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57 days ago

I like to visit my friends and family there, and there's lots of nice places. It's affordable, too. Unfortunately it gets way too hot in the summer.

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57 days ago

I know it's very beautiful, and the people actually care about the environment, but I'm not sure I could take the hard winters.

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72 days ago

I've been a little homesick for Connecticut; it's come and gone over the years. There is a town I really have my eye on now that I have a family, which is Fairfield. It's a suburb-ish type town with good schools, close to the shore, and it's between two big cities (big to CT anyway), New Haven and Stamford. Plus you can get on the train and get to NYC in an hour and a half. I like the idea of living there, plus my extended family is there and some old friends. Housing is also reasonably affordable; much less than what you'd get in most of CA, and there's no state income tax, but property taxes can be pretty hight. What would be holding me back predominately is that it's pretty hard to walk away from the weather in California, and honestly I really like a lot of the people in CA. Connecticut folks are good too but there's something about the SoCal folks that really vibes with me. The way I see it is I've got 3 years to figure it out because that's when my son starts school. I like the expression "more will be revealed".

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83 days ago

Only if I get lots of money by starting a successful hedge fund. Expensive place to live.

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85 days ago

Having pass through and worked in this state, it seems pleasant enough. Though it is expensive it does have a few nice landscapes and towns. Manchester and East Hartford are especially places I recommend visiting.

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85 days ago

Having lived here my whole life, this has to be one of the most venomous states I've encountered. It poisons the hearts and minds of most inhabitants, to the point of lashing at each other for trivial reason, and if you let your guard down you WILL get kicked and exploited at the first given opportunity. I've been suffering from guilt for who knows how long and I was too blind to see the truth until now. The sooner I leave this cesspool the better.

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2590 days ago

This is a statistical rating of cities I developed after a lot of research. My goal was distinguishing good from bad cities when evaluating job offers. The underlying premise is that pleasant, progressive, educated people live in cities with income growth; unpleasant, change-resistant people are left behind in places that are in decline. Movement of people from dying to growing cities, called brain drain, accelerates the cities' negative and positive growth rates.

I started with this table of per capita personal income from Bureau of Economic Analysis, US Commerce Department:
http://www.bea.gov/scb/pdf/2012/02%20February/D%20P ages/0212dpg_j.pdf

I added the column for personal income in 2003 from this table:
http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/regional/lapi/mpi_n ewsrelease.htm

Then I applied this formula: =((((E5-J5)/J5/7)+1)^6)*E5/54000
E = 2010 per capita income
J = 2003 "
The formula is predicting income six years hence, in 2016, and normalizing it against a goal of $54K.

Verification was against 16 cities I worked in between 1998 and 2009, of which I judged 8 bad and 8 good. The formula predicted 15 out of 16 correctly.

Good: Chicago (twice), Albany NY, NYC, NJ, Minneapolis, Houston, Washington DC

Bad: Greensboro, Bentonville, St Louis, Champaign, Akron, Orlando, Jacksonville FL, Pittsburgh (formula says good)

Ratings follow. I deleted anomalies caused by hurricane Katrina.

