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Suggest cities where we should live? (Details inside.)

Asked by eadinad (1278points) August 30th, 2010

My partner and I want to move somewhere. Here is our criteria:
-liberal/socially progressive/gay friendly/artsy
-reasonable cost of living (decent homes available under 300k)
-jobs available in the art/design/advertising sector
-mild winters preferred, but not absolutely required
-lots of parks/green spaces and proximity to outdoor activities
-within an hour of a major airport

Size does not really matter, nor does geographic location for the most part. We are also open to international locations.


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Austinlad's avatar

Austin. Our city meets every one of your criteria.

Ben_Dover's avatar

San Francisco. Home of the gays and land of the arts!
Also, West Hollywood
New York
Taos (New Mexico)

answerjill's avatar

@Ben_Dover – but not cheap…

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

I second @Austinlad ‘s suggestion.

blah_blah's avatar

Portland Oregon fits your criteria. We get lots of rain but it barely ever snows.

eadinad's avatar

@Ben Dover…. also one of the most expensive areas of the country, and so definitely off our list.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

I liked Pittsburgh. The winters weren’t very mild, though.

mrentropy's avatar

I have to agree with @Austinlad on this one.

aprilsimnel's avatar

I would also vote for Austin or Portland.

harple's avatar

Brighton, England… ticks all the boxes!

aprilsimnel's avatar

@harple – If they’re not already UK or Commonwealth, they won’t be getting in unless someone marries a citizen, has a shit-ton of cash, has a skill that’s lacking in the UK labour pool or gets to be Jon Hamm-famous. Believe me, I’ve been looking into it.

harple's avatar

@aprilsimnel I guess the language barrier would prove difficult too… kidding, KIDDING! I’m not currently married, if that’s of any help to you?

deni's avatar

Boulder meets some of your criteria. The winters are pretty long and chilly though. It’s really open minded and liberal and progressive and it is sssssoooooooooo gorgeous. If you like hiking and such things, it’s all about .5 miles away :)

answerjill's avatar

Maybe check out some college towns? There must be a list out there of the best college towns.

YARNLADY's avatar

Jerome, Arizona
Albuquerque is home to 300 visual arts, music, dance, literary, film, ethnic, and craft organizations, museums, festivals and associations.
Woodstock, N Y
Sacramento, CA

Kayak8's avatar

Columbus, OH (you were a littly “iffy” on the winter thing). We have tons of parks, railroads converted to bike paths, you can get a heck of a house for under 300K, and it is officially the second manliest city in the country (Link).

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