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Oct 22, 2011 12:49AM
it will be a hard life living in China. so i prefer a small city abroad.
Jul 25, 2011 10:40AM


"And its population and politics are predominantly white, conservative and Mormon."

Wow, this is about as blatantly racist a statement I've ever read since the 60's. I know MSN and it's parent MSNBC are to the left of Stalin but this is absurd. I would think there are a lot of people who enjoy the "lack of diversity", diversity hasn't been all it was cracked up to be and in many cases it's created more problems than its solved. No one enjoys being forced into a social situation they might not be comfortable with. MSN acts as if its some disease to be predominantly White and Conservative. I noticed unlike other Cities, you failed to mention the crime rate and whether it is high or low.

Jul 25, 2011 6:40AM

lol  MSN racism and bigotry on parade.  Logan, Utah is conservative and predominately white politics?  What is white politics?  Huh?  Grow up.

Jul 6, 2011 5:28PM
Major pros and cons of Rochester, NY:
1. Great suburban towns to raise a family; with great/good schools, safe environment, picturesque "Main Street" Villages.
2. Affordable housing - prices vary depending on town.
3. Great outdoors - there are many lakes (all sizes), hiking trails, campgrounds, etc.  Adirondack Park is within 3.0 hours.
4. Cost of living is low.
5. Family orientated area - many affordable events and activities to do with kids.
6. Commute time - rush hour traffic is minimal; almost non-existent.

1.  Jobs/Economy - check the major online job posting sites for your occupation.  Major corporations (employers) Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, and Xerox are not the job growth generators they were in past decades.  It depends on your profession, however there are not many corporate career opportunities in the area.  People tend to stay at an employer for many years due to limited job availability.  The local economy is past its prime.  The local/state government is offering many tax incentatives/grants/loans to keep local companies in the area and help them expand and create jobs.  
2. Population decline of young people - do to limited career opportunities in the Rochester job market, college graduates relocate out of the area to follow the jobs.
3. House price appreciation - limited appreciation/some depreciation, due to out migration of young people who eventually become 1st time home buyers (supply and demand).  Note: Rochester-area did not experience the real estate boom from 2002-2007; therefore there was no correction from over-appreciated housing prices.  
4.  Gloomy winter months - lack of sunshine from mid-December - March, many times mid-April.  You may not see the sun or blue sky for days or weeks at a time; constant over-cast gray cloud coverage. 

