While my ID says "Bay Area, CA" I am here on a temporary basis. I was traveling overseas for the past 7 months and I used to live in Los Angeles. I haven't had a permanent residence since August 2002. Anyway, I don't think I will return to Los Angeles, and I have decided that housing in California is too expensive. I am considering relocation to another state. I want to move somewhere that has good bicycling (mountain, road, commuting) and other outdoor pursuits, decent night life, job opportunities (if they exist anywhere now) and affordable housing (compared to CA, that's almost anywhere). Some places I am considering:
Portland, Eugene, OR
Raleigh-Durham, Wilmington, Asheville, NC
Gainesville, Jacksonville, Miami, FL
Can anyone in these areas give me the pros and cons? As you can tell from most cities I have listed, I like warm weather. I would choose Portland in a heartbeat if not for the weather. Is it really as bad as they say it is? Any other suggestions would be welcome.