Elk Grove, California

ElkGrove is a beautiful community. Lots of sunshine all year long, andit’s too warm for snow. However, unlike the California coast, thereare four seasons. You can even see the leaves change in the fall. Itcan get hot in the summer, but not brutal, and very little humidity.Elk Grove is a suburb of Sacramento, with lots of state jobs alongwith a healthy job market in the private sector. Plus the CentralValley of California is the the year-long fruit and vegetable marketfor much of the USA, so there are lots of opportunities related toagriculture.

State Capitol in Sacramento

Youmight be thinking, the earth shakes too much in California. This areais well east of the San Andreas Fault, so there is virtually noearthquake activity. It’s also half-way between San Francisco andLake Tahoe. The ocean is about a two hour drive west and skiing isabout a two hour drive to the east. Elk Grove has highly-ratedschools, much above the California state average. Property taxes arevery low and it’s a safe place to live.

Elk Grove is a very tolerant community as well, that scores high on diversity. It has a wide variety of restaurants. Downtown Sacramento is only fifteen miles away, with all the great things a large city has to offer. Old Sacramento has an Old West theme and is located right along the waterfront. The city also has lots of great museums, restaurants, parks, sporting events and the state fairgrounds are open all year long.

Elk Grove stats:

Total Population: 166,228

Median home value: $349,500

July is the warmest month, with an average high temperature of 92 degrees.

January is the coldest month, with an average high temperature of 54 degrees.

Average annual rainfall: 19 inches

Average annual snowfall: none

FunFact: Elk Grove is one of the top ten sunniest cities in the country!

Branford, Connecticut

Interested in moving to New England, but concerned about the harsh winters? Consider the southern New England gem of Branford, CT. It doesn’t receive the bitter cold and high snowfall amounts of northern New England. Winters are tempered a bit by the Long Island Sound. Branford is about 80 miles from New York City. That’s far enough away for reasonable house prices/property taxes, yet close enough for an exciting day trip.

One of Branford’s greatest assets is its location right on the Long Island Sound. Beaches, fishing and boating are only minutes away. It’s in the greater New Haven area, a highly populated part of the state offering a healthy job market. Branford also boasts a quaint main street area with lots to do. Having a downtown gives a place an identity for it’s residents to take pride in. That community feel is a huge plus. It’s a great way to meet your new neighbors! Branford has low crime and a highly-rated school system as well.

If you’re seeking a suburban lifestyle right on the water, take a look at beautiful Branford!

The Connecticut coastline

Branford stats:

Total Population: 28,149

Median home value: $298,200

July is the warmest month, with an average high temperature of 83 degrees.

January is the coldest month, with an average high temperature of 38 degrees.

Average annual rainfall: 47 inches

Average annual snowfall: 32 inches

Fun Fact: Like pizza? Who doesn’t?! Sally’s Apizza and Frank Pepe’s are both in nearby New Haven. They’re rated as having some of the best pizza in the USA!

Introduction

Did you ever notice that some other “best places” lists will recommend towns/cities that can sometimes be freezing, very expensive, oppressively humid, dull, boring, etc? On this site, a human being (me) instead of a computer will share with you some great spots where people of all ages can happily call home. I’m a licensed Geographic Info Systems Professional with many years of experience in geography, demographics, real estate research, and I love the USA. Here’s how I come up with our top spots to live:

  • Moderate weather. This could refer to somewhere that stays around the same temperature all year, or that has four seasons…just not too extreme. If it gets too hot, too humid, brutally cold, gets tons of snow or rains too often, they don’t make the cut. Sorry frigid Duluth, Minnesota, nothing personal.
  • Low crime. This applies to all types, but especially violent crimes. Living someplace where you feel safe any time of day or night is priceless.
  • Low to moderate cost of living. This takes into account things like home prices, average salaries, and property taxes.
  • Good schools. No one wants to see their kid join a gang.
  • Identity. This isn’t a “must have” but a “nice to have” quality. Most people like to identify with a town that has a nice, walkable, main street area, as opposed to sprawling strip malls. A sense of community and pride resonates with many Americans. Lets go home team!
  • Culture/arts. If not in the town itself, very close by. You should have options other than just getting sloshed every night for entertainment…even though that’s fun once in a while (not judging you).
  • Water! Also not a “must have” for everyone, but more than important enough. An ocean or lake within a fairly short distance is great, especially for summer activities. Even if you don’t go in the water that often, knowing that it’s there when you want it is a huge plus.
  • Hospitals. It is particularly important for seniors to have a good hospital within a short distance. And lets face it, we’ve all had to take that adventure to the ER for one reason or another.
  • Economy/Jobs: A multitude and diversity of industries is important.
  • Environmentally healthy: far from landfills and environmental hazard areas

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Thanks for visiting, and I really hope this blog helps people who are looking for the perfect place to call home. That’s what it’s all about!