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Best Places to Live in America--A Recap 1999-2009

Updated on October 16, 2017
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Kari was an operating room nurse for 25 years before she retired. Uplifting quotes are always wanted and Kari collects them.


Money Magazine "10 Best Places to Live in America"

Every year Money Magazine picks the top 10 best places to live in America. Here is a quick synopsis of the #1 places to live from 1999 to 2009. The winners are rated on economic opportunity, good schools, safe streets, things to do and a sense of community.

The town I live in presently made the 10 best places to live in the USA a few years ago. I am very happy with the each of the indicators that Money Magazine uses. The schools are some of the best in the country. There are many economic opportunities, even in this day. The town has a very strong sense of community. There is always something to do without leaving town. I feel secure that my children are safe when they are out.

I am not sure how Money Magazine does it, but they sure picked a winner in this small town! They look all over the county for places with the best opportunity and best lifestyle. They list realistic pros and cons for each pick. If you want to move, but you don't know where, look at Money Magazines picks to help you choose.

San Francisco, CA

Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge | Source
San Francisco 49ers Stadium
San Francisco 49ers Stadium | Source
Residential area San Francisco
Residential area San Francisco | Source

Top Pick 1999--San Francisco, CA

San Francisco is a techie's dream. Situated close to Silicone Valley, it is also a hub of biotechnology and biomedical companies. The city is continually in need of professionals with expertise in these areas.

Museums, sporting events, and performing arts abound in the city. They have opera, ballet, symphony orchestra and theatres staging live performances. Let's not forget the Fillmore is in San Francisco. The Fillmore was the first to stage such greats as the Grateful Dead, Janice Joplin and Jefferson Airplane.

A plethora of universities and colleges exist in San Francisco. San Francisco State University has different graduate and undergraduate programs in over 100 specialties. There are also specialized centers of higher learning such as music schools, culinary schools and art schools. The Academy of Art University is said to be the largest of it's kind in the United States.

Outdoor recreational opportunities are one reason people flock to this city. You can be skiing, sailing or hiking in top rated areas within a few hours drive. Wine country is only a couple of hours away. You can ride in the famous cable cars for a day of shopping. San Francisco has so much to do, time is the only deterrent.

Portland, Oregon

Portland, OR
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Ecola Point, Oregon coast (just and hour and a half drive from Portland).
Ecola Point, Oregon coast (just and hour and a half drive from Portland). | Source

Top Pick 2000--Portland, OR

Portland, OR, also known as "The City of Roses", is famous for it's parks and gardens.  Forest Park covers 5,000 acres and is one of the largest parks found within city limits in America.  It is renowned for being the largest urban forest in the United States, extending 8 miles along the Willamette River.

Portland is the home of many creative personalities.  Matt Groening, the creator ot the Simpsons and Futurama, lives here.  Sam Elliot, most recently seen in "The Golden Compass", graduated from high school in Portland.

June in Portland stars the annual Portland Rose Festival that features 2 parades, carnival rides and the famous dragon boat races.  Portland is host to several beer festivals, such as the Oregon Brewers Festival.  This festival is held on the last weekend in July and is known for being the largest outdoor craft beer festival in America.

Portland is the headquarters for Adidas, Nike and Columbia Sportswear.  Portland is the largest shipper of wheat in the United States.  The cost of electricity is very low in Portland due to the many river dams.  This has led to the expansion of aluminum production.  Steel production is another major employer.

New York City

New York City skyline at night.
New York City skyline at night. | Source
Times Square
Times Square | Source
Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty | Source

Top Pick 2001--New York City, NY

New York City is home to many internationally recognized icons.  Wall Street, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the United Nations headquarters are all found here.  It was home to the tallest buildings in the world, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, until September 11, 2001 when terrorist attacks destroyed them.

New York City has over 28,000 acres of parks overall.  The most famous of these is Central Park.  Somewhere between 25 million and 30 million people visit Central Park every year.  A zoo, extensive walking trails and two ice skating rinks can be found in Central Park.    Central Park has been a National Historic Landmark since 1963.