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT................................. 1.79
Midland, TX ................................................... ................ 1.77
Casper, WY ................................................... ................ 1.6
Naples-Marco Island, FL ............................................... 1.59
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA ........................... 1.47
Jacksonville, NC................................................. ........... 1.4
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL ............................................ 1.4
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ....... 1.39
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA .......................... 1.38
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA..........1.33
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH............................... 1.3
Barnstable Town, MA ................................................... . 1.3
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT..................... 1.26
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ....................................... 1.24
Trenton-Ewing, NJ ................................................... ...... 1.24
Fayetteville, NC ................................................... .......... 1.22
Baltimore-Towson, MD .................................................. 1.21
Bloomington-Normal, IL ................................................ 1.21
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA.......................................... 1.19
Napa, CA................................................. ...................... 1.19
New Haven-Milford, CT ................................................. 1.17
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX................................ 1.16
Cheyenne, WY ................................................... ........... 1.16
Ocean City, NJ................................................. .............. 1.15
Boulder, CO................................................. .................. 1.13
Anchorage, AK ................................................... ........... 1.12
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA........................ 1.12
Honolulu, HI ................................................... ............... 1.11
Santa Fe, NM ................................................... ............. 1.1
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD.......... 1.1
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA .......................... 1.09
Norwich-New London, CT ............................................. 1.09
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ........................... 1.08
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI............................... 1.07
Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL ..................................... 1.07
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA ..................... 1.07
Pittsburgh, PA................................................. ............... 1.06
Manchester-Nashua, NH............................................... 1.06
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO ..................................... 1.06
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL .................. 1.06
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL............................................ 1.05
Worcester, MA................................................. .............. 1.04
Great Falls, MT................................................. ............. 1.04
Rochester, MN ................................................... ........... 1.04
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ................... 1.04
Charlottesville, VA ................................................... ...... 1.04
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME ........................ 1.03
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ............................................. 1.03
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY ....................................... 1.03
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC................................................ 1.03
Pittsfield, MA ................................................... .............. 1.03
Olympia, WA................................................. ................. 1.02
Bismarck, ND ................................................... ............. 1.02
Victoria, TX................................................. ................... 1.02
Madison, WI ................................................... ............... 1.01
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX ....................................... 1.01
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX.................................... 1.01
Longview, TX................................................. ................ 1
Salinas, CA ................................................... ................ 1
Tulsa, OK................................................. ...................... 1
Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA .................. 1
Peoria, IL................................................. ...................... 1
Canton-Massillon, OH ................................................... 1
Odessa, TX ................................................... ................ 1
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL ............................ 1
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY .................... 1
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA ............................................ 1
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI ............................ 0.99
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC ............. 0.99
Burlington-South Burlington, VT.................................... 0.99
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA....................................... 0.98
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA................................ 0.98
Decatur, IL................................................. .................... 0.97
Sioux Falls, SD................................................. ............. 0.97
Columbus, GA-AL ................................................... ...... 0.97
Billings, MT................................................. ................... 0.97
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA........................................ 0.97
Fairbanks, AK................................................. ............... 0.96
Oklahoma City, OK................................................. ....... 0.96
Savannah, GA ................................................... ............ 0.96
Kansas City, MO-KS................................................. ..... 0.96
Fargo, ND-MN ................................................... ............ 0.96
Alexandria, LA ................................................... ............ 0.96
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA................................. 0.96
San Angelo, TX ................................................... .......... 0.95
Tyler, TX ................................................... ..................... 0.95
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX............................................. 0.95
Kingston, NY ................................................... .............. 0.95
Wichita Falls, TX................................................. ........... 0.95
Corpus Christi, TX................................................. ........ 0.95
