OT: what do you think of where you live?

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I’ve lived all over the US. Best quality of life for me was Minneapolis. Great music scene, lots of arts and culture, very diverse population, not too expensive. The only downside was the weather: too hot and mosquito-y in Summer, and the rest of the year is winter.

I ended up settling down in Portland Oregon, been here 13 years. I don’t recommend it. Only staying because the climate suits my wife. It’s expensive, homogenous, and overtaken by millionaire property developers. But there is one huge upside: close proximity to a wide range of beautiful outdoors areas. Mountains, rivers, woods; even in the center of town you’re only a few minutes away from a nature trail.
You may or may not know this -

Dylan recorded his famous ' Blood on the Tracks ' in the dead of winter in Minneapolis .
 

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I'll throw my two cents in for Indiana - the state.
Depending on what you want you could move within very comfortable driving distance of what you want to be around. It's also very affordable with the exception of a few little areas.

Midway up the western side of the state you have sprawling open farm fields. Lafayette has Purdue University and the college amenities that go with it. To the North, within a couple hours is Chicago. To the south is Indianapolis. Both have A LOT to offer with the arts scene. Indy is very cheap and easy to get around in compared to Chicago.

Go up the Eastern side and you have Fort Wayne which is growing and offering more and more opportunities with art and culture as well as jobs. Fort Wayne has Sweetwater Music which has A LOT going on throughout the year. There are several colleges both large and small in Fort Wayne with music programs. Very affordable area to live in. Muncie (halfway between Ft Wayne and Indy) Has Ball State University which has a school of music and a lot of music performances throughout the year. Ft Wayne is about 2 hours from Indy, Toledo, Lansing MI and Ann Arbor MI and about 3-1/2 from Chicago.

Central/Southeastern Indiana puts you in the middle of the action as well. Indiana University and it's world recognized music program is always doing something.
You are a short drive from Indy, Cincinnati OH and Louisville KY. Drive time from Indy to either one of those is about an hour and half.

Indy itself has waaayyyy to much happening to even begin listing. In the right area (avoid Carmel) it is very affordable. Butler Univ, Indianapolis Univ, Downtown Convention Center, home of the Percussive Arts Society and its museum ( and PASIC every November). Museums, Museums, Museums.

You can enjoy a lot of seasonal activities throughout the state. Brown County State Park is famous for its Fall Foliage. Depending on where you are at, you can get little to no, or a lot of, snow in winter. Summers can get warm, but rarely get really hot. If it does, its only for a few days. Much of the state you can even experience the four major seasons multiple times a year :laughing6: .

EASY travel for day trips. You're in the middle of everything.
Chicago 1-1/2 Hours by freeway
Louisville 1-1/2 Hours by freeway
Columbus OH about 2 - 2 1/2 hours by freeway
Chicago about 3 hours by freeway
Major airport in town with direct flights to a lot of places if you want to go further.



Nothing in the southwest. I once heard a quote from Paul Harvey saying that the best place to bury a body you never want to be found was in a certain county in the middle of SW Indiana.

Evansville has a few amenities, but not as convenient to get to other places like the rest of the state.
 
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Yep...the 'other' New Jersy-SOUTH JERSEY...lol "Jersey Born (Camden) Jersey Bred...(Medford)."

A lot to complain about...but more to appreciate than many other places.

Pretty much my backyard-looking over the Pine Barrens towards Long Beach Island on the Jersey Shore.

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The Pine Barrens... Isn't that where Adriana La Cerva is buried?
 

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Queens NY here. I can safely say that nobody moves here unless your young, want to make money, live the urban life, and you want to make your mark. You can definitely do those things here. Many retirees are moving out in droves over the cost of living, the tough weather, the quick paced lifestyle and the one party, now radical left-wing, political system, that leaves no room and has no tolerance for conservative principles.

Besides my military service, I've lived here all my life and I still like it. It's challenging for sure. It's very diverse, the most diverse county in the country, we have good entertainment, lots of bars, great food of all nationalities, good neighborhoods and great people. We have great local shopping, so no box store nonsense or malls needed, smaller houses for the most part, so we don't have to spend all weekend mowing grass, just maybe a little time hosing down the Italian grass, (concrete!) Stoop sitting with the neighbors and sharing a beer is our national pastime.

But if your looking to kick your life back a notch with acres of property, cheaper living, and not knowing or seeing your neighbors, this is not the place. You have to really like people to live here.

I hear good things about the Carolina's, and many an ex New Yorker live there now. Good luck!
 

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The Pine Barrens... Isn't that where Adriana La Cerva is buried?
Among others....

My son-in-law to be from California expressed his desire to marry my daughter. I said “Let’s take a ride.”

I drove him into the heart of “the pines” as we discussed his intentions. The broken blacktop gave way to sugar sand out around Carranza Memorial just as the sun was going down.

The ride back home was nice and quiet.