A hodgepodge of cultures exist side by side in New York City.  You can find restaurants for every imaginable cuisine.  The Statue of Liberty was the first sight of millions of immigrants arriving at nearby Ellis Island.  New York City is home of the largest Saint Patrick's day parade in America.

New York City is a global focus of international commerce and business.  One of the main cities in the world for finance, several major international corporations are headquartered here.  Park Avenue has some of the most expensive real estate in the world.  Midtown Manhattan holds the record of having the most city skyscrapers.  Lower Manhattan is home to the New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street and NASDAQ.

Orange County, CA

Orange County, CA overlooking the ocean
Orange County, CA overlooking the ocean | Source
Huntington Beach, CA
Huntington Beach, CA | Source
Capistano Beach, CA
Capistano Beach, CA | Source

Top Pick 2002--Orange County, CA

Orange County, CA is unique in that there is no one city that is considered the center. Four of the main cities are Anaheim, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach and Irvine. Anaheim is know for it's tourism and is the home of Disneyland. Santa Ana is the governmental seat of the county. Irvine is the business center.

Huntington Beach is one of the surf capitals of the USA. It has beaches facing in four different directions, southwest, west, south, and northwest. The US Open for Surfing occurs here every year. Other famous events are the biathlon hosted by the Bolsa Chica & Huntington State Beach Lifeguards and the Super 7 Paintball Championships.

Gateway, Linksys, and Activision Blizzard are all headquartered in Orange County, CA. Western Digital, Oakley, Inc. and Taco Bell are also headquartered here. Tourism is a big business in Orange County. The beautiful weather, lovely beaches and Disneyland all combine for tons of visitors.

Naperville, IL

The Bell Tower has 72 bells and spans 6 octaves.
The Bell Tower has 72 bells and spans 6 octaves. | Source
The DuPage River
The DuPage River | Source

Top Pick 2003--Naperville, IL

Naperville, IL is the 5th largest city in Illinois. It covers 36 square miles located close to Chicago. Naperville is home to two museums, many art galleries and a performing arts association. The best library system in the country is also found here. In 2016 Naperville was rated the safest city by

This is a family friendly town with low crime rates and outstanding schools. The Riverwalk bordering the DuPage River covers 4 miles. A portion goes through downtown Naperville. The Main Street Promenade is a mix of retail stores and restaurants at street level. Above the stores and restaurants are condos and lofts. Walking is a pleasure in Naperville!

The Ogden Avenue Strip is the largest collection of car dealerships in the country. Every major automobile manufacturer is represented. Bell Labs and Western Electric are among the many national companies with headquarters in Naperville. Naperville was known as one of the fastest growing communities in the 1990's.

Charlottesville, VA

Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville, VA | Source
Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson
Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson | Source
Charlottesville Vineyard
Charlottesville Vineyard | Source

Top Pick 2004--Charlottesville, VA

Charlottesville, Va is an alluring town nestled in the outskirts of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The town is home to three past president's homes, the most famous of which is Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.  The largest outdoor pedestrian mall is found in Charlottesville.  The Downtown Mall has dozens of stores, restaurants and attractions.

The University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville, giving it a reputation as an delightful college town.  The University of Virginia Medical Center is world renowned.  The Dogwood Festival held in April is a wonderful week long event culminating in a parade followed by the Dogwood Festival Queens Ball.

Charlottesville is a heaven for readers and writers and hosts the annual Charlottesville Festival of the Book. The Festival of the Book is held to bring readers and writers together to celebrate all things literary.  It has grown into the largest gathering of writers and readers in the Mid Atlantic Region.

Video of Moorestown, NJ

Top Pick 2005--Moorestown, NJ

Moorestown, NJ is located in south central New Jersey, east of Philadelphia, PA. Moorestown's strong sense of community made it a perfect pick for the #1 place to live in America in 2005. It is known for having one of the best school systems in New Jersey. Graceful Victorian homes and a walkable downtown add to the allure of this enchanting town.

Moorestown was originally a Quaker town. All liquor sales were originally banned in 1915, and it is still a dry town today. Referendums were introduced to allow liquor sales in 1935, 1953 and 2007. Each time they failed to get the required votes.

