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What is your favorite American town/city?

July 27th, 2008 at 01:28 pm

If you could move to any city/town in the USA, where would you move to?

It seems that we are all raised somewhere, we choose to go to college/or not around home or far away, we meet a partner and decide to settle down. We get a job somewhere and stay there for years...It seems that people THINK they control their destiny, but destiny controls them. You THINK you have all this freedom to go anywhere, live where you want, but in reality we all have many ties that keep us, move us somewhere that we may not have anticipated.

People return back to the hometown they grew up in. People stay in the city they went to college. People settle down once they land their first big job. People meet a partner, a spouse, a soul mate and follow that person so they can live their lives together.

People move somewhere, planning to be there a few years, and before they know it they have put down roots, they made friends, they develop a routine, they find a favorite restaurant and they realize they have too much invested in that area to ever leave.

Then there are vacations. People take vacations to see the 'exotic other' to get a taste of a different life. People travel to visit friends and see the other options, choices in life. Sometimes we love the new location, sometimes we hate it. But as a person gets older, the opportunity to move and uproot your life comes less frequently, or we have more invested and choose not to consider those possibilities.

I have lived in so many places and never put down roots. Never invested in a community, and never made lifelong friends that make life worth living. I have great friends, but they are all over the east coast, and now it's time to pick a spot on the map and settle down. The problem Baseball boy and I have is that we love many areas, but find fault with many areas. In the face of really choosing where we want to live, with no ties or roots anywhere, we have a tough decision to make.

We are in agreement with Savannah GA, and have focused our game plan around that city for almost a year now, but recently a friend who heard my gripes about the high real estate cost in Savannah suggested Macon Ga. Then someone familiar with Macon suggested Athens Ga. My poor computer is tuckered out running around finding web descriptions of all these cities. And it became clear to me that though we love Savannah, we are like hobos. We are open to anything, anywhere. We know nowhere is perfect, and therefore what one city lacks, another city will have in abundance.

I am not the most traveled person in America. I love Savannah. I love Atlanta. Every city in between- I have no clue. I love everywhere I move. Baseball boy does too, for the most part. I love it because it's temporary. You can love anything knowing it's not a life sentence.

But now I am very much in 'settle down' mode. I have been nesting for a year, trying to plan to settle down. Get my ducks in order, pick a spot on the earth, and grow a garden. I worry that once I get a full time job, maybe get a kid or two- before I know it, 10 yrs will have passed and the decision on where to spend my life will have been made for me.

So to be proactive, I throw the question out to you guys. What is your favorite city or town? Why? Maybe your description will fit the description I am looking for. This will save me from road tripping all over the country to choose a city to live in.

Normally something, a job, friends, family, kids make the decision on where you should live a no-brainer. I consider myself lucky to have a chance to choose where to settle down, but I feel I have barely covered 5% of the USA. How to make an informed decision based on that research number? Yet it would take a full lifetime to really make an educated decision. I figure I will just steal a bit from all of your experiences and cheat the learning curve a bit.

So throw out your opinions. A few things about Baseball boy and me, we heart the south. We are united against snow. He wants to be on/have access to water for fishing/boating, I am very outdoorsy and like hiking, green spaces, parks. We are somewhat 'green' and I am trying to become more green- so pollution, litter and clearcutting land is not my ideal. We both want a city that is walking/biker friendly, IE. not too metropolitian with traffic and large crowds but has an urban feel where there is a good congragation of people clustered in a downtown area of shops and bars. We are young, and like to be around other young people. We both love history and think it would be neat to live in a historical area.

I'm gonna end up somewhere. I'm ready to close my eyes and point to a place on a map.

17 Responses to “What is your favorite American town/city?”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    I did not like Macon at all. I found it very depressing but that was over 20 years ago. Athens is a college town and seems very nice. That being said, I like little towns and I live in blairsville, Ga. in the north georgia mountains!! I would never want to live in a larger city than this!!

