January 30th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Where do you want to live?

From CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The Pew Researcher Center asked, "Where would Americans most like to live and how do they feel about the place they call home?"

Where would you live if you could live somewhere else?

The bottom line is that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

They surveyed more than 2 thousand adults back in October and found that 46% would rather live in a different type of community than the one they live in. City people want to move out to the country, and country folks want to head for the big city.

And when it comes to big cities what do they have in mind? Well Denver, San Diego and Seattle are the cities most people said they want to live in. Also high on the list: Orlando, Tampa, San Francisco and Phoenix. While Detroit, Cleveland and Cincinnati are the cities most people don't want to live in.

Even though people are longing to live elsewhere, 8 in 10 rate where they currently live as excellent.

Of course the Pew folks break it down in every way possible so they can tell us things like more men than women want to live in Las Vegas and younger adults would rather live in Los Angeles and New York and so on. It's Friday.

Here’s my question to you: Where would you live if you could live somewhere else?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Daniel from Budapest, Hungary writes:
Jack, the only city I always wanted to live in, is where you are standing front of the camera right now. New York is greatest place on Earth, it's not a question for me. Wish I had a green card to work there, or were a millionaire to buy a condo on Fifth Avenue with view to the Park.

Chris from California writes:
Anywhere I can find a good job.

Charlie from Belen, New Mexico writes:
I'm already there Jack. I used to have to shovel snow. Now when it snows I sit on my retired keister and by the time I've finished my cup of coffee it's melted. I can go outside at night and see a sky full of stars. I can stand in the road and look out over an area larger than the state of Connecticut. What else should I want?

Ann from New Hampton, New Jersey writes:
Since I live in the state of New Jersey that has the highest tax rate and not much else, probably down South somewhere where the living is easy and the taxes are low.

Mary Alice from Columbus, Ohio writes:
After the week we've had, I would like to live in any city that actually understands the concept of snow and ice removal.

Dave writes:
Jack, I'd like to live over a deli.

Frankie writes:
In the Sixties. Peace and love, Jack

Casey writes:
With you Jack to brighten your day

Filed under: Cities • Social Issues • Travel
soundoff (636 Responses)
  1. David in San Diego

    We live in Paradise. We bought here a few years before retirement and moved when we did retire. I wouldn't live anywhere else.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  2. Marieth, Chicago


    January 30, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  3. JD in NH

    If I ever win the lottery I'll make my way through the 6 foot snow banks and board a plane for Maui. (And I won't be coming back.) I'll be answering the Cafferty File questions from my lanai overlooking the Pacific.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  4. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: We made that decision 10 years ago when staunch New Yorkers that we are, moved to Scottsdale, AZ. Sure it's hot in the summer, but you don't have to shovel it, or fear of sliding off the road. Scottsdale is great – except for it's pizza and bagels – nothing is ike a NY pizza or bagels!

    January 30, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  5. Jack in DC

    Anywhere but Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  6. Lois, Ont., Canada

    Victoria, in beautiful British Columbia, CANADA!!!

    January 30, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  7. Greg

    I returned home to Chicago from VietNam in February 1971. Went from 100 degrees and 100% humidity to 13 below zero. I've never liked winter since.

    North coast of St. Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands about a mile and a half from Christiansted. Trade winds keep the bugs away and the average temperature is in the 80's every day. Friendly people and they make their own rum.

    Oak Park, IL

    January 30, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  8. Jeff N, Oregon State University

    I'm currently attending Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, but once I graduate, I'm hoping that i can get my graduates degree somewhere on the east coast (as close to D.C. as possible), so I suppose I'd like to live in D.C. for a while.

    But, other than that, I love Portland. And I don't understand why Steve Cobert and everyone else gives us Oregonians such a hard time

    January 30, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  9. Theresa

    Am writing today from Mentor, Ohio . . . . .
    located on Lake Erie in the most northeastern part of our state.

    Would like to be anywhere that it doesn't snow !

    January 30, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  10. Bob in Indiana

    The thought has occurred more than once to leave the US and settle in a country that is governed with common sense. It makes me sick to see the ongoing greed that is being tolerated by our federal government. Now that the feds are giving our hard earned tax dollars to the greed mongers and nothing has yet to "trickle down" to the middle class, who would want to stay in a quagmire like we have. The Amalfi coast of Italy sounds pretty good to me. Ciao

    January 30, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  11. Christine, Edmeston NY

    In a town a little bigger than where I am now (pop. 1,824) so I don't have to drive an hour to a decent grocery store. In a house much smaller than the one I now live in (a big old Victorian) so I don't have to spend $700 a month to heat it . . . and still freeze to death. In an area with four seasons, but without extreme summers and winters. Anyone have a suggestion? (Just don't say another country, because we finally have a good president, and I'm not leaving!)

    January 30, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  12. Jenny Rome Ga

    I would want an endless supply of cash and to live in New York City. I LOVE theater and would need the cash to attend all the shows.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  13. Joe in DE

    Canada – after a lot more global warming.

    Be it ever so lousy, there no place like home.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  14. john ............ marlton, nj

    I am just fine were I am, however, there is a growing list of people I would like to throw out.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  15. gerry in toronto

    I'd live with you, Jack and see who has a better understanding of single malt scotch..

    January 30, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  16. Rod from Allentown PA

    Anywhere but the Northeast. All of this global warming is getting depressing this winter.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  17. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    It would have to be Hawaii......I can see myself on the beach sipping drinks with little umbrellas in them every day and enjoying some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  18. James Wallace, Columbia MO

    San Francisco, without a doubt. Despite the high prices and cost of living it's the only place I know where you can just BE. A liberal's paradise, and unashamed of it.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  19. Julianna, Biloxi, MS

    County Clare, Ireland , in a house with teak windows and a brightly painted door.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  20. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Showing my ignorance, I know, but would stay right here in the state of Illinois. This is home.
    Would enjoy the luxury of heading west or south during our cold
    winter months.

    January 30, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  21. John from Alabama

    Jack: I thought I would never ever say, "Alabama", but over the past 50 or so years its become a pretty nice place. But, if I had to move I would want to live in Western North Carolina or Eastern Tennessee. I like their mountains and climate a little better than my own. But for as far as moving to New York City, no way, Jack. To many ants!!!

    John from Alabama

    January 30, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  22. Dave from Orlando

    I love my country, Jack, and would not want to live anywhere else. Unfortunately, the radical right wing nut society, aided and abetted by the Bush administration, has nearly destroyed it. I believe we still have enough strength and spirit to eventually recover at some future time. I may not live to see that day, but hope my grandchildren will. If, however, I was assured we are on an unavoidable collision course with Hell, perhaps Canada or Switzerland may be places to consider. Of course my own tropical island would be nice, but I doubt you would give me that option.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  23. Joe Kovac, Clinton Ma.

    In a Country that has Universal Health. If a Country can give its citizens that along with lower drug prices I am there. This country and Canada basically have the same Drug Companies, but yet our costs are much higher. This country needs to put a ban on Drug Companies advertizing there drugs here and watch prices come down.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  24. Rob , NYC

    nowhere else–NEW YORK IS THE BEST..If I had to go somewhere else maybe LONDON

    January 30, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  25. Laurie in Lawrence, KS

    Right now my husband and I both live and work in Kansas. I'm from south Texas, while my husband is from Seattle. As you can imagine we are torn as to where to retire. I want to go "home", and so does my husband. We my compromise on Arizona.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  26. Jan Lancaster, PA

    No where else. This is the country I love. This is the value system and ideals I cherish. Wish the government & big business would recognize that to diminish the quality of life in this country by validating & supporting unregulated corrupt business, eventually affects everyone's way of life negatively. If those who have accumulated so much at the cost of their business without reinvesting in it, can't see that sooner or later they too will lose their quality of way ... business savy means nothing if you don't have the common sense to go with it.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  27. Barry from Granger, Indiana

    Hawaii. Cost of living is higher, but the Temperature always seems to be around a very comfortable 80 degrees and the fresh pineapple is like nowhere else. Also, no snakes-I hate snakes.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  28. Dashaye(Bronx,ny)

    i would move to brazil

    January 30, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  29. Billy G in Las Vegas

    the wife and I are retired and live in Las Vegas, Nevada. our cost of living is low, the weather is good and there is plenty for seniors to do.

    we don't want to live anywhere else.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  30. Anthony Smith

    I don't want to give the government the heads up but probably Switzerland, Iceland, Italy, or Austria. Skiing, good food, good women, and great views!

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    January 30, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  31. Logic Reigns in Indiana

    The Cayman Islands...no crime....great weather...kind and friendly natives...and a Christian mindset.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  32. Jerry; Alpharetta, GA

    Ireland comes in a close second. But given a totally free choice I would live in exactly the place where I am now.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  33. Mark in OKC

    The English countryside, Jack. It's gorgeous!

    January 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  34. vern-t anaheim,ca

    jack if you mean outside of the u.s. i would say canada,england or the philippines where my wife comes from.here in the u.s. it would be in my native state of tennessee but i would prefer to live here in the u.s. before anywhere else in the world

    January 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  35. don in naples, florida

    well, assuming i make it to retirement age, i am going to save as much money as I can; sell my house; collect my 401k if it still exists; and then move to a third world country, where i can live comfortably on a modest savings. The country does not matter as long as it is not capitalistic, and is not engaged in perpetual warfare– for exampe, the war on terror.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  36. Connie

    I would like to live in Sante Fe or Albeque and part time at Rocky Point Mexico. My sister has a condo there. Somewhere else so I could breath better and get rid of some asthma..

    January 30, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  37. Sue -Idaho

    Well Jack since it was 29 below a few nights ago here in Idaho right now I'd have to say Hawaii!

    January 30, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  38. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Only one place Jack---Paradise--and I haven't found it yet.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  39. Roger from Espanola, New Mexico

    Just somewhere safe where we can be treated with respect and live out our lives with dignity.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  40. Russ in PA

    Where would I live if I could? I'd stay in Pennsylvania if the state and federal government would start adhering to their constitutions, and listen to the citizens. Otherwise I'm considering trying Germany once again. Of course, their socialism is worse than ours, but at least they have an infrastructure, such as public transportation. The US is going to regret depending on cars and roadways someday...

    January 30, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  41. Terry from North Carolina

    On an Island in the South Pacific, however it would have to have cable TV so I could watch the Situation Room from 4 to 7 every day.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  42. Nancy from Richmond, Indiana

    Hawaii! I am packed and ready to go!!!!!!! Or maybe I had better check out other countries to see first about their tax systems, health insurance, weather conditions, etc.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  43. Jane M

    I would like to live in Italy. I would live in a Villa in Italy and escape this doom and gloom of this land we call America. I'm fed up with EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE! I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more!

    January 30, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  44. Gigi

    I would love to live in the American Dream but...it is just a dream and not reality

    January 30, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  45. Brian from Irvine, California

    I would live underground for a while. It's getting ugly out there Jack!

    January 30, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  46. Debbie in Warrenton, OR

    Jack, I think that the country that our forefathers imagined is the greatest in the world. That being said, the amount of unregulated greed of both the financial system and the unions, the unthinking dogma of the extreme liberals and conservatives has brought us to the brink of destruction. If this continues, we are doomed from both within and from the outside. So if I could live somewhere else, I would pick New Zealand, because they are far enough away but seem to embrace old fashion values and moderation.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  47. Fred May Sr.

    Jack, Where would I want to live? Good Question. I don't know how things are around the world,only visited 2. This country must be the best because it seems like the whole world population wants to come here. Christmas eve 1979 I was setting in a car on the parking lot at the USA commissionary in Berlin Germany. The Mayor came on the radio with his Christmas speach. I thought here we go another politician spouting hot air. I listened to what he said and after a short time my eyes started to tear up. He thanked the US Air Force for what they did for Berlin during the Berlin blockade. Since the car I was in had Maryland auto tags on 2 men in thier 30's came over to thank me and all Americans who were behind the effort. Where would I like to live ? I would like to live in the USA as it was in the period just after WW2. A country where you could go sleep in the park in the hot summer time, walk down the street at any hour of the day or night without fear. Where your neighbor would check on your well being if he had not seen you for a couple of days. Jack that is the America I know. Lets roll the calendar back and enjoy that life. An 83 year old who remembers the good times. Spanaway WA.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  48. Carrie


    January 30, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  49. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    Give me the Adirondacks. I would love to get away from all the BS on TV, Radio and even Blogs and enjoy the backwoods and all the Wildlife much more than anything. I would not miss the Net, TV, or anything else we called Modern Conveniences.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  50. Joanne Buck

    Hands down from where Grandpa came from.....Scotland.
    Joanne B

    January 30, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  51. Pablo en Tejas

    in the immortal words of Willy Nelson
    "No place but Texas will I ever own!"

    Arlington, Texas

    January 30, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  52. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    Somewhere over the rainbow!

    January 30, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  53. Ethel, The Keys

    . . . With you, Jack.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  54. Deb I , Nauvoo, IL

    As I look at the propane bill and at the snow filling up my lane, I would like to live somewhere warm. But at least there are no religious nut cases lobbing bombs at me and when the deer play in the snow I forget it is cold. However, a warm beach and a cold drink always appeal to those of us who live in the midwest in January and February.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  55. odessa

    don't matter where i live, i have to pay rent to survive so that i will have a piece of mind..

    January 30, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  56. Conor in Chicago

    Ireland. When I went there in 1996 I was treated like a king-mostly because I was from the South Side of Chicago and have an extremely Irish name (and am often told that I seem like I am actually from there in the way I speak and act). They treated me as if I had finally came home after 150 years or something. Plus, they have the fastest growing economy in Europe and work to live instead of living to work like you do in this country. Erin Go Bragh!

    January 30, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  57. Ryan in Duluth, Minnesota

    Arizona or Florida. Warm-weather states get my vote since I can stay fit and look great all year long instead of just half of the year in snowy Minnesota. I'll be happier and live longer. I would pick California if there were about 10 million less people in it.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  58. John, Fort Collins, CO

    My wife and I made that decision many years ago. We both quit our jobs in the Detroit area and moved to Colorado. It turned out to be the best decision we ever made. This is a wonderful place to live.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  59. Charlie in Belen, New Mexico

    I'm already there Jack..... I used to have to shovel snow. Now when it snows I sit on my retired keister and by the time I've finished my cup of coffee it's melted. I can go outside at night and see a sky full of stars. I can stand in the road and look out over an area larger than the state of Connecticut. What else should I want ????

    January 30, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  60. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    I would like to live on the Mendocino coast of California. I am a native Californian and lived all over the state. California is a beautiful state, and Fort Bragg in Mendocino has a very mild climate all year round, is near the ocean, redwood forests, mountains, and beautiful ranches. I want a place where I can ride my horses, raise some cattle, and enjoy a more simple life.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  61. Carl Ball


    In a word – Maui!

    If you mean another country – Australia, great birdwatching!!

    Carl from Pahrump

    January 30, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  62. Matt Houck

    I would move to china, I know I can find a nice steady job there, thats where alot of our jobs are still being shipped to.