St. Louis, MO-IL ................................................... ......... 0.94
Jacksonville, FL................................................. ............ 0.94
Richmond, VA................................................. ............... 0.94
Cedar Rapids, IA ................................................... ........ 0.94
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR ..................... 0.94
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL......... 0.94
Springfield, MA................................................. ............. 0.94
Charleston, WV ................................................... .......... 0.94
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, CA..................... 0.94
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH......................................... 0.94
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA.......................... 0.93
Punta Gorda, FL................................................. ........... 0.93
Hot Springs, AR ................................................... ......... 0.93
Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR....................................... 0.93
Lawton, OK................................................. ................... 0.93
Rochester, NY ................................................... ............ 0.92
Clarksville, TN-KY ................................................... ...... 0.92
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ................................................... .... 0.92
Amarillo, TX................................................. .................. 0.92
Tucson, AZ ................................................... ................. 0.92
Lebanon, PA ................................................... ............... 0.91
Salt Lake City, UT................................................. ......... 0.91
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL ............................... 0.91
Dubuque, IA ................................................... ............... 0.91
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY .............................................. 0.91
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL ................................... 0.91
Abilene, TX................................................. ................... 0.91
Iowa City, IA................................................. .................. 0.91
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ ........................................ 0.9
Birmingham-Hoover, AL ................................................ 0.9
Wichita, KS................................................. ................... 0.9
Gainesville, FL ................................................... ........... 0.9
Jackson, MS................................................. ................. 0.9
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC...................................... 0.9
Grand Forks, ND-MN ................................................... . 0.9
Rapid City, SD................................................. .............. 0.9
Elmira, NY................................................. .................... 0.9
Colorado Springs, CO ................................................... 0.89
Lewiston, ID-WA................................................. ........... 0.89
Huntsville, AL ................................................... ............. 0.89
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA .................................................. 0.89
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ ............................ 0.89
Bellingham, WA................................................. ............ 0.89
La Crosse, WI-MN................................................. ........ 0.89
Topeka, KS ................................................... ................. 0.89
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA ............................................... 0.88
Racine, WI................................................. .................... 0.88
Elizabethtown, KY ................................................... ...... 0.88
Redding, CA................................................. ................. 0.88
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN.................................. 0.88
Port St. Lucie, FL................................................. .......... 0.88
Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN ............ 0.88
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX............................. 0.87
Springfield, IL ................................................... ............. 0.87
Columbus, IN................................................. ................ 0.87
Roanoke, VA ................................................... .............. 0.87
Syracuse, NY ................................................... ............. 0.87
Sheboygan, WI................................................. ............. 0.87
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC ............ 0.87
Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, PA............................................ 0.87
Lewiston-Auburn, ME ................................................... . 0.87
Carson City, NV................................................. ............ 0.87
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO............................................. 0.87
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD................................................. .... 0.87
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA ............................. 0.86
Memphis, TN-MS-AR ................................................... . 0.86
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ........................... 0.86
Flagstaff, AZ................................................. ................. 0.86
Chico, CA ................................................... ................... 0.86
Bend, OR................................................. ...................... 0.86
Glens Falls, NY ................................................... .......... 0.86
Columbia, MO ................................................... ............ 0.86
Green Bay, WI ................................................... ............ 0.85
Lubbock, TX ................................................... ............... 0.85
Pascagoula, MS ................................................... ......... 0.85
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI ................................................ 0.85
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI ................................................... . 0.85
Utica-Rome, NY ................................................... ......... 0.85
Akron, OH................................................. ..................... 0.85
Reno-Sparks, NV ................................................... ....... 0.84
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC ........................... 0.84
Raleigh-Cary, NC ................................................... ....... 0.84
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA ................................... 0.84
Spokane, WA ................................................... ............. 0.84
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN................................................. 0.84
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN................................. 0.84
York-Hanover, PA................................................. .......... 0.84
Ithaca, NY ................................................... .................. 0.84
