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UBLThemes says

America is so diverse, it really depends what kind of lifestyle you want your family to live. Two different parts of the country can be pretty different. Do you want city life? Want to live in the country side? Both? Mountains? Oceans? Suburbs? the list can go on.

This is exactly the reason for asking for all your opinions.

Because we have only ever lived in the suburbs (Country) we can not really give our opinion in regards to City life, which is why I am asking for your opinions :)

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UBLThemes says

I’m not sure how accurate this really is (it usually wants me to live in Arkansas instead of Minnesota…) but it may help you think of some factors to consider: http://www.findyourspot.com/

City-Data has a ton of useful information once you narrow things down.

Thank you for your input.

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UBLThemes says


America is so diverse, it really depends what kind of lifestyle you want your family to live. Two different parts of the country can be pretty different. Do you want city life? Want to live in the country side? Both? Mountains? Oceans? Suburbs? the list can go on.
In Los Angeles, where I live, we have all of the above within 30 miles of each other! City life includes the hustle and bustle of Downtown LA, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood. Countryside can be found in the San Fernando Valley, with numerous farms and horse ranches. The beautiful Santa Monica Mountains form a nice spine crossing the city with state and national parks for hiking. Ocean is gorgeous from Malibu to Santa Monica to Venice with its quirky boardwalk and beyond. Suburbs with master-planned communities, wide streets and cul-de-sacs can be found everywhere, particularly in the Valleys (San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Simi, Conejo). All this, plus an average temperature of about 70 degrees all year round, with no snow and little rain.

For what I have researched, its a great place to be, but I find brick walls when looking at cost of living and how good the schools are around there.

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BizLogic says

You can’t really go wrong w/ Silicon Valley, but it is very expensive.
Also, rush hour traffic in any major U.S. city is a headache.

If you want to go to a major U.S. city & traffic is a problem for you, then I suggest somewhere w/ excellent public transportation. That would take LA out of the equation.

Atlanta is OK. There are nice suburbs & traffic is manageable if you get your times correct. (Early or late). They also have excellent public transit.

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ThemesDepot says


America is so diverse, it really depends what kind of lifestyle you want your family to live. Two different parts of the country can be pretty different. Do you want city life? Want to live in the country side? Both? Mountains? Oceans? Suburbs? the list can go on.
In Los Angeles, where I live, we have all of the above within 30 miles of each other! City life includes the hustle and bustle of Downtown LA, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood. Countryside can be found in the San Fernando Valley, with numerous farms and horse ranches. The beautiful Santa Monica Mountains form a nice spine crossing the city with state and national parks for hiking. Ocean is gorgeous from Malibu to Santa Monica to Venice with its quirky boardwalk and beyond. Suburbs with master-planned communities, wide streets and cul-de-sacs can be found everywhere, particularly in the Valleys (San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Simi, Conejo). All this, plus an average temperature of about 70 degrees all year round, with no snow and little rain.

Wish i lived there :inlove:

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fillerspace says

For what I have researched, its a great place to be, but I find brick walls when looking at cost of living and how good the schools are around there.

For school information in the US, you can look at http://www.greatschools.org, but keep in mind that specific schools are assigned to each house, and it can change from one street to the next. A good way to search is to look on Zillow for a specific address, and then see the schools assigned to it.

For cost of living, here is a good site that lists the prices of specific items in different locations, so you can get a feel for how expensive certain things you normally buy are. One thing about the US is that most prices are roughly consistent in every state, like restaurants, groceries, cars, utilities, but housing and salaries can vary widely. California has high housing costs, taxes, and gas, but also some of the highest salaries. You can also save on heating and cooling costs compared to cheaper states that have hot summers and cold winters.

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GregMusic says

I’ve lived in San Diego my whole life and it’s a nice place. Downsides are it’s a bit of a large city so can be crowded sometimes (of course LA people will laugh at this just like they laugh at our ‘traffic’), and of course cost of living. But it’s like a mini-America as far as culture. The beach communities have the so-cal beach culture you see in movies (surfers, blonde girls in bikinis, etc). Go inland five miles and you have typical suburban neighborhoods. Go inland 10 more miles and you get rural farming communities in the mountain foothills and everything that goes along with that (horses, farms, goats, acreage, cheaper real estate). Go 10 more miles inland and you have beautiful mountain communities that get snow occasionally in winter. Go 20 miles further inland and you are in desert with sand dunes and everything. So it’s pretty diverse. The further inland the cheaper it gets. People mostly love the weather, outdoor activities, most people who come for jobs end up staying. No humidity and excessive heat in the summer like Texas, and the south, etc.

