I like living in Indiana, I like living in the Midwest. I do not care for the city I'm in. I moved here (to this city....I was born in Indiana but had never been here) when I married my husband over 16 years ago. His job is here, we own a home here, but ideally I'd rather live farther east in the state.
I've lived as far west as Arizona, as far south as Tennessee, and as far east as Ohio. I've visited the majority of states from coast to coast, and while my travels outside the country only include a day trip to Mexico, (not big on the need for travel, LOL) when it comes to the USA, I do have something different to compare life in Indiana to, and this is definitely where I like living.
Someday, I truly hope to live out of ANY town! I would LOVE to be out in the boondocks and off the grid as much as I possibly could be!
I think you know the answer to this.... NO I DON'T! haha. I do like upstate NY a lot though, and I would happily live there.
I will be moving this summer, and it looks like Southwestern Mass will be it due to housing prices, distance from the SO's family and work, and access to work for myself. I would rather live a bit farther north like Vermont/New Hampshire/Maine.... but there isn't a lot of work up there in the SO's field and he doesn't want to be that far from family.
I would happily move anywhere... I've lived a very gypsy lifestyle and I'm actually kind of terrified now that I am faced with the end of it.
My only requirements for short term locations are that there is room to breath and space for my animals and hobbies. Bonus if it has awesome mountains.
For long term I NEED mountains and I also need a somewhat moist environment. I can't do desert climates... I just... need moisture. LOL. I would move to the Canadian Rockies in about .00000000321 seconds if that was an option. I'm also curious to check out Oregon and Washington in the future.
I live in central Indiana and I hate it. I don't think I've ever disliked living somewhere as much as I have here. The cost of living is low, that's about the only good thing about it. The people are superficially friendly, but let them know that you're fairly liberal and don't attend church.. Or *gasp* that you're agnostic, and it's a whole different game. The politics are so backwards, I don't even know where to begin.
I'll be heartbroken if we haven't moved or have concrete plans to move by 2017.
I don't like:
Cost of living
Crazy zoning laws
Distance from family
People are insane
I do like:
being able to take a train into NYC if I want
the weather. Much less humidity than NW Ohio. it gets cool enough at nights during the summer that we don't have AC
Being a short driving distance to outdoorsy things
At the end of the day, the need to be around family, especially as my husband's grandma gets older, is too strong to keep us in NY for much longer.
Love where I live! I have also lived in Quebec and loved that equally. I would prefer to still live in Quebec.. but my boyfriend is not bilingual and for some reason that makes him hesitant to pack up& move. Most likely we will be here for life!
We're currently living on the gulf coast in Mississippi. It's not a bad place. There is a beach. There is nice hiking. But...meh. I hate the weather. Seriously. The weather sucks. And the people are....interesting? Hahahaha
It's not a bad place. It's just not...the right fit? I will be extremely happy to move back to the midwest. Grew up in northwest/central Indiana and loved it. While I don't necessarily want to go back to that same exact area, somewhere in the midwest would be nice.
I do and I dont. I live on Long Island (which many people don't know so I'll clarify: it's an ISLAND (not a town lol) off the coast of NY/Manhattan that contains suburbs, farmland, and things like villages and towns.
There is a lot of diversity
There is a lot of stuff to do
The beaches and green space
It's close to NYC (a day trip or commute away)
The area I live is very academic
The population is generally liberal
It's reasonably welcoming to minorities, sexual minorities, different people
Good medical care
Everything is close
It's the most expensive county in the US
Poverty and crime is rising
The roads are generally horrible
The traffic is comparable to DC or LA
poor public transportation
It's in the US lol.
I do like living in NYS, even if we get a lot of **** for our government and have some obnoxious things (highest taxes in the US, but IMO worth it mostly, crappy education - but still some of the best in the country, I just think we could do much better). I think I would continue to live in the state if I decided to I could handle the winters. They're very hard on me. I don't mind the cost for the benefits we get. Long Island...if I had the money I *might* pay to live here long term but honestly with the decline and rising prices I doubt it, I do plan on looking for a job elsewhere after school (possibly before).
I do not want to live in the US for all of my adult life.
I love the town I live in, not a big fan of the state. I live in a liberal hippy-ish college town where everyone loves dogs and hiking and drinking kombucha, lol. You can drive 7 minutes and feel like you're in the wilderness, and I'm just like 4 hours from a national forest. I pretty much hate the rest of my state though. Our governor is pretty much in a constant state of screwing stuff up. Both my SO's family and mine would be distraught if we ever moved hours and hours away, otherwise we'd be living in California. Or maybe Pennsylvania. Except it gets too cold there. I hate cold.
There are wonderful and phenomenal pockets here.....but there are also really racist and backwards pockets. St. Louis itself as a whole I just love...but some of the suburbs I could do without for sure. We do have amazing things here though, so many of our museums and attractions are not only world class but also free which is awesome.
I have "my tribe" here for sure though so that really helps.
The state used to always be fairly neutral and a swing state but that has changed a bit recently and I am NOT a fan of that. Yes, the state with the senator that actually said a woman wouldnt get pregnant from "legitimate" rape.
