According to The Rise of the Creative Class Revisited, Richard Florida's book on creative minds, urban planning, and growth, 0.6% of Americans bike commute to work. In Eugene, OR and Fort Collins, CO, the percentage is 5%.jacob wrote:@JohnnyH - Again, this will depend on what [how common] your interests are and what your strength as a facilitator and bringing people together is. My interests are uncommon and I'm not a great facilitator (IRL), so big cities makes it easier for me. I actually do not consider my introversion such a great thing, for me. I suspect I'm more extrovert than I test---if only I could find more people on the same wavelength as me.
My hope is that I can find some Goldilocks location. Or convince enough people to "get where I am" (under the assumption that I picked wisely) that we can create ERE city. Like semi-rural but with many interesting people. Or discovering the next Portland, OR or whatever.
Eugene is definitely an interesting place and the home of a university. However, apparently OR taxes people 10%. http://www.city-data.com/forum/oregon/1 ... ton-3.html Even though the effective rate is 5%, I still chafe under huge state taxes. In Wisconsin, I pay around 6% in state taxes. I still feel like everyone's eating my lunch.
Fort Collins is interesting because it's one of the most innovative cities in America. http://xfinity.comcast.net/slideshow/ne ... ecities/7/
It has 143,986 people. That's a good sized for a person-friendly city, as MMM says. On the west side of Fort Collins, you've got a huge natural park. To the south, you have Longmont, where MMM is, and you have access to the Denver airport for those of us with the travel bug. Fort Collins is near enough to Denver to take advantage of amenities if you are so inclined, but far enough away to be safe from the insane Denver housing prices.