Best Place to Live in the U.S. - Sorry not a diet question

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lovemyboyz

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Posted: 14 Dec 2010, 12:57
We are considering moving to a warmer climate but low humidity. Arizona, North Carolina, Virginia and California are what comes up. Any thoughts??? We are open to suggestions. Currently we live in NY with our 3 young children.
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Posted: 14 Dec 2010, 13:08
Moving from where? That might help us in making suggestions.
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Posted: 14 Dec 2010, 13:36
Sorry, New York
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Posted: 14 Dec 2010, 15:10
Phoenix has one of the worst school systems in the country. It's also hot. Don't let them tell you it's a dry heat. 115 degrees all summer. It's a pretty freaking miserable place, IMO. I moved here from the east coast 2 years ago and I'll move away asap. Personally, I'm hoping to head to San Diego next. I want to be a beach bum.

It's really tough to give advice except to say that every place has it's ups and downs. Even though I hate Phoenix with a passion, you can't beat the cost of living. My 3 bdrm, 2 car garage, single family home with a pool costs less to rent than my 1 bdrm apt in Boston. It's nice to not have snow or humidity. But overall, it gets a thumbs down from my experience.
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Posted: 14 Dec 2010, 15:14
Is Phoenix close to Gilbert? We have cousins that moved there from NY 3 years ago and seem pretty happy. San Diego keeps coming up as one of the best places to live, I do have to look into the schools too.
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Posted: 14 Dec 2010, 15:27
From what I can tell, everything in Arizona is cool, except Phoenix which isnt really a city, IMO. More like an enormous suburb. San Diego is my favorite place I've been in the US. It's also one of the most expensive places to live. Again, ups and downs.

I wish I could just pick up and go where I want. But in this economy, I have to go where the job is - and right now it's in Phoenix :/
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Posted: 14 Dec 2010, 15:39
I sure do understand that. If we make this move it we be quite interesting. My husband makes a good salary and I work from home but I am willing to change what I do, I don't think he can. I saw the difference in house costs between San Diego and Gilbert, for the same amount of money you get ALOT more in Gilbert but again it comes down to the schools. I don't know if it will happen but this is the first time my husband has felt strongly about something so I am kind of shocked. I vaguely ran it past my 2 older sons and they are not happy.
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Posted: 14 Dec 2010, 15:41
Cost of living in California is outrageous, but considering you're coming from NY, it wouldnt be much different, i guess.

I live in Houston area, and the weather is insane, but the city is awesome. Great schools, great communities, the economy is in better shape here than in the rest of the country (or so i've read).
The crazy weather (winter consists of a few days of highs in the 40-50's, then back up to almost the 80's for a few days) is a small price to pay for such an awesome city.

My husband was born in California, raised in Maryland and moved to the Texas coast at 15 and says Houston is the best out of all 3. And no we dont ride horses everywhere or wear cowboy hats to work. Razz
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Posted: 14 Dec 2010, 17:01
I love Arizona but currently live in the Dallas area, it's currently 68 but don't that fool you. Monday morning it was in the 20s. Its hot here in the summer time but not 115 like places in Arizona and not for too long of a time either. Cost of living here is low considering how big the city is. For example gas prices here are run about 10 cents lower then other parts of the country and a lot lower then CA or NY. Also there is no state income tax here.
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Posted: 14 Dec 2010, 17:39
Colorado and Utah are good states. They get cold in the winter, but it's nice and dry. Low tax rates - good economy. I have family in Utah, and the schools are excellent. I also hear that Santa Fe/Albuquerque/Los Alamos area of New Mexico is nice. Farmington, NM is supposed to be one of the best-kept secrets in the country. Agree with the Texas23 about the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. They have a booming economy, and when I've visited, they are super-nice people.
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Posted: 14 Dec 2010, 18:05
If you are looking for low humidity, Virginia and New York aren't it!
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Posted: 14 Dec 2010, 19:47
What matters to you? Would you rather have space? Culture? A certain political climate? Walkability? Transit? Specific industries? Other things?

I'm a city rat, so culture and walkability are hugely important to me. I want to be surrounded by quality, non-chain restaurants and be able to walk to restaurants, stores, etc. I need a liberal political climate. I can't imagine what I would do with a yard except neglect it, or hire someone to deal with it. I'd go crazy in an area that was highly-religious.

Think about those sorts of things, not just the weather.
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Posted: 14 Dec 2010, 21:47
I live in The Villages in Florida about an hour north of Orlando. it's like Disney world for adults, a golfers paradise.
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Posted: 15 Dec 2010, 03:31
I've been to the four places you have mentioned and I would pick San Diego hands down!
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Posted: 15 Dec 2010, 14:14
I’m originally from NYC/NJ and we are now in NC. Hubby’s job moved us out here about 4 years ago.
Doubt Every parking lot and road is a labyrinth to maneuver in. The school systems in Mecklenburg County are low rated.
Since I’ve been here, I have developed more allergies and asthma. I have no idea why but when I do leave the state for a while all that clears up within hours.

The gun laws are lenient; I was able to get a permit to purchase a gun in a week and get my concealed license in 90 days. Going to shooting ranges is my new found fun.

Everyone is very friendly but the pace is extremely sloooooooooow. If you’re a fast pace New Yorker like I was that will be a culture shock to get use to.


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Posted: 15 Dec 2010, 15:27
Knightm wrote:
I’m originally from NYC/NJ and we are now in NC. Hubby’s job moved us out here about 4 years ago.
Doubt Every parking lot and road is a labyrinth to maneuver in. The school systems in Mecklenburg County are low rated.
Since I’ve been here, I have developed more allergies and asthma. I have no idea why but when I do leave the state for a while all that clears up within hours.

The gun laws are lenient; I was able to get a permit to purchase a gun in a week and get my concealed license in 90 days. Going to shooting ranges is my new found fun.

Everyone is very friendly but the pace is extremely sloooooooooow. If you’re a fast pace New Yorker like I was that will be a culture shock to get use to.




We did look at the Carolinas but the weather is not as mild as we are looking for. It is humid there as well which is probably why your asthma is active, I have asthma as well so I am looking for a dry area to live.

I would love to go to San Diego but I want to be comfortable and not feel like I do not, it is very costly to live there as well as Long Island. If we make this move I want a much lower mortgage payment every month. We do want more warmer weather as we do not enjoy the cold at all anymore. Does anyone know if there any dry (not humid) areas in Florida? Maybe the inner section?
Our main concerns are the school districts and crime rate.
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Posted: 18 Dec 2010, 14:16
Knightm wrote:
I’m originally from NYC/NJ and we are now in NC. Hubby’s job moved us out here about 4 years ago.
Doubt Every parking lot and road is a labyrinth to maneuver in. The school systems in Mecklenburg County are low rated.
Since I’ve been here, I have developed more allergies and asthma. I have no idea why but when I do leave the state for a while all that clears up within hours.

The gun laws are lenient; I was able to get a permit to purchase a gun in a week and get my concealed license in 90 days. Going to shooting ranges is my new found fun.

Everyone is very friendly but the pace is extremely sloooooooooow. If you’re a fast pace New Yorker like I was that will be a culture shock to get use to.




But if you move 5 miles south into SC - Fort Mill and Rock Hill have the best schools in SC. Lower cost of living also!
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Posted: 19 Dec 2010, 16:27
Hi! I like NY and New England but if I was looking for warm and dry I would head for Santa Fe or Las Cruces New Mexico. Enjoy you exploration!
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Posted: 21 Dec 2010, 13:05
I think it is Arizona, we are going in February.
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