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Help me pick a new city to move to!

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Hello friends,

I wanted to get some advice on cool cities to look into moving. My girlfriend and I are thinking of moving to another city about a year or two from now..We are young professionals, me 27 she 23. She's finishing her phd in psychology. I work in logistics.

We currently live in Miami. Cities I've lived in before: Kansas City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami



I'm thinking somewhere in the Northeast.

Things we are looking for:

-Big cities (4+ million pop). Big theater, plays, concerts, more culture, etc.

-Cold and warm weather. Not very cold like Chicago, not very warm like Miami. Somewhere where you can have and experience all four seasons.

-Old cities. We like old buildings, brick, etc. Historical cities.

-Walkable cities, cities where people are outside a lot, can walk from place to place. Living in the midwest nobody walks anywhere, everyone is just in their house or driving to wherever their going.

-Somewhat safe: no detroit or baltimore

-Not super expensive rent/living cost (no nyc)



Some places we were thinking of:

Philadelphia, PA. Portland, Maine. Arglinton/Richmond, VA. Boston, MA.

Any other suggestions? any people from a city above care to comment?



Appreciate the comments!
post #2 of 20
Whether wise, Boston, Philly and VA (live in DC close to arlington, va) are good. Mind you NE and midatlantic can get crazy humid like Miami but have no beaches near by. Arlington is nice with a young professional population in your age group. A lot of smart people, nice apartments, close to culture and nightlife of DC. Culture and nightlife should be good in Philly and Boston too but can't speak from experience.
post #3 of 20

Boston and Portland, ME are nowhere near 4+ million population. Boston is expensive but not outrageous. Portland is smaller and cheaper but there will be a lot fewer jobs available there.

post #4 of 20
Arlingtion and Richmond also don't have 4 million + people. The DC area (which includes Arlington) is around there but that includes NoVA, two counties in MD and DC. I haven't looked it up but I'm positive Richmond is far from that number too.
post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by JhwkMac View Post

Things we are looking for:

-Big cities (4+ million pop). Big theater, plays, concerts, more culture, etc.

Your options are LA and NY.
post #6 of 20
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Your options are LA and NY.

Just NY, really. He wants seasons and bricks.
post #7 of 20

4 m+ pop, seasons, old, brick, walkable, culture and affordable?

 

Toronto or Montreal if you can deal with the winter. Montreal is the more interesting city: better food, spectacular apts and great weekend getaways.

 

Drop the 4m+ and you have a ton of options. 

 

lefty

post #8 of 20
Boston
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post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by lefty View Post

4 m+ pop, seasons, old, brick, walkable, culture and affordable?

Toronto or Montreal if you can deal with the winter. Montreal is the more interesting city: better food, spectacular apts and great weekend getaways.

Drop the 4m+ and you have a ton of options. 

lefty

The 4m is not a necessary number. We just like cities with big downtown/city center. Preferably subway metro system but not req.

Thanks for all the replies so far!
post #11 of 20

You're heading to Boston or Philadelphia. Or Canada.

 

lefty 

post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 
I like Canada but the visa stuff seems like too much hassle. I can speak French though
post #13 of 20
Boston's got to have 4M if you do "greater metro area" measure right?

I'm not going to go look it up, but my intuition would have put boston there. I mean...I know the Twin Cities come in over 3M for sure.

Very few cities in the world actually have 4M+ people living in the urban area...but any city supporting4M+ people around it should have decently developed cultural institutions.
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

Boston's got to have 4M if you do "greater metro area" measure right?
I'm not going to go look it up, but my intuition would have put boston there. I mean...I know the Twin Cities come in over 3M for sure.
Very few cities in the world actually have 4M+ people living in the urban area...but any city supporting4M+ people around it should have decently developed cultural institutions.

Yes, greater Boston well over 4MM people..
post #15 of 20
We best not be throwing MSA's into the mix.
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