Ok so, 

I currently live in Michigan with my wife. We really don’t like it here. It’s ok but to live here feels like we are settling. So we want to move. But here’s the problem, I’ve researched so much, and everywhere I’ve found has so many cons that outweigh the pros. I feel so lost. 

So here is what we want out of the city we will live in. Does it exist? Let me know if you can think of one that checks all (Or most all of the boxes) 

  • Liberal and Diverse (Both equally important) 
  • Affordable housing and living 
  • Walkable city (or at least a condensed city- not the suburbs or rural) 
  • Has a Contemporary Art Museum (Or art museum but I prefer contemporary) 
  • No harsh winters or extremely hot summers or too humid. 
  • Sunlight (we get an average of one and a half hours of sunlight a day in Michigan in the winter and I just can’t do it anymore) 
  • Low crime rates 
  • Younger population (So many cities sound good and then I see the majority of the population is 55+ and I just can’t) 

So does it exist? Please message me, leave a comment I’m going crazy trying to find where we want to live. 

I’m reblogging this here because there are so many more of you who follow this blog, and not my personal blog. I could really use your help. I’m giving myself a stress induced headache because I honestly don’t know what to do.

I’ve lived in Grand Rapids, Detroit, Boston, Somerville. I liked Somerville but it was so expensive. We were going to move to Denver, but it just didn’t feel right. We thought Pittsburg would be cool- nope not for us. Cleveland? Nope not that city either. Louisville sounded great and the museums were really cool- but I read some statistics and aparantly there is a lot of violent crime and murder there- and it’s predominantly white and 55+ so there goes that idea.  Portland ME- Love it- but too much snow and only one art museum. Portland OR sounds great but on the expensive side. No city in California because the whole state is on fire and honestly I don’t want that fear in my life. I want to avoid tornado alley, because of my intense fear of those too. I don’t like super big cities, like New York or San Francisco, it’s overwhelming but I do want there to be reliable public transportation.

Is there any place left in the US? 

Just please let me know about the cities you love in the US. and why. I could really use some positivity regarding this search.  

Oh edit* the museum part is because it’s my field, and I want the city I live in to have multiple art museums or learning galleries so I can find a job!

Thanks so much for all your help last night! There were some really great ideas I hadn’t considered. I thought I’ll just reply to a few of your comments here that way I can fit everything. 

I was so upset because we thought Louisville looked like a liberal city with really cool museums etc. But then I read some things about how the kkk is very active there, and how murder rates are steadily rising, and how it’s mostly old and conservative with pockets of young liberal population. But the museums, like 21c and Speed and KMAC all look so promising. Is anyone from Louisville I’d like to hear your perspective. 

@worcestershier If immigration wasn’t so difficult I would love to move to Montreal. I have so many places I want to visit in Montreal saved on my instagram. I do have a question- I’m traveling there for a vacation next year is little italy/mile-ex a good area to stay? It looks like most of the cafe’s shops I want to visit are near that neighborhood. 

And to others Seattle and Portland sound amazing they have a type of culture we want. But I don’t know if I can afford it. I know there is Tacoma, and Eugene OR. So that is something we are considering. It’s just such a big move if we don’t end up liking there.

@dubbedsirens Asheville is definitely somewhere to consider, I’ve also thought about Raleigh. I know the state is red, it’s divided now- but I’m just curious what the culture is like living in a liberal city in a conservative state. I’ve also heard Asheville isn’t that diverse is that you’re experience? 

There is a lot to think about. Sorry for this crazy long thread lol.  Thanks so much everyone I really appreciate all the help I’m going to go through and research all the cities you’ve recommended.