Find Your Spot

I have a love hate relationship with Southern California. There are many good things about where we live. The weather for much of the year is fantastic. Our neighborhood is pretty great too. Disneyland, the beach, the mountains… The main problem I have with SoCal is the cost of living. It’s darned expensive to live here. I just don’t see how we’ll ever be able to afford buying a home here. Unless a long lost extremely rich family member passes and we get a large inheritance, it just doesn’t seem feasible.

I’m also not enamored with SoCal weather. It’s the reason a lot of people live here. We have mild temps much of the year. Well, mild to the rest of the country anyway. And then there are the summers with the scorching heat. Hot like AZ? Yes and no. Kind of, because during the peak of summer, it’s 100+ often. No because it’s not scorching for as long here as it is there. And then there’s “fire season.” That has to be one of the most horrible things about SoCal. Where I’m specifically located, there isn’t much threat of a wildfire wiping us out. But we’re not too far from locations that regularly burn. That means ash and smoke. Lots of it.

Anyhow, I found the website Find Your Spot. Just answer questions about the weather you like, what activities you enjoy, how much you want to pay for rent, how much you’d be willing to spend on buying a home and so on. It return 25 locations you might be interested in. I really wasn’t all the surprised by the results. And none of the results were in SoCal, or California at all. However, I can see myself in San Francisco. I think the dollar figure I used was too low for SF though. The site also gives you a ton of information about each location.

My top 25 locations:

  • Eugene, Oregon
  • Corvallis, Oregon
  • Olympia, Washington
  • Tacoma, Washington
  • Providence, Rhode Island
  • Anchorage, Alaska (which surprised me a little)
  • Salem, Oregon
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Kent, Washington
  • Bellingham, Washington
  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • Chesapeake – Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Medford, Oregon
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Bend, Oregon
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Little Rock, Arkansas
  • New Haven Connecticut
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Hampton, Virginia
  • Spokane, Washington
  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Some of those places have more snow than I’d be willing to deal with (I’m looking at you Spokane) and several are way too humid. But I can see myself living in the majority of those locations. It would be really interesting to see Jason’s results.

By the way, I’m in no way affiliated with Find Your Spot. I just ran across the site and thought it was interesting. Give it a try!