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Best Place to Live in USA
N/A ^ | March 21, 2002 | Me

Posted on 03/21/2002 9:42:47 PM PST by andrew

If you could live and work from anywhere in the U.S, where would that be?

Take into consideration lifestyle, schools, recreation, weather, cost and quality of life, etc.


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My wife and I are contemplating a move somewhere -- anywhere, but somewhere better than LA -- to raise our two young children.

I thought there'd be no better place than Free Republic to get an interesting thread going that could serve a utility for beyond my needs.

(Because we have friends and family in New York City, we were thinking maybe somewhere in the Hamptons. So I could be in hissing distance of Alec Baldwin, too.)

1 posted on 03/21/2002 9:42:47 PM PST by andrew
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To: andrew
In a van down by the river.
2 posted on 03/21/2002 9:45:08 PM PST by nunya bidness
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To: andrew
You must have gotten some really good stock options ?
3 posted on 03/21/2002 9:45:17 PM PST by america-rules
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To: america-rules
Believe it or not, it's cheaper than LA.
4 posted on 03/21/2002 9:47:15 PM PST by andrew
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To: andrew
Because we have friends and family in New York City, we were thinking maybe somewhere in the Hamptons.

I just got back from a vacation in New York City. It was VERY cold. Since you live in LA and aren't used to winter, you may want to keep that in mind. I'm still thawing out. :)

5 posted on 03/21/2002 9:49:02 PM PST by Allegra
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To: andrew
If you pass on,"in a van, down by the river", how about South Dakota? There you and your family could vote [often I hope]against Tiny Tom
6 posted on 03/21/2002 9:49:09 PM PST by bybybill
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To: andrew
Less people, Less problems, more FREEDOM
7 posted on 03/21/2002 9:51:03 PM PST by Eska
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To: andrew
Wyoming is the absolute best place in the WORLD to raise children. Period. :^)
8 posted on 03/21/2002 9:51:34 PM PST by nightdriver
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To: andrew
Decater, Ill

It will make your life seem to last forever and when death finally comes it will be a relief. The whole town smells like a tofu eater puked in the corner. This puts it easily ahead of runner-ups like Birmingham, Al.

Oh...you said the best place, never mind.

9 posted on 03/21/2002 9:52:12 PM PST by Dinsdale
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To: bybybill
I thought this was going to be one of those never-ending threads like 'What's your favorite rock album?' where everyone geeks out and elaborates ad nauseum and challenges everyones personal tastes. Oh well. Guess I was wrong.

Anyone freepers live in a resort-y type place? Does it get annoying/redundant/constricting to be in a tourism driven area?

10 posted on 03/21/2002 9:54:02 PM PST by andrew
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To: nightdriver
Where in Wyoming would you recommend? I have a serious Wyoming fixation. One of my most lasting memories was going through the Grand Tetons as a kid.
13 posted on 03/21/2002 9:56:31 PM PST by andrew
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To: andrew
My wife and I were seriously impressed by Boise, Idaho during our visit last year. Downside is cold in winter, but upside is great outdoor recreation just to the north. Do not know much about the schools as we are empty nesters.
14 posted on 03/21/2002 10:06:07 PM PST by fleur-de-lis
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To: andrew
Southwest Virginia...God's own country
15 posted on 03/21/2002 10:09:23 PM PST by Cacophonous
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To: andrew
If I could live anywhere it would be a tough choice between Boise Idaho and Tulsa OK. Chip
16 posted on 03/21/2002 10:29:49 PM PST by Rays_Dad
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To: andrew
Boston.

No - really.

Just fumigate all the Kennedy worshippers and Marxists out of there first.

