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I am sure everyone will have their own opinion as to the best place to live in the USA, but for my five cents worth we after years of researching we settled on Medina Ohio. 60% of the USA population lives within 500 miles of Ohio. New York or Chicago is a 60 minute flight or a six hour drive, you have easy access to the major cities in the USA with the benefit of living in one of the lowest cost of living areas that is virtually crime free

 

· Medina has four very different seasons from very hot summers comparable to Durban with a fantastic selection of water sports including, jet skiing, wind surfing, water-skiing, fishing along the lake front and great islands to spend long summer days with the sun only setting at 9:30pm. www.visitputinbay.com

· Over 100 great golf courses within an hour drive www.foxmeadowcc.com

· Cedar Point the best amusement park in the USA www.cedarpoint.com

· Great winter sports with some of the best ski runs in the USA

· If you enjoy hunting, Ohio has some of the nation’s best deer hunting areas

· Well priced homes www.zillow.com/homedetails/92567157_zpid

· Just down the road is the vibrant lakeside city of Cleveland that is filled with world-class arts, a wide-variety of hotel offerings, hip eateries and bars, cool concert clubs and top-notch attractions like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art and the Playhouse Square Theater District, a new convention center, Horseshoe Cleveland Casino, Greater Cleveland Aquarium and multiple hotels and restaurants. Big city experiences without the big city prices.

 

About Medina Ohio

 

Founded in 1818 and incorporated as a village in 1835, the City of Medina enjoys a long and rich history that is evident in the restored Victorian architecture of its picturesque Public Square. A visit to Medina's historic Square in like taking a step back in time, a feeling that attracts tourists and residents to its unique shops, fine restaurants, and many special events. Time, however, has not stood still and this bustling city serves as the County Seat for one of the fastest growing and most prosperous counties in northeastern Ohio.

The City takes great pride in its downtown restoration of its historic Victorian-era buildings that now host quaint shops and popular restaurants. Central to this historic district is the Medina Public Square offering the charm and feel of a New England village green and serving as the site of summer band concerts, festivals and art shows. In addition to the uptown commercial district, the City of Medina features several additional attractive shopping venues.

 

Medina boasts an outstanding school system that ranks excellent with distinction in the Ohio Department of Education's Annual Report Card. The school district is made up of six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school that underwent a major expansion. Within the City's boundaries, two excellent school systems offer academic and technology training that prepares young people for both college and the workforce: Buckeye Local Schools and the Medina County Career Center. St. Francis Xavier and Medina Christian Academy offer private schooling for elementary and junior high students.

 

Advanced education is readily available locally and from numerous colleges and universities in the surrounding area that offer a full complement of certificate, undergraduate and graduate degrees. The Medina County University Center is only a quarter-mile south of the City and offers employers a well-trained workforce with opportunity for on-going career development.

Money Magazine recognized Medina as one of the Best Placed to Live by ranking them 40th in their list of best small towns. Ohio Magazine followed by naming Medina the 2011 Best Hometown in Northeast Ohio

 

ZIP Code 44256 2010 Census Demographics

Current Population:

65,039

2010 Population:

62,039

Households per ZIP Code:

23,331

Average House Value:

$200,200

Avg. Income Per Household:

$72,162

Persons Per Household:

2.63

White Population:

59,896

Black Population:

1,613

Hispanic Population:

991

Asian Population:

831

American Indian Population:

282

Hawaiian Population:

20

Other Population:

317

Male Population:

30,347

Female Population:

31,692

Median Age:

40.00 years

Male Median Age:

39.20 years

Female Median Age:

40.80 year

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SJ27, it is good to share the info than to just research and come to my own conclusion on a set of data that I would you gathered. I am a researcher, but the forum is like a focus group where discussion takes place. It helps because it takes into consideration views and apsects that you would otherwise have ignored. For example, the take of Gmdbn and Malumute's view on the West Coast. For someone like me, this does not only enriches the debate, but helps to point to other importnat factors, particulalry for those who do not have a clue about the West Coast. Wiki is good, but the discussion forum much much better if not best.

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SJ27, it is good to share the info than to just research and come to my own conclusion on a set of data that I would you gathered. I am a researcher, but the forum is like a focus group where discussion takes place. It helps because it takes into consideration views and apsects that you would otherwise have ignored. For example, the take of Gmdbn and Malumute's view on the West Coast. For someone like me, this does not only enriches the debate, but helps to point to other importnat factors, particulalry for those who do not have a clue about the West Coast. Wiki is good, but the discussion forum much much better if not best.

 

Honestly, if you want a good discussion forum you need to go to somewhere like the city-data forums. You have a handful of people here who have lived in a handful of places. If I may be blunt, it's quite naive to expect this to be the "best" place to get information about the thousands of potential options you have in the US. Go to the citydata forums, look for the threads on the places you are interested in and read there. You will see much, much more complete information on all sorts of things including things you may not think to ask and that no-one here knows or thinks to mention (example i found from citydata that no one here ever mentioned: the schools in the cities of San Francisco and Boston are allocated on a lottery system, so if you want to be sure about where your kids go to school in those places you choose an outer town).

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"after years of researching we settled on Medina Ohio"

 

Hi Durban2010.....

 

Very interesting post, and good timing too. We are about to start job hunting since our H1-B visa has been extended and we're SOOO ready to get out of rural KY. There is a nice job going in Toledo, OH, but I am petrified of the winters! I see you're from Durban and have obviously navigated the winter issue well since you've settled and are loving it in OH. Any advice for a typical Saffer who is a bit (a lot) scared of the cold? I even told my hubby I am not sure he should send his CV because of this ;).....

 

 

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Lots of LSD trips later we are now ready to move 1 March 2015. And still undecided big time!!!! I really need some input........!

 

We are researching like crazy to find a place like Knysna (but with more business opportunities of course!) and Camps Bay (at or near the sea) but with no snow and no excessive heat! Work wise we can work anywhere. Biking and outdoor is important, water activities are a must, and we need a city that has an appreciation for good food with easy access to fresh veg/fruit.

 

The USA West Coast sounds perfect but I hear Fukushima has polluted the Pacific, anyone know about this? Is it true, serious or not so bad? We eat lots of fish, so I am worried about media reports.

 

With which city in SA would you compare Charleston, Savannah and Portland?

 

would really appreciate any feedback

 

 

 

thanks

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Forget about finding somewhere that compares to Knysna or Camps Bay, you won't find it. Charleston has a lot of historic value, wide open beaches with no waves and lots of tourists. Savannah GA I have not been to, but a work colleague said it was also very touristy and historic but a very enjoyable holiday.

 

As for the Fukushima issue, nothing on our local news. But international news outside of the US doesn't exist apart from terror attacks in France, Middle East issues or major news like Malaysia Air disasters. Bear in mind all of the Gulf oil spill was "cleaned up" or mysteriously disappeared, so who knows.

 

Charlotte has 2 lakes which would offer watersports to an inland degree, coastal cities are within 3 hrs, as for seafood online orders can have fish delivered and most supermarkets have a seafood section.

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