The third Sunday in September is Family Fun Day in Moorestown. A wide varitey of entertainment, from sports to music and stage acts, can be found at Family Fun Days. The entire community is invited for this afternoon of fun.

Fort Collins, CO

Colorado State University
Colorado State University | Source
New Belgium Brewing Company, one of the several micro-breweries in Fort Collins.
New Belgium Brewing Company, one of the several micro-breweries in Fort Collins. | Source

Top Pick 2006--Fort Collins, CO

Fort Collins, CO is located about 60 miles north of Denver and is home to Colorado State University. Fort Collins has a low crime rate, good job market and a wide variety of outdoor activities. It started as a military outpost for the US army and has grown into the fifth most populated city in Colorado.

A large college aged population inhabit this city and drives the fun activities and the prosperous music scene. Micro-breweries have a thriving business in Fort Collins. The Colorado Brewers Festival is held yearly, featuring beer from as many as 45 breweries.

Old Town, the historic shopping district, is well known for it's many festivals. A favorite is the New West Fest. This free festival has been held annually for 20 years. The festival features arts, crafts, food, a Kid's World, 7 stages of entertainment and a couple of beer gardens.  The festival takes place Friday to Sunday giving residents hours of enjoyment!

Middleton, WI

Lake Mendota
Lake Mendota | Source
Green Bay and the Zippin Pippin are only 2 1/2 hours away.
Green Bay and the Zippin Pippin are only 2 1/2 hours away. | Source

Top Pick 2007--Middleton, WI

Middleton, WI has many parks and bike trails and is known as a family town.  It is a western suburb of Wisconsin's state capital of Madison.  The town sports a pool complete with water slide.  Nearby Lake Mendota supplies water fun like sailing and swimming.

Downtown hosts shops, spas and a variety of restaurants.  Take a lazy walk through the downtown area to enjoy unique shops and a pleasing ambience.  Stop for a snack at one of the appetizing eateries, such as the Bristled Boar Saloon & Grill.

In the winter enjoy the many cross country skiing trails or one of the ice skating rinks.  Stop by the world famous Mustard Museum featuring the most unique collection of mustards in the world.  Visit the General Store, also known as "The Friendly Store" to find out why Middleton's nickname is "The Good Neighbor City".

Plymouth, MN

Plymouth is home to many lakes
Plymouth is home to many lakes

Top Pick 2008--Plymouth, MN

Plymouth, MN is known for its outdoor amphitheater, first rate school system, and abundant outdoor activities.  The Hilde Performance Center is home to dozens of outdoor performances during the summer months.  The annual Music in Plymouth concert is held each 4th of July weekend and is followed by fireworks.

February finds Plymouth residents enjoying the annual Fire and Ice Festival.  This festival takes place on the ice and includes ice fishing, dog sledding demos, and fireworks.  Some of the odder activities include mini-golf and bowling, not the usual for on the ice!

Plymouth is the third largest suburb of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.  It is located about 10 miles from downtown Minneapolis makes it an easy commute.  However, Plymouth has over 50,000 jobs within city limits.  Computer related industry, telecommunications and high-tech research are just a few of the main employers in Plymouth.

© 2009 Kari Poulsen


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    • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari Poulsen 

      3 years ago from Ohio

      I did not realize that about Naperville. I'm going to update my article, lol. Thanks for the information and for reading. :)

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      Angel Guzman 

      3 years ago from Joliet, Illinois

      I enjoyed your article especially when I am close to one of the cities mentioned :) Naperville is not a small town though it is the 5th largest city in Illinois. It has an awesome downtown. Everywhere mentioned I would love to spend some time in :)

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      9 years ago

      Nice Hub. I am from Arizona and its the middle of the summer so i was not surprised to see that it didn't make the top ten. I love Arizona but it is very hot here. California is always a nice escape.

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      9 years ago

      Great Hub. I am surprised to see Oregon on here as one of the best places to live. Oregon is very very beautiful and green but your lucky if you get 2-3 months of sunshine out of the whole year.

