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Java Talk: If You Could Live Anywhere?




Some new statistics just came out announcing that where I live is the most dangerous city in the nation. And that made me think: If I could live anywhere, where would it be? 

Online blog site My Life ranked cities based on the
population, number of police officers, deadly crashes, violent 

crimes, property crime, registered sex offenders, and the 

number of people enrolled in health care coverage. 


Out of 200 cities in the study, Tulsa ranks

as the most dangerous.

The top 10:

1. Tulsa, OK
2. Oklahoma City, OK
3. Birmingham, AL
4. Orlando, FL
5. West Valley City, UT
6. Kansas City, KS
7. San Bernardino, CA
8. Indianapolis, IN
9. Jackson, MS
10. Memphis, TN


So today, just imagine you've been given a ticket to live
anywhere in the world. Where would that be and why?


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  1. Number of people enrolled in health care coverage? That seems a strange item to include in their qualifications for danger, don't you think?

    I would live in Little Switzerland, NC. With maybe January through March in Apalachicola, FL., an authentically old Florida town.

    I'm interested to know where you would pick, Brenda!

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    1. I had to go fiddle with the settings to figure out why I couldn't comment under each comment. Finally figured it out! I'm always diddling and fiddling with everything. I have only been in these states: Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, California, New Mexico, Iowa. And except for OK and TX, only one visit to each of the others. So I don't know where I'd go. I'm hoping you all are going to help me figure that out!

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  2. Since my husband passed away four years ago, I think I would like to live in Asheville N.C. I really like it there, with all the artsy shops and cafe's. I live in a rural area , where you have to drive an hour to do anything.

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    1. Well Phylis, you must make it happen. Life is to enjoy. You don't want to wish and not have it if it is within the realm of possibility.

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  3. If the perfect place existed, it would be at a beach somewhere for me. A small cottage by the sea.

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  4. I am happy to say I would stay right where I am in Ventura, CA. My daughter bemoans the lack of upscale restaurants and shops and prefers to eat and shop in Santa Barbara. But, my hometown is funky, friendly and down to earth.

    Recently a blogger commented that if she had lots of money, she would't have big McMansions, but a little apartment in all her favorite spots. I would choose an apartment in Paris, Kauai, NYC, Amsterdam and somewhere in Italy.

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    1. I was about to write: Can you build me a tree house in one of your trees? But then I remembered I couldn't climb with this fool ankle of mine.

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  5. Hard to pinpoint. I haven't been very many places. I definitely don't like the heat in TX and OK. Maybe the Seattle area?

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  6. I would still live in Idaho. The climate can't be beat, and there really aren't many people living here compared to other places. If I were living alone, I would like to live in a small town within walking distance of a library, church, thrift stores, and a grocery store. I love living on the edge of civilization on the ranch, but it is a long way to anything. It would be nice to not have to drive everywhere. Little towns in Idaho have lots of bungalows and cottages, I would pick one with enough yard to have a garden. With DH I think we would have to be just outside of a town, on a small acreage, with a barn and shop and room for him to tinker with stuff, and probably room for a horse and a calf. I would still like a bungalow. For years I thought I wanted to build a new house, but now I would choose little old comfortable house. Things change. Brenda, where do you want to live?

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    1. Never had the pleasure of going to Idaho. But I want a nice climate most of all. Already had to go through the sweating of menopause. After that I just yearn for someplace cool.

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  7. A little cottage in a small town near my grandchildren. xo Laura

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    1. What would you do if they moved? Not that they would. But I found out that can happen in a blink of the eye.

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  8. That's so strange...one would think New York would be on that list.

    I have to go find a little town where it is 72 degrees every day and goes back and forth between spring and fall / no winter or summer in between. That's where I'd live ha ha :)

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    1. When you find it, let me know. But let's push it down to 68, okay?

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    2. That climate exists in Palm Springs, which is why Sinatra liked living there.