    Matthew from Six Mile Run, PA

    January 30, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  63. Jeff in Glen Carbon IL

    I obviously prefer to live in a State that impeaches its governors! Or did you mean what country? Well, I would live almost anywhere that provides basic health care to all of its citizens. That is now a surprising number of countries with successful economies. I would say that you could throw in free education through college. There is more than one doing that.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  64. David from California

    I've lived in all parts of the United States and can absolutely say San Francisco and Northern California are the best places to live. It is the last mecca of freedom in America.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  65. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    Since I live in the state of New Jersey that has the highest tax rate and not much else, probably down South somewhere where the living is easy and the taxes are low. Got any suggestions?

    January 30, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  66. Anne/Seattle

    I'd love the opportunity to live in England for a year to have the chance to the roam while enjoying enough historical investigation to satisfy my anglophile soul. Then I'd want to return to Seattle since it's been good enough for the first 62 years.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  67. Greg in Cabot Arkansas

    Madoff's Penthouse would be a nice change of pace.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  68. George, Dunedin, Florida

    I guess I am very fortunate because I chose my place many years ago, and this is where i want to be , however if you meant what other country Australia would be my choice. It is a Democracy similar to ours, and life in general is similar to ours, and I would love to venture into the Outback, and watch Jack tie his kangaroo down..

    January 30, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  69. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    A place where people actualy care about one another. A place where science gets a front seat to mytholgy, and we celebrate scientest and other great minds instead of who ever shows there ass the most. A place where no one is above the law, even a crooked president. Yes, another planet.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  70. Bethamy

    Barbados. It's beautiful, the climate is perfect, the people are lovely, it's a democracy, and I wouldn't have to suffer through another horrible New England winter!

    Peabody MA

    January 30, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  71. Jackie in Dallas

    I'm living where I want to, Jack. I love the Dallas area! I might opt to live in a slightly better neighborhood, but I'm solidly middle, middle class and am happy enough where I am. And I bless the opportunity that this area of Texas has given me. If I wanted to travel (and could afford to), I'm 20 minutes from one of the hub airports of the world!

    If you asked me where I would like to have a second home, if I could, then I would be torn between San Francisco or Boulder, Colorado in the U.S., or the Tuscany province of Italy, overseas.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  72. Lee in TN

    There is no such place in this world. I would love to live in a place where no one takes advantage on someone else. I would love to find a place where self comes last and the next person would have just as much of a right to anything that I had.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  73. Ed from Durango, Colorado

    Exactly where I presently live, Durango, Colorado.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  74. Amy from WI


    January 30, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  75. Grace - Anchorage, AK

    Switzerland – Elite schools, low crime rate, sophisticated banking system, neutral country, great skiing experience.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  76. HD Taylor - Arizona

    I would like to live somewhere where our national and state politicians actually live by their oath to be faithful to the US Constitution and lobbyism is illegal.

    HD in Phoenix, AZ

    January 30, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  77. MR-Pennsylvania

    I would like to live in a place where there are no racists, no joneses, and where class or wealth does not make a difference. I would also like to live in a place where the weather is moderate, and where the energy to heat or cool will not make any company wealthy.
    I don't know if a place like this exists, but I can hope.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  78. CK from Connecticut

    I've been in love with London forever; it's my adopted home and I can't wait to live there permanently. That said, I'm appreciating the U.S. more and more every day since January 20.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  79. John in Atlanta, GA

    America is the greatest country in the world. Even with our shortcomings. I like to visit other places, but, there ain't no place like the United States.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  80. Sam Fairview, Texas


    January 30, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  81. Randy from Salt Lake City

    Well, my first choice would be New Zealand. The country is the size of the UK, but only has about 4 million people, it's beautiful, there are no poisonous creatures ready to bite my butt, the English accent is sexy and the beer is very good.

    Next would be some nice island in the Caribbean, like Grenada or Dominicia. Island breezes, warm surf, laid-back people and awesome rum.

    Last on the list would be the U.S. because greed is not good. Greed makes places suck.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  82. Lou Simboli - NY

    France, Swedon, Switzerland, and Australia all sound like much nicer places to live than The United States Of America. These countries value all human life. They have great social programs. And from what I understand, The pace of and qaulity of life is MUCH better than the USA.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  83. Lee in Michigan

    In the U.S. – Minnesota, to be near my granddaughter, or Portland Oregon, home of the world's largest bookstore and lots of brew pubs.
    Portland is also one of the most eco-friendly cities in the U.S.
    Outside U.S. – Dublin, Ireland. Lovely people, beautiful land and a bookstore and pub on nearly every corner.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  84. Roy - Chicago IL

    Jennifer Aniston's house would probably be acceptable for me......can you swing that, Jack? Then again, wonder which way she leans politically!

    January 30, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  85. Lynne in North Augusta, South Carolina

    Vancouver, BC. According to a survey by consultants William M. Mercer residents of that city have the highest standard of living. Also, in Canada I wouldn't have to declare bankruptcy to pay medical bills.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  86. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    I would rather have lived in the past about 100 years ago or so. You know, Jack; when stealing was a hanging offense instead of a way of life.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  87. Carole - California

    I've lived in and around the L.A. area my entire life. I've traveled extensively and I've got to say, I'd live anywhere that has four real seasons (as opposed to the four we have here: wind, heat, earthquakes, and floods), reasonably clean air, is culturally diverse, and where there are real people.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  88. Jack Martin


    I'm glad you made me think . If I could move anywhere I would stay right where I am, in Boynton Beach, Florida. My son, a builder, told me once that "You don't buy a house you buy a neighborhood ". He was so right.


    January 30, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  89. Hubert Bertrand

    The place you came from or the – Place that you are going. Jack now that is a hard one.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  90. Dave from Orlando

    To Ann from Hampton, New Jersey,
    Cheap Florida living is a myth. It costs just as much to live here are in NJ, PA or NY – I’ve lived in all three states. As soon as northerners began to move here at the rate of 1,000/day the government, utilities and insurance companies were quick to realize that we are use to paying high taxes and high insurance and utility rates.

    My RE taxes just went up by 30%, my electric rates just went up by 25% and water costs me 1.25 cents per gallon, and it’s the worst water I’ve ever tasted. They also learned that we are used to having services cut whenever a rate goes up. You’d be no worse off “down the shore.”

    January 30, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  91. Michael and Diane Phoenix AZ

    If you mean in a different country...then only here in the US. If you mean in a different place in the US, then probably on a small ranch in the high country, but withing driving distance of a fairly large city or town, but not anyplace like Los Angeles or NY City.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  92. David

    Right here in sunny Southern California. San Diego. 72 degrees.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  93. Lynn, Boise, ID

    I would live in France. They have shorter work weeks, paid vacation and sick time, nationalized health care, labor rights that make ours look like a big fat joke, a beautiful language, and plenty of wine.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  94. George Crawford, TX

    Crawford TX Jack. Just got laid off from my job (like millions of my fellow Americans) and I'm having a blast. Choppin' wood, ridin' my bike, and 26 weeks of unemployment checks. Rumor has it there might be a 20 week extension comin' too! Yes sir Jack there's no place like Crawford!

    January 30, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  95. Michael, Liverpool, NY

    Rhode Island! It is a beautiful state near the ocean and the climate is certainly better than here. I have family in Norwich, CT (too expensive to live there) so I would be close to them and that would be nice too.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  96. Larry Houston, Texas

    Jack I would rather live in the good'ol U.S.of A.Statewise, if you look at the "statistics"all those people that were former factory workersthat lived in states that had the most manufacturing(at one time) are moving South of the mason-dixon line.They are finding Jobs, but not the "pay" they made, whenthey worked as a "union worker" in the northeast, but atleast, they have a Job. Those states that had the majorityof manufacturing were Indiana / Illinois / Michigan / Ohio /Pa / Va / & N.Y. .....The "stats" are now showing that Texasis starting to become a "Democratic" State, can you believe that ? To be perfectly honest, as a "transplant" from oneof those Afl – Cio Union working states, I worked for 28 years,working at a factory, til they shut it down in 2003, then movedand started all over, but in my own Business....It was the bestthing that ever happened to me..I thought I had a "lifetime" Job,when I went to work there, especially when that Plant had beenthere since 1942, but, things change, and people have to changealso, and they have to do what's right for them...And when I made around 45K in the 1990's I considered myself "Rich"

    January 30, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  97. Katy, IL

    Jack, this is silly question. I want to live in my home sweet home and my town sweet town; a small town west of Chicago city. There is no place like home. It will be much better if all crooks are in jail, if my bailout $$ return to me and my 401K & saving rise back;

    It will be best if President Obama keeps his promise and take tought action on Wall Street crooks who help creating this economic crisis, demand them to return $18B bonuses and share to middle & poor class.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  98. bob, oshawa, ontario

    Jack, I live in a city about 30 miles east of Toronto in an large area known as the Golden Horseshoe. The winters can be a small burden but overall, I can't complain. It's the ideal place to live being neither too hot nor cold for too long a time. It would scare me to live in the U.S. because I believe most Americans have to possess a tough resolve to face life's basic challenges since the richest nation on earth is loathe to provide universal health care at a cost that most could afford. It's not free, however, as some think, because we are a nation highly taxed and that's one thing to which I object. Most of us have to be content to live where we are and that is what makes life interesting.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  99. Ted O. (Canada)

    Sedona, Arizona is the only place to live in America. There's no out of control bush fires, like California, or no landslides like California, no flooding like most of the other states, no snow to shovel, nice dry climate, & no hurricanes like almost every other state, & most important of all NO SARAH PALIN!! ...If that's not heaven on earth, it's as close as we can get to it

    January 30, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  100. Mar Tampa, FL

    I would like to live in New Zealand, Australia or Ireland. The utter disregard our government has for the middle class and poor in this country makes me wish that I could immigrate to a place that cares more for their citizens than their corporations..

    January 30, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  101. Katy, IL

    One more, no TAX Cut for the wealthy & Corporates CEO who export jobs to oversea. Tax cut to them they will pocket the $$ and continue to live a luxury life.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  102. James in TN

    I want to live where there are plenty of opportunities to get jobs, raise a family one day, ands maybe have a couple hundred bucks in savings, it doesn't matter where you live if there's no opportunity for improvment but I am glad I live in the good ol' U.S. A.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  103. Marie Ontario

    Having travelled extensively for years my choice would be Switzerland, Sweden or Denmark but it wouldn't suit most Americans who think socialism is a dirty word that should be avoided at all costs.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  104. Robin, Phoenix AZ

    I've lived all over the US and after all is said and done, I'll go with Phoenix between October to March and Chicago for the rest of the tim., With vacations to Europe and Australia.

    It really is the best of all possible worlds.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  105. David Bebeau

    Any place but Southern Missouri with 9 clear days a year.However any
    of the nice places on the West Coast and in Arazonia are so expensive
    no one can afford to live there on less than 150K.
    But I dream of it every day.............What it must be like to live in real
    David bebeau

    January 30, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  106. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I've lived in five U.S. states which leaves me forty-five more states right here in the good old U.S. to live.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  107. Bob D, Morristown, NJ

    Canada. Their government and people there are so much more sensible than ours. They know what's important, and the don't have narrow minded, bigoted Republicans who want to send us back to the 18th century.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  108. Frost


    the country American would like to be

    equal rights
    human rights
    health care

    January 30, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  109. Annie, Atlanta

    A log cabin in the little mountains here in the east, either north GA, SC, or NC, with a patch of earth to grow vegetables, surrounded by fruit trees. That way if I get poisoned, it's my fault.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  110. Deb Schmidt

    Jack: now that Bush is out of office........I'm happy as clam in the good ole USA.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  111. Griff

    Where I am right now. Where would I be without CNN..

    January 30, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  112. Karen - Missouri

    What's that old saying? "Bloom where you're planted". I'm just fine right where I am thank you.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  113. Nancy, Tennessee

    Utopia sounds good. If I'm going to wish for something better, I may as well wish big. Utopia doesn't have unemployment, global warming, and a stock market that bounces up and down – mostly down lately. It's a place of peace, fairness, and goodwill toward all people. The weather is fine without hurricanes, tornadoes, or ice storms. We could all use at least one week of this bliss in order to recharge our batteries before getting back to reality in the U. S. in 2009.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  114. Karen in CA

    A village in France an hour or so from Paris, with a Vespa to explore and soak up the countryside beauty. Their priorities are civilized , and daily life and human relationships are more important than ambition and wealth. France, in a heartbeat.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  115. Elizabeth, Sidney, NY

    I've given this a LOT of thought recently, and someplace with no or little snow, and no temps in teens for weeks on end. Also would like to live within walking distance of grocery store, library, and a couple of decent restaurants. Maybe Asheville, NC, or the coast of California between Santa Barbara and San Francisco if I had a big pile of money. In my fantasies, though, Oxford, England. Beautiful and plenty to entertain me, plus it's only an hour from London.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  116. Craig from Pa.

    I'd be off to Oslo, Norway in a minute if I wouldn't have lost so much of my savings over the past year.. I'll just have to work a few more years than I had planned to achieve this goal...but I'll get there....

    January 30, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  117. Pugas-AZ

    Fly me to the moon. Here I could look at that beautiful orb called earth and imagine that people could be living there in harmony with nature and themselves. Guess I'm just a daydreamer. I hope that wasn't a mushroom cloud I just saw. No, it's just the US bailout package going up in smoke.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  118. Richard Green

    Southern California in the USA is a wonderful place to live, but I actually considered moving to Canada or New Zealand had McCain/Palin been elected. I simply did not want my children to grow up in a country that embraced ignorance, selfishness, barbarism, and fear, and willingly gave up freedoms that had been paid for in blood for imaginary security.

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Cal.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  119. Don in Fort Gratiot MI

    Mayberry. Beside Opie and Andy.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  120. vern-t anaheim,ca

    i would like to live in my birthplace of knoxville,tennessee but anywhere in theu.s. will do.i have been fortunate to have traveled outside of this great country and there is no where i'd rather be and as they say"theres no place like home"

    January 30, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  121. Mike - Hot Springs, Arkansas

    Jack – supid question. We all are living where we want to be. If we were not – we would move. There is nothing that prevents 99 percent of us from just getting up and going. We may claim that we want to live elsewhere but when it is all said and done, we are doing what we chose to do.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  122. D - Atlanta, GA

    I would take my children and their families and move to Fiji....sandy beaches......blue water......Mai Tai.....

    January 30, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  123. Domenic from Montreal, Canada

    Indian Shores, Florida! I love this place and visit it every summer. If I win big I'll move there forever.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  124. Jeff - Payson Az


    I love where I reside now, wold not want to move. Only wish the economy here was better, but I guess you could say that for everywhere USA. If I did move I would like it to be a 60 foot sailboat and just go where the wind blows.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  125. frankie

    In the Sixties. Peace and Love, Jack

    January 30, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  126. Karen from San Jose, CA

    Anyplace else I'd like to go? Who can afford to go anywhere these days?
    Better to stay right where you are and ride this wave out till the economy gets better.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  127. Jenna Wade

    Where would you live if you could live somewhere else?

