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Feb 16, 2011 9:58AM
Little Rock? Houston? Really? Not on a bet would I move to either one of those places! But, there was a handful of places on this list that I'll definitely check out. I agree with wendy129; I lived in Columbia, SC when I was in law school and it was pretty well situated. They have their own airport right there, so I don't know where this article gets that it's not convenient to air transit. . . It's also located right off of I20 and very near I77 - two major interstates which take you just about anywhere you'd need to go. (I also agree with wendy's assessment of Atlanta - why would anyone go there?)
Nov 6, 2010 7:18AM
Ha! What a crock! The comments about Oklahoma City must be from the tourism department or the mayors office.  Oklahoma is one of the most homophobic, mean, un-friendly, fundamentalist, closed minded, bigoted places around and I can't wait until we move out of here.  Only if you're white, male and southern baptist could Oklahoma City be considered a "friendly" place.  The comment that the city council and mayor "working hard to give residents more entertainment etc." is hilarious! If you're interested in art, books and music etc. - the mayor and city council consider you a weirdo and do their best to shut down the venue or cause it to lose funding! Only if you're interested in sports or rodeo is there any "entertainment"!  Regarding architecture - sure, its interesting 'architecture', if you like cookie cutter big-box retail stores and strip malls!  There are no parks, no recycling programs, no mass transit to speak of, no walkability, there's litter everywhere and if all that isn't bad enough Oklahoma City has a long history of squashing dissent - or any voice that says anything the city "leaders" don't want to hear - google the Tin Drum scandal and other active censorship of books, movies, music, plays etc. Google the way the city managers get up and leave any open meetings when citizens talk about mass transit, google Sally Kern and her "gays are worse than terrorists" comment (she just got reelected by her like-minded bigotted religious thugs). Ask a Native American how they're treated in Oklahoma city... I could go on but why bother - Oklahoma city will keep telling itself  that it's "mighty pretty" while the pace of brain drain accelerates and only the knuckle-dragging neanderthals stay repeating "it's might pretty here" over and over and over (while doing nothing to make it safe or pretty for the non-rich or non-straight or non-white citizens) and shouting down anyone who publically mentions anything that could be improved in Oklahoma city.
Sep 28, 2010 2:39AM

As the song Route 66 says, "OKlahoma City IS mighty pretty."  The people are the friendliest I have found anywhere.  The city council and mayor are working hard to give the residents more entertainment and more lovely architecture.  Good jobs are plentiful and the CoL is very affordable.  As cited, there are several universities within an hour or less away.

The drawback...If you do not drive you will not find it easy to live here.  The city is quite spread out and mass transit is woefully inadequate.

Yes we have soaring heat in some parts of summer, ice storms (on occasion) in winter, and sometimes in spring we have tornados.  But we rarely have blizzards, earthquakes and no hurricanes.

It's a great place to live.

Sep 2, 2010 12:54PM
Are you guys on crack?  Surely, you don't believe Houston should be on this list.  I lived there for two years and it was a living hell.  First, there is no zoning and you see Mc Mansions next to shacky looking homes.  The weather is horrific and extremely uncomfortable during most of the year.  Nobody goes downtown except to work.  Traffic is the worst I've ever seen except maybe Los Angeles.  The pollution is also just like L.A. and the people just love carrying those guns around with them to intimidate you on the interstates.  The schools are outrageously overcrowded and dangerous.  The crime in Houston is out of control too.  I don't care how wonderful the economy is or how cheap the housing is, the quality of life (if you can call it that) is never going to be worth having to put up with the stress, frustration, heat and ugly environment.   I will never return to Houston as long as I live!
Aug 15, 2010 10:18PM
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Dec 1, 2009 4:33AM
Comment on Columbia being a bit far from air transportation.  Nonsense!  We have an airport that connects to major hubs and it is an easier and quicker drive to Charlotte from the northeastern part of town than from the 'burbs of NY/CT  to LGA and JFK.  And we are ideally located to access great vacation/tourist spots without the expense and hassle of actually living in one.  iI's an easy drive to the mountains in Western NC (Asheville area) as well as the coast of SC.   And if you  feel the need to go GA, Augusta's just over an hour and Savannah's only 2 hours away.  Who cares that we are 3 hours from Atlanta?  Who willingly goes there?
Nov 28, 2009 2:10PM
Sorry, folks!  Forget about - Buffalo, Houston, Des Moines, and etc. ... moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, two years ago and I'm actually living in paradise - great weather, friendly people, delicious food, tasty tropical fruits - anything else is obsolete.  Let's all move south and REALLY enjoy life.  See you all wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy south of the border!  Open-mouthed    
Nov 28, 2009 8:23AM
I would just like to say that I've visited OKC several times and that they have some of the most friendliest residents any city could have.. Pro's about this city include: an excellent entertainment District downtown if your into the nightlife, low crime rate, low unemployment rate, very affordable housing prices, a NBA team, a river canal downtown, excellent restaurants, several major universities in the area, OKC arts district,  the OKC Zoo which is one of the best in the nation, and the Kilpatrick Museum. According to Forbes this city was named as the most recession proof city in the United States.. This city is also in the process of developing a major urban park in the downtown area that is similar to central park in NYC. The cons about this city include: Not many upscale retailers, weather that produces tornadoes occasionally, and the city doesn't have a beautiful geographical landscape..
Nov 28, 2009 7:41AM
how about palm coast, florida????????????????
Nov 28, 2009 5:55AM
oooooooold story.  Time to get something else on!
Nov 28, 2009 2:55AM
Nov 27, 2009 7:07AM