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    3. It may be in the 70's in Palm Springs during the winter, but from April through October it is HOT! Average temperatures from June - September are in the high 90's to over 110 degrees! I would never live there, way to hot for me.

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    4. I lived in Palm Springs once upon a time and it was hotter than hell

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  9. Brenda, you are so right about the TX heat. I'm in San Antonio on year 7 and it is absolutely miserable. We hope to retire in a few years and move to Port Angeles, WA which is about 82 miles from Seattle, WA.

    We lived in WA for four years while in the USAF and have never been as happy anywhere else as we were there. It is the most beautiful state in the USA to me. I also love the green aspect of the lifestyle that is in states such as WA and OR.

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    1. I lived in New Braunfels, about 20 minutes from San Antonio, for five years. Loved the little German town, hated the dreaded heat. Don't know that I could do that again at my age. WA is just sounding better and better.

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  10. @Belinda Yes! I live in Washington state :) Love it. Especially when the sun is out :0 We appreciate the sun here . . . a lot.

    I lived in Grasse France for 10 months with my husband and kids. Best year of my life thus far. BTW my husband was run over by a driver while we were biking and the health care was fabulous and cost us maybe $40.00 !!!

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    1. The health care is a big issue for me too. But you wouldn't get anything like that for that price anywhere in the US.

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  11. Well, this would be easy for me on certain days...I am always dreaming of this. But if money was no object... I would choose Hilton Head, South Carolina. I love that place. Talk about true southern hospitality and the pristine beaches; it is all there.
    And you can ride a bike right on the beach. I thought it would be very difficult, but it wasn't. My hometown of San Bernardino is on that list. I have not lived there in 24 years. It was nice growing up there back in the day...

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    1. oh, that silly little thing called climate...yes sticky buns it is. At least my flowers would look good and it rains there.

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    2. I was born in San Bernardino before it became the smog-shrouded ghetto that is today. Such a shame!

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  12. If I could live anywhere, I would choose a small cabin or cottage in a little farming valley near the Appalachian Mountains. Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains is one of my favorite places in the world! I am sure life was challenging in their little valley, but oh, it is so peaceful there.
    Have a happy day!
    Susan

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    1. I know I want mountains. I can't imagine looking out a window and seeing a mountain. Or a hill for that matter!

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    2. I am going to send you some photos of the mountains, Brenda...I live in the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky...I'm looking at a mountain right now!! Give me a day or two to get some good shots and I'll email them to you!

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  13. Now I live about 45 miles NW of dntn LA, and it's HOT! I have lived on Whidbey Island in Wash, and also in Seattle. That would be one of my choices, but I am now leaning towards moving to Ventura. It's right on the ocean, great weather, and as Art and Sand says it's full of funky shops, great little restaurants! Husband is very sick and trying to keep up with two acres is a lot for me, so I think downsizing will be in my future and cooler weather!

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    1. I may need to come visit when you get there, if I haven't beaten you to it.

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  14. I live in OKC, Moore to be exact. I don't believe this particular statistic. I think that some of the information that they used to reach their conclusion doesn't have a whole lot of relevance. I'm sure Obama is behind this somehow..... someway... lol
    Love your little blog! Upcycleaddict.net

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    1. This was simply a website calculating all this. Taking into account all the factors above. I can believe it about Tulsa. When I moved here nearly three years ago, I kept telling people something was very wrong. But the folks who'd lived here a long time just didn't notice the change. I could see it within a few weeks. Strange things happened here that didn't happen to me any place else. And it scared me.

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    2. Brenda, it's funny how people who have lived in a place for very long see their city through rose colored glasses. We've experienced the same you're talking about in San Antonio. The people we've met here just think its fabulous. While it is a beautiful city, the crime is just really awful. The gangs. The drugs. the proximity to Mexico. The Cartel coming here. We've been here for going on 8 years and I am really scared a lot of the time. We do live in a nice gated community and have great neighbors but I don't venture out further than about 5 miles from home alone. I just hate it here so much. There are of course other things we dislike and the people here just don't see it.