    I would live in PALESTINE and I would help to build the nation up for the people that we, Americans, have wronged for over 60 years!

    Roseville CA

    January 30, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  128. Dan from Alliance, OH

    Either Ireland or France. Ireland for the music and France for the wine. I would gladly pay the 50% in taxes if I would get at least decient medical care. I can live without all the toys Americans currently use, like a Blackberry.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  129. Daniel, Indiana

    I'm still considering where that would be. I first must determine what global warming is going to do to the sea levels and what will become of our crazy weather patterns in this world. I am still thinking hard on that one.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  130. Tom in Desoto Texas

    The first time I visited Ireland I thought if it didn't already exist Disney would have invented it. I would enjoy looking up family in County Cork who didn't come here in the 1800's and having a few pints of Guinness and maybe a snort of Jameson's.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  131. Jeff Crocket


    January 30, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  132. just me!

    After the past two winters in Wisconisin Arizona or any state with a nice warm (above 50 degrees) is looking mighty good.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  133. Theresa in Atlanta

    I've got my eye on a place in the Northern Rockies where hopefully the climate will deter sprawl. It will be a refreshing change from the finger-flying gridlock in a "city (supposedly) too busy to hate." IH8TATL!

    For those of you wanting to move from a small town to a larger city – you don't know what you'll lose.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  134. Mary Texas

    I would probably move to Norway, the land of my ancestors, besides they seem to be doing just fine in spite of being a sociialist society. However give me a little more time and I may decide to stay here since we finallly have a president that gives me hope. I'm 85 years old so I'm too old to move anyway.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  135. Tiffany, Philadelphia, PA

    Canada. I don't care how crappy they say the healthcare is. At least it's free!

    January 30, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  136. Leo In Oakland

    Italy, specifically in the country side. Somewhere in Tuscanny, Umbria, Emiglia-Romagna, Lazio. anywhere with green fields, tall trees, and lots of good food.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  137. Susan from Greenfield, Wi.

    New Zealand. This country is ranked number 1 in life satisfaction, and ranked number 5 in overall prosperity. Seventy percent of it's energy requirments come from renewable sources which protects it from OPEC exploitation, and the country for the most part minds it's own business. It also has a temperate climate. As a whole this country is the global standard for what a country should be like.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  138. Gerry, Iowa

    Jack, I live in Iowa and I would not want to live anywhere else. The weather here is wonderful. So guess I'll stick around. I could never leave here anyway. My feet are frozen to the ground.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  139. Jerry Harris

    Southwest Florida, My wife had always said that when I retired we were going to move to Ft. Myers, Fl. close to our daughter, that all changed when our son went to work in Jacksonville and he and his wife have two little boys. Not a snowballs chance in hell that she would leave the babies and move south now.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  140. Ray Kinserlow

    I dream of moving to Portland, Oregon. They have legal doctor assisted suicide, one of the highest levels of education in the populace, mail-in ballots with 70% voter participation and all that beautiful scenery.

    I live in Texas noted for its executions, teenage pregnancies and moronic politicians.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    January 30, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  141. Tom Kovalaski

    I'd live in John O'Groats, Scotland, It's on the northeast tip of the United Kingdom. It's beautiful and very laid back. I could sit in the local pub for hours talking with all the blokes.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  142. Eloise

    Jack, . . . Is there room at the Inn?

    January 30, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  143. Oregon Wally Las Vegas Nevada

    Iam going back to Oregon, Ive had enough of Las Vegas to last me a lifetime. the southern ore coast , to much rain in portland.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  144. Nancy from NC

    Hi Jack! In spite of it all, my pick is DC! To be sure, the traffic's a nightmare and it's well overpriced, but it is (in my opinion) one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen and I would love nothing more than to be nestled right in the center of all the politics, policy, and history. And being able to run the Marine Corps Marathon every year wouldn't hurt either!!

    January 30, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  145. Roland

    I'd want to move to Hell, so I could be there to welcome George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Karl Rove when they arrive.

    St. George, UT

    January 30, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  146. Jeff A.

    On the moon – not crowded, lots of sunshine, good television reception, low taxes, and very far away from US politicians.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  147. Marietta

    Canada where they have national health care is paid for off their pay checks and all have health care, teachers get $80 thousand a year with full benfits, labour rights etc.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  148. Kelli from Tampa

    I am thinking the South Pacific fishing ,drinking coconut juice all day and painting like Paul Gaugiun. I am getting of sick of the American way and kind of embarassed too.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  149. Karen - Tennessee

    It would be much easier to answer if you allowed me to turn back time a few decades instead of moving. Clean air, fewer people, and real food. Sigh.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  150. Dan From Bloomington Indiana

    France. Lived there once. Great place. Yes, it's socialist, but they actually enjoy a lot of freedoms we don't. The government stays the heck out of their personal lives and takes care of the bigger issues like national healthcare. Slower and healthier lifestyle too. yep, I said it.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  151. arlene in iowa

    I grew up in iowa and moved to arizona for 17 years..I came back home..I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  152. kathleen san juan

    I moved here from New York.
    I live a block from the beach, and there's an apartment for sale in my condo with a view that's even better than mine.
    What do you say Jack?
    This would be paradise if you were my neighbor.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  153. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    This is a very difficult and ever internal debating question especially when you have a child attached to her homebirth! I guess I created what I did not get since I remember growing up I would swear I would move away from my birth city. Comes winter and every one hides inside their houses and suddenly it becomes more tolerable! I have learn not to be attached to a location even if I am staying in the same location...weird! My mind travels it is much cheaper!:)

    January 30, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  154. Darren

    In the cave where Osama bin Laden is hiding, that's got to be the safest place on Earth.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  155. Mark from Beaverton, Oregon

    I currently live in Beaverton, Oregon. I would love to live in the Florida Keys during the winter and Seattle during baseball season. I love the Pacific Northwest, but we have too much rain Nov-Feb.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  156. Simon in Syracuse, NY

    I might be moving to Montana soon just to raise me up a crop of dental floss. Raising it up, waxing it down...in a little white box that I can sell uptown. I myself I wouldn't have no boss, for I be raising my lonely dental floss. I'd have a cup of coffee and give my foot a push. Just me and the pigmy pony over by the dental floss bush.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  157. Frank from Peterborough

    Any of the more socialized countries where there are decent and proper social safety nets in place for their citizens.

    As the number of disadvantaged and displaced grow it only stands to reason they won't curl up and die in a ditch somewhere and sooner or later they will forcefully take from those that have and I don't want to be one of them.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  158. Diane Glasser

    In the 24th Century because I hope by then we know how to live peacefully with each other and maybe by then become friends with other advanced races in the universe.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  159. Kathi Huntington,WV

    Most of the time I like it here, but.....the snow and ice we've had this last week makes me long for some warmth..maybe FL??

    January 30, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  160. Lil from TN

    My husband and I like living where we are (in the country on 17 acres) but I guess if we wanted to live somewhere other than here, we'd pick someplace warmer and near water. Unfortunately, it usually costs lots of money to do that, then if it's the ocean you have to worry about hurricanes and high insurance. So we'll probably stay here, although our backwards state keeps going redder while the rest of the country gets bluer. Go Obama!

    January 30, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  161. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    I want to live in Savannah or Key West. Unfortunately, I don't think that I can afford to live either place.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  162. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Dear Jack,

    I forgot to add anywhere as long as I get to see the sky!

    January 30, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  163. V.K. Raman, Sparks

    I like to live in a place where materialism takes last priority. Do we have one in U.S; please suggest.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  164. Jackie in Dallas

    Jack in DC,

    Have you got something special against Texas? You mentioned it twice in your list of places you DIDN'T want to live.

    Actually, Texas is pretty nice. While hot in the summer, our winters (for the most part) are pretty moderate. We have a wide spectrum of living environments, from coastal plains, to wooded rolling hills, to great plains, and deserts. We include Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, and many other nice places to live, with a lower cost of living than many states. We have no state income tax. We have some world-class museums (we're hosting the King Tut exhibit right now), some great zoos, some top universities, and a pretty good standard of living.

    I've travelled quite a bit in my life: I was a military brat and lived in Europe for four years. I've been to Amsterdam, Rome, Paris, London, Brussels, Geneva, Bern, Berlin, Vienna, Barcelona, Florence, and cities all over Germany. I've been to San Francisco, my father's family was from New Orleans, and I've visited Chicago, L.A., Philidelphia, Boston, Atlanta, San Diego, Miami, Jacksonville, New York, and Memphis. I'd like to think I've seen a fair amount of places, including D.C., Alexandria, and Baltimore. And I've lived HERE in Texas for 40 years. And I'm not alone here...Texas is still pulling in people from both coasts yearly.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  165. ajks

    Someplace that doesn't have a major recession going on right now,a place where everybody who is able to work has a job and does not take welfare, a place that has healthcare for everyone, a place where politicians actually do things to better the lives of their constituents instead of for political reasons! Is there such a place, Jack?

    January 30, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  166. Suzanne

    In my current little Florida home, assuming we can still pay the mortgage after my husband's job is cut.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  167. Gabriel Lujan

    I am single 30 so what do you think? Amsterdam! Red Light district and Canabis Sativa.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  168. Jeff, Massachusetts

    MARGARAVILLE! I need to get drunk and stay that way after witnessing what has happened to this country!
    Ashburnham, Massachusetts

    January 30, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  169. Tripp Mechanicsburg, PA

    First off, it wouldn't be in any of the "red" states where the "true" Americans outnumber those of us that can think for ourselves. Second, it wouldn't be anywhere where you have to shovel snow or chip the ice off you car. Don't want to be where it's too hot or humid or prone to floods or earthquakes or wild-fires. Like to be somewhere they speak American English as their first tongue. Don't want it to be too dry. The cost of living has to be decent. Somewhere the government wont tell you what you can or can not do or say because someone else might be offended. Sounds like heaven to me, but I think I'll wait until I get tired of all these things that make life interesting.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  170. lynnej from lattimore, nc

    I'd like to live in a city and/or country where there is public transit and quite frankly out of North Carolina. As for leaving the country, Canada and any other country like it with transit and universal healthcare would be good for me

    Folks here in the rural areas of the country are without traveling means unless you have a car or a friend with a car.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  171. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    On another planet planet in another solar system where Wall Street doesn't exist.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  172. Teri in St. Augustine FL

    I'd like to live where the weather is mild, the crime is low, people are happy, friendly, respectful and care about their neighbors. I'd like to live where families are close, children are loved, healthy and have a chance at a great education. And if that place was both affordable and beautiful – it would be even better. Any idea where I could find this place?

    St Augustine, FL

    January 30, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  173. Michelle, Washington DC

    Can I say America, however many years from now when the economy is fixed?

    January 30, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  174. Ray in Nashville

    Someplace warm!

    January 30, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  175. Bill (Florida)

    There are a lot of comments about moving south to get away from the snow. For those that are condsidering this keep in mind that winter only in the north only last a few months. In the south, especially here in Florida, there's 9 months of brutal heat. I mean Africal Hot! As for us, we're moving north when we retire, if we're ever able to.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  176. Jay in Texas

    The Feather River Canyon of northern California. The forest and the rivers are beautiful and, if the price of gold keeps escalating and the economy keeps tanking, I could always dust off my gold pans and sluice box and find enough gold to live well.
    Brownwood, Texas

    January 30, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  177. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    On another planet in another solar system where Wall Street doesn't exist.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  178. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    That's easy, Jack, back in our hometown of Seattle, WA.!
    (Its beautiful up there!)

    January 30, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  179. Doug - Dallas, TX

    Costa Rica where the big fish are.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  180. Ken in NC

    I would live in a nice cave in the mountains of western North Carolina facing the east on the high ground where I could see any politician that approaches and take the proper action to insure continued peace and quiet.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  181. me46

    For years, I've dreamed of living in the south seas, just staring out at the ocean while enjoying a cool drink in the company of a beautiful polynesian woman. The people there are known to be friendly and hospitable, but not overly industrious plus I'm a lover of beauty which these islands offer in abundance. I know I will never get there, but the dream has been worth the trip.

    Sin City

    January 30, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  182. Sharon in Illinois

    In the 50 states: Hawaii–a no-brainer.
    Outside the 50 states: Amsterdam–another no-brainer.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  183. Barbara - NC

    In a country that doesn't sell it's jobs to the lowest bidder.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  184. Dave in Astoria

    Jack... I would love to live in that imaginary Eden that Rush Limburger/sic lives in. He has only one view that he looks out on and it's a narrow,hypocritical panorama that few of us, fortunately, can accept or understand. Such is the life of a radio comedian.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  185. Willow, Iowa

    I live in a little town in Iowa, my house is small and very energy efficient, I have a large yard, grandchildren live about four blocks away, my job is 4 blocks the other way, grocery store and hospital within siight of my house. Like Arlene in Iowa, I was born in Iowa and grew up in another state. Now I have moved back home. The winters can be difficult, but that keeps out the millions that would ruin it if it were warmer. Our spring, summer and fall is among the most beautiful of them all.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  186. katyjow

    Really tired. Wouldn't bother me if I never heard the name Palin again. Enough about Blagojevich; he's not playing with a full deck. You left out one: Joe the Plumber. It amazes me how someone (i.e., white male), with absolutely nothing going for themselves can become and overnight celebrity (not to mention foreign policy expert). The media can make you or break you. Give it a rest.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  187. Tom in Dubuque Iowa

    Tierra del Fuego

    January 30, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  188. Tomika, Charlotte NC

    I would still live in the US. Its not bad. We just need to get to work on cleaning up the issues such as the economy, healthcare, immigration. Lets worry about foreign policies later.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  189. erico sobeach 33139

    I own a 12.5 acre ranch in ZXCV, Colombia, South America. I was able to secure the purchase several years ago, before marrying the mother of my 17 year old daughter. We were divorced about 12 years ago. Her shark attorney failed to 'discover' that property. It is worth several million dollars and as soon as my daughter turns 18, guess what ! I am out of here !!!

    January 30, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  190. Annie Naples FL

    Costa Rica...great country..no military..beautiful unspoiled lands..no republicans...no democrats and no bull.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  191. Tomika, Charlotte NC

    Where ever you go around the world Jack there's issues. I would just stay in the US.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  192. Karl from SF, CA

    It took 32 years for me to escape Michigan and come to San Francisco, I've been here, nearly, 32 years, and have no desire to go anywhere else. When you are in heaven, there is no place better to go.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  193. Glo Gartner Taos NM

    Jack, I live in Paradise! Taos NM is the MOST beautiful place on earth.
    Winter is snowy...but sunny...spring, summer and fall are AWESOME and the town is so friendly. I love it here and would not want to live anywhere else. Come on over!

    January 30, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  194. tanya...ATL

    I was born in a New York suburb raised in a Southern California suburb. Moved to a lil city outside if Atlanta,Georgia. I have 3 children. I just want to be somewhere there's no gangs a decent education system and plentiful work that wouldn't keep me and my husband away from the kids all day. Do you know where that is? I guess I want to live in a different place in time?!?!