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX.................................... 0.84
Appleton, WI................................................. ................. 0.84
Waco, TX................................................. ...................... 0.84
Sherman-Denison, TX .................................................. 0.84
Duluth, MN-WI................................................. .............. 0.83
Macon, GA ................................................... ................. 0.83
Eau Claire, WI ................................................... ............ 0.83
Grand Junction, CO................................................. ...... 0.83
Johnstown, PA................................................. .............. 0.83
Reading, PA................................................. .................. 0.83
Evansville, IN-KY................................................. .......... 0.83
Lincoln, NE................................................. ................... 0.83
Montgomery, AL ................................................... ......... 0.83
Jefferson City, MO................................................. ........ 0.83
Asheville, NC................................................. ................ 0.82
Binghamton, NY ................................................... ......... 0.82
Morgantown, WV................................................. .......... 0.82
Mobile, AL ................................................... .................. 0.82
Columbus, OH................................................. .............. 0.82
Lancaster, PA ................................................... ............. 0.82
Farmington, NM................................................. ............ 0.82
Missoula, MT................................................. ................ 0.82
Medford, OR................................................. ................. 0.82
Erie, PA................................................. ......................... 0.81
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ ......................................... 0.81
State College, PA ................................................... ....... 0.81
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA ................................. 0.81
Winston-Salem, NC................................................. ...... 0.81
Fond du Lac, WI................................................. ........... 0.81
Eugene-Springfield, OR ................................................ 0.81
Wilmington, NC ................................................... .......... 0.81
Greensboro-High Point, NC .......................................... 0.81
Pine Bluff, AR................................................. ............... 0.81
Altoona, PA................................................. ................... 0.8
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC............................... 0.8
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL .................. 0.8
Coeur d’Alene, ID ................................................... ....... 0.8
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL................................... 0.8
Sandusky, OH ................................................... ............ 0.8
Wausau, WI................................................. .................. 0.8
Williamsport, PA ................................................... ......... 0.8
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH ................................... 0.8
Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI ............................................ 0.8
Columbia, SC ................................................... ............. 0.8
Cumberland, MD-WV................................................. ... 0.79
Lawrence, KS ................................................... ............. 0.79
Tallahassee, FL ................................................... .......... 0.79
Ames, IA................................................. ....................... 0.79
St. Joseph, MO-KS ................................................... .... 0.79
Knoxville, TN ................................................... .............. 0.79
Owensboro, KY ................................................... .......... 0.79
Bangor, ME................................................. ................... 0.79
Albany, GA................................................. .................... 0.79
Salem, OR................................................. .................... 0.79
Corvallis, OR ................................................... .............. 0.79
St. Cloud, MN................................................. ............... 0.79
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO ....................... 0.78
Pueblo, CO................................................. ................... 0.78
Dothan, AL ................................................... ................. 0.78
Albuquerque, NM ................................................... ....... 0.78
Chattanooga, TN-GA................................................. .... 0.78
Lynchburg, VA ................................................... ............ 0.78
Las Cruces, NM................................................. ............ 0.78
Fort Smith, AR-OK ................................................... ..... 0.78
Florence, SC ................................................... .............. 0.78
Dayton, OH................................................. ................... 0.77
Winchester, VA-WV ................................................... .... 0.77
Johnson City, TN ................................................... ........ 0.77
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL ......................................... 0.77
Idaho Falls, ID ................................................... ............ 0.77
Ocala, FL................................................. ...................... 0.77
Modesto, CA................................................. ................. 0.77
Tuscaloosa, AL ................................................... ........... 0.77
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA .................................... 0.77
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV ................................ 0.77
Salisbury, MD ................................................... ............. 0.77
Jonesboro, AR................................................. .............. 0.77
Ogden-Clearfield, UT ................................................... . 0.77
Lexington-Fayette, KY ................................................... 0.77
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI...................................... 0.76
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH .......................... 0.76
Prescott, AZ ................................................... ............... 0.76
Springfield, OH................................................. ............. 0.76
Rome, GA ................................................... .................. 0.76
Yuba City, CA................................................. ................ 0.76
Longview, WA................................................. ............... 0.76
Yakima, WA ................................................... ................ 0.76
Toledo, OH................................................. .................... 0.75
El Paso, TX................................................. ................... 0.75
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ .................................... 0.75
Battle Creek, MI................................................. ............ 0.75
