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    Best states/cities/towns to live

    Wife and I have been talking about leaving the Garden State. No idea where to but we are looking all around the country. Looking to be within an hour of a major city. Suggestions?

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    Depends on your lifestyle.
    For me.....Colorado or the North West.
    I love Northern California but taxes and cost of living high.


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    Paris. Would love to live there

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    I was at a crossroads in my life and my wife and I were moments from moving to Austin Texas. Great city. It’s th e perfect combination of big city and small town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niko View Post
    I was at a crossroads in my life and my wife and I were moments from moving to Austin Texas. Great city. Its th e perfect combination of big city and small town.
    And you stayed in LI?

    Big mistake LOL.

    I'd move to Austin tomorrow.

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    Love when liberals talk about how they would move out of a blue state in a flash to go to a red state...then vote blue. Wonky. Rarely do you hear the reverse about Republicans wanting to move to a blue state. Why is this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmc51 View Post
    Love when liberals talk about how they would move out of a blue state in a flash to go to a red state...then vote blue. Wonky. Rarely do you hear the reverse about Republicans wanting to move to a blue state. Why is this?
    That’s actually a big problem in central Texas. HUGE influx of Californians and people from Washington State and Oregon. They’re the reason central texas is purple now and the natives are NOT happy. I was offered a job with Austin PD and all the guys there live in surrounding towns like pflugerville and round rock. They hate the influx of liberals. HATE IT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    And you stayed in LI?

    Big mistake LOL.

    I'd move to Austin tomorrow.
    I was going to stay in the police profession and Texas is a right to work state. Retirement was 23 years and they could let you go at year 22, day 364 and you don’t have a leg to stand on. Police work is too tumultuous to not have some sort of union backing you. While I was processing I saw 3 guys get canned for things that didn’t really merit firing. I’m pretty left leaning as far as cops go and I even I was like “he got fired for that?”. One was a shooting, but it was completely justified. High school senior football player was high on K2 and attacked a police officer, while naked. A struggle ensued and the cop him. Both parties were African American but the chief let the guy go immediately for fear of BLM. Body camera footage was perfect and he did everything he was supposed to do.

    I would never want to be in a position where I’m by myself getting fucked up by a guy that’s about to go play college football and have to worry about getting canned if I make it out alive lol.

    But in the long run it worked out. My son has a rare genetic condition that only a few thousand people in this country have and the worlds foremost expert on it is on the upper east side. So we’re happy we stayed.

    That being said, Austin Texas is probably the best city I’ve ever been too. It has everything. Good food, it’s friendly, it has night life, it has history, it has nature you can enjoy, it isn’t super crowded and it’s affordable compared to NYC. The burbs just outside of it are ridiculously cheap. And I would have made more money as a cop there, paid no state income tax and have been able to buy a house 2.5 times the size of my house on Long Island for literally a third of the price.

    I felt like a dick though. My wife fell in love with that city.

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    Norhern California or Southern California if you can afford it. Maine would be nice, Washington State, Oregon all very nice. I live in Shreveport, Louisiana right now. Worst place I've ever been in my life. I would honestly rather be homeless in a civilized place then live in the luxury apartment I have here. I would recommend staying out of the south altogether. The people and customs start to wear on you if it doesn't fit your personality. I've had enough of the group prayers in restaurants and seen enough camouflage. The people are just mind-numblingly uneducated. I want to restart the civli war, we should have just let them go the first time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmc51 View Post
    Love when liberals talk about how they would move out of a blue state in a flash to go to a red state...then vote blue. Wonky. Rarely do you hear the reverse about Republicans wanting to move to a blue state. Why is this?
    Why do you have to make this about politics?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoMinutesForNothing View Post
    Norhern California or Southern California if you can afford it. Maine would be nice, Washington State, Oregon all very nice. I live in Shreveport, Louisiana right now. Worst place I've ever been in my life. I would honestly rather be homeless in a civilized place then live in the luxury apartment I have here. I would recommend staying out of the south altogether. The people and customs start to wear on you if it doesn't fit your personality. I've had enough of the group prayers in restaurants and seen enough camouflage. The people are just mind-numblingly uneducated. I want to restart the civli war, we should have just let them go the first time.
    So religious + camo = mind numbingly uneducated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    Why do you have to make this about politics?
    It was an honest observation. How many NYers and NJers want to defect to go south? Countless. They hate high taxes.

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    Fort Collins, Colorado. Hour north of Denver, foothills of the Rockies, college town (Colorado State). Lots of restaurants/bars to support the town, great hiking and other outdoor activities. Generally I like college towns (not to close to campus) because you tend to get the museums/arts, lots of restaurant choices. Affordable.

    My biases are I like to live with a hour or less drive to the beach or mountains. I also like places with seasons - I lived 3 years near Phoenix, 300+ days of sun, but no winter.

