Tuesday, March 28, 2006

What is the best place to live in the USA?

Where is the best place to live in the USA? I am looking for a place that has reasonable real estate and cost of living, plenty of cultural opportunities and a university community. Any ideas?

I have heard that Charlottesville, VA is the best small college town, but I've never been. Does anyone know what it's like?

Tell me, where would you live if you could live anywhere? Where do you live right now? Is it my dream place?

Please comment:-)

Micah Girl


Blogger Weekend Fisher said...

I live in Houston and love Houston. You have to be ok with heat, fond of humidity, and not mind that there are 80 or 90 different languages spoken on the streets.

I went to school in Austin and loved Austin. Stayed 14 years. Beautiful city. It doesn't seem nearly as hot there; it's a dry heat, not being on the coast like we are.

6:24 PM  
Blogger MicahGirl said...

I have had lots of friends from Texas but have never visited. I have heard that Austin is a very happening place, and didn't realize that it wasn't as oppressively hot as other parts of the state. Thanks for your comment!

8:46 PM  
Blogger cheesehead said...

I'll give a shout out to Madison, WI. University town, state capitol, great diversity (for the midwest), progressive attitudes, decent real estate values, and it does not get lake effect snow like some other places, (ahem). Small-town feel with city coveniences. Unfortunately it would be a 60 minute commute for me, and almost 2 hours for my spouse, or I'd live there myself.

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chapel Hill, NC -- like Charlottesville, a beautiful campus and town. I grew up there and went to college there - great schools, restaurants, smart people.

I love Washington, DC for city life, but it's expensive.

Not the best place: anywhere in SD

9:40 AM  
Blogger Quotidian Grace said...

Like weekend fisher, I live in and love Houston. We have 2 major universities: Rice and the University of Houston. Both offer a lot to the community.

Austin is an appealing city but it is very difficult to find a job there because there is an oversupply of UT graduates who want to stay. Salaries are pretty low as a result.

2:03 PM  
Blogger MicahGirl said...

Wow! Madison, Wisconsin, Chapel Hill, NC & Houston (again!) This is really fun to hear people's thoughts. I'd love to hear more!

11:37 PM  
Blogger Rev Dr Mom said...

Burlington, VT. College town (University of Vermont, Champlain College, St. Michael's College) absolutely beautiful setting. Largest city in VT, but only about 45,000 people, progressive politics, good places to eat. Not as overpopulated and crowded as Chapel Hill.

You have to like winter, but summer and fall are absolutely amazing.

8:55 AM  
Blogger MicahGirl said...

I love Burlington--it's the winter that I could use a break from:-)

9:53 AM  
Blogger WeavingLibrarian said...

I live an hour from Charlottesville. If you have specific questions, I may be able to help.

I like to visit and it is a beautiful town. It is an oasis of liberal thought in a fairly red state.

It is also expensive and Virginia summers, even in the mountains can be warm.

Let me know if you have other questions.


7:46 AM  

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