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Old 05-17-19, 01:56 PM
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Thoughts on cities out west to move to?

I have always wanted to move out west, and have the chance to move out there to start fellowship. I was thinking in descending order:
1-Portland - love the city, lots of hiking!
2-Denver - but seems fun and close to more hiking
3-Sacramento (seems like a hidden gem and quickly rising on my list)
4-Salt Lake City - gorgeous hospital, but I am not LDS and do enjoy a beer/wine
5-Seattle - $$$
6-San Diego - $$$
7-Phoenix - Forgot most of my Spanish

Does anyone that live in these cities have any comments? Hiking, cost of living, low traffic times, food, museums, parks (local/state/national) are all high on my list. Thanks!
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Don't forget that if you move to California that everything you own and/or come in contact with has been found to cause cancer.

Oh, and the fish are radioactive.
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Old 05-17-19, 02:36 PM
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Phoenix is insanely hot but most people there speak English.
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I live in Colorado, so I'm partial.


I grew up in (Southern) California, so I'm even more partial.


SLC isn't as dry as you might think, and over the hill in Heber Valley (look up Heber City, UT) it's AWESOME. Would be a place we'd consider if we ever left Colorado (which I highly doubt, but it's a reference point).
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Originally Posted by EJ123 View Post
I have always wanted to move out west, and have the chance to move out there to start fellowship. I was thinking in descending order:
1-Portland - love the city, lots of hiking!
2-Denver - but seems fun and close to more hiking
3-Sacramento (seems like a hidden gem and quickly rising on my list)
4-Salt Lake City - gorgeous hospital, but I am not LDS and do enjoy a beer/wine
5-Seattle - $$$
6-San Diego - $$$
7-Phoenix - Forgot most of my Spanish

Does anyone that live in these cities have any comments? Hiking, cost of living, low traffic times, food, museums, parks (local/state/national) are all high on my list. Thanks!
I think San Diego would be on the "forgot most of my Spanish" list as well.
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Old 05-17-19, 02:47 PM
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I considered a similar set of cities when I moved 15 years ago and chose the Denver/Boulder area - primarily for access to hiking and biking, and lower population density than some of the other cities. It was a great choice and I still love being here. Population and housing prices have increased since then, but still not as bad as some other areas, and the new light rail system and good bus service make the commute into Denver easy for me. There are lots of close by trails for hiking, and for longer day trips or weekend trips, there are many options in the mountains and western part of the state, and even the eastern Utah National Park are fairly accessible for a long weekend trip.
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Old 05-17-19, 03:15 PM
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Are you in the market for affordable real estate?

Because that's going to take you out of most of those places into more rural enclaves. And the prices here in the Spokane area are creeping up from retirees moving here although they won't compare to the Urban West Coast. Do you want to live in the city or a town? There are nice places in the rural towns if you don't depend occupations centered in the city.

I've always loved San Diego, btw, and returned there to work in machining when I started doing that. But when I got ready to buy a house it became out of the question for my meager late-in-life savings.

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Old 05-17-19, 03:18 PM
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I think most of Foo would recommend moving into a van down by the river regardless of where you end up.
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I just live in a small Town..,
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I would never move to most of the cities mentioned. Great places to visit but horrible places to live.

Consider smaller towns. Corvalis for example seems really nice. Also a lot of nice small towns in Idaho, Montana and eastern Washington.
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Old 05-17-19, 03:52 PM
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I grew up in a small town in rural NorCal. You might as well live in Texas.
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I think most of Foo would recommend moving into a van down by the river regardless of where you end up.
Indeed. I live in a van down by a bayou. Not as much fish as would be found in a river, though.
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Old 05-17-19, 03:58 PM
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Albuquerque is not on your list but I love the hiking in New Mexico. The elevation ranges from 5,000 ft on up so it's not so dang hot as Phoenix. I don't live there so take what I say with a grain of salt.
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Sacramento? About the only thing I can think that it has going for it is that you can jump on several highways and be out in the middle of nowhere or up in the mountain in an hour. As a place to use as a jumping off point... great. Living there, not so great.

My friends use to joke that the best view of Sacramento was from your rear view mirror.
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Sacramento? About the only thing I can think that it has going for it is that you can jump on several highways and be out in the middle of nowhere or up in the mountain in an hour. As a place to use as a jumping off point... great. Living there, not so great.

My friends use to joke that the best view of Sacramento was from your rear view mirror.
It's hell on earth. Save yourself. Do not come.
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Originally Posted by EJ123 View Post
I have always wanted to move out west, and have the chance to move out there to start fellowship. I was thinking in descending order:
1-Portland - love the city, lots of hiking!
2-Denver - but seems fun and close to more hiking
3-Sacramento (seems like a hidden gem and quickly rising on my list)
4-Salt Lake City - gorgeous hospital, but I am not LDS and do enjoy a beer/wine
5-Seattle - $$$
6-San Diego - $$$
7-Phoenix - Forgot most of my Spanish

Does anyone that live in these cities have any comments? Hiking, cost of living, low traffic times, food, museums, parks (local/state/national) are all high on my list. Thanks!
Portland. Tough economy though, will you be looking for work? Must love overcast weather, and rain, lots of rain. But very civilized rain that's not usually difficult to get around in.
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Old 05-17-19, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
It's hell on earth. Save yourself. Do not come.
What, why?! It looks so nice there.
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My friends use to joke that the best view of Sacramento was from your rear view mirror.
I thought that was Lubbock, TX.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
You might as well live in Texas.
Originally Posted by jimincalif View Post
I thought that was Lubbock, TX.
All of Texas. No one needs to move here. We. Are. Full.

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What kind of fellowship?
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Sacramento? About the only thing I can think that it has going for it is that you can jump on several highways and be out in the middle of nowhere or up in the mountain in an hour. As a place to use as a jumping off point... great. Living there, not so great.

My friends use to joke that the best view of Sacramento was from your rear view mirror.
Are you sure you're friends were talking about Sacramento, and not about Stockton or Fresno? Stockton took a big hit in the market crash a few years ago, and the only thing that's grown there since that time are the crime statistics. My younger brother lived in Fresno for 5 years (2 going to CSUF) and couldn't wait to move out of there. His joke was "On a map of California you'll notice Fresno is in the middle of the state, and you'll also notice all roads lead out of it to other places."
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What, why?! It looks so nice there.
If you like your bike paths flanked by homeless camps, it is paradise.
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What, why?! It looks so nice there.
It is. We’re just trying to keep the riff raff out.

We’re really happy here. There are real neighborhoods with their own character, the weather is great, and the food scene is amazing. Plus, we’re 90 minutes from the City in one direction and 90 minutes from the Lake in the other.
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