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    Default I'm thinking about relocating back to the Midwest...any suggestions?

    I grew up in Wisconsin and Illinois, but I've lived in Texas for the last quarter century.

    Lately, I've felt this tug to move back to the Midwest. I miss the change of seasons, but I don't think I could hack long winters.

    My job lets me live anywhere, so as long as there's an internet connection, I'm in business.

    Any recommendations? I've felt pretty comfortable in places like Lincoln, Nebraska and Wichita. Wouldn't want any big metropolitan areas...any good mid-size towns? Topeka? Sioux City? Jefferson City?

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    Jefferson City is a nice location. It has decent internet depending where you are in town. Columbia is 1/2 hour away if you need something you can't get in town.

    The winters aren't particularly long. They do get some snow and an ice storm every few years, but the snow melts off between storms. It doesn't stay below freezing for weeks or months.

    Fall color can be outstanding. The summers can be really hot and humid, but if you have been living in TX, you are probably used to it. I lived in Houston as a kid. The summers there were hotter and more humid than in the mid-MO area.

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    Not Sioux City. It straight up smells like butt.

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    Stay in Tx... the winters bite and will add a considerable amount of costs to your budget.
    Hey... how about the Carolinas? that's a perfect place to live.. super mild winters.. and not too hot summers.

    If I could live anywhere.... that's where I would be. But don't take advice from this woman... I've never left the eastern coast board in my life. I'm scared to cross time zones.

    Cheers

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    Sioux City is an absolutely miserable town (dirty, smelly, devoid of cultural opportunities, and brimming with small minded people). There are only a few areas in Iowa that I would consider: the Des Moines metro area, Iowa City or Ames if you like the feel of a college town, or possibly the Quad Cities.
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    Be near friends or family.

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    Raising my hand over here in Boise! It doesn't get much better than this! Four seasons, none extreme. Beautiful recreational areas, and clean living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McD View Post
    Not Sioux City. It straight up smells like butt.
    Classic McD.
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    Omaha is a possibility. We get top name performers here ( music and comedy), the zoo is excellent, we have the Storm Chasers ( minor league team of K.C. Royals), we're less than an hour from Lincoln if you want to go to a Husker Football game. We do get snow but it is almost always easy to deal with, there has only been one winter in my 27 years of living here that was bad. Medical care and shopping are good. Plus...I'm here!

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    Topeka gets CRAZY bad weather...as does Wichita....also the Wichita economy as a whole has suffered after losing Boeing...I would not live either of those places.

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    I agree with Boise. It is an amazing combination of good 4-season weather, outdoor recreation, culture, shopping and low-cost housing.

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    If you can work anywhere, I assume you have the same salary anywhere.

    You could factor in the cost of living in certain places. You know more for your money. One place you might get more house for your money. That sort of thing.

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    I moved to Iowa out of necessity and would not recommend it at all. Too cold, long winters, high cost of living..... I moved from MO and would go back in a heartbeat. The middle corridor is nice: from St. Louis through Columbia and to KC. I lived on the St Louis side, but outside the metro area. It was wonderful. We were an hour out of the city, so we had small town living with big city amenities nearby. Jeff City and Columbia are good places, and Springfield is awesome. Our cost of living in MO was low and our salaries were quite decent. We experienced all four seasons, but winter came later and spring came earlier. Try staying a week or so in different places and see what you think!

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    Michigan is cheap to live in and if you can work from home even cheaper. But you cant be a winter wimp. We have beautiful fall esp. in the U.P. (internet would be spotty in some places but Marquette is so internet friendly the Pres. went up to check it out. Although super snowy.
    Better to stay in Nebraska or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larabelle View Post
    Topeka gets CRAZY bad weather...as does Wichita....also the Wichita economy as a whole has suffered after losing Boeing...I would not live either of those places.
    Random thought...isn't Wichita where that Dennis Rader, the BTK dude, was from?

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