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  15. If I was starting our to move somewhere I would have no idea where to go. North Carolina has nice weather, but not too close to the coast (Hilton Head) as they get hurricanes, and if you live on one of the barrier islands you have to evacuate and leave your home every time there is a threat of one. I have never been to Asheville or Little Switzerland, but they sound interesting, and I know there is a lot of 55+ communities in N.C. As it is I live in Safety Harbor, Florida and love it, but it does get hot here. If I won the lottery, I would keep this house and get a second one on Long Island, NY where I am originally from. My son, other family, and friends live there and I would love to spend my summers there and winter in Florida. If I had lots of money I would get something out east near the Hamptons. It is beautiful out there, like New England, but pricey.

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    1. I would love to find a 55+ community. They don't have much of that around here.

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  16. I'd definitely stay right where I'm at, but if I were rich I would also have a condo at North Carolina's Outer Banks. And spend summers there. Head out in early September ahead of the hurricanes! Brenda, you said you like rainy days, Seattle could be the place for you, for sure.
    Mary

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    1. I have the luxury of living on the Outer Banks a few feet from the water no less! It is a blessing for sure. Hurricane season isn't my favorite time of year, and it can be scary, but in 13 years I have not had to evacuate for a hurricane. I am right where I want to be. When anyone asks me where I live I always tell them, "Paradise!"

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  17. I don't know why some people have to drag politics into everything.....

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    1. Me either. Kind of a non sequitur in this case anyway.

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    2. I think she was joking with that comment, hence her "LOL" after it.

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  18. I do live where I want to live. However, if the time came to move somewhere I'd go right back to Edmond, Oklahoma which is a suburb of Oklahoma City. These statistics bother me some Brenda. When we lived in Edmond there were so few crimes. We didn't hear about much gang activity in OKC compared to anywhere else. Here in the Dallas area there are multiple terrible crimes against people daily. There have been police officers wounded in the line of duty....etc. Statistics can be skewed sometimes.

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    1. Here they interrupt the news every few minutes with a new shooting. I won't even listen to the news anymore. Yes, Edmond is a nice town. I lived in Norman for many years. You've been gone a few years though.

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  19. I'd live in a 3 room cabin right outside of Cherokee in a tiny town called Bryson City NC or 2 miles away in Silva.
    For many years we went there once a month no matter the weather and stayed in my great grandmothers cabin.
    It's front porch faced the Nantahala river with white rushing water you could hear and see . Just the thought of that place makes me smile and brings a little tear to my eye. Talking about it I can actually smell that place, the trees, the ground and the water. Its fresh and clean and mimosa trees give off the most wonderful fragrance.
    I outta go look at the real estate listing just to see whats available. Talk about being a recluse:) that place is made for it. I'll build an extra room and bath or ya Brenda in case you ever wanted to visit . Me you and all our fur babies could sit on the screened porch and watch the world go by. We Dual Blog out there and plug in the coffee pot so we wouldnt have to get up and go to the kitchen.. and and and,, guess what Charlie-- NO FLIES~!! omg how great is that.

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    1. Charlie says he's ready any time you are!

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    2. Many fond memories of riding the trains in Bryson City and Silva, NC.

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  20. I am very content in ly little corner of the Ozarks, but I was born and raised on the mountains of northern GA, right along the NC border, and my heart is always there! I also love the Rockies. But again, quite content here!

    I, too, find health care an extremely odd statistic to add in to this kind of metric, so the entire list is suspect to me. Many places don't have law enforcement in large numbers because it isn't necessary, for pete's sake. Criminal behaviour is what I would prefer to see emphasized in a list of most dangerous cities. Detroit, St Louis, and Oakland didn't make that list, I notice, which is ridiculous. And as much as I love the history there, I wouldn't live in DC or Baltimore if you paid me to do it, the crime is so bad.