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      Guitar Loop Pedal 

      10 years ago

      I have always wanted to go to San Francisco. Now that I have read this article maybe I will try to live down there one day.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      Austinguy, I agree your money goes further in Austin. It's also a very special city...tons of fun to visit!

      Thanks Neil! Good to see you! :D

      ct2223, Charlottesville is a great place to live and to visit. It's a beautiful town and full of history! :D

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      10 years ago

      Thanks for the comments about Charlottesville. I came to this town to visit a friend in 1991 and 19 years later I consider it home. This is the perfect place- plenty to see and do, but still a small enough town that you get to know a lot of people. To this day, we can't go to a restaurant or to the grocery store where we don't run in to someone we know. I would encourage everyone to make it an East Coast stop! Plenty to see and do for the whole family.

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      Neil Sperling 

      10 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      This is an awesome hub... right from the idea of writing it to the info presented. Cool!!


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      10 years ago

      Not only is the cost of living in some of these cities through the roof, but places like NYC, Jersey and California are taxing people to death. I agree with some of these in terms of lifestyle, but for financial reasons I would rather be in a city like Austin, TX.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      Custom Gates, I think Colorado is on the list of a new hub I'm working on...One of the "Best Places to Live Today and Find a Job". I have a good friend in Colorado and she is very glad to be there. Thanks for reading! :D

      lyle, If you, like I, am an OR nurse, it will be easy. You can travel, work and visit...mixing pleasure with business (I know...but it's the only time it mixes well). Either way, have a great time and let us know how your research turns out! :D

      ceholmes, Naperville looks like a fabulous town to live in! I remember seeing it recently as one of the best places to be...Naperville's still got it! (And consistency is key)

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      10 years ago from Chicago

      Naperville, IL is a good town, I've always wanted our family to relocate there.

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      10 years ago

      the hard part is choosing which one to live in now. hmmm...i'll have to go on a road trip sometime on my harley davidson and visit all these places to decide which one i like best. thanks so much for the information.

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      Custom Gates 

      10 years ago

      How come Colorado is not on the list? hmmm... well, For me Colorado is the best place to live in! Not crowded and smuggy state. Good place to live in. I don't like NY too many scums and too crowded. It's only good to visit but not to live in.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      chbartel, Thanks! And thanks for the good idea. I'll have to look into that. :D

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      10 years ago from Indianapolis, IN

      great article.

      We need to create a hub of the most affordable places to live in America as well.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      GmaGoldie, Middleton, WI does look very, very nice. Thanks!

      BigFishND, I only reviewed the top picks, but I have heard some very nice things about Fargo!

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      10 years ago

      I live in Fargo, ND. I think we were rated as a good place to live a few years ago for towns our size.


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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      10 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Middleton, WI - will have to check it out! My vote would be Lake Geneva - but you gave me something to think about!

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      Kari Poulsen 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      Michael, Thank you very much! It was interesting researching it. :D

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      Michael Shane 

      10 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Great Hub! Beautiful pictures as well.....

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      Kari Poulsen 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you Kind Regards!

      Joe, I appreciate it! Thanks. :D

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      10 years ago from Cottage Grove, Wisconsin

      Great Hub K@ri. Thank you for all the good research. Joe

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      Kind Regards 

      10 years ago from Missouri Ozarks - Table Rock Lake

      k@ri, Very impressive hub and so interesting. Love all the pictures. Kind Regards

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      Kari Poulsen 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      fdoleac, Thanks for the great suggestion, it makes a lot of sense. Maybe I should write another of these doing just that. :D

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      11 years ago from Hollis, New Hampshire

      Top picks would have more relevance if they were segmented into single, families, retired, etc.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      jdouglas, Thanks, I'm glad you liked it! :D

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      11 years ago

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      Kari Poulsen 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      jonty, Thanks, I'm glad you liked it! :D

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      Sexy jonty 

      11 years ago from India

      Very well written hub .....

      very much informative ......

      Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      frogyfish, Charlotte's not to far from me...when do we start?

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      11 years ago from Central United States of America

      OK, I'm ready to join the road trip. Let's start with Charlotte, N.C. I used to have a boy-friend who moved there - and I didn't. Oh, well...:-) Enjoyable hub!