    January 30, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  195. Sherri

    I would definitely choose Hawaii Jack! You can't beat 70-80 degree weather year round, with no crime to speak of, no earthquakes or forest fires every year. Hopefully when I retire I can relocate to that beautiful state & home of President Obama.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  196. Eli, Oklahoma

    The world is much the same everywhere.

    I think the question should be when.

    I would like to live in a time when money and power dosen't dominate society.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  197. Jackie in Dallas

    Randy from Salt Lake City,

    Hate to burst your bubble, but at least one extremely poisonous spider lives in New Zealand, along with some vicious and aggressive indigenous animals. Sorry, no place is perfect! But hey, no poisonous snakes!

    January 30, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  198. Sid...Texas

    I'll stay in Texas, but the way the world is beginning to look, Mars is looking better all the time...

    January 30, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  199. Mike in New York

    Not anywhere in the U.S. I'm thinking Canada, Britain, France or maybe even Japan. In fact I soon as I finish paying off my student loans it's sayonara baby! Maybe if Obama gets our government to do more for its regular "Average Joe" citizens than rich individuals and corporations, I'll think about returning. But after seeing the Bush admin at work I made up my mind, and so did a lot of my friends.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  200. Sean Conlon

    If I could, I would move to Ireland. I have spent some time there in recent years and I think it would be an excellent place to raise my family.

    -New Haven, CT

    January 30, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  201. DebM, Allentown, PA

    I always said that if McCain and Palin had won the election, I'd move. I'd live in Norway if it weren't so darned cold. I love the people and political climate, but unfortunately my aging body hates the cold more and more every year. So, in pursuit of warmer climes, I'd probably seriously look at Costa Rica.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  202. Ron from SF

    I'm happy, right where I am. Until I can afford to own, i'll sit here and watch the Sunsets, over Ocean Beach. Sadly, it's when I can see them, as I work swing shift and only get 2 sunsets a week. Well, gotta run, today's my Monday.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  203. Linda in Arizona

    I'm not moving. I used to live in northern California, and it's beautiful, but Arizona is sunnier and warmer. If I could live in another country, it would probably be France, for the reasons stated by Dan from Bloomington, Indiana above.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  204. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    I'm very happy living in Colorado. It took me 17 years to get my husband to leave California and he's a native of Colorado! Every area has its good points and bad points, but Colorado is the best place I've ever lived.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  205. Alex

    The White House. I'd be able to see Lincoln's ghost as well getting to know Barack Obama better.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  206. Alex

    The White House. I’d be able to see Lincoln’s ghost as well as getting to know Barack Obama better.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  207. ken-tx

    After a miricle would put Cheney, Bush and Rove on some prison farm together? Let me live as far away from that farm as possible.
    The closer one lives to those three the closer one is to HELL.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  208. Betty---IN.

    Where I am now in the spring & summer, close to my Grandkids & Family. We love the Gulf Coast in the winter & often go there. Hopefully this will be our reality in about another 1 or 2 years.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  209. Tina (Fort Worth)

    As long as I have good health I don't care where I live but perfably some where warm

    January 30, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  210. J Kay - PCMO

    Staying above the grass is the best place to be.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  211. Terry, TX

    Texas Hill Country

    January 30, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  212. Pierre Angiel

    Miami, Florida

    The White House

    January 30, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  213. Pat

    Anywhere Claire McCaskill can be heard. After her comments today, I'm quite sure Harry Truman has a grin from ear to ear!

    Give 'em hell, Claire!

    January 30, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  214. Christine, Thousand Oaks Ca

    If I didn't live in sunny Southern California I would choose France. I spend several weeks a year there and see that their "socialist" ways provide health care, child care, a great bicycle program in Paris, etc., etc., etc. The French are far more eco-conscious and light years ahead of us in many ways. The government actually stays out of people's lives. And the food and wine aren't bad either.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  215. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY

    When I'm good and ready to retire the old grindstone, I'm gonna to buy me one of them there wide-brimmed Stetson hats, a fancy pair of Tony Lama boots and a big ole shiny rhinestone Western belt buckle, and I'm gonna make like ZZ Top and B Line it straight to LaGrange, Texas. I hear they gotta lotta nice girls down yonder.

    January 30, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  216. Sandy

    On a military base or post! It is wonderful when all your neighbors are committed to America and respectful of our flag and heritage regardless of the sacrifices or hardships – one for all and all for one. God bless our servicemen and women and veterans – without them no where in America might be a good place to live.


    January 30, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  217. Esther Malkawi, Massillon Ohio

    Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high.
    There's a land that I heard of Once in a lullaby.
    Somewhere, over the rainbow, skies are blue.
    And the dreams that you dare to dream
    Really do come true.
    Someday I'll wish upon a star and wake up where the clouds are far Behind me.
    Where troubles melt like lemon drops, Away above the chimney tops.
    That's where you'll find me.
    Somewhere, over the rainbow, bluebirds fly. Birds fly over the rainbow,
    Why then – oh, why can't I?
    If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow,
    Why, oh, why can't I?
    can I click my ruby red heels to get here

    January 30, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  218. Tom from Philly

    Good lord, after dealing with the return to republican power for decades, I got what i've been waiting for, now we have to plunder thru the reckage and try to restart.. I'm waiting 2 years before i even start joking about going anywhere, Unless you know of a warm beach location with free food and shelter, and drinks ...

    January 30, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  219. Carolyn Hill, Jacksonville

    I'd want to live where the gentlemen Fred May Sr. talked about, right after WW2, being able to walk around without fear, checking on your neighbors, etc. We have a beautiful country right here we just need to tweak some of the negative culture; each citizen has the power to do this . Every country I have every read about has experienced civil inhumanities, greed and ingnorance. America is a young country and we are having our share of growing pains as well. But we the PEOPLE have the power to make this country the place that we dream about. I would love to visit other countries, but I have truly come to love my own.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  220. karen-phoenix

    Cottonwood Arizona! NO huricanes, NO tornadoes and NO intense heat!!! Very, very light winter!! And its beautiful!!

    January 30, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  221. Tanya Lenox

    After living in the raining city of Seattle my whole life I would have to move to Orlando... By far this is the prettiest place I have ever been and can't wait to go back. I definately need some sunshine:) I'm a little scared about the hurricanes:(

    Tanya Lenox
    Seattle, Washington

    January 30, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  222. Bernie

    Right here in the USA. Theirs no better place on Earth!

    Grand Rapids,MI

    January 30, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  223. Susie in Atlanta, GA

    Could you have solved the housing crisis in one question?? Call it swap a house.... sound like a lot of folks aren't happy where they are! Put it in Obama's suggestion box outside the white house door~

    January 30, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  224. kristi-wa state

    If I moved I would make sure it was a blue state. The Red states seem to be own their own with no leadership, small government. Maybe the oregon coast?

    January 30, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  225. Bill

    I'm an online freelance graphic designer. I want to live anywhere that's cheap, and my dollar is worth more. When you work online no matter where you live your wages stay the same.

    Off topic, but I'm a single Dad with four kids and have been poor most of my life. I find it disturbing that people will commit suicide and take their families with them just to keep from becoming me. I'm quite happy thank you. The nice thing about being poor is that when the economy comes crashing down you don't even notice it.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  226. Hank

    Jack I live in the best place I could want. A place you probably never heard of–Old Lyme CT

    January 30, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  227. Beth from LA

    Jack, because the government under Bush kept the truth of how the vets have been treated hidden, The Defense Department doesn't make sure their own people are taken care of. It's only the occasional whistle blower that has brought their plight to the public.
    I'd love to see MSM start reporting on substantive issues like the plight of our soldiers instead of some irrelevant Breaking News item about Rush Limbaugh. Who cares what Rush says, let's start reporting on people who deserve to be heard.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  228. Colleen @ Saginaw, Michigan

    nowhere else but near my beloved Red Wings in Michigan – even if I have to shovel snow, and more snow, and more snow and.............

    January 30, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  229. CM1 H.C.

    This country doesn't take the proper care of combat veterans for a simple reason: That would require that they acknowledge us.

    We're the vicious guard dogs kept outside in the rain, snow, sleet and storms and only released to fend off the enemies of this country. Socially, we are outcasts because of what we do. We are repaid for our sacrifice with a handshake, a verbal thank you and then by being ignored, yet not a single TRUE Soldier/Sailor/Marine/Airmen would go back and change their decision.

    Hooyah my Brothers and Sisters!

    CM1 HC, USN

    January 30, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  230. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY

    When I’m good and ready to retire the old grindstone, I’m gonna buy me one of them there wide-brimmed Stetson hats, a fancy pair of Tony Lama boots and a big ole shiny rhinestone Western belt buckle, and I’m gonna make like ZZ Top and B Line it straight to LaGrange, Texas. I hear they gotta lotta nice girls down yonder.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  231. Rick Medina,OH


    As I've aged, my priorities have changed. I had a second home ... a waterfront property in Florida, until my homeowner's insurance skyrocketed at an unbelievable pace ... with no claims.

    But now my kids mean more to me than anything I want. I need to be near them, wherever they choose to live.

    Rick, OH

    January 30, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  232. L.M.,Arizona

    I probably would live in Gilbert,Arizona which is acoss the sreet from my house.


    January 30, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  233. Beth from LA

    That's easy Jack.
    I want to live in a BLUE state!

    January 30, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  234. Betty, San Diego, Ca.

    I would live in the penthouse next to you Jack.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  235. Melissa

    on the east coast like new york or dc since california is broke.!!I'd like some real cold weather for a change since im from Louisiana and I don't ever see myself going back there....ha!

    January 30, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  236. Susi Learn-Tucson, Az

    jack, at 51 years old i left florida and moved to arizona. for the first time in my life i felt like some small space in my heart had been filled.

    i felt like i'd 'come home'.

    the desert is very spiritual and the mountains are just amazing. there is a wide variety of scenic views within an hour of each other.

    where would i rather be? nowhere but here.

    susi tucson

    January 30, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  237. Abby - Los Angeles

    Since it might be a few years until anyone can sell their house, let's all start enjoying the green grass on our own sides of the fence.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  238. Ray-ray

    Sell the house, buy an ATV / sailboat run them on waste vegatable oil and drive around the country. Follow the sun and strong intrernet signals.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  239. Jack in DC

    To Jackie in Dallas-

    Wow, the Texas chamber of commerce should pay you for that response. I've been to Texas a couple of times and actually have a sister in Dallas but Texas is not for me. The only thing I like about Texas is watching the T.O and Romo on TV.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  240. Melissa

    Could over coverage of barack obama harm is image…hell no! no not really since he is the only black spec we’re privy to see so frequently. He is the first black president and he should be plastered all over television. Free advertising baby and we as a nation should be proud of that!!!

    As far as dinner with Palin I hope Obama can swallow his food! Ha!

    January 30, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  241. Stephanie from Charlottesville VA

    I want to live in Key West in the winter and in Flagstaff in the summer. And New Orleans in the fall and Charlottesville in the spring. Oh, and I want to travel. And win the lottery is the prerequisite of course.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  242. gail craig. Plano texas

    Jack: I am a native New Yorker and would like to return to New York to live if I could live across the street from Central Park, wow, what a view! I have been buried alive for 28 years now in TX. I have to exert all my powers just to keep my sanity. New York is still the greatest city in the world!

    January 30, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  243. Terry in Hanover County

    My preference is a 30-acre fruit and vegetable farm along with a couple of cows, sheep, chickens, husband, cats, and dog, in an energy-independent house. At the end of our lane would be a small town with a veterinary hospital, a people doctor, a gas station, and grocery store. Winters would have snow, sometimes butt-deep, and summers would be warm but not unbearble. A springhouse over a stream running through our property would keep the corn-squeezin's cool, and the neighbors would lie to the revenuers about my still. At least that's what my great-grandmother's life was like from 1871 until 1973. So, Jack, it's not only a matter of where I'd live but when and how I'd live, too, except for the drinking part - I'd only sell the stuff for medicinal purposes. As soon as my time machine's built, I'm outta here but until then, I guess I'll stay put. Packing up all my plunder is just too much work.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  244. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Jack, there's a difference between could and want to/have to. I don't want to live anywhere else. If I had to, I'd probably pick Germany. I lived there nearly 8 years on two military tours, and it seems like a second home to me.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  245. Deb in Lancaster, PA

    For me, the question would be where would I live if I HAD to live somewhere else? That would be Topsail Island, NC.
    Lancaster, PA is a great place to be. The only thing wrong with living here is that I'm surrounded by 'way too many Republicans. But we're working on that one, Jack. Stay tuned. We turn it around, and this place will be perfect.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  246. Jan in SC

    I live in an adult community that fines you big bucks for going over 25mph, using indecent language,harassing your neighborhood and best of all disobeying the dress code. This is for real. If you need "laws" like this in a Golden Years Community I think we have gone very much astray. So...my answer is anywhere but here!!! Do you want to buy a villa on the golfcourse?

    January 30, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  247. Steven

    We don't take care of our veterans because we have a bifurcated society and no mechanism for mandatory national service for our young people.
    The vast majority of armed service members come from rural communities
    and the working class., often from inner-city neighborhoods. Very few soldiers are sons and daughters of politicians, corporate executives and highly payed professionals. Therefore, by and large, they do not identify and invest in veterans and their lives. It is "somebody else's problem."
    This is a very bad outcome from the end of the Vietnam War, where a military draft that effected everyone was eliminated.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  248. Dorinda, Dayton, OH

    I would love to live in different places during different times of the year. In the spring and summer I would love to live in England so that I could attend the French Open, Wimbledon and the British Open (golf) while there. I would return home for the US Open (tennis) and then spend the fall and winter in Arizona to recuperate and start my year all over again. During my recuperation period there is March Madness, NBA playoffs, the Masters, and the Superbowl. Unfortunately, I have to work and it interferes with my fantasy. So much for where I would love to live. I need to win the lottery.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  249. Tom--small town near Atlanta

    There's no place like home........that's a lesson I learned the hard way.
    10 years ago I wanted to move to a small town and live in the provervial place where everybody knows everybody and all is calm and wonderfull.
    That proved to be the worst move I ever made, Weve been here for 9 years and are still treated like strangers and outsiders. Since we moved we faced a financial didsater due to my wife's health and cant afford to make the move back to N.O. I guess we'll both winding up dying in this little hell-hole.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  250. Constantin (Fort Bragg)

    I came to America when I was 13. I missed my friends and my country and wanted to go back. Now I am a grown up and I think with my head. I do not want to live anywhere else.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  251. Elaine G

    I love this country and would not live anywhere else, I would like to see it return to its glory. An economic power to lead the world. It is about time that we stop thinking along party lines and quit pointing fingers as this woill not solve the problem that we all face. I have the sole supporter of my home for 4 years, I lost my job many months ago, have gone through all of our savings and my husband has been waiting for SS to grant him disability for 3 years, yet I have faith that this economy can turn around. It may take a long time and I hope that when it does – all I have lost is our savings.