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    1. Well, I can tell you they need more law enforcement because they can't keep up with all that's going on. Same in OKC. I know that from a blogger whose home was broken into while she was home, and the police told her that they are bringing in truck loads of men and letting them off in neighborhoods. They are told to take everything they can get and take it to a semi waiting for them. The police told her they can't begin to handle all this. So yeah, I think they need a good bit more.

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    2. I know any large city has crime; I'm sorry if it seemed like I was saying Tulsa and OKC weren't having issues! I guess my main point really was that they have left some very violent cities off their list.

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  21. I enjoyed reading the comments! It surprises me at how many would choose the mountains of Western NC! We love having a condo in Asheville and a home in sunny Florida. We were blessed to be able to choose when we retired and we've been extremely pleased with our choices. But having said that.....I sure would love a small little cottage right on the Atlantic Ocean in Bethune Beach! That's my dream location (for a second home) Hugs, Diane

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  22. Hi Brenda, maybe what you are looking for is Everett Wa. About 45 minutes north of Seattle Our weather is 68 degrees right now with cloudy skies. Our little condo is very affordable and we are right on a little lake and we have killer views of the Cascades too.
    Stephanie

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    1. Steph walters, I lived in Everett for a while, it is beautiful. And you are so right, the views of the mountains are amazing. I think I know the lake you live on, just not remembering the name now!

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    2. I live in Everett, and it is nice, and I would not live anywhere but the Pacific Northwest, but my favorite towns in the northwest are Anacortes, WA and Sidney, B.C. Anacortes for its parks and beaches, Sidney for the many bookstores, parks and beaches, plus proximity to the city of Victoria.I have lived in PA, GA, SC, CA, OR, and HI, as well as Japan.

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  23. Well I'm lucky to live in a good place already actually. But, if I could live anywhere, it would probably just be in a small southern town that isn't as populated as much as the one I'm living in now. I hate all the traffic around me. We don't have a high crime rate here and the houses are fairly affordable. There are jobs available and our schools are good. So, I think the congestion is the main problem. See? Everyone wants to live here! We moved out here 25 years ago when hardly anyone lived here. Now, everyone has found us and it's getting too crowded.

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    1. Yeah, I'm more of a small town girl.

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    2. Sounds like Asheville. I lived there when the best places to live book first came out. Downhill from that day. Congestion is terrible and with it being in the mountains and terrain uo and down all over the place there's hardly any way to widen the roads. Big buildings are right close to the roadways. People are moving north towards small town weaverville, burnsville, spruce pine. Given my druthers, I'd chose an apartment in a small to medium size town where it does't snow and I could walk to PO, coffeeshop, library, etc.
      I, too , am surprised (and also not) that NC is so popular. Maybe it's the moderate climate? As we age, shoveling snow loses its glow….LOL

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  24. I'd love to live in Ireland in a thatched roof cottage near the ocean in the summertime and the south of France in the wintertime. If I had so much money I need not worry about a single thing or surprises.

    But then I love the USA, but, well, this is a dream so why not?

    I daresay I am SHOCKED to find Indianapolis, IN on that top ten list- shocked beyond words, it is such a neat town! I wonder how they compiled that info?

    Anyway, I hate extreme cold and extreme humidity so my dream places fix what I hate, haha.

    BACK TO YOU, BRENDA: WHERE WOULD YOU LIVE??????????

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    1. I want cooler weather. Less humidity and mugginess. I want to see mountains.

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    2. I live on the side of a ridge and mountains all around. Humid and muggy in summer only now and then. Lately, lovely weather in western NC. I have AC, too. 5-10 degrees cooler here than in Charlotte/Asheville. Much real estate for sale here as thousands of jobs went offshore. I love this 1970s cottage, but must move soon.

