A Highly Applicable Quiz

Here’s the results of a test I took a few days ago. It tells you which cities best match your preferences of living. This took forever to re-format to LJ- mostly because I’m a perfectionist of sorts. It’s so worth it, though, because there are so many ironies in these results. The test came at the perfect time in life too; Just’In and I are starting to seriously look at and think about what city to settle down in. 

You can take the test here.

Albuquerque, New Mexico
    The Pulse of New Mexico
This city’s International Balloon Fiesta features 850 hot air balloons each October…

Population: 471,900  |  Average Home Price: $211,000  |  Precipitation: 8″  |  Snow: 15″
(I laughed when I found my hometown on this list. We think we might retire here.)
Las Vegas, Nevada    Entertainment Capital of the World
Ladies’ Home Journal called this one of its Best Cities for Women, citing skyrocketing job growth and shriveling crime rates…
Population: 1,722,000  |  Average Home Price: $250,000  |  Precipitation: 5″  |  Snow: 1″
Portland, Oregon    City of Roses
This Oregon city has the nation’s largest forested municipal park, the aptly-named Forest Park…

Population: 2,000,000  |  Average Home Price: $259,000  |  Precipitation: 36″  |  Snow: 5″

Honolulu, Hawaii
America’s Tropical Paradise
This state capital has long been an important port city; its name is Hawaiian for “protected bay”…
Population: 896,000  |  Average Home Price: $565,000  |  Precipitation: 23″  |  Snow: 0″

Little Rock, Arkansas
Where America Comes Together
All Maybelline products distributed in the U.S. are made in this fashion-conscious spot…
Population: 595,600  |  Average Home Price: $177,000  |  Precipitation: 48″  |  Snow: 5″
(Sheesh. What a stupid promo angle. This is out of the question, anyway)

Phoenix, Arizona
Valley of the Sun
This spot in the Sonoran Desert is the sixth largest city in the U.S. and boasts the largest (20,000 acres) municipal park in the world…
Population: 3,500,000  |  Average Home Price: $275,000  |  Precipitation: 7″  |  Snow: 0″
Salem, Oregon
The Heart of Oregon
This capital city is the home of the Oregon State Fair, as well as the state’s largest on-going fine arts & crafts fair…
Population: 143,000  |  Average Home Price: $200,000  |  Precipitation: 39″  |  Snow: 6″ 

 Las Cruces, New Mexico   
 City of the Sun
Don Juan de Oñate explored this sunny spot in 1598 while searching for the mythical Seven Cities of Gold…
Population: 77,000  |  Average Home Price: $145,000  |  Precipitation: 9″  |  Snow: 6″
(My little brother lives here now, going to school. Just’In does NOT want to live in NM, but I think it’s funny that a few of these towns show up on the results)

Baton Rouge, Louisiana    The Cajun Capital
This town was named after the red stick its founder saw on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River…
Population: 603,000  |  Average Home Price: $159,000  |  Precipitation: 61″  |  Snow: 0″

Eugene, Oregon
The Emerald City
This Oregon city is home to the Hendricks Park Rhododendron Garden, famous all over the world for its beautiful blossoms…
Population: 142,000  |  Average Home Price: $226,000  |  Precipitation: 48″  |  Snow: 7″
(bladespark  , wouldn’t it be funny if I followed you here too? This one’s actually on our list of towns to check out this summer…)

Jacksonville, Florida
    Florida’s First Coast
Here in Florida’s “youngest city” the median age is just 32…
Population: 778,000  |  Average Home Price: $242,000  |  Precipitation: 54″  |  Snow: 0″

Corvallis, Oregon
    Heart of the Willamette Valley
This Oregon city hosts “da Vinci Days,” a festival of unique events revolving around art, science and technology…

Population: 50,000  |  Average Home Price: $225,000  |  Precipitation: 43″  |  Snow: 6″

Henderson, Nevada
    A Place to Call Home
What began as a town site around a magnesium plant during World War II is today the fastest-growing city in America…