Really?  You don't know anybody who would willingly live in freezing cold temps (for a couple months each year) when they have a choice to live in somewhat tropical weather? 


There are plenty of people out there who are willing to live with seasons.  What they aren't willing to do is pay ridiculous prices for tiny homes that are so over-priced that... well, you know the end of the story.

Nov 26, 2009 10:37AM
I believe the picture of Houston is Memorial Drive as it approaches downtown. Houston has changed in my lifetime, for the better. Glad I live here, but I still do not own a house :(
Nov 25, 2009 10:56PM
Quote - "OMG about the stupid picture. Would you attention deficit people read more than the first post or two?!?!? There was a CORRECTION made. The FIRST photo WAS incorrect and they FIXED IT. If the short attention span idiots, posting about the photo, would take more than 15 seconds to READ before they become so self-absorbed that they must post about it IMMEDIATELY, perhaps they would also consider taking the time to gather a perspective other than their own."

Th1nk3r on3, I couldn't have said it better myself. No wonder these boneheads think that Buffalo is such a great place? Good! Let them stay there, it will keep them away from the rest of us.
Nov 25, 2009 7:34PM

I just spent a year in  Houston and moved back to Seattle. I would agree you can buy a lot of house there for next to nothing, but this is far outweighed by the cost of utilities. Companies typically raise rates during high usage (like during the summer.) During my year there my rates jumped almost 300% during the summer...running my power bill over 1100.00 per month! All in all, it ended up being much cheaper to live in Seattle...even though houses cost twice as much!

 Houston is a rough cow town, and not for the faint of heart. Crime is rampant and the streets at night (especially south Houston) are very dangerous. Traffic isn't nearly as bad as people say, but the air quality is horrible. Frequently the smog levels were so high my children were not allowed to go to recess at their schools.

  There is plenty of work for professionals in the area, but otherwise you are competing with a large immigrant crowd so general wages are very low. I gave the town my best shot, and hated it the whole time I was there.

Nov 25, 2009 7:17PM
I grew up in Iowa (outside of Des Moines).  I have lived in California, North Carolina, Arkansas, Minnesota, and now near Seattle, WA.  Of all of the places I have lived the people in Iowa are by far the nicest and most family centered I've ever been around.  Iowa is a casual state with beauftiful seasons and actual neighborhoods (not just suburban gated communities).  My husband and I have tried to move back to Iowa a number of times and here is the problem...if you aren't currently living in Iowa when applying for a job people don't understand why you want to move there.  I'm not joking.  My husband has had a few interviews where two different HR people said, "why would you want to live in Iowa"during the interview.  Plus, with low unemployment jobs are not as easy to come by, especially if you aren't interested in the insurance or farming industries. 
Nov 25, 2009 6:32PM
Wanna live some where nice ? Try Montana....Smile
Nov 25, 2009 5:25PM

Low crime rate?  Ogden?  Those of us to the near south don't see it that way...

Nov 25, 2009 5:11PM
  Hey guys and gals, one really great place to live is west virginia. A lot of time you almost feel like you stepped back to the seventies.Very laid back, when you drive by houses there are people out sitting on their porches and wave as you go by like everyone is family. Ive lived different places, I like it here best, summers long every yard is having barbeques, tons of family around. I think we have a parade for every thing. If you have never been I would like to personally invite you come see W.V.
Nov 25, 2009 5:00PM
We lived near Ogden, UT, for a few years. Contrary to popular belief, the weather is fantastic! Plus, the views of the Wasatch Mountain range makes for a gorgeous site. It is true, though, that if you are not of the Mormon faith, you may have difficulties adjusting to the culture.
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