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  25. Not sure I would ever want to leave these mountains in Eastern KY.....Think I'll just stay here! =)

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    1. Oh, mountains would be so wonderful to photograph. I would be in heaven.

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  26. I love living in SE Va, we get all 4 seasons, are close to the ocean and a part days' drive to the mountains. Lots to do here and lots of events. 3 1/2 hours drive to DC. On a Summer's evening, we love to get an ice cream and drive to Yorktown battlefields at dusk to see the deer come out to feed.

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    1. I do like my seasons. Seems a shame when you can't experience fall and spring.

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  27. Hi Brenda! I just had to weigh in on this one! It is my deepest desire to live in Arrow Rock, Mo someday. It's a sweet little historic town in central Missouri. I visit as often as I can. For some reason I just feel like I belong there. Twyla

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    1. Never been there. Oh, I forgot I have been in Missouri.

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  28. I can't believe Chicago is not on this list. Where would I live, so many places, but the Charmer is in IL. I just can't leave her behind, it's where I want to say goodbye to the world. So it doesn't matter where I would want to live, this is where I am meant to be1

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    1. And you are such a lucky girl to have that beautiful charmer!

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  29. Anywhere I want? In the summer, Enterprise, Oregon, which has spectacular views of the Wallowa Mountains. In the winter, probably Hawaii.

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  30. It would be a hard choice for me, since I'm a beach lover and a mountain lover, but I think the mountains might just win out, as long as it was an area that didn't get extreme weather in winter months. I'm a big fan of the Smoky Mountain area in Tennessee.

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    1. I've never been to Tennessee. Sounds beautiful though.

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  31. I am originally from Alabama and while it will always be home, I'll pass on living in my hometown again. Fairhope AL sounds very interesting, though. We lived in Ft Walton Beach, FL and it was fun in the winter but a living nightmare in the summer with the vacationers. We loved San Antonio but it has changed so much since we left in 2000. Our son left and I never thought he would leave his beloved SATX. We currently live near Seattle. Beautiful state but very expensive to live here - especially housing. I think I'd love NC; we used to vacation in Maggie Valley and it was beautiful. Most likely we will retire and stay here. The land of the moss backs has kinda grown on me. And I have learned that home is where the heart is.

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  32. Rochester Minnesota. Home of Mayo Clinic. A clean place where I spent a lot of summers while my mom was at the clinic. Great memories. I also have a Mayo Clinic card as I have been thru the clinic as well. Has been voted lots of times top 10 for places to live in the U.S.

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    1. Don't know if I could take the cold, but I've never been there.

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  33. I would have to say right here in North Florida since we are near family once again. After fifteen years away from loved ones it feels like a dream come true.

    My ultimate dream place would be a mountain cabin. Maybe in Utah or Colorado. Love the mountains and drier air.

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  34. I live in a small town in NC and I love it. It was a wonderful place to raise my children. We moved from Pleasanton, Ca. And it was voted 3rd bested city to live, by USA Today. It is where I'd live if I didn't have to leave my grandkids in NC. NC is a great place to live but I don't like the humidity.

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  35. Due to hubbies job we have been transferred 14 times in 47 years. We've lived in So. Calif...northern Calif..2 places in Oregon, 3 places in Washington, San Francisco, Connecticut, Maine, Illinois, Tybee Island Ga, Savannah Ga...and now Wisconsin. All are wonderful in their own way. We've thought of going back to retire in several of those areas but instead we retired in Wisconsin in a town where we feel like we have come home. We've never lived here but have visited often. Yes, there is severe weather here in the winter and maybe we will leave during some of the winter but it isn't about the weather for us...it is about being where we feel like it is home. We have down sized....to a cozy little tudor cottage on a tree lined street. We have ridden-ed ourselves of 1/2 or more of our "stuff"...and for the first time in many many years we feel content and in the right place for us...

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    1. I'm glad you've found your place. That's really important. And contentment is priceless.

