I recently read a post here about what to expect when moving to Chicago as I've been trying to find my next place to live. I grew up in the suburbs and lived in the city for several years too. I haven't traveled the U.S. much except a little to Tulsa(where I was born and lived for about a year), and Florida. I moved with my partner to the Fort Myer's area for about a year. Having a partner and Midwesterner with me, I didn't find it too difficult to survive. I met enough transplants to satisfy the need for engaging conversation and my personality remained relatively intact. I could have made anything work for the Lover's Key area dog beach... my happy place! I moved back to Chicago for two years and then ended up following family to Jacksonville, Florida... I can't express how deeply depressing it is here and I feel like I'm turning into a local(the feeling is terror). My family moved away and I am so lonely and unsatisfied with most of my interactions, and especially how on edge people are. The feeling of unease is everywhere... I can't WAIT to move!!!!
Thanks for making it through the detail of my back story. HERE'S THE QUESTION: Is there any other city like Chicago!? Five years of living in a hot climate(minus the humidity which is not good for me at all) has been amazing for my mood. If I could move Chicago to the southern Gulf Coast of Florida, there'd be no question where I would live. I am interested in possibly opening a dog business, so I would love an economy that supports having the means to spend lots of extra money on animal care. I'd love it if it was warm. My biggest driving factor is the feel and attitude of the people. Intuitively, it feels like areas southwest might work for me. San Diego or Arizona cities maybe? I love natural calm bodies of water- especially springs or somewhere calm and inviting for dogs to swim. I'm looking for the Chicago type of person in a different location basically. Does this place exist outside of my mind? I'm not sure what I'm willing to compromised, but I'd really like to avoid 6 months of winter for a lifetime. Thank you so much!!!!