Friday, July 22, 2005

Home Sweet Future Home

Interesting.

I just went to findyourspot.com and took their survey. Based on the answers I gave about weather, religion, rent prices, culture, etc, they pick the best places (in the US) for me to live. They also provide links to look for jobs in those cities, look at home prices in those cities, pictures of the town, the population, and you can even book travel information. Very cool little site. Here be the top cities that it picked for me. (I'll be interested in seeing what cities the lifemate ends up getting...)
Each city has a little 'nickname' (I think the site came up with them but they might be the official nicknames of the cities?) and a brief description...

1) Astoria, Oregon (population 9,800; Avg Home Price:$140,000) Where the Eagles Fly
The picturesque views of this historic port have served as the backdrop for numerous movies including Kindergarten Cop and Free Willy

2) St. Helens, Oregon (population 8,800; Avg Home Price: $141,000) The Riverside Town
This town on the Columbia River might have been bigger than Portland if the mail boat docks hadn't burned in the mid-1800s...

3) Salisbury, Maryland (population 25,250; Avg Home Price: $211,000) Maryland’s Secluded Retreat
This active Maryland town has over 60 prominent business, social and community organizations…

4) Essex, Connecticut (population 6,505; Avg Home Price: $320,000) America’s Best Small Town
This Connecticut town has its very own giant fiberglass groundhog, named Essex Ed...

5) Heber Springs-Greers Ferry Lake, Arkansas (Arkansas!?!) (population 6,430; Avg Home Price $115,000) A Natural Paradise
The annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Races are held in this Arkansas town…

6) Mountain Home/Bull Shoals, Arkansas (again with the Arkansas?) (population 13,400) Gateway to the Ozarks
Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, this beautiful spot has some of the best fishing and boating opportunities anywhere…

7) Lincoln City, Oregon (Population 7,500) The Beach is Just the Beginning
This "Gateway to the Oregon Coast" sponsors an annual sandcastle building contest…

8) Milwaukie, Oregon (Population 20,500) City of Dogwoods
This "City of Dogwoods" is home to an extravagant Bing Cherry festival each year, complete with pie-eating and cherry-pit-spitting contests…

9) Holiday Island, Arkansas (population 2,500) Where Every Day is a Holiday
This planned community on 53,000-acre Table Rock Lake is the fastest-growing spot in this part of the Arkansas Ozarks…

10) Bremerton, Washington (population 37,000) Port to the Puget Sound
This Washington town is home to the nation's largest and longest-running Armed Forces Day celebration…

11) Nantucket, Massachusetts (population 9,500) New England at its Finest
The great novel Moby-Dick is based on the true story of the Essex, a whaling ship from this Massachusetts town...

12) Hot Springs-Hot Springs Village, Arkansas (population 44,000) America’s Natural Spa
The world's largest documentary film festival is held in this Arkansas vacation spot each October…

13) Newport, Oregon (population 9,500) Treasure Chest of the Oregon Coast
This Oregon spot's annual Seafood & Wine Festival attracts visitors from around the world…

14) Eugene, Oregon (heee!) (population 138,000) The Emerald City
This Oregon city is home to the Hendricks Park Rhododendron Garden, famous all over the world for its beautiful blossoms...

15) Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts (population 2000) New England at its Best
This spot is the home of the "World-Famous Bridge of Flowers," a former trolley bridge with over 500 species of plants…

16) Middlebury, Vermont (population 8,200) Progressive College Town
This recreationally lucky spot is located in Vermont's Champlain Valley, between the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain…

17) Westerly, Rhode Island (pop. 23,000) The Granite Coast
Neighbor Day is celebrated here each year on May 21…

18) Brattleboro, Vermont (pop. 12,000) The Hub of New England
England's King George II chartered this Vermont town in 1753…

19) Corvallis, Oregon (pop. 50,000) Heart of the Willamette Valley
This Oregon city hosts "da Vinci Days," a festival of unique events revolving around art, science and technology...

20) Grants Pass, Oregon (23,000) Where the Rogue River Runs
This outdoor recreation mecca was a favorite vacation retreat for Clark Gable…

21) Cherokee Village, Arkansas (4,650) Vacation Living at its Best
This planned community rolls over 18,000 acres of Ozark foothills in northern Arkansas…

22) Johnson, Vermont (3,700) The Heart of the Green Mountains
The Lamoille and Gihon rivers, crossed by antique covered bridges, meet in this Vermont mountain town…

23)  Eureka Springs, Arkansas (2,300) Playground of the Ozarks
This Arkansas town's entire downtown district is on the National Register of Historic Places…

24) Mount Vernon, Washington (26,000) A City in Bloom
Thanks to low crime, high income, and robust school funding, this spot was named the "best small city in America" in a demographics study…


Huh. Vegas didn't make the list? Who'da thunk it?

4 comments:

Amy said...

Seems like they think you should live in Oregon!

Or, you know. Arkansas.

Man. I know you want to move to Oregon, but every time I think about it, I think about two words: HOBO SPIDERS.

Anonymous said...

Westerly, Rhode Island! Yes, you should move there. You'd only be about an hour from me and you'd be right near Misquamicut Beach (which is the beach I took fellow WDers to three years ago). Westerly is actually very nice. I'd live there.

~starshine~

Annika said...

Oddly, Vegas is on my list.

Portland OR is first, Baltimore MD second. Both sound acceptable.

Min said...

Portland, Oregon was my first. I got lots of Oregon and California options (and Vegas!), but no Washington. I think it's because of the way I answered the rain question.

One thing - they had Medford, Oregon on my list. I visited that town over two years ago and couldn't wait to get out. Clearly, I answered something incorrectly for place to come up.