Population: 215,000  |  Average Home Price: $380,000  |  Precipitation: 4″  |  Snow: 0″
I had a roommate who was from here. It’s really out in the middle of nowhere, and we only dropped by because she was taking me to the Vegas airport)

Alexandria, Louisiana
  The Crossroads of Louisiana
This spot’s restored Kent Plantation House, the oldest structure in cen tral Louisiana, offers open-hearth cooking demonstrations every week…  
Population: 46,650  |  Average Home Price: $135,000  |  Precipitation: 54″  |  Snow: 1″

Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana
    Cities of Three Flags
This spot on Louisiana’s Red River was named for a steam boat captain who cleared a logjam known as the “Great Raft” in the 1830s…
Population: 392,000  |  Average Home Price: $140,000  |  Precipitation: 45″  |  Snow: 0″

Tucson, Arizona
    Sonoran Desert Oasis
Bicycling magazine ranked this Arizona city among the top three cities in North America for cycling…
Population: 955,000  |  Average Home Price: $260,000  |  Precipitation: 11″  |  Snow: 0″
(I have another little brother who spent quite a bit of time here)

St. George, Utah
    Utah’s Dixie
This town is known as “Utah’s Dixie” because of its history of growing cotton…
Population: 49,700  |  Average Home Price: $200,000  |  Precipitation: 8″  |  Snow: 3″
(This is out of the question, even though we were just down there a few weekends ago. We want out of the state entirely)

Sacramento, California
    The River City
This state capital is the oldest incorporated city in California…
Population: 445,000  |  Average Home Price: $376,000  |  Precipitation: 17″  |  Snow: 0″

El Cajon, California
    San Diego’s Hidden Valley
This southern California town’s annual International Friendship Festival celebrates its rich multi-ethnic diversity…
Population: 95,000  |  Average Home Price: $413,000  |  Precipitation: 9″  |  Snow: 0″

Santa Cruz, California
    Fun on the Central Coast
This city’s old lighthouse now features a surfing museum, overlooking the famous “Steamer Lane” surf spot…
Population: 54,200  |  Average Home Price: $784,000  |  Precipitation: 29″  |  Snow: 0″

West Palm Beach, Florida
    The Gold Coast
This famous Florida spot hosts “Sunfest,” the state’s largest music and art festival on the waterfront…
Population: 1,216,000  |  Average Home Price: $430,000  |  Precipitation: 60″  |  Snow: 0″

Charleston, South Carolina    Cosmopolitan Southern City
Fort Sumter, the scene of the first shots of the Civil War, overlooks this city’s harbor…
Population: 562,700  |  Average Home Price: $270,000  |  Precipitation: 52″  |  Snow: 0″

Scottsdale, Arizona
    The West’s Most Western Town
This Arizona city’s official food – by mayoral proclamation – is chili…
Population: 234,000  |  Average Home Price: $674,000  |  Precipitation: 7″  |  Snow: 0″
This has, I think, a huge Mormon gathering. That fact has its goods and its bads)

Orlando, Florida
    Florida’s Entertainment Capital
In this entertainment mecca, you can wrestle alligators at Gatorland or have lunch with Mickey Mouse…
Population: 1,645,000  |  Average Home Price: $265,000  |  Precipitation: 50″  |  Snow: 0″

About The Original Kate

Along with artistic tendencies, Kate enjoys unusual people and is constantly striving for some sort of nonconformity. Kate offers a perspective that is thoughtful but well-written and full of images within the words. Other tidbits that might intrigue: she has very long auburn hair, and, you guessed it, her favorite color is orange.

Posted on February 12, 2007, in From Rabid-Mormon Land Known As Utah. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Interesting. You got NM twice. Weird….and CA and Oregan a lot too. Whatever you do, dont move and forget to tell me. (even though I know you wont! lol)

  2. The Original Kate

    Four years later, I find that we’ve ended up in one of the cities on this list. Salem, Oregon. Ha!

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