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Some of these cities crack me up. New Orleans? A nice place to visit, but only flaming liberals would want to live there. DC? Yeah, I guess it's great if you love crime and criminals, but most people who work in DC choose to live elsewhere. Wonder why? New York is an awesome city if you have plenty of money and don't mind paying for taxis or taking the subway.
I am surprised Chicago isn't on this list. The winter weather can get nasty and the taxes are brutal, but Chi has a great nightlife and that seems to be one of the major considerations of this listmaker.
I LOVE Denver and agree that in just about every way this is a rockin place to live. I have never not once been sorry that I moved here from California 8 years ago. The nightlife is rich, the food is good and this state doesn't clean your wallet out at tax time. People here are actually friendly, though that has changed a bit for the worst since I first moved here. Denver is a well-kept secret. Most people think it's really coooolllld here and they couldn't be more wrong. It gets just cold enough to make it pleasant to light a fire and drink hot cocoa, but only rarely do we get really nasty winters. There are jobs here too, and the pay is pretty good.
Number 2 on you if you think Seattle should have that spot. Who wants to walk around with a cloud constantly hanging over your head? You'd have to be seriously stoned to tolerate that much rain. It is one of the most depressing cities with a high suicide rate. I don't see how smoking a depressant will improve that sad statistic. MS, Starbucks, & Boeing only employs a certain amount of people. Good skiing though and it is very beautiful when it rarely is Sunny. I lived there a bit, so I can say this.
Austin was good to me back when it was much more affordable (90s-2005). People are very eclectic and basically cool, but very cliquish. If you aren't from TX & especially from CA, they will crap on you with a bad attitude. I had fun living there for cheap & working for Dell & other tech companies, but after experiencing the night life on small 6th street a few times, there is really nothing else to do their. SxSW was funner back in the day when it wasn't so overrated and should be somewhere rated lower than San Diego, for sure dude. Surf or Die!
I visited Denver, Portland, & New Orleans and I had fun & think these cities are great to visit.
Although Denver & Portland would tie for me to even remotely think of relocating, I think this article got it right in the order of these 3 cities except Austin should be behind them and San Diego should be first.
I can't say anything about the other cities good or bad because I haven't been there, but I have NO DESIRE to visit NYC.
Climate is the closer though. When we went to visit our daughter and son-in-law last year. My wife's "Kentucky", bronchitis was virtually gone in a few days. High desert climate, there are a couple of casinos, owned by Native Americans on pueblo land. Some of the old route66 stuff is still around. It is out of the eyes of mainstream America. not someplace you wold necessarily "go See" on a trip. It truly is a diamond in the desert. Nice enough the wife and I thinking of going there for at least a few weeks every year after I retire a year or so from now. I forgot to mention hot air balloons. Largest gathering the first week of Oct in the world. Every company with a balloon used for advertising send their team there for over a week in Oct. each year. Amazing fun. If it does get too hot. just drive up to the look out on Sandia peak. Albuquerque is at about 550' ASL. The top of the peak in almost 11000" ASL. It snowed 18" on the peak a few days after we arrived.
Beautiful city; pot is legal and art abounds.
Educated residents, liberal politics and incredible food.
Very nice, Seattle. Oh how I love ya!
washington D.C. is pretty cool. san diego is pretty nice. maybe hawaii? but hawaii has volcanoes... and volcanoes go boom. and going boom is bad.