    Orlando, Florida

    January 30, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  252. Steve K.

    I read all the comments above. People missed it all. The best place to live, if you can afford it, is on a cruiseship that travels around the world, Good food, great entertainment , great people,etc. The only problem is you have to be retired,

    January 30, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  253. Johnny

    I would want to live in peace somewhere in Trinadad it beatiful and peaceful in the mountains no worries nor trouble by the way seems like everyone is poor but no pressure and no one trying to kill or take advantage of you I can live like that I bet if everyone was poor we wouldn't have to think about this stimulous package, who is it really for !! Just really let me know

    January 30, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  254. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    I had a tee shirt once that said "anywhere but here". Bob Dylan's "Stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again" comes to mind also. If I wasn't a prisoner of my house, I'd move closer to my aging parents in a heartbeat. They live in the cold, snowy, Windy City.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  255. Jason, Sacramento

    New York. It's where I grew up and there's always something going on. And I know for a fact that you love New York too, Jack.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  256. Perdita

    More infrastructure Jack. I have been laid off from the manufacturing industry since late2007 and have been looking for a full time job ever since. I don't need another tax cut...I need a job...and so do the 4 million who have applied for unemployment. Then Congress needs to get over itself and get the bill passed and the economy moving.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  257. Trina B...Joliet, IL

    On my own private island...where I can have all my rights back and not worry about big banks screwing things up. Oh, and it would have to be warm year round. 🙂

    January 30, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  258. vern-t anaheim,ca

    i live here because i own property here and would take a big economic loss if i were to sell to move somewhere else.california where i live is in dire straits from the illegal alien problem ,this is now a welfare state

    January 30, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  259. dennis

    It currently looks to like the House is following wall st, when it comes to spending, Remove all the pork and put it towards tax incentives.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  260. Perdita

    Jack I live in a charming community just east of San Francisco. I've traveled quite a bit and know first hand, it would be hard to find a more ideal place to live. My current problem is finding a job, so that I can maintain the lifestyle I've grown so fond of.
    Alameda, California

    January 30, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  261. Greg, Ontario

    I love my country Jack and consider Canada very lucky to have America as a neighbor. We have so many things in common it's hard to tell us apart sometimes. Sure we have some different way of looking at some things but I would hope you would choose us if you had to go somewhere other than America.
    If my neighbors house burns down he's staying with me not in some Hotel.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  262. matthewbenzor

    Highland,california east highlands ranch the ultimate place to live newport beach is 30 minutes for summer time fun big bear is 20 minutes for skiing,snowboarding in winter it sits just below the hills and part on the hill the veiw is so awsome theres even a casino here if you like to gamble .

    January 30, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  263. Cori

    Let's face it, a majority of people In the U.S. are rich compared to underdeveloped countries. Should it matter where they live; they have a roof over their heads and should be thankful. Being able to "pick" a place to live, albeit the city or the countryside, obviously says with options like that...we're spoiled.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  264. Imani

    I'm with JANE M...Italia, here I come...just as soon as I can dump this house! Pretty soon, there will only be the very rich or the very poor left on Long Island New York.

    Imani from Long Island NY

    January 30, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  265. Bella in Naples

    I've walked the beautiful beaches of Naples for 15 years and
    really, I'm totally bored with it. I've played golf and tennis
    on a daily basis, and exercised too. If I don't have mental
    stimulus, I might as well be brainless. I want to live in
    Georgetown, near D.C. I want a fireplace, books, a small
    dog and access to transportation to get me to the Supreme
    Court, the National Gallery, the Library of Congress,
    the Whitehouse, and all the other places of historical interest.
    That is what I am interested in and so that's where I want to live. But, since the economy is so bad, I'll live the rest of my life in Florida, sitting in the sunshine and hoping that
    I don't get skin cancer again. Is it that one always wants what one can't have?

    January 30, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  266. Kim in Dodge City, KS

    I'd like to live in the corporate penthouse of AIG. That way I could be wealthy beyond belief, and the government would subsidize my life style with taxpayers money. Hey, if you're gonna dream, dream big.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  267. Anne

    You know what, Jack? I'm pretty happy right where I am. (Norman, OK)

    January 30, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  268. perry jones

    in iowa were they have spring summer fall and winter

    January 30, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  269. Luke from Ohio

    Fairbanks Alaska

    January 30, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  270. Paul H from Los Angeles, CA

    I almost decided to live in Canada during George W. Bush's presidency. But now that Barack Obama is our president, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else than here, in the United States of America.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  271. Susan from Idaho

    I live in Idaho and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. The wages are low, the expectations are lower and we are hanging steady in our economy. We have had a hardy influx of California trans plants and they have brought their money with them.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  272. Justin

    Asheville, NC

    January 30, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  273. Stacy Dace


    January 30, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  274. Chris from California

    Anywhere I can find a good job.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  275. Kristen - Mackinaw, IL

    Perth, Australia

    January 30, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  276. sonia

    Paris France or Florence, Italy. I want a different lifestyle where I don't feel like I need to work 90 hours a week.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  277. Philip Greer

    Sonoma or Napa valley CA.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  278. Bill, Bristol CT

    Well the Pew guys got one thing right. Having visited Las Vegas, I could certainly live there, and being a young TV professional, I know eventually I have to live in either Los Angeles or New York. For now, I'm sick of winter and Yankees fans, so I definitely would like to live in LA.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  279. Mike, Pittsburgh

    I'm a stubborn guy, so I'm pretty happy to tough it out here in Pittsburgh for now. I have heard good things about Portland, though.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  280. Bianca, San Francisco, CA


    January 30, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  281. priyadarshi

    Mars if i could , away from crook politicians – Priyadarshi , FL

    January 30, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  282. casey

    with you Jack to brighten your day

    January 30, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  283. Mary Papi

    Anywhere but here!


    January 30, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  284. James Quinn


    In this economy, I won't be picky. I'll move anywhere that will give me a job.

    Tempe, AZ

    January 30, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  285. Marrisa Rose

    If I could live anywhere, it would be New York City. I've been stuck in the suburbs all my life and I think it's time for a change of scenery.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  286. Daniel

    Obama's White House. It appears that he's been having a good time there, and I'm always up for a good drink.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  287. will

    I would like to live in Jack Cafferty's house

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  288. Wes Guthrie

    I would like to live in London

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  289. Caitlin

    I'd rather live on Cape Breton Island in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada. I love the maritimes!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  290. Mac-Florida

    Where would I live if I could go anywhere? As far away from every other human being as I could possibly be and still get cable and internet.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  291. Casey in Raleigh, NC

    I would rather live in a more creative city like Seattle.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  292. Debbie

    London, England where I'd never have to drive to get anywhere again and the accents wouldn't be bad either.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  293. Chuck Canada

    Somewhere hot, on the beach.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  294. Don in L.A.

    Jack, I'd live next to you!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  295. HOGGY

    Venice, Florida

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  296. Mike Huestis / California


    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  297. Rachel Baker

    I would like to ive anywhere but Massachusetts!!!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  298. Manny

    I don't know about you Jack, but Mexico's economy is starting to sound pretty tempting to me.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  299. dave c

    Jack, I'd like to live over a deli.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  300. patrick w.

    I live in Las Vegas and if I were to ever move it would be a tie between Phoenix and Portland.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  301. lynn newport beach, ca

    right where I am, Newport Beach CA

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  302. Dawn

    I'd think I'd enjoying living in Canada. They don't seem to think intelligence and liberalism are things to be ashamed of.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  303. Sondra Hall

    Pennslyvania here. Much rather live in St. Thomas USVI.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  304. Jay Wayne


    I DO live somewhere else, finally... Escazu, Costa Rica

    Jay Wayne

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  305. morris

    HEAVEN...I hear it's supposed to be peaceful there.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  306. John

    Norman, Oklahoma Jack! They've got one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, incredibly low cost of loving, and can provide great entertainment with the football team down the street

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  307. Horace

    I would like to live in Bakersfield, California. It's a great community, but the only bad thing about it is that they are many conservative republicans. :(.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  308. Maurice

    I would like to live in San Diego it has the weather and the views and it is on the ocean.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  309. Lynn & Vince

    We Love San Fransisco, but once we tried to navigate the day to day and the costs,we changed our mind. We are now planning to live in San Juan, PR where I used to work 8 years ago.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  310. Henry Eze

    In a prison yard with free food and drinks!!!!!!!!!! cool

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  311. Don Logan

    Krabi Beach Thailand is, IMHO the most wonderful place on earth. The cost of living in THailand goes about 4 time further then here in the US and the weather is truly tropical.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  312. Kathy Benicia California

    I'd live in the white house! We just broke barriers with the first african-american president, next should be first asian-american! Vote for me!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  313. Kensey

    I currently live in San Francisco and even as a 24 year old working professional, I would love to live in the country, Napa or Sonoma Valley.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  314. Justin

    Down the road...in Phoenix metro area. I love it here and all of the opportunity that this growing city gives me.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  315. Belinda

    Paris! There is no place else like it on earth.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  316. Royce

    I would like to live in Amsterdam if I had to live in another country. It's party central over there lol. As for here, I think Washington D.C. I have visited there, and the capital has so much history. Oh ya, I live in San Diego by the way.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  317. Bob from Florida

    Hawaii from January through March.
    Austria the rest of the year

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  318. DB

    In a vacation home belonging to one of those Wall Street people who just got a multimillion dollar bonus...

    New York,. NY

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  319. Amber Rodriguez

    The White House

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  320. Diliza

    I would like to line in Japan because i love sushi.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  321. Chase

    Most beautiful place in America.... Boone, NC. Oh, wait.... already there. Happy Days!!!!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  322. chuck

    I want to live in Sarah Palin's neighborhood...so I can see Russia from from back yard.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  323. Bob - Northern Illinois

    In my past life I worked over 25 years overseas, in one location or another, totaling about 40 different countries. If I had my choice and could swing it I would love to live in 1) Thailand, 2) Greek Islands, and 3) Central Argentina. If limited to the USA? Alaska . . . . it is a really beautiful state.


    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  324. G.

    I'd live in the White House!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  325. Rebecca

    If I could I would live in Chicago, IL.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  326. Miles Brokenshire

    If there was one place I'd live, it would have to be the moon. I wouldn't have to worry about dairy, and I'd have a pretty good view.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  327. James Clipp

    In your house jack, that way I could hear you rant about Nancy Pelosi all day.

    -James Clipp
    Delmar, NY

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  328. Mike DePersia

    Where would I like to Live? I guess wherever Bush had Cheney hidden for 8 years. No one would ever find me or bother me. Like those pesky bill collectors.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  329. Dana

    If I did not have to worry about the exchange rate and the declining value of the dollar, I would live in Paris. I have some friends who live there now and they are pinching pennies because they are living off their retirement savings which are not worth bupkuss!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  330. Sontho

    I would live in Canada.... I have yet to meet a Canadian that complains of their living arrangements...

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  331. Cristin O

    New York! I know it sounds cliche but it's like a giant version of my city (DC). It would be nice to meet people who don't already know a few of your friends and family members.

    Plus, I'd be lying if I said the constant romanticizing of "The City" in movies and music didn't affect me.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  332. Carl from San Francisco

    BC Canada!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  333. Arielle Haze

    I love where I live (Glendale, CA), but if I had unlimited funds and could retire, I'd move to Sedona, AZ.

    Sedona is beautiful, and I love the new age movement and hiking opportunities there! I would also open a jewelry store and art center to create and sell sterling silver artistic creations! It's been years since I've done this, and it may be years til I create silver art again...

    Arielle Haze
    Glendale, CA

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  334. Carl Garlitz

    I'm a vietnam veteran and i am probably speaking for several hundred thousand Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans who's agent orange benefits have been denied them starting with the Bush Administration President O'bama could restore these benefits with a swipe of a pen so while they are dealing out these billions of dollars to banks, auto companies and alot of porkbarrel projects will he think about us sailors and marines and restore our benefits that we rightfully earned.


    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  335. Arka

    Wherever the weather stays around 70-80 F (that's why we all love San Diego and Miami!).

    and wherever the people are friendly (that's why I love Irwin, Pennsylvania!).

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  336. allen

    new zealand

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  337. Andrew Thorson

    I am happy with where i live now (Minnesota).

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  338. m.w. stark

    I now live in Florida. I'd rather be living in Heidelberg Germany or on Lake Como in Italy. In reality i'd move to Astoria OR in a heartbeat if the price were right.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  339. Harry

    I would love to live in Denver, I agree and thinks that it is a wonderful place to live. My company is thinking of transfering me there.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  340. Brian in New York, NY

    Jack, I'm a 26 year old "young professional" living in New York City and loving every minute of it. I cannot fathom wanting to move in to the country! However to answer your question, I WOULD prefer to live somewhere else – San Francisco. Yes, from one city to another..go figure.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  341. BK

    The Beach area in North Carolina would be my first choice – Panhandle of Florida 2nd and where we presently live is 3rd and most likely will be the place we stay!!!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  342. dying for AMSTERDAM

    great brownies in AMSTERDAM!!...do i need to say more? *cough**cough!!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  343. Tito - Minnesota

    I am a warmed blooded Puerto Rican guy living in Minnesota, don't ask how I got here.... I would move to Seattle in a hearbeat !! You have everything there: Mountains, Snow, Ocean, Another country hours away, just in case things get too bad in the states.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  344. Nick

    take out an ad in the classified section if you need a roomate , Jack!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  345. Michael in Miami

    Well Jack, I have to say I'd much rather live in New York City than Miami. As a gay democratic young man, the political voice I hold in the state of Florida is almost completely muffled by the loud evangelicals that control this state.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  346. Stacy Nordquist

    Well, France, of course! The food is delicious, the language is beautiful, the lifestyle is civilized and the people are great conversationalists!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  347. Diliza

    I would like to live in Japan because i like sushi

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  348. Kristin Norena

    I am originally from Miami, FL, currently living in Tallahassee, FL (just finished school) but would like to move to Tampa, FL or Orlando, FL. I am a big city girl, but can't keep up with the lifestyle in Miami, FL that is why I would like to move to Central Florida.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  349. Shawnj1215

    I would like to live in toronto because of its culturally different. But if it had to be in the states i would say orlando.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  350. Jeannie Floyd

    I am a native (rare) of Orlando and absolutely love my city. We have the best of everything. If I were to live elsewhere, I'd be living on the beach and castnetting in Apalachicola, Florida.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  351. nicholas koulianos

    i would say tampa bay fla

    January 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  352. danny

    I liven in NJ but If I have a choice to live I live in Dallas, TX or any city in TX. I have lived there before.
    1) No State Taxes
    2) Low Cost of living
    3) Affordable Housing
    4) more and more companies are moving south these days...what more you want...
    5)School districts are better
    6) Better infrastructure than NJ – NO TOLL
    7) Fuel cost low
    and on and on and on......