Conclusion: The Rochester area is a great place to raise a family, jobs are limited, and winter weather is gloomy.  Ultimately, people follow the jobs.  Do your research before moving to Rochester.
Jul 6, 2011 4:38PM
I'm sad to hear that someone was ignorant enough to consider the "older population" majority"(65+), as a con for Iowa. Shows how really shallow many have become. The "older population" majority, should be considered a pro in every sense. A wealth of free wisdom, knowledge, kindness, living history.. etc. The elderly are a resource that we would be wise to respect and care more for, not less, not to mention the fact that they deserve our respect for their care of the "younger population" and every state and community of our country.
Jul 6, 2011 3:33PM
I have lived in Pittsburgh all my life.  It is a great place to live and raise a family.  Just this pass weekend the city was hopping with the  Kenny Chesney concert, the Regatta and  awesome fireworks.  The city looks great!  It is clean and has beautiful flowers lining the streets.  If you love boats, this is the place for you! (the three rivers) The weather isn't that bad.  It was 89 and sunny today and I was in the pool the whole day!  People are friendly and will help anyone.
Jul 6, 2011 2:42PM
i was born in Logan, moved away and couldn't wait to come back. An amazing place to live, work and raise a family because of the mormons not in spite of them.  Smile  
Jul 6, 2011 12:41PM
Don't think the authors checked things out very closely for Sioux City when they included "lack of culture and colleges."  Sioux City has two very good colleges - Morningside College and Briar Cliff University - as well as the University of South Dakota about 45 minutes away.  As for culture, there is the Sioux City Art Center, the Sioux City Symphony, the beautifully restored Orpheum Theatre, and the Tysons Event Center, to name a few.   
Jul 6, 2011 11:33AM
You do not want to move to Logan Utah, unless you are Morman. Bad winters, and if you are not Morman, you will not fit in. 
Jul 6, 2011 11:26AM
I repeat...DO NOT MOVE TO ROCHESTER! You will not find work here!! There are NO good-paying jobs.
Jul 6, 2011 11:19AM
OMG-Lincoln is the BEST!!!!!Super low cost of living, laid-back and artsy, non prejudiced people and VERY GOOD LOOKING MEN, thanks to that Czech strain of tall blonde green-eyed monsters!
Jul 6, 2011 11:13AM
Please check your facts. The LDS faith does not forbid the consumption of colas.
Jul 6, 2011 11:10AM
Don't believe the hype about Fort Worth, Texas nor Arlington.  If you are raising a family and want something more laid back then Arlington would be okay. Its an older suburb and some parts are iffy. Fort Worth has the same story, the downtown is pretty nice has a decent arts district, and Sundance square is okay. It also has a beautiful botanical garden but, after you've spent a few nights there you've pretty much seen everything. Also, once you've left downtown you have the stockyards which is unique and is like an old western town with rodeo, etc. Again, once you have spent a few nights there you have seen it all.  There are some nice houses in Fort Worth, some off the lake but they are pricey. Otherwise, once you leave downtown its an old old city and anyone looking for nice surroundings will be disappointed. For decent costs and diversity I would have suggested possibly Dallas Metroplex for people who are looking to settle in a suburb but still want nicer, family friendly surroundings close to some action. There is Addison, Plano, Frisco, Allen and Mckinney which are less than 20 minutes from Dallas proper and are newer and cleaner than the surrounding cities to Fort Worth.  They all have pretty decent night life, especially Addison and Dallas and housing costs are pretty standard.  And, if you have a hankering for Fort Worth, you can take the TRE there and spend the day its only $10. Austin, which is about 3-4 hours South of Dallas would also be a decen choice. It is very organic, and has the best music anywhere. Its very earthy and also very diverse, its a college town (UT), and the capiol and there is always something to do and its also very family friendly. It also has some decent suburbs if you want to be away from the city life. Fort Worth and Arlington would probably be cheaper places to live, but when you add the money spent visiting Dallas or its surrounding suburbs for better activities then its a wash.
Jul 6, 2011 11:00AM
I graduated from Mason City, IA and I can tell you that it was a terrific place to grow up in.  I have also lived in Sioux City which I really enjoyed too!  Iowa does not have 9 months of gloomy weather--get real!!  Yes, it may be cold and snowy for a 'couple' of months, but that great if you like winter sports, (or even better) sitting by the fireside with a nice glass of wine.  Spring, summer, fall are beautiful and like MOST places it has some days not as nice as others.  BUT all the change of seasons are invigorating.  We thought of retiring south, but would have missed changes of the seasons and the greatest folks on earth!!
I DO NOT AGREE WITH THIS LIST! Phoenix is 115 degrees in the summer! I lived in fort worth texas and its a great place to live! Aside from tornados,yes i know,the cost of living is very inexpensive! You get alot of house for your money,etc. Id love to know how they collect their data.....
Jul 6, 2011 10:42AM
I was just in mason city Iowa for three weeks and the people are rude and the weather is very crazy rain hot cold all in the same day cant say I liked it very much I will stay in south dakota for now although utah looks like it may be nice place to retire and live
Jul 6, 2011 10:36AM
funny how almost every place is located in a state which has terrible winters. there's a reason those places are affordable to live- nobody wants to live in a place with nine months of grey weather!
Jul 6, 2011 10:27AM
I think East Haven Ct still is the best place on the East Coast to live, your very central to everywhere. along the Atlantic Ocean, anyone can afford to leave here. there's work all over. the crime rate is very low! it starts to get hot around mid June and runs until end of August, then beautiful fall for 3 months, then snow if you get any? this year was exceptional we received a lot. your 1 hr from NYC / Mass / RI. the food is always great and yes were the home of the best Pizza in the world! the casino's 45 minutes away! if you can match that then your living a good life as we do daily. average cost of a nice home $ 250k.
Jul 6, 2011 10:02AM

I moved from Rochester 7 years ago. We moved due to the harsh weather, cold and dark days. However, in Rochester I was never unemployed or out of a job. I still have family there and are doing very well.

Jul 6, 2011 9:40AM
To William Kennedy: This article didn't rank LITTLE ROCK. It ranked Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers.  An educated person would know that Little Rock is 200 miles from NWA. I'm sorry that your family had a bad experience in Little Rock 60 years ago, but NWA isn't the Little Rock of the 1950's.
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