I found this Find Your Spot survey via Alisonwonderland. It’s a bit more comprehensive than a BlogThings quiz – the questions go into a lot more detail. After selecting your preferences about various local amenities and their importance to you, you’ll get a list of 24 “top spot” U.S. cities, in no particular order, that might be good places for you to live. Give it a try yourself!
My list didn’t include a hometown for either my inner or outer Californian. Like Alison, I’m going to guess that this is due to the fact that my housing-cost selection was probably too low – that is, I didn’t check the most-expensive option. But realistically, I think both my Californians are staying where they are for at least the next ten years, thanks to things like school-aged children and custody arrangements. There’s also the consideration of extended family here too, and parents who aren’t getting any younger. In the meantime, perhaps we might make some travel plans…the results are food for thought, anyway.
Never been, wouldn’t mind visiting…
Never been, wouldn’t mind visiting – but could someone please let me know one of the four days a year when it’s not raining?
Little Rock, Arkansas
Funny, this list gave me several cities within a reasonable drive from Memphis, but not my old hometown itself. I’ve driven through Little Rock a couple of times, but never stayed…does that mean anything?
My son spent five years there (GO VOLS!), and I never made it there till the week of his college graduation, last spring. He really liked it there, though, and I liked what I saw of it; I’d go back, but not during a football weekend.
Long Island, New York
Depends what part of “Lawn Guyland” you’re talking about… (My sister is probably snorting over this one)
Providence, Rhode Island
I think I drove through there once when I lived in Connecticut as a child…don’t remember much about it.
New Haven, Connecticut
Not where I lived as a child in Connecticut – and back then, other than Yale, New Haven didn’t have a lot to recommend itself. Maybe things have changed….
Apparently this thing thinks I should move back to New England. I can’t say I’ve considered that very much – I don’t think I’m that up for the winters anymore.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Drove through it once…
Part of Pennsylvania’s state-capital metropolis, along with Harrisburg – never would have crossed my mind, to be honest
Conflicted about this one due to my Memphis roots, and the long-standing music-city rivalry between these two towns
NOW we’re talking! I love Boston – it’s my favorite East Coast city. It does have that New England winter issue, though…
Charleston, South Carolina
Never been, wouldn’t mind visiting…
Funny, I said golf was not at all important to me…
New York City, New York
My birthplace! I think I’m too old to deal with it all as a resident now, though…but I’d really like to go back as a tourist. (Tall Paul and Tall Girl are going next month; he’s one of the parent chaperones for her drama-class trip.)
Never been, haven’t really thought about visiting
El Paso, Texas
Totally wouldn’t have crossed my mind. No offense to any El Paso-ites, but I’ve always gotten the impression that nobody really wants to live in El Paso. I’m going to take an “el paso” on this suggestion, but thanks anyway.
Visited a couple of times as a child, and hadn’t ever thought about being anything other than a visitor…
Never been, wouldn’t mind visiting…and since it’s not far from DC, where my son lives now, chances are probably pretty good that I eventually will get there!
More candidates from New England…Can’t recall whether I’ve been through here or not
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Drove through once, and would actually like to go back
Sorry, nice try, but this one’s on the El Paso list. I have no intention of living in Florida again, and even if I did, it would not be in Jacksonville.
Go Razorbacks! No, can’t do it…
Never been, hadn’t thought about visiting, but you know, why not? Of course, this isn’t just my decision, so I hope that my husband’s list (assuming he takes the survey too) has at least some of the same cities on it that mine does!