17 posted on 03/21/2002 10:29:57 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: fleur-de-lis
I hope to get the hell out of the People's Republic of Eugene and move to a place like Idaho. South Carolina also did not seem too bad. Ladies love accents and South Carolina's accent would work just great.
18 posted on 03/21/2002 10:30:35 PM PST by UofORepublican
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To: Cacophonous
To All: Heck, this is easy...My old hometown...Wapakoneta, Ohio. Still only 7000 folks, and a wonderful little mecca; but sadly, all my old boyhood sweethearts are now in the cemetery, so I had better forestall a return visit...just to be on the safe side. Cheers. DK/Coro
19 posted on 03/21/2002 10:30:50 PM PST by dk/coro
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To: andrew
Try Detroit. You will like the weather too.
20 posted on 03/21/2002 10:31:59 PM PST by Joe Hadenuf
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To: andrew
Texas. period.

Want ocean front? lakeside? farms? prairies? rolling hills? mountains? desert? ski resort?(ok, small ones) big city? small town?

Its all there.

23 posted on 03/21/2002 10:40:57 PM PST by GeronL
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To: andrew
My favorite is South Orange County, CA. The sheriff, and the people who elect him, are very gun-friendly, i.e. it's very easy to get a CCW from the county. The beach cities are heartbreakingly beautiful (I happen to love Laguna Beach). There is nearby skiing at Big Bear in the winter. There is a lot of open space, for biking or hiking. There are two HUGE metro areas (LA and San Diego) nearby, where you can buy ANYTHING you want, from durians to yachts. The public schools are as good as can be expected, and there's even a few (not so good) universities, including a University of California franchise in Irvine. I live there now, and I love it. That said, I'm thinking about moving to Portland, Oregon for work. Anyone have any comments about Portland?
24 posted on 03/21/2002 10:56:07 PM PST by Jubal Harshaw
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To: andrew
Hmm, I'd say that some small town in the midwest is your best bet.
25 posted on 03/21/2002 11:02:28 PM PST by FreedomFriend
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To: andrew
Wyckoff, New Jersey,Franklin Lakes,New Jersey,Naples,Florida,Marco Island,Florida.Just to name a few....
26 posted on 03/21/2002 11:10:08 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: SkyPilot
Ya know, I can walk out my back door and go due north 250 miles before crossing the first dirt road; mnts like you wouldn't believe. BUT, I have spent several weeks in Boston and had a great time, happenin place for a couple weeks; but way too many people for the long term.
27 posted on 03/21/2002 11:26:06 PM PST by Eska
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To: andrew
With economic growth and job opportunities factored in:

Colorado springs, CO
Demoines, IA
some in illinois and indianna too, but I don't know any names off hand.



Just based on crime rates, taxes, and cost of living:

Vermillion SD
pretty much any small town that is essentially a suburb of a bigger town in Tenn., as long as it is a separate town with it's own P.D., school system, etc.
pretty much any small town that is essentially a suburb of a bigger town in Tex., as long as it is a separate town with it's own P.D., school system, etc, and isn't close to mexico.
if you don't mind living in the boonies, any town in SD., except where they have gambling and casinos or friction between locals and indian reservations.


There is a website that will ask you what is important to you and what your requirements are and it will spit out a list of the cities that most closely match what you are looking for. I'll see if I can dig it up for you. Actually, after consulting with that website, I may take back what I just said about tennesee. It was either tenn. or NC that had the low taxes/housing/cost of living, I don't remember wich one it was.
28 posted on 03/21/2002 11:45:50 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre
Demoines=Des Moines
29 posted on 03/21/2002 11:53:25 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: andrew
"anywhere, but somewhere better than LA -- to raise our two young children"

get a map, blindfold yourself, and throw a dart.

Better yet, get a motor home, drive around until you find a place you like.

If you go to the Hamptons, it will be hundreds of miles of and many hours of driving until you can get out of the 'megalopolis' of NYC and into the 'country'. But if you wish to live in a 'megalopolis' ....

32 posted on 03/22/2002 12:22:25 AM PST by XBob
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To: andrew
"anywhere, but somewhere better than LA -- to raise our two young children"

get a map, blindfold yourself, and throw a dart.

Better yet, get a motor home, drive around until you find a place you like.

If you go to the Hamptons, it will be hundreds of miles of and many hours of driving until you can get out of the 'megalopolis' of NYC and into the 'country'. But if you wish to live in a 'megalopolis' ....