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  36. When I used to walk long distances, one of my pastimes was how to spend millions of dollars if I were to win the lottery. One of my choices was 12 homes, one for each month of the year. I can't remember them all, but I believe November was a huge log cabin/lodge in Colorado, October was a small cabin in Tennessee with a screened in porch. May was a Victorian overlooking the Maumee River in Northern Ohio. August was a condo near Silver Beach in Southwest Michigan. One month was an apartment in New York City, I can't remember the rest.
    It is fun to dream!

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    1. Oh, I was just telling someone today that I've always yearned for a screened in porch.

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  37. If I were going to live somewhere else, and money was no object I would move back into the city. I live in the back of beyond right now, and have for 24 years. I miss Minneapolis. I would move back into the suburb where I originally come from. It still has the small town feel that I grew up with. I would feel safe walking "uptown" alone, and even at night. I would also like to live on the coast of Maine in a fishing town. I like the feel of small town living, but where it is busy. Maine has the ocean, the cliffs, and beauty. Minneapolis has everything else.

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    1. I've always had a sort of yen for Maine. I hear their fall leaves are spectacular.

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    2. Minneapolis always seemed like a good place to live….well, as many long years as I've listened to Prairie Home Companion.
      Big drawback to me: SNOW up beyond my eyeballs…..No go…...

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  38. Well, according to Liveability.com...Madison, Wisconsin is the best place to live for 2015. We live here, and 2014 isn't too bad either...LOL! It's a very friendly city, great health care, and it's pretty! We do get snow, and a few days of humidity...we like it very much! Come on up and see for yourself! ;)

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    1. We, too, love the Madison area. The winter can make one a bit crazy, but the 4 seasons along w/ the 4 lakes makes it absolutely beautiful. The campus area is amazing, and sitting on the Terrace at the Union on a beautiful day is perfect! Also love Colorado and Oregon. So many pretty places. I really like the idea of 12 places ~ a different one for each month of the year!!

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  39. This was certainly an interesting discussion you started here. I love Asheville, NC and Fairhope, AL. I live in No. 3 -- but I think you have to consider certain things, such as WHERE you live in a city, where you work, who you interact with, etc. We live in the burbs which seem very safe. Although -- when we first moved to this area of town 7 years ago, almost immediately there was a homicide where 5 people were murdered and it was only one traffic light up the highway. It was related to a big drug cartel.

    I am not sure anyone is really safe anywhere anymore, to tell you the truth. If you live in an affluent community, there are always people who want to steal what you have, and sometimes they are willing to kill for it. Several of your commenters mentioned Hilton Head. We vacationed there a few years ago, and we were robbed and my new car was vandalized in the parking area. This was a gated community where we stayed!

    I really don't like big cities anymore. I think I am getting old.

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  40. Seems like a lot of people are picking the Carolinas so I will jump right in there as well. Outside of Texas, where I am from, I would love to live in North or South Carolina, Have driven thru South Carolina on the way to the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina. Loved Ashville. One the drive there from Atlanta, everywhere I looked was like a photo from a scenic calendar. Beautiful log cabins sitting on top of hills. Love the Smokey Mountains. Savannah, GA would run a close second to the Carolinas. In Texas, top on my list would be the Hill Country. In our visits to Fredericksburg, I always tell my husband, "throw my ashes here.!" Growing up in Corpus Christi, anytime we drove back from San Antonio and points west, we would wonder why we lived in flat, almost treeless Corpus. I believe that when God created South Texas, it was on the night of the sixth day and He was very tired. He had done all the mountains, hills and big trees. He got to S. Texas and thought, I'll just make it flat so I can get to the seventh day and rest!

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    1. I too love the Texas Hill Country. Fredericksburg is so lovely. Haven't been there in a long time though.

