(Closed) Why is your city amazing??? Help us choose where to move:)

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Post # 3
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I really, truly love Pittsburgh–something my 18 year old self would have laughed at, mind you. If you search, there are dozens of articles in the last few years giving the city accolades as one of the top places to live, best quality of life, etc. It is the least expensive major city in the country, has a great job market, the economy wasn’t really hit hard here, and the housing market took a little slump but it rebounding. The average home in the city is $200,000. $300,000 would get you a really nice home in a good neighborhood. The city has 4 seasons and though outdoor activities aren’t super popular with the locals, there are many things nearby if you seek them out (kayaking, skiing, rock climbing, etc) That said, our rivers are not the nicest.

I am planning on moving because my husband and I were both born here and I have wanderlust, but I’m sure we’ll be back someday. FWIW, we are looking at Austin and Atlanta as our options.

That said, I’ve lived in Boston and when I visited San Fran a few years ago, it really reminded me of Boston. I loved it there but got tired of the New England winters after a few years.

There is a cool website that tells you where you should live based on tons of criteria. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken that quiz.

Post # 5
3218 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Can you tell us more about what you guys like?  Are you planning on raising children? Do you like outdoors activities or history or what are your hobbies?  

Not sure of the cost of living in some of these, but my favorite east coast cities are Charleston SC, Wilmington NC, Boston, and Washington DC.  I love some of the coast suburbs of Boston.  I’d move to Maine in a heartbeat.  I’d also jump ship to Boulder, CO or Denver in a second, even though I love the ocean! 

Post # 6
1627 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Im interested to see what people say because we live in NYC and someday want a house with a yard as well!

Post # 7
500 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Gotta thro Midwest in there! I am from the twin cities in MN St. Paul and Minneapolis born and raised and dont ever wanna leave! you want water we have over 10,000 lakes more shoreline than cali, hawaii, and florida combined! Amazing cities, and if you are a foodie it is a hidden foodie paradise! People give us grief for our “winters” but the last few years it hasnt been bad at all! great cost of living (especially vs cali) def something to look into! 

Post # 8
5009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

Ach! Sod the US… Move to Edinburgh. Beautiful apartments going on the Forth for well within your budget and Edinburgh is fantastic. A variety of cultural festivals through the year, great restaurants, friendly people, good night-life and you can get to pretty much anywhere in Europe in a few hours. :-p

(Just to be clear, this isn’t meant to be a serious suggestion.)

Post # 10
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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@ZeRaaashian:  I would say look at some of the bigger cities in Florida! While I’m in a small city that def doesn’t work for all of your needs (ex. city life) I know some of the more southern ones or ones on the coast are AMAZING (Jacksonville, Miami)! I have a friend from Miami and it is AWESOME there, great night life, great food, pretty much awesome! Plus who doesn’t like wearing flip flops year round! oh and FL doesn’t have state income tax! 

Post # 11
3696 posts
Sugar bee

Fiance and I adore Madison, WI. It’s a smaller city, but the UW and its status as a state capital help it to have a really vibrant cultural life comparable to larger cities, while remaining small enough that you feel like part of a tight community. Located on an isthmus between two beautiful lakes, with several other smaller lakes in the vicinity. TONS of outdoor activities. TONS of amazing restaurants.

Post # 12
1653 posts
Bumble bee

Cleveland is an amazing city! I live in a suburb of Akron which is about a half hour south. We take several day and weekend trips there and the lake is just stunning! If you go an hour west you are in Sandusky which is definitly a lovely town right on the water. Put-in-Bay and Kelly’s Island are great places to go for a weekend getaway and they feel so tropical because they are islands.

The only downfall is the snow in Northeast Ohio. It’s the snowbelt and we get a lot every year but usually when it’s too much they shut everything down and it really isn’t too hard to drive in.

Cleveland suburbs have amazing old mansions and lovely neighborhoods like Coventry where you can get a lovely, huge home for a lot less that $300,000. The economoy isn’t the best here but because you’re a lawyer, I wouldn’t worry about that. There are huge firms everywhere.

Ohio also has a ton of colleges. Where I live, I could have chosen from 7 different colleges and universities all within a half an hour from me. So if you are planning on having kids, that is also a plus.

Obvioussly I love my state but it’s really a lot cooler than people like to think it is. And you get to experience all 4 seasons haha!


Post # 13
6889 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@MissXray:  I have to go with this! I live in the Minneapolis area! We are also known as the 2nd Broadway for the performing Arts….



Post # 14
1215 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

OMG you would love Seattle!!! It has a bay, lakes, the Pacific Ocean, old-growth forests and mountain nearby, summers it hardly rains and it’s sunny and in the 70s, winter you can go skiing/snowboarding in the nearby mountains, great art & music scene, very urban, great public transportation (buses), etc. Check out the Maple Leaf neighborhood and Ballard for affordable homes. Seattle is amazing!!!!

Post # 15
577 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

This is a far fetched option, but Alaska!

My fiance and I moved to Fairbanks, AK in March, and we love it.

Pros: BEAUTIFUL summers, all the outdoor activities you could want, Northern Lights, no state taxes, 24 hour daylight during the summer months. Goregous homes.

Cons: Lots of darkness during the winter, temps down to -50 in the winter, not a lot of entertainment.

Most people won’t move up here because it’s really far away and all they hear about are the extremes, but it’s actually a great place to live.


Good luck in your search! 🙂

Post # 16
356 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Im a midwest girl!  And the midwest cities have the great lakes!! 

Cleveland is an awesome city.  Try looking in the Tremont area, that is a new trendy place to live.  Its a nicely sized city with a lake, awesome parks, and fun things to do! Also, Cleveland is cheap!!

I currently live in Chicago, the metropolis of the Midwest.  If you want a big city with a lake, this is your place!! Look for homes on the North Side.  BUT homes will be expensive!!!

Milwaukee! Close to Chicago! Good Beer, Cheese, festivals, and fun! 

Good luck!

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