For a thousand different reasons, you're considering a move this year, and well you should: It's a big ol' country we have here, and opportunity favors those in motion. As sick as you might be of your city's high rents, beers, and miserable dating pool, migrating to the same overhyped town as everyone else won't improve your situation.
Go inland and you’ll find the hidden gem that is Boise, the lone outpost of civilization between Seattle and Salt Lake City, home to a klatch of creatives, hipsters, and tech types.
One of the most bike-friendly and walkable cities in the country, temperatures rarely get above 90 or below freezing here, and the 25-mile Boise River Greenbelt gives residents a good reason to enjoy the clean air and rolling views of the city.
Further south, the historic Crossroads neighborhood is one of the most concentrated arts districts in the nation, home to more than 100 independent studios.
Every First Friday, thousands of residents flood the area for live music, street theater, aerial performances, food trucks, and gallery open houses.
Craft brew enthusiasts get their kicks at the Boulevard Brewing Company or seek out Manifesto, one of our favorite underground secret speakeasies. It more than earns its name.) 18th and Vine is the historic hub of African-American culture here, featuring the American Jazz Museum and the Blue Room, a swinging jazz club packing local and national talent.
No, you're not in New York City, but we can understand how you might be confused.
City population: 2,167,988 Cost of living index: 90 (10% lower than US average) If you lament your city's poor planning, crumbling infrastructure, and careless corporate community, look to America's fourth-largest city for examples of how all that Even though the oil industry isn't the king it once was, health care, construction, education, and tourism are bringing people to Houston by the tens of thousands.
With them have come new sports stadiums, new neighborhoods like the artsy Ea Do or the hipster-historic Montrose, and a worldly food scene that extends waaaay beyond the usual barbecue and Tex-Mex (though, obviously, both of those are great too).
The small-business community here is one of the country's best-supported, with companies like Lamp Post Group, The Company Lab, and GIGTANK all offering help and funding to the entrepreneurial-minded.