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  41. I am surprised at the list as well. Probably the mix of info deciding the cities. I really love the small town we live in. It's a village modelled after a New England town. I love the four seasons. Summer it can get hot but it doesn't last forever. I love the mountains and the ocean but just to visit. My daughter . Lives in Colorado. The mountains are beautiful but the altitude is hard to get used to. But, all said........a little cottage in our village would be perfect.

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    1. I may just have to visit you sometime. I'd like to see your idyllic little town.

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    1. One of the most beautiful places on this earth. Where the mountains meet the sea!

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    2. I've been to Disney Land when my kids were little. That's my only time there.

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  43. Four little homes near each of my children. That way I could go visit for a few days and keep the visits short each day so they wouldn't be inconvenienced. One day I could have them over for dinner, one day watch the kids, etc. I could leave my home after sunrise and get to the kids places before dark. No driving in the dark!

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  44. So many places! I love the northwest and have spent a few summers on Whidbey Island, north of Seattle.I think you would like Washington or Oregon, Brenda. But Seattle proper is expensive. I don't think I would like the dark rainy winters there. I live in S. Cal now, close to the beach and the weather is great! I just don't like all the people, especially the summer crowds. I love places like Carmel and Mendocino, CA. -cooler, but beautiful! A friend I grew up with lives in Grants Pass Oregon and has loved it for many years now.

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    1. I don't think I'd want to live in Seattle proper.

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  45. I am right where I want to be. I live in Santa Cruz CA on the Pacific ocean I love. I grew up in Malibu. I lived in Santa Monica. Ventura and Santa Barbara. I have traveled throughout my state. I love the cool laid back independence of Santa Cruz. The mild amazing weather and the fact it's a community that is devoted to the environment. It's paradise here. Small enough to be cozy. No big shopping malls (we do not allow them) and many local farmers markets as well as health food stores. Wonderful local stores. We are devoted to health and well being. We have culture. Arts and a. safe community. In any day I can hike in ancient redwood groves then go 5 minutes to many beautiful beaches. You can surf in the morning then go whale watching. Our local characters are dolphins. Whales. Pelicans and otters. You can ride horses through redwood groves to the beach. It's my paradise and I have no need to be anywhere else. I give up a lot to live here but it's heavenly.
    It's very interesting post and fun to see everyones choices.

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  46. I live in WA state and would never leave here! I've been oodles of places, traveled far and wide but have never wanted to leave here to live anywhere else! We have the mountains, the Pacific Ocean, rural areas, and big cities. Our climate is too wet for some, but we grow webbed feet! You can tell a native from here, we don't even own a raincoat!! Although we haven't had rain for 3 months now, and could really use some.

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  47. I would move to Nova Scotia in a heartbeat! I absolutely love it!

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  48. In a little cottage..by the sea..with a soft breeze blowing and the sound of waves rolling in..and the smell of salt water in the air..sigh..

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  49. In a log home in the Appalachian mountains somewhere in the Tennessee portion. No doubt. Beautiful and it feels like home to me.

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  50. I live in a suburb of St. Louis. At this time, I don't see any sudden big craze for people wanting to move from other parts of the USA and buy homes here. So I would need to win a lottery or have some kind of miracle to be able to move somewhere else. I think I would be happy in some of the coastal areas in Mexico, or Belize, or possibly in a small home in the Irish countryside. That's just daydreamin' though, because I would miss my grandson, and family and friends too much. I am not one to be taking any more airline trips in my lifetime than I absolutely have to.

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  51. I'm a city girl and have dreamed of moving back to Brooklyn, NY but I believe in this stage of my life I wouldn't like it. I think I'll stay right where I am in Clermont, Fl it's a nice place about 30 minutes north and west of Orlando, I live in a nice development and I'm pretty happy here.

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  52. My entire life has been spent in small towns. The largest with a population of 18,000. I currently live in a rural community of less than 6,000. A small liberal arts college adds to the population count and brings us culture. Our townsfolk are interesting and involved. The area is historic and the community is proactive in enhancing what's here. We have a blend of Amish, Mennonite, liberal college educated, mission minded and redneck. I'll stay here.

