What is the best state to live in?

I've recently moved to California from England and so far I don't really like it. I'm still awestruck at the vastness of this country though so don't have a clue about where I'd go next. I'm looking for somewhere where I can work as a CA licensed RN, somewhere that has seasons and snowy winters, but also nice beaches and warm summers. Somewhere where house prices and the cost of living aren't too bad, where's there's a lot of bustle and people and culture but open peaceful spaces and nature too.I know it's a lot to ask:) But any ideas anyone? P.S has to have good pubs and bars too ;)

Asked By: Dazedandconfused - 8/15/2007
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Given your criteria (cost of living, distinct seasons, job market,) these are places I absolutely cannot recommend... More
Answered By: Travelin' Man - 8/15/2007
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Hmm...maybe New York or Florida...Boston, Ma. is good too
Answered By: mssarah0315 - 8/15/2007
Answered By: toon traveler - 8/15/2007
Answered By: John H - 8/15/2007
Try NJ, but away from NYC or Phil. 4 seasons. The eastern part of the state is one long beach on the Atlantic. The southern and western part of the state is farmland with rivers and lakes. But you are not too far from Philly or NYC to get your culture fix.
Answered By: joe s - 8/15/2007
the beach and cheap cost of living don't go together, good luck with that, you could try oregon or washington, i don't know if they have beaches, but they should
Answered By: Brandon M - 8/15/2007
a happy one
Answered By: x1 - 8/15/2007
Providence Rhode Island would be a perfect fit. It has great Hospitals. The cost of living is cheaper than Boston. It is both a State Capital with lots of night life but also small enough to find your way around. The winters are real, but not too bad. The summers are hard to beat; Newport Jazz Fest, Block Island, great... More
Answered By: Sking - 8/15/2007
get off the coasts and learn what America is really about in the midwest, good people, affordable living, seasons change, lots of nature, great universities...where else to be but in the middle of it all
Answered By: buck - 8/15/2007
Yeah, that is a tall order. Fortunately, you are a nurse, a profession which happens to be in high demand in the US. A family friend is a nurse and she has worked in several different states over the past few years. So, I think it is fairly easy to move around as a nurse... More
Answered By: STPabroad - 8/15/2007
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I know that sounds odd, but it's one of the few places in the county where there are snowy winters and hot summers, a beach (granted, a gigantic lake, not an ocean, but nonetheless a beach), lots of bars (it being Milwaukee), the cost of living isn't too bad, there's tons of parks and bike trails... More
Answered By: Marc W - 8/15/2007
1st off what part of cal are you from ? and 2nd southern cal gets snow sometimes in the winter . also southern cal has good beaches and we have hot hot summers and bars too . or try vegas they got alot of bars in the hotels .
Answered By: conkle_100 - 8/15/2007
Well Virginia is coastline and has variety of both people and food.It has snowy winters and warm summers.The summers can be humid though.The living cost shouldn't be to high and it has a beautiful country side.
Answered By: Big cat - 8/15/2007
If I were you, I would stay in california and live in a beach city. lots of pubs, bars and the people are usually more laid back and friendly.
Answered By: coneja loca - 8/15/2007
You are describing Burlington, Vermont. On the shore of Lake Champlain, one of the largest lakes in the US, with wonderful skiing in the nearby mountains. Housing costs are good, the cultural scene is fantastic, the bars and restaurants on Church Street are hopping all the time. The food scene is being written up all... More
Answered By: Vermontchef - 8/15/2007
I have to agree with Vermontchef. I'm originally from the capital district of New York, and I know Vermont and Burlington well. Beautiful area, and the seasons...especially fall...are wonderful in the Northeast. When you want the hustle and bustle you mentioned, you can always go to Boston or New York City for a... More
Answered By: gracie - 8/15/2007
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Answered By: grouch - 8/15/2007
Utah has everything , beaches , forest ,desert, snow, and beautiful mountains. It has cute little pubs in Salt lake and Park City too. It has so much to offer, if you don't mind the religious freaks.
Answered By: charity a - 8/15/2007
try Tennessee next there is a lot to do from border to border. The best place to be is in Gallatin which is right in the middle of everything.
Answered By: Jachensteiner - 8/15/2007
Lok further a field than the US. Canada???
Answered By: grindham - 8/16/2007
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