    For the wealthy, Port Angeles, Washington. 2.5 hours west of Seattle on coast on Olympic peninsula, real estate is crazy expensive. Olympic mountains and great hiking to south, Pacific Ocean to north. Ferry ride to Canada. Northern California coast and Oregon coast are gorgeous as well - and the beaches aren't as crowded as the east because there are so many more public beaches on West Coast, but also really expensive.

    I would give a lot of thought to what kind of weather/seasons you like best, as well as your political inclinations (do you want to live in a red state, blue state, or purple state). If you want a break from winters, go some place warmer. If you hate really hot summers, avoid the Sunbelt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmc51 View Post
    Love when liberals talk about how they would move out of a blue state in a flash to go to a red state...then vote blue. Wonky. Rarely do you hear the reverse about Republicans wanting to move to a blue state. Why is this?
    People don't want to live in places where their views are challenged. Full stop. You're hearing about a liberal who wants to move to Austin, TX, which is bluer than a smurf choking on a blueberry. Purple states, especially in the sunbelt, are littered with cities that "could be the next big hub" for certain businesses because the cost of real estate is so low.

    I live in a purple state. I've been to enough red states to know that I'd be abjectly unhappy in them. I'm offput by endless exburbia/rural sprawl. I'm bored when the town social activity is church. I can get my dirt roads from country music. I'm fine having my corn shipped to me.
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    I'd do South Carolina or New Hampshire. Not a Mountain/Prarie guy, anything west of Michigan would be out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmc51 View Post
    It was an honest observation. How many NYers and NJers want to defect to go south? Countless. They hate high taxes.
    Actually I hate winter and the snow.

    I don't care to pay my taxes, as Puck said my roads are plowed and paved, my trash collected, my trees get pruned, issues are resolved in a timely manner, construction projects don't last decades. Taxes are OK with me when the money's put to good use. The federal gov't doesn't do that all the time, but that's for another thread.

    I don't know why you'd assume people's motives. Other places I'd move include northern California. I

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    Quote Originally Posted by G1000 View Post
    People don't want to live in places where their views are challenged. Full stop. You're hearing about a liberal who wants to move to Austin, TX, which is bluer than a smurf choking on a blueberry. Purple states, especially in the sunbelt, are littered with cities that "could be the next big hub" for certain businesses because the cost of real estate is so low.

    I live in a purple state. I've been to enough red states to know that I'd be abjectly unhappy in them. I'm offput by endless exburbia/rural sprawl. I'm bored when the town social activity is church. I can get my dirt roads from country music. I'm fine having my corn shipped to me.
    I can understand the grip. See my example above. Austin is undoubtedly blue. But the surrounding towns used to be blood red with people that lived there their whole life. Now these transplants are moving in from the left coast and realizing that the condo they’re going to get for $300k in downtown awesome isn’t as good of a deal as the 3k square foot house they can get for 129k if they live 25 min north in Round Rock. The problem is, in those local elections where the republicans would win with 92% of the vote, the races are becoming close, or sometimes even a democrat wins. This makes the locals VERY unhappy.

    “Keep that shit in Austin”, is what j would be told constantly. Guys assumed that because I was also a cop that I’d be super pro gun, super anti abortion, etc. I just never said anything, lol. But the folks that live down there felt that the newbies should adjust to their new home and that their town shouldn’t have to change to suit them. I think most people feel that way when an influx of newcomers comes in though. I feel like I’ve heard that type of saying since as long as I can remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niko View Post
    I can understand the grip. See my example above. Austin is undoubtedly blue. But the surrounding towns used to be blood red with people that lived there their whole life. Now these transplants are moving in from the left coast and realizing that the condo they’re going to get for $300k in downtown awesome isn’t as good of a deal as the 3k square foot house they can get for 129k if they live 25 min north in Round Rock. The problem is, in those local elections where the republicans would win with 92% of the vote, the races are becoming close, or sometimes even a democrat wins. This makes the locals VERY unhappy.

    “Keep that shit in Austin”, is what j would be told constantly. Guys assumed that because I was also a cop that I’d be super pro gun, super anti abortion, etc. I just never said anything, lol. But the folks that live down there felt that the newbies should adjust to their new home and that their town shouldn’t have to change to suit them. I think most people feel that way when an influx of newcomers comes in though. I feel like I’ve heard that type of saying since as long as I can remember.
    To be fair, the police force writ large is exceptionally conservative until you start talking about union benefits. Then, suddenly socialist.
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    My company has a big office in Charlotte and I really enjoy my time when i'm there, so that would be on the list if I moved. Also like others mentioned me and Amanda fell in love with Austin when we visited, if our work allowed I would totally move there
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Bateman View Post
    My company has a big office in Charlotte and I really enjoy my time when i'm there, so that would be on the list if I moved. Also like others mentioned me and Amanda fell in love with Austin when we visited, if our work allowed I would totally move there
    Charlotte is dope to visit. Might be a little too slow for us to live there.

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