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Best Places to Live

Updated on May 8, 2007

NY Times Report on Bert Sperling's Rankings of the Best Places to live

1. Gainsville, Florida

2. Portland, Oregon

3. Colorado Springs, Colorado

4. Ann Arbor, Michigan


1. New York City

2. Los Angeles

3. Washington, D.C.

4. Boston

5. San Francisco

6. Atlanta

7. Seattle

8. Chicago

9. Dallas

10. Philadelphia


1. Portland

2. Austin

3. Boulder

4. Seattle

5. San Diego

6. Minneapolis

7. Raleigh, NC

8. Denver

9. Madison, WI

10. Boise, ID


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      IĆ°unn 9 years ago

      I'm from Austin and it was indeed a grand place to live.  Small enough to get around easily, large enough to have museums, plays, ballet and other culture.  It was a center for music and for artistic expression, shared alike by capitalists, hippies, and extremist politicos like the environmentalists.

      I remember when the California investors came in and bought up a huge percentage of previously privately owned apartments, doubled all the rents city-wide and I had to move from there because it became out of range.

      An utter shame.

      Austin does have a thriving gay community now though.  I guess California did give something back when it stole Austin from people who were raised there.

      I remember trying to raise my children there and the "no children allowed rule" on many 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. Just as well because by then, anything with more than one bedroom cost more than one income monthly to rent.

      I guess those particular gays weren't as family oriented as their professed activist political agenda would like to make them seem.

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      Paul Edmondson 10 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      I think it's tough to beat San Luis Obispo, CA for weather, but like most CA cities near the coast, it's a bit pricey.