that if you cannot live for even THREE people (two adults and a child) in NYC for 350k combined, even with student loans, you are doing it wrong.

 

 

 

Post # 120
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@beekiss:  Richmond is like Oakland in that it has an unearned reputation- there are bad parts (iron triangle, San Pablo even though that’s not actually Richmond) and there are good parts (Point Richmond, Richmond Annex, the marina). I lived in Point Richmond for a while and it was like living on the set of the Gilmore Girls (seriously). 

My husband works in San Rafael and I work in Berkeley. He has a virtually traffic-less drive of 35 minutes. My bart ride is only 15 minutes, but I give myself a generous 20 minutes to get to bart and park, and then 15 minutes to walk to my office from downtown berkeley. I could drive down the arlington and it’d be a lot faster, but I don’t want to pay for a parking permit. I used to work in the financial district and I gave myself an hour and 15. 

Places I would recommend in my neck of the woods: Martinez, Hercules, Pinole, Crockett, some parts of El Sobrante.

 

Post # 121
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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@Moonbear17:  driving through CT blows. And CT in general is lame. Fiance and I were very excited to move out of CT! lol

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