The city I'm in has been referred to as "The Cesspool of Sin" by a fundamentalist senator, which I consider to be a compliment of the highest order. It's a very odd, ,artsy place and you never know what you're going to see. However, the cost of living is astronomical. There is a very sharp divide between the extremely rich, and the very poor.
The rest of the state....eh. My family is an hour away, and you might as well travel back in time 70 years. Lots of ignorance and generational poverty, coupled with a lack of focus on education that doesn't revolve around the Bible.
I don't know where I would want to go. I love colder weather, but my lack of ability to drive in snow kind of hampers me there.
Overall, I really like it in MN. And luckily, so does my SO. So we both would like to continue living here for the rest of our lives.
Yeah sometimes I hate it when the windchill is like -30 and your face burns from being outside walking to your car from work or home.
I wish the winters were a little shorter, although I loved this last winter.
I wish there were more mountains and cool landscapes like that.
Having the 4 seasons we are able to do a variety of activities, in the winter I like to play more games, train the dogs, work on puzzles, drink hot chocolate, etc.
In the spring/fall (which I wish were a little longer as they are my favorite seasons) I like to do more outdoors stuff.
In the summer I tend to stay indoors again because I think it gets too hot, unless I am on a lake where it is cooler. I will go out for some sort of dog event, but I like to not be out in the heat. My SO went to college in Arizona for 2 years when we first started dating and it was like my own personal hell.
I love all the lakes/ponds everywhere I enjoy walking around them, being on bigger boats like my uncles boat out on Lake Minnetonka. I love the cabins that most people have- although I enjoy not owning one (paying for, upkeeping, etc) and just being able to go to family's cabins.
I like the trails and the different people. I like the mostly liberal type, but there certainly are conservative type as well.
I like the many different activities we can do, I like living in the suburbs (HATE minneapolis/st. paul.. the driving stresses me out and it is too crowded, not enough grass and trees) but there are so many decent sized cities around that you can be close to everything, but also have enough space. If you want to have a lot of space, living on the outskirts of the suburbs or having a lot of $$ can get you in the cities with a lot of land.
I like that our state seems to have good overall health, education, etc.
If I ever had to move, I would try to find a place that stayed in the 30-70's the longest. Had beautiful views, cities that aren't too crowded, but close enough to many different things, was liberal.
I love NH, but don't like where I'm currently living. We live in a suburb and both of us grew up where we would walk out the front door and only see trees. I don't care about city amenities, bars, or restaurants. All I want to be is alone in the middle of the woods. I would never be happy somewhere without mountains to climb. Thankfully we're looking to move to a house farther out of town with lots of land.
I like this specific area - if that makes sense. When I married my hubby, I moved in to his house. It is a very Florida style house - stucco. No originality, or character. We are going to put some wood floor down, and some different carpet (I love my hubby for letting me change up his bachelor pad hahaha). We live out in the woods, which is good. We still have a dirt road and the ability to have small farm animals if we wanted. Addie has her own little space and I don't have to worry about HOA's -like every other part of this area seems to be .
But, I feel like Florida is too...commercial. I hate the people that drive here (either they do 90 in a 50, ride as close to you as possible, or they are doing 30 in a 60). I dislike that its touristy. I hate red light cameras without a countdown somewhere. Its nervewracking seeing a yellow and trying to decide if you want to risk a ticket or if the person behind you riding close will have time to stop before smashing into you.
If had my way, we would be living in North GA, southern NC or in KY or TN (as close to the mountains as possible). I might even say WV. Somewhere with actual seasons, yet not likely to have a super blizzard, but still southern enough where biscuits and gravy, and sweet tea are common lol. There is never a happy medium in temperature. Either its cold, or its hot. So, walking on trails is kind of hard.
I do love southern character homes, wrap around porches, that kind of thing. Oh, and people that wave and say hi, even if you have no idea who they are.
Such a wide variety in this state. You can go to farmlands, you can go up north and have vast forests and cliffs, you can go to the lakeshore.
Drive a bit and you have decent hiking.
Doesn't get *too* hot in the summer. Cold enough in the winter that we do not have nasty bugs and snakes.
Fairly low cost of living.
There is humidity.
THE WINTER. Oh god, the winter. And the roads. The roads are awful.
I do think that if we get a nice farm here and I don't have a bad commute to work, I could be happy here. However, I would much prefer moving to either the PNW or the south near the mountains, like NC.
YES! But I'm sure I've said it lots before, lol. I love my little community (mostly), and you can't beat the surrounding wilderness here. I can live a very simple life here and my dogs love it, and I can easily keep my horse here (though really it would be ideal if there was more in the way of grazing/pasture land around here...hard to come by).
I also really like most of BC. Wouldn't want to live a lot of places in it, but overall I think I suit BC pretty well.
Things I would change...hmm. I think a lot of the things that can make living out here challenging are also the things that make it what it is! Like, it's hard to make money...because there simply aren't very many people or jobs. But that is the whole point in a way. The surrounding area has a pretty high cost of living, which sucks.
I could see living in a few of the nearby towns, I like this whole area pretty much, though not as much as my community. That's about it though...I wouldn't want to move too far afield. I feel very at home in this area.