    It is no brainer...NOW

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  353. Michael D from Tampa

    I would like to live in a place without any republicans. Even after the people rose up in this last election against them, they still continue to try to ruin this country with their stupidity.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |

    Hi JACK,

    I would like to live in MIDLAND, TEXAS, IF it was not for G.W.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  355. Adrian Cornelius

    I would live in Houston, TX, although I currently live in one of it's suburbs, Spring, TX. I believe Houston is the best kept BIG CITY secrets in the country. It's the nations' 4th largest city, and has one of the least expensive costs of living around. Houston is also very diverse and has plenty of culture and attractions to offer. Houston is definitely the place to be.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  356. Mary Alice (Columbus, OH)

    After the week we've had, I would like to live in any city that actually understands the concept of snow and ice removal.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  357. David Pretzer


    I currently live in a suburb of Phoenix, but if I had to live somewhere else I would like to try out the northwestern part of Oregon for a while. I have visited there many times and I think it's the most beautiful place I have been. It is definitely different from Arizona! Plus the grass IS greener there, along with everything else!

    David Pretzer

    Chandler, AZ

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  358. Ray in California

    I wouldn't want to live in Settle or Denver. I would buy an island off the coast of the US. This way I can enjoy a peaceful day without the stress of the news from whether or not President Obama is wearing a tie or which parts of the stimulus bill is actually going to stimulate the economy. At the end of the day, it may not stimulate the economy, but we are gonna going to get a more efficient energy grid and high speed internet right?

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  359. JF from OR

    New York, New York

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  360. Debbie

    I would like to live next to George Bush so that I could live just like him.


    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  361. Palikar

    I would live in a new universe where I'm God !

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  362. Sara

    On a sparsely-populated tropical island where the only crisis being discussed is whether to have cocktails at 3 or at 5 and if they should be with rum or gin.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  363. Liam English

    I love living in Vermont. There are so many good qualities about this place, not the least being it is the ONE state that George W. Bush never visited during his presidency. Indeed, there are several towns in which the local constabulary would be required to arrest him. Go Vermont!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  364. Mary

    I can't wait to get back to Buffalo, NY– if only they had jobs. But they have everything else!! Pleasant summers, friendly people, lots to do. And yes, they do get snow, but it doesn't last long– it melts fast. I live in Minnesota for now and haven't seen the ground since November and am freezing. I'll take Buffalo any day. Pizza and wings there can't be beat either!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  365. Jacob

    If heaven is an option, i will take it.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  366. cedric a

    mars , I've heard the weather is excellent this time of year!!!!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  367. Zeke

    People who want to live in Phoenix haven't spent more than a few months here, if that. Our more affluent residents live her in the winter and move back northeast once it starts to heat up again.

    For the last eight years, Canada has seemed like a really nice option to, though suddenly it seems a bit drastic. I'd like to see rain again, so I'm looking at Seattle.

    Then again, after 11 years with triple digit heat and no precipitation, the Yukon still doesn't seem like a bad alternative.

    Phoenix (obviously)

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  368. Ellie

    Judging from the remarks everyone makes when they are visiting where I live, they all want to live here .... Costa Rica!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  369. Gayle

    I would love to live in brentwood california but who can afford that now

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  370. Cameo (Memphis, TN)

    In November 2008, I moved from Las Vegas (where I'd lived since 1993) back to Memphis (where I was born) to be closer to my aging father and take care of my mom's affairs (who just passed away). Even after 15 years in Las Vegas, I don't miss a moment of it. Memphis isn't ideal. The crime rate is a little too high and this not being able to find work is grating but I enjoy the landscape and how friendly people can't be. This snow and ice could go away and it would be almost perfect!!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  371. Kim Renee'

    Well I just moved to Florida from Boston and I like it but if I could relocate again I would agree with the other younger ppl and say L.A.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  372. Ryan

    I have lived in central Indiana all my life.
    It has great summers and miserable winters.
    I fell in love on a visit to the Seattle Washington area.
    It's close to the Pacific ocean and Canada.
    It also has mild humidity in the summers.
    Indiana will always be home, but after my kid graduates, I am getting a one way ticket out there.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  373. eleanor

    I'm in perfect place already and very grateful for it. I have a university, concert halls, and more libraries than I can keep up with, great weather, and a small comfy apartment. The grass is not greener elsewhere; in fact, it's got snow on it probably. eo in LA

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  374. Don

    Hello Jack,

    If I could live anywhere I would probably choose to live on an island that has little or no taxes.


    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  375. Sonia Prince, NH

    Anywhere where they offer healthcare at an affordable cost. It's ridiculous how much money is thrown at healthcare and greed takes over. France, Canada, England, Cuba, Mexico....all offer their citizens healthcare at a reasonable cost and EVERYONE is covered. We need to be more humane towards one another. We send millions abroad for the poor who need healthcare, yet we watch our own die.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  376. Ross from PA

    I live near Philly, it's a great place...close to the ocean with access to pleanty of cheese steaks...but i wouldn't mind packing up and heading to the Virgin Islands and change in that cheese steak for a pina colada!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  377. Carolyn Touhey

    Hi. After traveling extensively, asking ourselves the same question about where we wanted to "grow old," we discovered Vancouver Island, British Columbia when I traveled to Vancouver to give a marketing seminar for a trade conference. Oprah and Donald Trump have both commented publically about this incredible slice of paradise–temperate climate, nice people, water and mountains everywhere you turn. We packed up our businesses and homes and immigrated to British Columbia where we built a new home and B&B/vacation rental; yet thanks to technology, I still do my marketing consulitng in the US. It's the best of both worlds, and definitely a place you should visit. Check us out–www.TwoEaglesLodge.com and come visit so we can show you this NorthAmerican paradise!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  378. Frank Cape Coral, FL

    I have given it some thought and all I can come up with, NOT ON THIS PLANET, way to many smart people that claim they can fit it and really don't have a clue as to what to do and they all work in Washington DC.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  379. Vick, NYC

    Australia. Or maybe Capri.

    Yeah. Capri is nice.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  380. Michael, Killeen, Tx.

    I would say the polar cap in order to avoid recession and foreclosure but according to Al Gore in 5 years it will be gone due to our negligence. Plus I don't want to see Sara Palin staring at me from her back yard.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  381. Greg in Cincinnati, Ohio

    Jack, any place is a great place to live if you can afford to live well or at least well enough. But even more than that, if your family lives there (and you get along with them) and you like the weather, you will like living there.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  382. Paul Rogers, Walker, Michigan

    Hello Jack,

    This is an awesome questions. It has been my dream and goal to be able to move to Scottsdale, Arizona. I have lived in Michigan my whole life and it is not fun anymore and I can't stand the winter or cold weather.

    Walker, Michigan

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  383. kenny

    I would move to the Dominican Rebublic. I am a white american male and my familly has been here for 200 years but i just feel like WE are on the wrong track.....i mean have you looked at this so called stimulus bill or should i say lack there of! libertad vive los estadios unidos

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  384. Joanna

    I live in Jersey City, NJ. It is less than a mile away from Manhattan and even though it isn't as fast-paced, it's faster than most of the country. I absolutely love it and I love New York but, reiterating your point, I would like to live elsewhere. However, I do not want to live in another kind of environment. I am a city person who wants to move to another city. Los Angeles, London, and Chicago are at the top of my list but if offered, I would move anywhere except Florida. Yes, I would choose Detroit over Florida any day.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  385. Kathy Lewton

    Jack, Jack, Jack - why give free publicity to a bogus survey?? It's obvious that the Pew people gave voters a list of cities to choose from - rather than letting people vote for a city of their own choosing. MIA: New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Austin, Boston, Honolulu . . . . . .

    When you force choices from a list of cities that the researcher limits, this doesn't tell you anything meaningful.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  386. Shawn O

    I would want to live on the far side of the moon.......
    Only then I can hope that i will never be forced to see the catastrophic effects of Barack Obama's presidency....

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  387. Dennis in Denver

    Moved to Colorado 12 years ago from Wisconsin and am loving it. Currently 58 degrees and a blue sky! Can't beat that!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  388. Anne Barber

    The United Kingdom or Spain.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  389. Tone las vegas, NV

    Eugene,OR the dust dirt grime and horrible drivers has taken its toll on me. When you live in the desert you're not looking for greener grass, just grass. Eugene is green and liberal and that's enough for me. Besides that....anywhere but Alabama

    January 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  390. Barbara


    January 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  391. Barbara Wenger

    Wild horses couldn't move me away from the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  392. Matt, Boston

    Where would I like to live? Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. The republicans want to build a fence to keep "them" out. Wait until I get down there first please!

    I'd like to sell everything and open a Tiki-Bar on the beach. I'll open from 4pm – 2am 4 days a week. Get me a nice bungalow with a hammock out front between 2 palm trees.

    You can keep your red vs blue, your Wall Street scandals, your corrupt talk show hosts. I'll settle for "the good life" making drinks for happy people and a noon siesta thank you.

    "Swing Life Away" is MY dream thank you.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  393. Nick (chicago)

    do you need a roomate, jack?

    January 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  394. Matt Smithers

    N. Fl > Sicily.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  395. DeWayne

    Hello Jack:

    I rather live in Washington, DC with the new President. However, very few working class people can afford the cost of living there. So, as an alternative, I will have to choose Tampa, Florida. In that case, if I become homeless, I can endure the climate.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  396. kelvin morton

    I'd like to live in Europe, y'know, where history, compassion, culture and socialized medicine come from.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  397. vesna

    I would like to live in Sweden: the most "socialistic" state in the world, which is actually a kingdom! Paid leave, mother's leave of two-three years, an anual stipend for every live birth of a child.....Ah! I would move tomorrow!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  398. Dave

    Montana – duh!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  399. John Onyango

    I would love to live in Seatlle, I currently live in Oklahoma, and before and after the election, the people here have still refused to open their eyes, some swear we dont have a president because their guy lost, and if do not agree with them on anything you are wrong and are no longer their friend.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  400. john henry

    jack, i live outside Detroit. I want to upgrade Cleveland looks so good!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  401. Manolo Kansas City

    I would like to live in San Diego.....but I'm stuck in close minded Kansas with all the rednecks who think President Obama is a Muslim!!!!!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  402. Jim SHOWALTER

    Well, Jack, if my wife and I were to move away from San Francisco, then we would consider Paris, Sorrento, Arles, or any place in Tuscany or the south of France. No place else in America, however.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  403. Jack3

    Jack: I grew up in Cincinnati and now live in Atlanta. Cincinnati was a great place to grow up, what with a large family and friends, what could be better. But the sunny south is the place to be, little or no snow. As for the people, Americans in general are wonderful.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  404. steve v, ind

    the whitehouse would be my choice,free limmo,free plane rides ,free bodyguards,free food,my own movie theater,,and i wouldnt have to keep my heat at 68 degrees i can turn it up

    January 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  405. Bryan

    Anywhere where I can see Sarah Palin or Nancy Perlosi on TV. !!!

    Anywhere where a lady having 8 children is not thought news worthy.

    Anywhere where Nacy Willis stops saying that we should all have 6mths expense....if we had that accross the country there would not be an issue in the USA today.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  406. Christian Paul

    If I could live somewhere else, I would live in planet X, which is somewhere in the Y galaxy. Far away from all the nonsense
    of this world. No?

    January 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  407. Loudyk

    Having spent the first 35 years of my life mostly in L.A., with the last 10 years of those in Philly, I have spent the last 15 years in Wyoming. I don't like the winter wind here or the political bend of the state, but there is something wrong with every location. Eden does not exist. When 9/11 happened, and now while the economic woes are killing this country, I can't think of anywhere else I would rather be. People are friendly and helpful and priorties are more in line unlike the greed that can be found in more populated locations. If I need a big city, Denver is 4 1/2 hours away. That is close enough for me.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  408. Robert - Palm Springs

    I want to live in LA. That's where the higher paying jobs are and I love it there. I was born there for crying out loud. I'd take San Diego too, but there just isn't enough pay there to pay rent. So, I live in Palm Springs, work and enjoy the little that I have.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  409. James

    Somewhere in the Pacific Ocean where i can Fish and eat Native Plants

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  410. Tony Delleani

    Having travelled around the country ,the NYC metro area is where I live and couldn't imagine anywhere else. As far as country v. city ... come on get real...city = life.

    If given a choice for a vacation home, I'll take Tuscany (any town) food and wine can't be beat!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  411. John

    the way the the United States is going i would like to live in Canada. But i cant afford to move there so Denver would have to do.

    Kingman Arizonia

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  412. Marcel Serraillier

    Here but, 40 or 60 years ago....The land of opportunity, where you could go to the movies for 50c, ride the subway for 25, see your neighbor happy and caring, everybody working, kids getting a good public education.
    What happened to this country? Is it the end of the American Empire?

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  413. Patrick OCarroll

    I moved from San Diego to Austin,Tx and I'm finally going to end up in the Phillipines. My military retirement will allow me to live a good life and at least there you know going in that the goverment is corrupt so no surprises.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  414. Jack in DC

    Wasilla, Alaska: Living there would afford me the opportunity to see Russia everyday, wink for no apparent reason and say "you betcha" all day long.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  415. N

    I live in Chicago. If I could afford it, I'd live in NYC but to have the same square footage there would be at least triple the cost.
    If I wasn't afraid of Scorpions, I'd move to Scottsdale, AZ! So, I'm stuck in Chi Town and wondering where's the global warming when we need it1

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  416. Sam Morse

    Seatle – great place to live if only it was 20 degrees warmer in Winter. Lived in Hawaii for 60 years before I retired to the NW.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  417. Rebecca

    Well Jack, as a budding young actress my sights are set on New York the minute I graduate high school. I would like to attend a university in or around New York City such as NYU or Julliard. I think it's a fantastic cultural experience for anyone in the world, and I'm a bit of a Broadway addict.

    Besides that, as a 4th year French student I'd like to live in Paris someday, though the threat of Antisemitism would frighten me.


    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  418. Jamie Smith

    From NYC would rather be in ATL......... 22-1 women to man ratio

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  419. Wayne

    In Thailand with my Thai wife. Just trying to get through one more year so I can retire and move.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  420. Shari

    A place with no economics, no politics, no foreclosures, no war, no suicide and no known diseases...

    Fly me to the moon
    Let me sing among those stars
    Let me see what spring is like
    On jupiter and mars

    (thanks, Frankie)

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  421. Rick Solomon

    Hi Jack,

    I want to live in Rob Blagojevich's hair. It seems to be very warm and cozy. It is also attached to his head, which is always in some distant land detached from reality. I think it would be a lovely place to reside.


    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  422. Gideon Anyambot (Grimsby, England)

    I would kinda leave anywhere in the world i find comfortable and convenient BUT not in Hell, if really it exist.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  423. Dan in Seattle

    If I had a choice, I'd live in a country without politicians. In a land where the "people" rule from one position: what is the BEST thing to do for all. Yeah, I know. It's only a dream...

