John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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I found my spot

Well, I took that survey that tells me where I ought to live:

  1. Sheboygan, Wisconsin

  2. Frederick, Maryland

  3. Charleston, West Virginia

  4. Eau Claire, Wisconsin

  5. Johnson, Vermont

  6. Worcester, Massachusetts

  7. Kenosha, Wisconsin

  8. Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

  9. Medford, Oregon

  10. Danbury, Connecticut

  11. Brattleboro, Vermont

  12. Hartford, Connecticut

  13. La Crosse, Wisconsin

  14. Madison, Wisconsin

  15. Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

  16. Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

  17. Middlebury, Vermont

  18. Morgantown, West Virginia

  19. Oshkosh-Appleton/Neenah, Wisconsin

  20. Eagle River, Wisconsin

  21. Burlington, Vermont

  22. Kankakee, Illinois

  23. Williamstown, Massachusetts

  24. Baltimore, Maryland
This is what you get when you say you prefer snowy winters to hot summers.

There's a huge range of populations represented in this list. Eagle River is home to about 1,400 people, while Baltimore claims about 651,000. But the three towns at the top of the list are about the same size, each one having a population of 52,000 (plus or minus a thousand).

The number two city, Frederick, Maryland, is only about a half hour from where I live now. But I'm not sure I'd want to live there. It's an OK place to visit, but I've never found myself saying, "gee, this would be a swell place to live" on any of my visits.

The mystery is how Medford, Oregon, made the list. I did not select the Pacific northwest as one of my preferred regions, so I'm not sure how it was chosen for me. Cleverly, lets you change your answers and rescore your results. And when I added the Pacific northwest as a suitable geographic location, Medford zoomed to the top of the list. And three other towns in Oregon -- Salem, Bend, and Corvallis -- showed up in the top ten. Interesting.

Clearly, I should look more closely at Medford. For it to show up in my top ten despite its geographic unsuitability means it must otherwise be outrageously well-suited for me.

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