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      Kari Poulsen 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      LRobbins, Thanks, where would you like to move to? They all seem like great places to me! :D

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      11 years ago from Germany

      Great article! Now I want to move :)

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      Kari Poulsen 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      creativeMind, Thanks! San Fran is wonderful! :D

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      11 years ago from Cochin

      that's interesting...think San Francisco is the best

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      Kari Poulsen 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      Ribfest, I clicked on you link and that sure looks like a fun time. I wish I had known about it sooner! I wish I could go, and it's for a great cause!

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      11 years ago

      i live in Naperville and it is great, but it forgot to mention ribfest. its a huge concert where big bands like hootie and the blowfish and the Charlie Daniels Band have played. it also has some of the best ribs in the country.

      Downtown is amazing, the stores and libraries are great, you can spend a week in naperville and not do the same thing twice.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      eaasi, Thanks for stopping by, I'm glad you liked it!

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      11 years ago

      Thanks for sharing all this information.

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      11 years ago

      Thank you very much for this hub! It's really very useful.. I appreciate it very much and will follow your advice!

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      Kari Poulsen 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      compu-smart, New York would be a great place to start! It has everything. Thanks for stopping by!

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      11 years ago from London UK

      Would love to visit the US one day! These places and pics look really good. My first stop would have to be New York!

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      Kari Poulsen 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      Mighty Mom, Maybe pre-1999. I only did the number one pick for each year. I've never seen "Real Housewives of Orange County". When was it on? Thanks for stopping by!

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      Susan Reid 

      11 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      I thought Pittsburgh was on the list? Maybe it was pre-1999 (?).

      Very interesting choices. Agree with those above who question how much cost of living factored in. NYC and SF are astronomical in terms of housing costs. But amazing cities. Portland is gorgeous, too. Orange County -- rather a region than a city. Great quality of life down there. Ever watched "Real Housewives of Orange County"???

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      Kari Poulsen 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      sophie, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Love to have you stop by my others. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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      Kari Poulsen 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      Delores, They are pretty, aren't they. I have fun looking at the list every year. Each year they list the 100 best places to live. Its fun to see what is around that makes it, to see if I agree.

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      Dolores Monet 

      11 years ago from East Coast, United States

      well, the pictures sure are pretty, they make all these places look beautiful

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      Kari Poulsen 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      Tom, They must be, there are several Midwest towns that made the best places list this year. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Tom rubenoff 

      11 years ago from United States

      Fascinating. The people are really nice in the midwest. Very welcoming. Food for thought, definitely.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      RK, Pretty amazing, I'll agree! Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you liked it.

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      11 years ago from Neighborhood museum in Somewhere, USA

      A town in NJ that doesn't sell beer, made the list? Amazing. I love hubs like this. Thanks.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      sophie, Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!

      RT, Thanks! I could not live in the city either. Orange County sounds wonderful! Here in the DC area there is also great diversity. I love meeting people from all over.

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      The Real Tomato 

      11 years ago

      Orange County is also great because you can surf and ski in the same day! Huntington beach is less than 2 hours away from the mountains. Also, a drive north is beautiful wine country. Scattered all over O.C. are lots of childrens' museums and beautiful parks too.  What I find a nice addition to growing up in Orange County (just outside L.A. County) is the variety of people. California has every ethnic group I can think of, vibrant cultures and food to satisfy every pallet.

      My son and I are saving to visit New York - I am sure we will have a great time but I could never live in such a congested city. I love the scenery, open space and clean air of the mountains.

      Enjoyable Hub K@ri

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      Kari Poulsen 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      Hi mayhmong! Yes, I find people are the most interesting aspect of any place I live. I bet there was a huge difference between California and North Carolina. I usually like smaller towns over larger.

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      11 years ago from North Carolina

      Coming from California to North Carolina is a huge difference! We're not talking about the difference in the cost of living, but the people. I find that people here in N.C are more curious and excited to learn more about my culture here in N.C. Now I did lived close to Charlotte, and it wasn't as pleasant as the smaller areas.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      Storytellersrus, I've been to NYC, couldn't say I would want to live there, although I've had friends from Brooklyn and from what they say it doesn't sound bad.