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  424. Liz, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

    Well, I'm a Canadian, so I'm happy living right where I am, in Windsor, Ontario, which, by the way, is directly across from Detroit, Michigan (if we go the States, we go the small towns in the suburbs, which are quite nice). If I had to live in the States, I think I'd live where I have always wanted my dream vacation: Hawaii.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  425. Luann Nevius

    My husband and I have lived in several cities across the US (8), and travelled extensively through our careers, but we would still like to go back to live in Seattle, for the third time.
    Brookfield, Wisconsin

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  426. Clare Baker

    In your spare room, Jack. Just let me know when dinner's ready.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  427. David

    I moved to Savannah GA from Tampa FL for a better paying job, knowing what I know now I would rather live in Tampa for less money.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  428. Jeff

    Canada, it might be cold but at least with all the government spending they will give us free health care.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  429. Tony

    I currently live in Boca Raton, which is pretty nice... But I must say Maui is my dream destination, the laid back, no cares atmosphere is is all I need! Not to mention the dramatic scenery, and amazing weather

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  430. Drew in Columbus, OH

    Seattle!!! I'm glad it made the list. Everyone knocks it for the rain but I think they're overlooking the glorious summers, clean lakes, majestic mountains...I could go on. I'm in Columbus now for college (Go Buckeyes!) and don't mind it too much. 2/3 OH cities on the least favorite list...glad C-BUS wasn't one of them! My girlfriend lives in Detriot haha. Seattle here I come!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  431. AJ

    I live and travel in an RV, so if I don't like where I'm living I just roll on out of town 😉

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  432. Dhemil

    John Thain's office. I'm sure he could squeeze out a $20,000 bed. I'll be sure to put in a good word for you Jack.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  433. Jillian in Boston

    Portland, Maine

    January 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  434. Ryan

    If you can give me a state where there are jobs on the horizon ill have my bags packed by the mourning.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  435. stuart bellant

    I'd live in a smarter society

    January 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  436. Rob K.

    In an expensive hi-rise across the street from Central Park, upper East Side, Manhattan, the center of the universe! Must have minimum 3000 Sq Ft, large bathrooms, above the 10th floor. I've had it with this backward, dull, boring swamp we call Florida.
    Rob K., Ormond Beach, FL

    January 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  437. Duane

    Tallinn, Estonia is a beautiful place to live. The only change you could make for me would be to make the summers longer than the 6 to 8 weeks we have. But maybe global warming will change that soon and palm trees will grow instead of oak trees and pines. And the Baltic Sea will rise to offer a beach right in front of the house.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  438. Donald Coscina

    My top three are: 1. Near Toronto, Canada; 2. Near Paris, France; 3. Near Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Note that not one U.S. city is in this list. I'm ready to retire, but the thieving crooks that run this country have taken half of my retirement funds from me. So, I'm forced to look for a country that provides Health Care for retirees as well as other social benefits I can no longer afford if I stay here.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  439. Max

    New York City. There is nothing like it out there. The only way I will ever be able to lower my dependance on motor vehicles is to live in a beautiful citiy where it is almost impossible to drive

    January 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  440. Kaye Powell

    I would like to live in a place where I can feed my children without having a second job. A place where I can get my car fixed without having to work a third. Is there a place like that? A place that will give a helping hand up to people that help themselves, instead of a handout to those who won't.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  441. John from Seattle

    Switzerland or Singapore or New Zealand or Liechtenstein or almost anywhere else where the government acts in the best interests of its residents rather than responds almost solely to the pressures of corporate or other special interest groups. The pork in the so-called stimulus package is the perfect example of what is wrong with this country.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  442. alassane

    Lawrence, Lawrence, Lawrence kansas,
    Land of the JYHKS,
    Yes, Lawrence, Geneva of the Midwest

    January 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  443. robyn caffrey keyser west virginia

    we want to move to washinton now'
    i know there will be justis,not to mention security,
    and for sure no more drama.

    yes we can yes we can yes we can yes we can
    there would be so much joy around ( holloween – christmass – new – years eve

    January 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  444. Scott

    I'd like to live in a place where I can afford my own home, can have a stable job, and be assured that a comfortable retirement will be waiting for me. Sadly, that place doesn't seem to be in America. So, my answer to your question, Jack is simply "Anywhere but America".

    January 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  445. Mick Smith

    I was living in Denver 20 years ago . I asked my self where I wanted to live . So I moved to Clarion , Pa. I go to Denver on Vacation and find it user friendly . I love to go biking in the downtown area . My sister lives , she loves living in Denver .

    January 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  446. Mike in NYC

    We are stuck in our apartment in NYC. While we would love to live in upstate New York, we can't afford to get of here because we are trying tocatch up on our bills! Hopefully we can get there by 2010.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  447. Pat Ringen

    I grew up in Queens, NY and currently live in Milford, PA which is beautiful place to live, but I moved from Stuart, FL two and a half years ago and that is where I really where I'd like to call home, especiallly in the winter months! I'm a Registered Nurse, and if they paid nurses the salary they deserve down South, I'd go back there in a New York minute!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  448. Deb Goldman

    Jack – I'd like to continue living exactly where I am...in NYC, in the USA! But if my landlord won't take that wish for my Feb rent I may have to go to planB...hide away on a greek island until this mess passes and I can find a job – wanna come?

    January 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  449. David, Tampa, Fl

    My dream would be to live along the Oregon coast from May to Nov and in New Zealand from Dec to April. Now if I can just win the lottery to be able to travel between the two and a couple of 1500 sqft houses to live in my life would be grand.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  450. judith Krall

    I wouldn't change my address even for a piece of the stimulus packet. In fact, I won't tell the city in NC where I live as I don't want others to get any ideas about moving here!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  451. Stacey

    I am a Canadian citizen who has lived in Mexico, the Cayman Islands and for the last 4.5 years, Belize, Central America.

    You know what, I have no idea how to answer this question. There are a few places I would like to live; smack dab in a highrise in the middle of Manhattan, on lakeside with a mountain background in Beautiful British Columbia, witnessing the era of change in historic Cuba or perhaps I would just like to live in a stress free environment, wherever that may be, where working to make ends meet does not take precedence over my health and peace of mind!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |


    January 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  453. Prosper

    Jack, are you kidding me? Everybody will like to live in DC, on Pennsylvania Avenue, specifically the White House. I will like to live there and have people wait on me, cook and clean for me while I wait for the economy to recover.

    By the way I will be a regular guest at my house mate's (President Obama) super bowl and cocktail parties.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  454. Annette

    I live where I want to live: in Midcoast Maine. Wonderful country, great lobster, good schools, towns with atmosphere, Portland airport not far which gets you to any major hub, 4 wonderful seasons (if you like snow).
    I lived 4 years in the Orlando area and I hated it: no atmosphere, extensive construction which has led to the crash of the housing market, hurricanes, heat, daily thunderstorms May to September, an airport where flights get grounded when e.g. the Chicago or NY.NJ airspace is crowded because the perception is that the planes just carry tourists or seniors, bad water quality, ...

    January 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  455. Chairel

    I live in Fort Collins, Colorado and I can't think of any other place I'd rather live at this time in my life!!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  456. Art sanders

    I would enjoy living on Hyde Park, our President's stomping grounds. Why? It's safe with the hightened security and the neighborhood is a friendly mix of the cultures!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  457. david carr

    I live in Owen Sound, Ontario, a lovely Great Lakes waterfront city. If I had to live anywhere else, it would be Chicago, the city of my birth. I would need a waterfront after 36 years in Owen Sound, ON, and have ruled out all but Chicago's - the single most beautiful and accessible waterfront I know, backed by one of the most vibrant communities in North America. Grant Park (with Obama's election-night appearance as just one small example) is truly America;'s front yard.

    By the way, an aside. The Tet Offensive started 41 years ago today, and I was there for it. Lots of memories today for this American veteran.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  458. Nidale Hosri

    Jack, i am a New yorker living in Beirut, Lebanon. The times recently named Beirut the #1 place to visit in 2009 and they were right. This is heaven. heaven. heaven. yeah, politics are a mess here. but life is like a year long vacation !
    Hoping to see YOU here sometime 🙂 you wouldn't go back

    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  459. Jim Davis

    If I could sell my house for close to what I paid for it in 2005 I gladly leave city living far behind and move to the Black Hills of South Dakota, where the population density allows some elbow room.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  460. Andrea Hendrix

    I live in Maine Jack. The only place better is heaven so I'll stay put for now.

    Andrea Hendrix
    Blue Hill. Maine

    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  461. kathy

    I would rather live on a deserted island but since their aren't to many of those I would choose Hawaii. Thats close enough. I am really tired of people especially Republicans. They are still dishing out their same crap. Can't we all just get along!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  462. Fernando

    I'd love to live in California, near Yosemite National Park, but who can afford that? North Carolina and the Smoky Mountains would do. I'd love to go hiking every weekend. I find the mountains immensely inspiring any season.
    An ungreatful Floridian

    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  463. Carl in MN

    Hey Jack:

    You are right... with one proviso:

    " The grass IS always greener... until you have to mow the lawn".

    I thank Mom and Dad for bringing me to all 48 contiguous states
    in this wonderful nation. I have lived overseas and move seven times
    in life. I must say... MINNESOTA is truly God's country !!

    Minneapolis & Rochester, MN have been rated the best places to live and also exhibits the "most happy people" according to CNN poles of late.

    Bloom where you are planted and be thankful if you have a job !!

    Carl from MINNESOTA !!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  464. Gary Tagatz

    I would like to live in rural town like Cascade Wisconsin. Where else to get back to my our ancestral roots (church, farming, community). I'm close to 10 years away from retirement, so I'm making plans to make this happen. I've had enough of big cities and the suburban mistake.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  465. unlikelyhero432

    I live in a coastal California town where housing and rental prices have been steadily increasing for the past 5 years due to rises in development and interest in the area, while the local job market has gradually declined. As a lifetime local and college student trying to scrape together just to buy food let alone pay for books, I now find myself asking "is there other places I could be better off?". Places I have considered include San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, or even across the country to New York. Places where the cost of living is higher, but so may the opportunities.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  466. Ouida Naylor

    I love where I live, in southeast Iowa, but would rather live in
    Kalamazoo, MI now, near my two grandkids ages 5 and 3.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  467. Mike Flynn

    I would like to live in Puerto Adventuras, Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula. It is absolute paradise. My home is in Tarpon Springs, Florida. My daughters are moving to Mexico next month and I will follow as soon as I can. I have a son in college and I have to tie up a few loose ends before I make the big move. I believe life in the USA will be absolute hell for the next 30 years.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  468. ryan catanzaro

    I want to live somewhere warm, whether that be Florida, California or Hawaii. That way when my home gets foreclosed on, I can survive out in the elements without freezing to death.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  469. Patrick

    Jack, I am planning on buying a boat and living in the Caribbean away from phones, TV, violence, and all of the political crap going on in the world

    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  470. Bob McWilliams

    How about an island in the Pacific or, perhaps, New Zealand?
    Actually we are really comfortable in the Dallas Fort Worth area.
    I have moved around many times and every place has its problems and opportunities, so why move?

    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  471. JoAnn C in San Diego CA

    Jack, I am blessed enough to live in San Diego. (your #2 on the list}I just can't believe we didn't make #1. I really don't believe most people would rather trek through the snow on almost a daily basis. Today it's 80 degrees and just beautiful. Real estate is high here though so that might bring us down. But when we're all living in tents by next year we'll all be able to make it through the winter. Pray that President Obama can make this Stim work. We're all in!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  472. Steve

    The Republican party still doesn't get it, their policies have only sent our country into two ill-conceived wars and now a recession that is damaging our country on a level that has not been seen since the Great Depression. I thought there would be a change-of-heart after the Presidential election but, instead, the Republicans have only maintained their stance. It seems as if the Republicans WANT a complete collapse of the economy so they can say, "See, it happened while Obama was President." Are you kidding me? We're really all in this together so let's work together! So where would I go? Canada or Great Britain seem like pleasant alternatives.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  473. Wayne

    Of any of the places I would want to live in the U.S., it would be Colorado Springs, Colorado. You have the clean air, low humidity and the beautiful Rocky Mountains. My wife and I were there last year and fell in love with the place – but we'd live anywhere right now other than where we are, in Lynchburg, Virginia, its gotta be the most boring place in the country!! We can't wait to get out of here!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  474. Justin

    Hey Jack,
    I would live in Idaho.
    I'm a big fan of potatoes.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  475. mary Betz

    To never see snow and ice again, I would choose North Carolina or South Carolina close to the coast, New Bern or Little River.

    The weather is appalling in Alliance, Ohio, not even fit for Polar Bears.

    Your questions and blogs are super. Keep up the superb work.

    Thank you, Mary Betz

    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  476. Joe

    That's easy – I would live in cities with good economic prosperity, education, health services, and culture. At the end of the day it is in cities that makes my family happy !


    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  477. Zaree Gunbari

    San Diego, where I live!!! The weather never goes below 45 degrees, the beaches are diverse, the people are much friendlier than Angelinos, the sushi is fresh off the boat and the mexican food has crossed the border. By the way, did I mention the weather?

    January 30, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  478. Jackie from Massachusetts

    We live in New England...........one of the most beautiful regions in America. My husband and I bought land at The Vineyards in River Landing in Wallace,No.Carolina. We chose this gated golf community for it's likeness to New England in terms of seasonal changes and it's close proximity to the ocean. We had planned on building and retiring there in about 3 – 4 years from now, but with the current state of affairs in the economy, we see our dream of relocating becoming a very distant dream or like President Obama said today " The American Dream in Reverse".

    January 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  479. Joe Verzillo

    Sarasota Florida, the weather is great, the taxes are lower,cost of living is lower once your Homesteaded. I currently live in Bartlett IL where the retail tax is the highest in the nation with property taxes not far behind.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  480. grady jackson

    i live in central floridal(akeland )its the best in the world. besides i can see russia from my back porch

    January 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  481. george german

    south east asia.............the heat humidity and spicy food and the beautiful people.......yup thats me.
    secod choice...................the middle east.....i want to realy make an effort to understand why they cant work things out?
    third choice...................the micronesias......................i love fish and corals.
    jack im from ct. it 's cold and it sucks and i long for spring and the beech.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  482. winnifred Simpson

    Maine-Right where I am.


    January 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  483. mark from Okauchee, WI.


    January 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  484. justpicky

    Well jack ,

    I like it where , I live . Country living but close to everywhere.

    The cities you list , cost of living is expensive .

    Companies laying off , how can they afford it .

    I'll stay where , I'm at .