Best behaved son-in-law a man could ever have.
 

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I am thrilled where I live, I am about 50 minutes north of Boston, my town is on the water.

We have a great beach.
Great restaurants...and lots of them.
A thriving music scene.
Excellent medical facilities.
Our own small airport.
I am only 20 minutes away from DCP...in tax free NH.
20 minutes away from The Club Casino in NH...best concert venue anywhere, rich in musical history.
And you can leave your doors unlocked...without worry.

In short...I aint going anywhere.
 

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We live in a small town in upstate NY, population 8000 or so. The schools are excellent and the crime rate is basically nonexistent.

We are blessed to have a fortune 200 company headquartered here and of course they are the largest employer in the valley.

Real estate cost much less than if we were near a large city (Manhattan is 4 1/2 hours). On the other hand, relative to the rest of the country, the taxes, property and otherwise are very high.

Rochester and Buffalo are about two hours, so we can see some big city cultural events without making it an overnight trip.

We get upstate NY weather, which is very little sun and more snow than I like. I guess that's my only real complaint.

This is where we're raising our kids and the house and cars are paid off. I certainly can't ask for any more than that. It's home.
 
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We live in a small town in upstate NY, population 8000 or so. The schools are excellent and the crime rate is basically nonexistent.

We are blessed to have a fortune 200 company headquartered here and of course they are the largest employer in the valley.

Real estate cost much less than if we were near a large city (Manhattan is 4 1/2 hours). On the other hand, relative to the rest of the country, the taxes, property and otherwise are very high.

Rochester and Buffalo are about two hours, so we can see some big city cultural events without making it an overnight trip.

We get upstate NY weather, which is very little sun and more snow than I like. I guess that's my only real complaint.

This is where we're raising our kids, the house and cars are paid off. I certainly can't ask for any more than that. It's home.
Are you close to Jolitty Drum Farm ? Argyle New York .
 

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No, I live in Corning / Painted Post, NY. He's probably 3 hours or so northeast of me. I would like to visit him some day. I hear he has a massive inventory.
 

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I live in North New Jersey. You're probably familiar with it but if not, I live just a 35 minute train ride from Penn Station in midtown Manhattan. For me that is a huge plus because it gives me very easy access to music. Often I'll just skp the train and drive in. It might take a little longer but far less of a hassle. I check for cheap parking before I leave so I'm not taking out a second mortgage to park my car for some music. There are also a lot of musicians in the area so as I regain my chops I believe I'll have more opportunities to jam and possibly play out than if I lived in the middle of nowhere. And where I live our house is up on the first ridge west of Manhattan so we get spectacular views of the city. Mine are seasonal as there are still a fair amount of trees. But the winter views are amazing. Our Florida cousins just stand at the windows and look at the view when they come up to visit. And there is also a 2,000 acre park with some of the best single track in the state. I also love all four seasons. Also, you can pretty much get any kind of ethnic food you could possibly want. You can also get the ingredients for any kind of ethnic food if you are inclined to make it yourself.

My complaints? Real estate taxes are through the roof. It's freaking crowded. Too many right wing AND left wing loonies. Not the greatest place for a moderate, but I try to blend. Traffic can be bad but since I've traveled a lot for the job I've seen far worse traffic in places you would never think they would have bad traffic. So traffic doesn't bother me that much. I guess overall, tying in to the real estate taxes, the overall cost of living here is insane. My monthly water bill with two adults and a teenage son run me between $50 and $65 a month. I don't have any leaks. Add another $270 a month of gas and electric. How bad are the real estate taxes? My house that was worth about $500k before the pandemic had taxes of $14,500 a year. I also have to pay an additional $350 a year for sewer charges. Add in about $130 a month for landscaping, $130 a quarter for an alarm system (highly advised to have one) and I haven't even put food on the table yet. We are far from rich. Solid middle class. I've had people say that I must be rich because I pay that much in taxes. My response, I'm poor because I pay that much in taxes.

But in the end, I'd say the pros outweigh the cons by a significant margin. You get people from all walks of life. It's an ethnically, racially, religiously diverse area. I have learned that there are assholes anywhere you go. There may be more of them here but there also many more good people. It all balances out. We also ended up sending out son to private school so add another $20,000 a year for that. If we had bought our house in a better school district he would have gone to the district school but then we would have had to pay more for our home. I'm actually really happy to be a 4 to 5 hour drive from NY's Adirondack Mountains, a short walk to a 2,000 acre preserve type park and a half hour drive from Manhattan. Oh, and when I need to fly out of here, I'm literally 20 minutes from Newark Airport. Last but not least, I have many coffee roasters nearby to choose from to get freshly roasted beans for insanely amazing coffee which keeps me out of Charbucks and you can't find any better pizza than around here, which keeps me from ever stepping foot in a Domino's or Pizza Hut.