Lots of my family moved up to northern California around Davis. There’s tons of small agricultural small town type of communities all up central California. Very affordable cost of living. Plus they live an hour from Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Sierra mountains, tons of stuff to do and no snow in winter.

Lots of fun little beach cities all along the coast of California too, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, etc… but can be expensive. But worth it!

I’ve been all over Arizona, lots of people from California end up moving there because cost of living is way cheaper, not as crowded, and it’s very pretty. Summers can be brutal in southern Arizona like Phoenix, but in the north part of the state it’s not too bad. Dry heat, some people like! Plus, Grand Canyon! Sedona, Flagstaff, Prescott, I’ll never get tired of Arizona it’s an amazing place.

Lots of people from California I’ve known also end up moving to Colorado. Cheaper cost of living, nice communities, and surrounded by the most beautiful landscapes you can find anywhere.

Can’t go wrong with west coast really though. Washington, Oregon, California – all great places and mild weather.

Wherever you end up, be prepared for lots of people absolutely falling in love with your British accent, Americans can’t get enough of that. :)

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facade says

Austin, TX is really cool. I used to live there but moved up north to New York State 8 years ago.

Some pros for Austin:

Hi-tech city (Nvidia, AMD, Intel, Texas Instruments, lots of video game companies) Young city Lots of restaurant choices Lots of live music Lots of things to do outdoors 2 hours from San Antonio, 3 hours from Dallas, 2.5 hours from Houston No State Income taxes Cost of living is pretty reasonable.

Some cons for Austin:

Can get really hot in the summers. I don’t like the heat and I don’t miss the summers. Traffic is getting worse No professional sports. You have to go to Dallas, Houston or San Antonio to see some sort of professional sport. No ocean near by but there are a few lakes you can go to if you need the water.

Good luck with you search,

Vic

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fillerspace says

Wish i lived there :inlove:

It is a great place to live, but there are downsides. Like CloneUI mentioned, public transportation isn’t great. Aside from that, it’s great!

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UBLThemes says

I’ve lived in San Diego my whole life and it’s a nice place. Downsides are it’s a bit of a large city so can be crowded sometimes (of course LA people will laugh at this just like they laugh at our ‘traffic’), and of course cost of living. But it’s like a mini-America as far as culture. The beach communities have the so-cal beach culture you see in movies (surfers, blonde girls in bikinis, etc). Go inland five miles and you have typical suburban neighborhoods. Go inland 10 more miles and you get rural farming communities in the mountain foothills and everything that goes along with that (horses, farms, goats, acreage, cheaper real estate). Go 10 more miles inland and you have beautiful mountain communities that get snow occasionally in winter. Go 20 miles further inland and you are in desert with sand dunes and everything. So it’s pretty diverse. The further inland the cheaper it gets. People mostly love the weather, outdoor activities, most people who come for jobs end up staying. No humidity and excessive heat in the summer like Texas, and the south, etc.

Lots of my family moved up to northern California around Davis. There’s tons of small agricultural small town type of communities all up central California. Very affordable cost of living. Plus they live an hour from Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Sierra mountains, tons of stuff to do and no snow in winter.

Lots of fun little beach cities all along the coast of California too, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, etc… but can be expensive. But worth it!

I’ve been all over Arizona, lots of people from California end up moving there because cost of living is way cheaper, not as crowded, and it’s very pretty. Summers can be brutal in southern Arizona like Phoenix, but in the north part of the state it’s not too bad. Dry heat, some people like! Plus, Grand Canyon! Sedona, Flagstaff, Prescott, I’ll never get tired of Arizona it’s an amazing place.

Lots of people from California I’ve known also end up moving to Colorado. Cheaper cost of living, nice communities, and surrounded by the most beautiful landscapes you can find anywhere.

Can’t go wrong with west coast really though. Washington, Oregon, California – all great places and mild weather.

Wherever you end up, be prepared for lots of people absolutely falling in love with your British accent, Americans can’t get enough of that. :)

Thank you for your input, it sounds great.

Most websites say that the south US or the northeastern US are the best for prices/schools/crime but its nice to see what actual people who live elsewhere say.

Looks like you have made my research time double lol…

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