33 posted on 03/22/2002 12:22:27 AM PST by XBob
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To: andrew
Doesn't it really depend upon what you can afford and where there are job possibilities, in what you do for a living ? You posited this question, as though money didn't matter at all / as sort of a wish . Then you hit the reality button.

Can you afford the Hamptons ? Is there your kind of job possibliies out there , for you ? First ask your relaives about the taxes and schools ! Tain't cheap and the good schools there, are PRIVATE .

34 posted on 03/22/2002 12:28:58 AM PST by nopardons
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To: andrew
We're building a large liveaboard catamaran. We'll be living where ever we want to (coastal areas, of course). We don't like the place or our neighbors, we pull up the anchor & sail away.
35 posted on 03/22/2002 3:52:46 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: andrew
bump
36 posted on 03/22/2002 3:55:49 AM PST by foreverfree
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To: Cacophonous
Southwest Virginia...God's own country

Amen! I'd love to have a little cabin on a mountaintop, somewhere between Abington and Marion...unfortunately, I'm stuck in Richmond for the forseeable future. I can dream though!
37 posted on 03/22/2002 3:57:27 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan
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To: GeronL
Yeah. And I would nominate, to get more speeee-cific, either Kerrville or Fredericksburg, in the hill country. With New Braunfels as a runner-up (rafting on the chilly, clear Comal River coming up from its big Edwards Formation spring is kinda hard to beat, to cool off in summer -- and not all of the town is touristy).
38 posted on 03/22/2002 4:03:20 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Allegra
I just got back from a vacation in New York City. It was VERY cold. Since you live in LA and aren't used to winter, you may want to keep that in mind. I'm still thawing out.

Also keep in mind that this winter is one of the warmest we've had in NY in a long long time.

39 posted on 03/22/2002 4:07:05 AM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: andrew
Try this: BestPlaces.net

You can determine your own criteria and values (is having entertainment nearby a "5" importance-wise while house prices are a "1" to you in relevance?)...and they'll provide you a list of possibilities. My personal favorite area is the Flathead Lake section of Montana. Beeeeeee-yooootiful!

40 posted on 03/22/2002 4:11:22 AM PST by shezza
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To: andrew
Don't move to Marin County whatever you do.
41 posted on 03/22/2002 4:21:33 AM PST by antaresequity
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To: Cacophonous

You are correct, sir!

42 posted on 03/22/2002 4:25:26 AM PST by AppyPappy
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To: andrew
anywhere, but somewhere better than LA

What's wrong with LA? Lower Alabama (AKA Florida panhandle) is mighty fine.

43 posted on 03/22/2002 4:28:43 AM PST by Eagle Eye
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To: andrew

Can you afford $70k for a 4 bedroom house? It's in Narrows, Va (named for a narrow passage in the New River)

44 posted on 03/22/2002 4:29:12 AM PST by AppyPappy
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To: andrew
Sorry. If you would seriously consider the Hamptons, then scratch out Wyoming or Florida panhandle for anything more than a visit. Seriously. You won't fit it.
45 posted on 03/22/2002 4:32:16 AM PST by Eagle Eye
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To: Joe Hadenuf
Detroit is a great pick. Virtually no crime rate at all, beautiful scenery, homes kept immaculately landscaped, buildings in pristine condition. It is truly God's answer to the question of where to raise a family.
46 posted on 03/22/2002 4:35:31 AM PST by riley1992
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To: one_particular_harbour
The best. Right now I am in my bikini getting ready to soak up some rays. I think it must be 82° already here.
48 posted on 03/22/2002 4:41:57 AM PST by riley1992
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To: andrew
Central Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, Jefferson's country.

Also, I love Miami, with its everglades, gulf stream and tropical ambience, though I think you have to know which parts of Miami to love.

49 posted on 03/22/2002 4:42:15 AM PST by Sam Cree
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To: andrew
Can't go wrong in Colorado Springs.


50 posted on 03/22/2002 4:44:45 AM PST by Cool_V
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