Not sure what part of New England you are in but I've been through Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine. I guess that covers it. Since music is a huge driver for me, I don't think I'd want to be very far from Manhattan. And your winters are a bit colder than mine. I'd probably feel a little too isolated up north.

I don't want to move. I live here because I like it and can afford to. Now that I've rambled on and on, good luck in your search.
 

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I live in South Jersey, and love the rural open spaces and the proximity to both Atlantic City and Philly. A person from SOUTH Jersey will always use that distinction rather than saying they're from New Jersey, because anything north of Gloucester County might as well be Mars. It should really be a separate state. We pay dearly for the foolishness of the northern part of the state (highest property taxes and car insurance in the nation). I could save over $12K a year simply by moving 25 mins. over the bridge, but the urban sprawl that has infected Delaware keeps me from making the move.
I grew up in Marlton. Every time I’m back it’s more & more congested. What was once woods behind my house is now a McMansion. As a kid, I would appreciate it. Now as an adult, it’s ruining what nature there is in the town.
 
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I'm a New England guy too - south shore of Boston and love it here. We're moving from Scituate, MA, where we've lived for 22 years, to the next town over, Cohasset, MA. Hoping to move mid-June.

I grew up north of Boston, and lived in Los Angeles for about four years in the 80s, and in southern New Hampshire for a few months, and for me, there's no better place than here on the south shore of Boston. Plus I'm fortunate to play in a great band (based north of Boston) and eventually we'll be back out there playing again.

Days like today make me appreciate where I live even more... Good luck!

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I grew up in Marlton. Every time I’m back it’s more & more congested. What was once woods behind my house is now a McMansion. As a kidI’d appreciate it now. As an adult, it’s ruining what nature there is in the town.
Ain’t that the truth....

I remember my parents circa 1972 saying “They (developers) won’t be happy until they have Cherry Hill from Camden ti the shore...”

Almost there now....
 

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Hey! ^That's^ where I'm at. Tulsa, Ok. It's alright i guess. Could be worse. My kids are here, so I will be too.
It is quite cheap to live here My three bedroom plus office and sun room and detached garage two miles from downtown was $65,000. My tax is under $900.

I think if I was going to relocate and it wasn't back to care for my Mom in Hi., it would be to Memphis, Tn. That town was cool when I visited last Summer.
 

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I live in east Phoenix. I like how close it is to cooler weather up north when the summer gets too much and our winters are mild. We've got lots of nightlife (normally anyway) downtown/midtown Phoenix and old town Scottsdale especially. Tempe has all the college kids at ASU, and Chandler/Gilbert/Mesa tend to be more family, though they have some nightlife areas too, like in their downtowns and other areas. I don't know the west valley. Basically I stay away from anything west of the I-17. There are nice areas that way, I'm just not as familiar with it. I grew up in Mesa so I tend to stay more east. That's where my gigs are.

Winter we get all the snowbirds. The leaves on our trees don't change color, but the license plates do. We have baseball spring training, the Phoenix Open, Barrett-Jackson car auction, the Good Guys car show, culinary, BBQ, and taco truck festivals.

We're also close to quite a few lakes, the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, and Horseshoe Canyon are only a few hours away, Rocky Point Mexico and their beach are only 4 hours, LA is only 6, and Vegas is only about 8 hours.
 

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I'm a New England guy too - south shore of Boston and love it here. We're moving from Scituate, MA, where we've lived for 22 years, to the next town over, Cohasset, MA. Hoping to move mid-June.

I grew up north of Boston, and lived in Los Angeles for about four years in the 80s, and in southern New Hampshire for a few months, and for me, there's no better place than here on the south shore of Boston. Plus I'm fortunate to play in a great band (based north of Boston) and eventually we'll be back out there playing again.

Days like today make me appreciate where I live even more... Good luck!

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Although I am more of a North Shore guy ( Newburyport), Cohasset.....very nice.
Median house price....slightly over 900k....(not a misprint)....Yikes !
 

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Either the northern most southern state or most southern northern state.
This is one of the most rugged and beautiful states in the nation. If you love the outdoors this is your place.
Sparse population, the major cities average 50 k and that is Charleston and Huntington.
Taxes are weird as in you pay personal property tax yearly on items you own like your vehicle, it is B.S. but its not bad.
Jobs are dependent on your career choices, obviously this was a coal state and that is diminishing rapidly. Housing is reasonable.
I moved from big city Ohio back in 1991 and love it. It was a culture shock and took some time to adjust.
Weather is pretty good, last year we had a few inches of snow and every few years get a pretty good snowfall in my section of the state. The mountains obviously get it more. Summers are hot and humid.
That said, I have been contemplating a move back home and it really pains me as I don't want to go back to northern Ohio but may do it for a little life reset.
I've been to the Carolinas and would consider either state. Tennessee, Nashville and the pigeon forge areas I liked. Nevada was cool -Las Vegas area. I've thought about travel nursing also to give me a little taste of various states and cities.
 


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