      Charlotte, NC is a wonderful place. I have wondered why it has not made the best place yet.

      I went and edited this hub to include a link that tells how Money Magazine picks it's winner. I think the requirements have changed some over the years, and now it is more geared to family living.

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      11 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      My first reaction was similar to Peggy's response: the cost of living in San Francisco, NYC and Orange County is astronomical. I have spent significant time in and around all of them and I run out of money in no time! What's the point of living somewhere if you can't take in any of the shows, etc? I guess they are great if you are rich and like living in small spaces. The city of Portland seems like a liveable city, despite cloud cover and frequent rain.

      I wonder if these folk looked into Charlotte, NC? I visited there this past week and it was pretty user friendly and had such a nice feel to its downtown. Plus real estate was affordable even downtown where things seem to be developing nicely- although the poor economy is having its impact, with large banks headquartered there.I don't know about crime but culture is thriving. It's catch phrase is something like, people only visit Charlotte once; then they relocate here.

      I have also been to Fort Collins and grew up near Plymouth. These towns are really nice, but not tourist destinations in my opinion, unless you like New Belgium Beer and want to tour the brewery, haha. The people in these towns are unpretentious and family-oriented folk who would make great neighbors! But don't plan a trip from England unless you are considering relocating!!

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      Kari Poulsen 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      Hi Elena! I agree, very different towns! I guess we'll just have to go see for ourselves.

      Hi Peggy! They are supposed to consider cost of living among other indicators. Funny you should mention Vancouver, my daughter was just telling me today she wants to go there for a visit.

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      Peggy Woods 

      11 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kari,

      Wonder if they considered cost of living when picking some of these choices? Costs a LOT of money to live in some of these places like NYC and San Francisco. Great places to visit, however.

      You will love the West when you decide to go someday. I'd go back in a heartbeat. Love San Francisco and even though we have been there 3 different times, there are still areas that we have yet to see. And if you visit Portland...definitely plan a trip to Vancouver! It is a must see!

      Great hub!

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      11 years ago from Madrid

      Hey k@ri -- What a curious mix. Having NYC and Naperville in the same list sounds odd to say the least. Count me in for the road trip! :-)

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      Kari Poulsen 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      sixtyorso, I would love to get to California! I've been all over the east coast, but never to the west. The times I've been to Dallas have always been in the airport. Portland sounds lovely. Vancouver and BC are also on my list! Thanks for visiting!

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      Clive Fagan 

      11 years ago from South Africa

      Great hub. I have been to San Francisco a few times. I visted San Quentin too. Have been to Anaheim, Disney world, New York (lived there for 6 months) and Portland Oregon a few times.

      For me though, from some of the places I have been to, I would rate Seattle, Washington Maryland, New Orleans, Orlando,L A, Las Vegas, Miami and Dallas as great too.

      In Canada Vancouver and BC are wonderful too.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      11 years ago from Ohio

      BristolBoy, San Francisco and NYC are two must see towns in the USA. It would be a challenge since they are on opposite sides, but worth the visit.

      Thanks Laughing Mom! Charlottesville is where I almost ended up, instead of Washington, DC. It is a beautiful town tucked away in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. A lovely town to visit!

      Teresa, Road trip, indeed. So many places to visit!

      Netters, I've never been to California, but I need to get there! When I lived out west, every vacation was coming back east to see family.

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      11 years ago from Land of Enchantment - NM

      Very informative. Thank you. All these places look gorgeous! I've been to NYC, Orange Co, CA, Moorestown, NJ and San Francisco. They are all beautiful places.

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      11 years ago from The Other Bangor

      Road trip!

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      Laughing Mom 

      11 years ago

      I've only been to two of these towns, but I'd love to go to Charlottesville, VA!

      What a great idea for a hub, k@ri!

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      11 years ago from Bristol

      Great hub! Whilst never having visited America some of these places seem really nice. Part of me has always liked the option of working in America, but I doubt I will ever get the chance to. Still, I can always visit some time, and if I do I would sure like to visit San Francisco, and probably also New York.


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