Warner Robins, GA ................................................... .... 0.75
Wheeling, WV-OH ................................................... ...... 0.74
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA........................ 0.74
Jackson, TN ................................................... ............... 0.74
Lansing-East Lansing, MI.............................................. 0.74
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV................................................ 0.74
Fort Wayne, IN ................................................... ........... 0.74
Anniston-Oxford, AL ................................................... ... 0.74
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL........................................... 0.73
Boise City-Nampa, ID................................................. ... 0.73
Rockford, IL ................................................... ................ 0.73
Hattiesburg, MS ................................................... ......... 0.73
Ann Arbor, MI ................................................... ............. 0.73
Danville, IL................................................. .................... 0.73
Sumter, SC................................................. ................... 0.73
Kankakee-Bradley, IL................................................. .... 0.73
Gadsden, AL ................................................... .............. 0.73
Stockton, CA ................................................... .............. 0.72
Fresno, CA ................................................... ................. 0.72
Terre Haute, IN ................................................... ........... 0.72
Springfield, MO ................................................... .......... 0.72
Brunswick, GA................................................. .............. 0.72
Rocky Mount, NC ................................................... ....... 0.72
Goldsboro, NC................................................. .............. 0.72
Decatur, AL ................................................... ................ 0.72
Danville, VA ................................................... ................ 0.72
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI................................................. 0.71
Joplin, MO................................................. .................... 0.71
Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA........................................... 0.7
Gainesville, GA ................................................... .......... 0.7
Burlington, NC................................................. .............. 0.7
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC ..................................... 0.69
Anderson, SC................................................. ............... 0.69
Michigan City-La Porte, IN ............................................ 0.69
Pocatello, ID ................................................... ............... 0.69
Holland-Grand Haven, MI.............................................. 0.69
Bakersfield-Delano, CA ................................................. 0.69
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI .......................................... 0.69
Champaign-Urbana, IL................................................. . 0.69
Athens-Clarke County, GA ............................................ 0.68
Bay City, MI ................................................... ................ 0.68
College Station-Bryan, TX............................................. 0.68
Bowling Green, KY ................................................... ..... 0.68
Valdosta, GA ................................................... .............. 0.68
Visalia-Porterville, CA................................................. ... 0.68
Greenville, NC................................................. .............. 0.68
Lafayette, IN ................................................... ............... 0.67
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI.......................... 0.67
Morristown, TN................................................. ............. 0.67
Yuma, AZ................................................. ...................... 0.67
Dover, DE................................................. ..................... 0.67
Harrisonburg, VA................................................. .......... 0.67
Madera-Chowchilla, CA................................................. 0.67
Hanford-Corcoran, CA................................................. .. 0.67
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA ........................ 0.66
Cleveland, TN................................................. ............... 0.66
Janesville, WI ................................................... ............. 0.66
Merced, CA ................................................... ................ 0.66
Lima, OH ................................................... .................... 0.66
Anderson, IN ................................................... .............. 0.66
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ......................... 0.65
Monroe, MI ................................................... ................. 0.65
Jackson, MI ................................................... ................ 0.65
Elkhart-Goshen, IN ................................................... .... 0.64
Logan, UT-ID ................................................... .............. 0.64
Mansfield, OH................................................. ............... 0.63
Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI ....................................... 0.62
St. George, UT ................................................... ........... 0.62
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL................................... 0.62
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC ............. 0.62
Auburn-Opelika, AL ................................................... .... 0.62
Greeley, CO................................................. .................. 0.61
Kokomo, IN................................................. ................... 0.61
Laredo, TX................................................. .................... 0.61
Muncie, IN ................................................... .................. 0.6
Provo-Orem, UT................................................. ........... 0.6
Flint, MI ................................................... ...................... 0.59
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX............................................. 0.59
Bloomington, IN................................................. ............ 0.54
Dalton, GA................................................. .................... 0.54
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX ...................................... 0.53

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2621 days ago

Very important river

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2920 days ago

BLECHK that would be horrible, im canadian and i only put syrup on pancakes and waffles (i barely put 5 drops of of it on them) I have recently tried the maple syrup on snow and i do say it is pretty yummy the americans should try it sometime

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2920 days ago

only the very north NWT other than that all 4 of our seasons are completely different, some places are covered in snow all year round, some people all heat but in most of Canada it is very balanced, cold in winter, hot in summer

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