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  53. I lived in two small, very rural little towns on the Southern shore of Lake Okeechobee. Going to town meant, West Palm Beach or Ft.Myers each over an hour away.... But I loved it. But for the last 33 years I have lived near the #4 most dangerous city!!! Orlando. I actually live in a small bedroom community west of Orlando,about 12 miles from Clermont. I Have a Mermaid soul and would love to live on an Island.. maybe Crete, Turks and Caicos or Positano, Italy. Here in the US I think I would like Carlsbad, Calif. or Ventura Calif. I am solar powered so must live in place of continuous Sunshine and mild weather!! :) and near Beach...The Ocean is for me a place of calm, tranquility and peace.....

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  54. I'd stay right here at Holly Lake Ranch deep in the piney woods of east Texas. Yes, we have to drive 30 minutes to get to a WalMart and an hour to Tyler or Longview but the people of our gated community are true friends - always helping one another. I love all the flora and fauna that come with my 3 acres plus the dogwoods in bloom in the spring are to die for. We have the best volunteer fire department and our own security staff. We do have crime like all rural areas but I feel very safe here all by myself.

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  55. I like where I live...tiny beach community, born and bred here. Sometimes, it's bit like Mayberry and Peyton Place, but when you stand and face the ocean, I feel like the only one in town! :)

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  56. If i could live anywhere, my dream would be to follow Springtime around the world. I'd pick 4 places to go to everytime spring rolled around there. I love that time of year more than any other. I live in middle Georgia and i can handle the autumn, winter, spring here but summers from June 1st till Sept 30th are pure misery = muggy humidity, so bad our local weatherman calls it 'air you can wear', it makes breathing awful hard, you feel like you're swimming just by walking outside. And the mosquitos are the worst! i would gladly live ANYWHERE where there aren't mosquitoes (and gnats). Summers are my hibernation time because going outside is too unbearable.
    Couple years ago, i stayed with relatives in Cumming Ga (north of Atlanta) for a few weeks and was pleasantly surprised to not encounter not one mosquito, gnat or fly the entire time i was there. I truly hate ALL biting insects, they seem to be drawn to me like a magnet!

    Lately i am irresistibly drawn to dreaming of the ocean and wanting to move to Florida. I briefly lived in Panama City Fla as a child and i desperately miss the smell of the ocean, the breezes, the blistering sun, the hot sand.

    Many decades ago, my grandmother had seven grown children, and after grandad passed away, she got rid of what little bit she owned and used her little monthly check to buy a bus ticket to go to each child's home, who were scattered all the way from California to Georgia and in between. She'd stay about a month with each one, just long enough to wear out her welcome and get bored. Then she'd get back on the bus with her one suitcase (and family photos she'd steal out of our picture albums!), her tin of snuff, and go to the next child's home. We always loved it when she came and almost as glad when she left.
    She lived that way for many many years {like 30 years} until she got too old to keep traveling, in her 80's, so she ended up settling down into a small cottage in our hometown where we all had originated from and our family cemetery is located. But she wasn't happy, she missed her bus traveling and being with her family.

    I grew up a military kid and lived out of my own suitcase plus a footlocker for my toys. So many times now, i wish i could purge my multitude of things back down to one suitcase and a footlocker and ride the bus all over the USA just like my granny. But i think i'd like to ride trains also.

    Currently i am a live in caregiver for an elderly friend (he's 87) so i am sort of rooted for now, but if he passes before me, i will DEFINITELY be leaving this area, and every single day i wonder 'where will i go next?' i'm 63 yrs old now with no real ties to family or friends to tie me down, but i only have a very small monthly check i will have to live off of ... maybe bus tickets would be cheaper than rent & utilities :-)
    But then again he could very well possibly live another ten years so i just never know what to expect or how to plan my future.

    I loved reading everyone's comments here, this is a great conversational topic.

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