  2. Ima saver Says:

    Blairsville, Ga. has 4 seasons but we don't get a lot of snow. The highest peak in Georgia is in this county, Union county. We have a population of about 20,000. People are friendly and property tax is low. I really do love it here. We live on a nice creek! We moved here 25 years ago from central florida. We found an ad in the pennysaver about a cabin on the river and we came to look. The cabin was terrible, but we bought a lot on the river and built a house. we have since moved closer to town and built a bigger house.

  3. gamecock43 Says:

    I will check that out! It sounds a tad small, Baseball boy needs to make a living giving private baseball lessons so we need to be in a large middle class pro-sports area. I LOVE the mountains, baseball boy not so keen. But maybe there is a larger city near you?

  4. Aleta Says:

    I like Ft Lauderdale Florida and also a little north of Orlando. There is so much to do there.

  5. gamecock43 Says:

    I LOVE Ft. Lauderdale! But it's waayyy to expensive for me.

  6. Aleta Says:

    It's actually less expensive than Miami now. Ft Lauderdale has so much to offer. The people are fantastic there.

  7. gamecock43 Says:

    I live in tampa now. Ft. Lauderdale is cheaper than Miami, but Miami is one of the most expensive cities in America, so thats not saying much. I dont want to move to a city and financially struggle to survive. Though you did remind me that baseball boy and I talkedabout the keys a few years ago...we never looked into it, assuming it would be expensive. It might be worth looking into.

  8. gamecock43 Says:

    Ima~ I looked up Blairesvile and it is beautiful! I will check it out more!

  9. Aleta Says:

    Love the Keys. We have a timeshare in KeyLargo that we can go there anytime we want and just enjoy being there and all of the emenities including fishing. The Keys are unique. I have some friends that have moved there.

  10. Ima saver Says:

    We are not too far away from Athens, Ga. and it is pretty nice. I would not move to the Miami area if you paid me a million dollars!!

  11. Casey Says:

    NYC!!!!

  12. MariRDH Says:

    You would LOVE San Diego! My college roomie (and one of my closest friends) and I moved out there from NJ after college. We both adored it but at the time there were few jobs and the cost of living is high (always was and always will be since the city is absolutely perfect)so we both moved back to the East Coast.

    I'd go back in a heartbeat but hubby wants to stay near family which is understandable since we have a child. San Diego is definitely outdoorsy - beautiful beaches, mountains, and desert all within a short drive. The city itself is very clean and bright with loads of public transportation and great young-person things to do. It hardly ever rains and never snows. I tell you it is Camelot!!! Wink

  13. ME2 Says:



    I'd have to go with the Chicago(land) Area.

    Great shopping (sorry, Ima shoppper, lol) and great cultural events & entertainment.

    Plus it would only be a 4-5 hour drive to the hometown, where family and friends are.

  14. gruntina Says:

    Missoula, Montana!!! but I don't think it is for your baseball bf! There is no pro baseball there.

  15. baselle Says:

    I heart Seattle Washington. Just surf my blog for a taste of Seattle life. And we have a crappy pro baseball team so Baseball boy would be much needed. Smile But while you usually don't have the snow issues (2-3 days of snow), you have the winter dark issues. This far north, during the winter it gets light at 9 am, dark at 3:30 pm, and low overcast all day.

    SAD is insidious. You don't know if it will bug you until it does.

    Its one of the pitfalls of extrapolating based on a visit. We get our crop of newbies based on a July - August visit. The newbies think, "its so perfect, and so undiscovered." And the natives snicker.

  16. Aleta Says:

    Oh, if you paid me a million dollars, I'd go to Miami. There are areas that are still livable. The money would help.

  17. monkeymama Says:

    I would have pushed California but it is far too expensive. Wink So I didn't respond earlier. Sure you can do better on the east coast.

    Of course I wouldn't vote anywhere that gets under 50 degrees during the day - too spoiled in that area. Wink

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