I need some criteria!
First of all are a few things that I do have here .... easy acces to a big airport, reasonable to good public transportation and a good health care system. I also want stores that are equal to or better than what I can get in South Dakota (read IKEA, Whole Foods and Trader Joes, for example.)
|Now that I know Trader Joes, I don't want|
to be too far away from one.
I want rental housing that I can afford. Rents are going up everywhere except in places I probably do not want to live anyway. I can manage what I pay here in SLC, so I'd be looking to find something similar ... less is better of course, but I could manage a bit more especially if the rent came with things I don't have now (free parking, an outdoor space, a fireplace, built in internet and /or TV, more common amenities, my own laundry for example).
I want cultural activities. I want adult education opportunities. I want a botanic garden. I want outdoor spaces I can enjoy at my abilities. I need to live where the streets are a bit more flat than here so I can easily ride my bicycle. (The streets where I live in SLC are just too hilly for my ability to breathe and ride at the same time, given my chronic anemia. Plus there is quite a bit of traffic even with all the nice new bike lanes.)
|The center of my possible circle of places to live|
I have to say that even though I know good things about North Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska, none are on the list at all except for the geography criteria. No further discussion needed.
|Minnesota IS a great place, but the winters are just too awful,|
in spite of global climate change, still.
I want to have close friends and/or family whom I trust to be there for me. That kind of lets out places where I have never lived or where close friends or family have moved to. Right now the family is all spread out, and changes will happen with all of them in the next few years, so I just have to wait and see how that all falls out.
|Illinois is where I began and where important people still reside.|
I probably can't cut it off the list 100% just yet.
|So much to love about Colorado!|
|The K family, my family in Colorado!|