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Portland and Seattle cities so great they boast the some of the highest rates of suicide of any on the list. On the international list, those cities also have some of the highest suicides rates. Happy Times , Huh? It would seem that places where people are so miserable that thay take action to show that life isn't worth living should be a factor of how great a city is..
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Home(SW Florida) is where you hang your hat...mine's a golf hat! I rated it #2
BadBruinBear is absolutely correct! Who writes this crap? Not only is Las Vegas the armpit of the universe for all of the reasons he stated, but a glass of water there (from Lake Mead) is beyond filthy.....there is a disgusting scum in the glass and when you wipe it out it is a gummy mess on paper towel you used to wipe it out....I drank only bottle water when I lived there....furthermore, it is like living in a police state....I suppose this is the result of the unbelieveably high crime rate and the desire to keep tourists safe on the strip so they can spend their money....I live all over the world, but Vegas was the absolute worst place. Only Portland and San Diego and Seattle belong on this list as decent places to live.
Having traveled to every major city in the US (and I have lived in a few of these for extended periods), I must submit the names of my "Top 5":
#5 Any/all California Bay areas; #4 Tuscaloosa, AL; #3 Seattle, WA ; #2 Tampa, FL; #1 Charleston, SC. All of these areas have much to offer in the realm of beauty. Charleston, however, is my favorite due to the slight season changes with drastic flowering events (magnolias in particular) along with the friendliest people on the planet. I am currently in my homestate of Ohio (you notice it is NOT on my list), but I will be heading to Charleston for my retirement gift to myself.
Most of these places are too humid for my liking. I love Washington, DC, but it's a rough place if you have to wear a suit to work. Same for Raleigh, Atlanta, and Miami. Portland and Seattle aren't considered "muggy," but they're too damp for me. That cold just seeps into my bones.
My current hometown didn't make the list. That's okay with me. I've been to almost all of the cities on this list. They all qualify as places I enjoy visiting, but I'm glad I don't live there (for a variety of reasons).
Wow, Oregon got the #1 spot? That's cool! I was born and raised in Oregon, though not in Portland. Was born in Portland, but not raised there. I live in an outlying area. If you want life away from the weirdness, move to Hillsboro or Beaverton. If small cities are your thing of course. I prefer a small city with a small town feel. Oregon has a rich history, when it comes to the Oregon Trail. In fact Oregon City used to have a museum dedicated to the End of the Oregon Trail. When I was a little girl, I visited the museum. It was pretty cool. The next year, 1998, they closed it permanently because of lack of funds to keep it open.
The biggest city I've been to in the U.S. is L.A. Too much pollution.
The biggest one I've been to outside the U.S. is Mexico City. And yes, Mexico is part of North America. So is Canada. I love Mexico City but I'd never live there, their pollution is much worse than L.A. Considering 22 million people live there.
Is it really a shock that the quality of life is better here?
Crippling depression, poverty, crime, no desire for education or upward mobility is what the black community gives you. And not just here...do some research on any sub-saharan African nation.
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