OT - Where would you want to live?

Submitted by NYC Fan3 on April 9th, 2018 at 3:25 PM

I've always valued insights from members on this board and am interested in hearing about cities members prefer to live in.

Let's say you are given a promotion at work and your company is willing to pay all moving expenses and adjust your cost of living to any city in the United States.  Where are you moving to and why?



April 9th, 2018 at 3:41 PM ^

I feel like coastal San Diego (which encompasses most of that city) is too chilly in the summer. 80+ is extremely rare there even in the summer, which is kind of a bummer if the high is only something like 73 in July (the warmest month in coastal California is actually September, not July as it is in Michigan), but overall it's hard to beat. 


I'd say slightly inland SoCal (4-8 miles from the water) is the best weather, whether it's LA, SD or Orange county. 

A lot of Americans don't realize that SoCal has tons of micro-climates. You can drive 15 min and the temperature will change 25 degrees.

Go Blue Eyes

April 9th, 2018 at 3:53 PM ^

This is so true.  It's 75 in San Diego today and 86 in El Cajon which is about 12 or so miles inland.  It gets much worse in the summer time when the general rule is every mile you go inland the temperature goes up by one degree.

Best to live, as Squad16 says, a couple of miles inland. Warmer but not too cold (you avoid the June Gloom) and you are not packed in tight.

Lived there for 20 years but wouldn't go back other than for work or visiting family though.


April 9th, 2018 at 4:15 PM ^

Although you're somewhat right (it doesn't get that HOT by the beach) the high today in SD is actually 80 and sunny, and it's early April.  You're right that it's not 85-90 that often there, but isn't that good?  When I lived in Hermosa Beach (similar climate to SD) my place didn't have a heater or A/C and that was a problem maybe half a dozen days out of the year.  If you're doing anything remotely active outside anyway, you don't want it much above 75 when you're in the sun.  

I live in LA and my answer would be San Diego too, unless of course Hawaii is on the table and the distance was feasible.  


April 10th, 2018 at 1:05 PM ^

Yesterday was an exception that broke 128 year record highs all over Southern California; it's not a good example to use.

There were Santa Ana winds (winds come from the East/NE rather than from the ocean), which are only present about 10-15% of the time, primarily in the fall and winter months. 


Right on the water-Coastal California is a bit of a bummer in the summer, especially the first half with May Gray/June Gloom where it's cloudy until the early-mid afternoon every day.


70-75 does make for great weather for being active, but for laying in one spot (i.e., on the beach), or eating outside, high 70s-low 80s are preferable, which is rare in both SD and Hermosa. 



April 10th, 2018 at 5:11 AM ^

I grew up in Encinitas, north county coastal. Our house was about a mile from the beach or so. The weather is consistently awesome, and summer could get rather toasty the last 15 years or so. It would push triple digits at times due to a Santa Ana heatwave, otherwise 75-85 almost always.

Separately and to your micro-climate comment, San Diego is quite arid (I've heard it's technically a desert), so it can be either very hot at times or very cool. We'd occasionally have frost on the lawn in the morning. Nothing of note to Michiganders, yet not generally considered in the realm of possibility for San Diego. And this was still one mile from the beach.



Go Blue Eyes

April 9th, 2018 at 5:57 PM ^

That is very close. Mother in law has a crappy and very outdated house from the early 60’s with a never updated kitchen. 600K for about 1200 square feet. Basically you buy it plan on putting another 75K to fix it up.


April 9th, 2018 at 3:39 PM ^

Personally I find people living in Detroit mocking Cleveland or any US city (maybe with the exception of East St. Louis or Gary, Indiana kinda funny.

It's like a pile of shit telling vomit it smells bad.


April 10th, 2018 at 2:18 AM ^

The difference is people don't actually live in Detroit, everyone lives un the suburbs. Detroit has like no population. I will take the suburbs in SE Michigan over anything in the Cleveland area