    January 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  485. David

    I love Rachel, NV.
    Its only me and the UFOs.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  486. Paul

    BC, Canada

    January 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  487. Maths in Sweden

    In exhange my living, i would more then i can imagine change my living in Sweden to a exchange to US. As have followed the fresh newly inagurated human and sensitive President Obama, i preferly change to be awake as a US citizen then in my country Sweden. We cant find words of leadership, which i personally think are lost up here in nortehrn europe. As an entrepreneur i believe i have better chance to develop myslefve then here. Even the crize we all face.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  488. Julie in San Antonio

    I am a CA native – born/raised in San Francisco and spent my adult life in San Diego. I am now exactly where I want to be. Moved to San Antonio just over a year ago and we're loving being able to live on one income and still afford a home twice the size we owned in CA . . . and we love the southern hospitality.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  489. Mary LeGree

    I am living fine here on Saint Helena Island, South Carolina. This was my destination, after retiring in 2004 from Detroit, Michigan. I now live on land inherited from ancestors dating back to 1866 and didn't mind clearing it out and upgrading the small bungalow left by my dad upon his passing in 2003. We have 150 years of continuous ownership and at age 67, through the concern of South Carolina State Legislators, we enjoy very, very affordable property taxes on an island location. Our people and culture is protected through the Gullah/Geechie Heritage Act of 2006. We grow and eat locally grown vegetables, enjoy an array of seafood right from the rivers, creeks and Atlantic Ocean which surrounds us and stick to a conservative lifestyle, remembering to praise God, who is head of our life. Come on down Jack and taste the water.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  490. Tammy

    I would love to live in the mountains in a secluded area. I'm sick of all of it. Our Economy, Government, Wallstreet. Auto Industry, Outsourcing our Jobs, Bailouts etc.. I just want to hibernate.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  491. K Hillman

    All you need to do is look around and you'll realize we already live in the best place, wherever that may be on this continent. For all it's warts and there are a few, we have a civility to our society that much of the world has no concept of or hope for.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  492. Debby

    Jack, I tried to think of another place I'd like to live but I couldn't come up with another city. I live in the San Gabriel Valley (Los Angeles) California and it's just about perfect. The weather is great! It's in the 80s here today. I must admit that we are very spoiled because the rain seems to amaze us every time. The rain is beautiful too but the sunshine is marvellous. Other than an occasional earthquake it's all good here as far as I'm concerned. I pray before, during and after the shaking and thank God my family has always made it through. For those suffering in the snow and ice my prayers are with you.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  493. Ross McConnell

    I live in Altadena Calif and I love it; so I really tried hard to think, where else would I like to live? And guess what, only one answer came to mind! THE WHITE HOUSE. Sorry, love your show.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  494. Chris White

    Jack I like to live in a place were the government is for the people of the people , but i do'nt known where oz is

    C. White

    January 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  495. Victoria

    Since I'm stuck in stepfordland aka Plano, TX, just about anywhere........

    January 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  496. Jennifer in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I would like to live in Europe. I have a 4 year college degree in dance that cost my family and I tons of $$. I am a struggling artist, and I would love to live in a country where the arts are alive and supported. Arts and culture should be valued by society.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  497. Don


    January 30, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  498. wendy

    Shenzhen,China- it is modern, a train stop from Hong Kong, and there's lots of money to be made there. Goods and services are inexpensive, most people speak English but there is still plenty
    of incentive to
    learn Mandarine. They even have Wal-Mart and Taco Bell.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  499. Maureen Maclay

    My father worked in the newspaper and publishing business and I had the opportunity to travel and live in a variety of places.

    We lived in Wichita, Denver, Chicago, Rome, Italy, and Cincinnati.

    About 30 years ago, I moved to Mobile, Alabama, where I have lived with my husband and four children.

    I have enjoyed living in each of theses cities. However, if I could live anywhere in the world, I would have to choose Paris, France.

    As a freelance writer, Paris just has an allure that goes beyond any other city I have traveled to or lived in.

    While I dream of Paris, I will continue to live in Mobile. Alabama. One good thing here is that you only need to use an ice scraper on your car window maybe twice a year -- and no snow shoveling.

    It is great watching The Cafferty File each afternoon. You always have a fresh approach & I think your segment is truly "the no spin zone".

    Keep up the good work.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  500. Sam

    Well, I'd probably move to Tokyo. I've always wanted to climb Mount Fuji. Oh, and the fact that Japan's economy isn't crumbling (yet) is an additional incentive.

    Sam, Washington D.C.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  501. Fed UP Pam

    The IDEAL place for me would be with OUR first family, The Obama's.
    I really would demand living in one of the 6 or 7 or 8 houses owned by The McSHAME'S, I mean McCain's OR with The Bush's on the ranch. They OWE this rooming in to all of us. They would be my servants since I was not served well under their POOR leadership. I would stay until I felt bailed out!!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  502. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    In the White House only if it was relocated to central Texas. The reason is that you, the tax payer, would pay my electric bill, gas bill, and property taxes as well as most of the other living expenses.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  503. Melvin from texas

    Anywhere in this country would be a paradise on earth.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  504. lynn newport beach, ca

    I have lived in the Bay area, Dallas, Chicago, Newport Beach, Ca, and Connecticut.....................I would go back to any but Connecticut! I was awful............

    January 30, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  505. Monte gilbreth

    I'd choose Costa Rica....The Administation is only trying to help wall street and the middle class. I happen to be in the lower class which everyone seems to egnore. At least in Costa Rica I can aford Beans and rice

    January 30, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  506. Ginny Gass

    Hi Jack:
    We lived in York City most of our life. My dream for both my husband and I was to live in the tropics. We thought Hawaii would be the place to live, not only because of the consistent climate, gorgeous blue skies and water; but because it was the United States of America where we could easily receive our government benefits afer retiring. We're living here 7 years now, and am loving it alot. No coats, no snow, no ice. Just beauty, peace and lots of aloha. No wonder why President Obama keeps returning to his hometown paradise, Hawaii.. I don't blame him.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  507. Stephen Miles

    Increasingly we would rather live anywhere civilized outside of north america. Corrupt governments with no real leadership to be found anywhere, coupled with ever increasing taxes and currency debasement etc. mean this part of the world is headed for meltdown.
    Too many idiots in government!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  508. Myra P

    I Would live in my little two bedroom home , in a lower class hood, Why? Because its where we raised our kids untill my best friend – husband died at 45 years of of colon cancer. Needless to say I got foreclosed on and now am living in a four room apt. I know the grass is greener at my old house. Myra P Canton Ohio, 40 miles south of Cleveland.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  509. Tarra Taylor

    I am 31 years old. I am married with two kids and I am working in my career. I have been on the job for nearly two years, and this is my first fulltime job. I have been using my other years pursuing education. Which was my fulltime job through out my twenties. I have a two year degree, four year, and a M.A degree. Additionally I am in the process of applying to a hybrid MBA program. I am still not making what I oftern wonder I woould be making if I were living somewhere else. Here are my lists of alternative places that I think about relocating to.
    First it would be California, second Colorado, third New-york, and fourth would be Minnesota. The only real thing that is keeping me here in IL, is my mom who recently lost my dad, and my husband, as he appears to not want to be removed from his family base here in IL.
    I am looking for an opportunity to knock, and if it does, I will seriously contemplate leaving IL, as I have been here all of my life and would love to explore something new and different. Also mymajor was film so that is why California is my first pick. I have been to Las vegas, and althought I like the weather, I don't think it is good for the people with young families. Thank you.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  510. Tom Sticco

    Any place but south Florida. I'm not understanding the language and it becomes difficult to communicate.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  511. Cameo (Memphis, TN)

    Oops! That should have been "how friendly people CAN be".

    January 30, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  512. paul cahoon


    Can I bring my SSDI and VA benefits with me to Australia? They still like us down under...I think

    January 30, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  513. Rich Clarke

    Jack, I lived and worked in Manhattan for over 30 years and hated city life. I retired 3 years ago to rural isolation on Orcas Island in Washington State's beautiful San Juan Islands and have never enjoyed life more. The combination of sea, mountains, tall trees and fresh air invigorate and inspire me every day. I wouldn't live anywhere else.

    Rich Clarke
    Olga, WA

    January 30, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  514. Andrew Jannetti

    I currently live in NYC and love it here. I am hard pressed to think of another U.S. city that I would prefer. However I have always wanted to live in Rome, Italy, which I find to be a fascinating city. My other choices would be Venice, Florence, Paris and Palermo in that order.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  515. Pam in Alabama

    brrrr...Brazil sounds pretty good to me right now...nice and warm. I was born in Florida (Patrick Air Force Base) and grew up there and in California (Hamilton Air Force Base). Have lived in Alabama for the last 40 years and still can't get used to the cold. Give me heat!!!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  516. mark from Okauchee, WI.

    I'd like to live in that beautiful La-La Land that George Bush has been living in for the last eight, hell make it 30 years! It sounds like such a wonderful place.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  517. Janet Roberts

    I would like to live in a democratic republic if I could find one. I used to live in one until it became a corptocracy and nobody seems to want to change that. I seriously doubt President Obama could change it even if he wanted to and the American people seem to be asleep at the wheel. I am amazed at the things that are going on in our country and most people aren't paying attention. That could be because they are too busy just trying to survive and who brought them to that place?


    Indianapolis, Indiana

    January 30, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  518. Steve McDermott

    Originally from northeast Ohio, I've lived and worked in many parts of the United States and enjoyed most of them. Still, since moving to Vienna, Austria 7 years ago this is where I plan to stay. My own experience is that the quality of life, standard of living, health care, education, you know, the little things in life, are noticeably better here. The U.S. will always be my home, but this is where I want to live and this is where our son will grow up.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  519. Michael, New York

    I would live in Beirut, Lebanon. Don't laugh. It's one of the few countries where banks haven't been devastated by the current global financial crisis. Their central bank prohibited them from investing in all that paper. And, despite what we occasionally hear in the news, it's an incredibly cosmopolitan city with great energy, a diverse population, excellent hospitals and schools, and a vibrant cultural life. It's proximity to the Mediterranean Sea and the Lebanon Mountains are perfect for family adventures. It would truly be a marvelous place to live.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  520. Bob from Virginia

    Anywhere within walking distance of a pub.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  521. matthew n. padgen

    hot springs arkansas is about the best place to live. friendly people,good weather,horse racing, and alot of Miller Lite.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  522. ginny

    It's important to have clean water and clean air..and enough of it. Is there any place other than Canada that has both?

    January 30, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  523. Jim in Arizona

    If I could sell my house for close to what I paid for it in 2005 I gladly leave city living far behind and move to the Black Hills of South Dakota, where the population density allows for some elbow room.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  524. KW of NY

    I would like to live where the temp never gets below 70 and never gets above 85. Everything else I could deal with just fine.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  525. John from West Virginia

    I live in a widening of the road. I want to move to a bigger widening somewhere Cuba, MO. I have been to Cuba, MO recently and it is a very nice friendly place to live. I am tired of talking to the squirrels running through our yard here.They don't say much at all.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  526. Caleb, Maryville, Missouri

    I've lived in Missouri for my entire life, Jack, in a town of just under 11,000 people. These survey results do not suprise me at all; I've always wanted to leave this place and go to the west coast. I'll be content anywhere from San Diego to Vancouver. Toronto seems nice, too. I'm fifteen years old, and having friends from large Kansas City schools makes me tremendously jealous. Especially when they boast their schedules to me. Now that I think of it, Jack, not a single friend of mine wants to stay here.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  527. Darwin

    Savvanah Ga. We live on Cape Cod and making a living here gets harder every year our season is 90 days the state and town tax us to death(increasing them 2% meals tax) for few services. Schools closing pay to ride school buses. Town voice mail that does not work. I can move to Savannah have more opportunities be closer to family, and have no mortgage. Plus run a restaurant with a 9 month season compared to a 3 month season.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  528. John O'Donnell

    Why now is the new miedia worried about Our new Presidents2nd oath and gave Bush the OK to single handedly to destroy the most powerful country . Get real you guys you are in washington and have know idea what is going on out here ,but you guys still get your ad money and a check for your family from bail out companies. And The Rep. capital hill no 2nd and wall street.

    God Bless You
    John O'Donnell

    January 30, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  529. Simon from Switzerland

    I've lived in a great number of countries on a number of continents and there is no greater place in the world, no the universe, than THE BIG APPLE – NEW YORK CITY!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  530. Happy in retirement

    I very much like where I live now (Dammeron Valley, UT). However, if I had to choose somewhere else, it would be Galisteo, New Mexico .

    January 30, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  531. Art

    Charleston SC (born NC; moved from Florida after 20 years there)

    Jack, although the grass appears greener, it still needs to be cut, anywhere you live. No perfect place exists, but Charleston is pretty good and has temperate climate, nice, courteous people, proximity to the ocean, major highways, and larger cities like Savannah and Atlanta, only a short drive.

    The biggest appeal must be the people, since all you do is in that context with them each day. If the people where you live are not a good match for your attitude and disposition, no location will make you happy.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  532. Givonna

    I love my birth place-New Orleans!! It offers so much history and culture, and the most fun loving people in the world!

    New York would be my next choice, but this Creole girl jaut can't handle the cold.

    Besides I need a regular fix of Beignets and Cafe Au Lait!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  533. Jason Moore,Germany

    Jack the place I rather live now is somewhere in the remotest village in Africa,say with the massiash people enjoying a walk in the ever warm field with the cows and goats, at least Osama bin laden is not interested in those places so far,the people are always used to cutting spendind costs due to the greed of the so called rich naions,No gas prices or mortgage to pay and no silly bonuses for stupid wall streetExecutives ,
    Infact the people are always at home with what is happenning now to the world economy and there is no panic.
    I think they are in heaven now:

    January 30, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  534. alinde Omalley

    I made that choice about 10 years ago–and retired to Mérida, Mexico. From (guess where? San Francisco.) Although I sometimes ponder your question of the day, I always come up with the same answer. Here!

    BUT a big second choice is most certainly Mexico City–the most fascinating
    city I've ever visited by far. AND by far more "patient" than SF; more "civil", and so many more things. . . .

    Alinde O'Malley

    January 30, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  535. Carolyn in Houston

    Hi Jack,
    Right now I want to live anywhere that is not run by right wing Republicans and conservatives. I live in Texas where Senator John Cornyn shamefully voted against the State's Children Health Insurance Program. Texas is awash with cold hearted Republican lawmakers who do not care a lick about their struggling constituents. In Texas lawmakers work for their Sugar Daddy donors b/c we have no limits on campaign contributions here. Fat cats can literally buy their politicians.

    And then we wonder why are are in the mess we are today. Think about who has been running the U.S. for the past eight years. W. might have moved back to Texas but he left a bunch of his rubber stamping enablers behind in Washington.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  536. Jeff

    As a highly educated researcher in a pharmaceutical company, my constant dilemma is that the jobs are not where I want to play. I love the outdoors and wide open spaces. So when I retire, I'm moving to an "amenity" town. Towns like Lewiston, ID; Sheridan, WY; Pocatello, ID; Fort Collins, CO; and Page AZ all rank high on my list.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  537. Ed Lesher

    I'd like to live in the White House as an adopted son. So what if I'm 57?

    January 30, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  538. Don MacArthur

    Hi Jack:

    I'm happy living here in Canada. Even tho you now have an intelligent leader ( much more than ours) we have low crime, health care, jobs,much less poverty, lots of water and oil, a generally more liberal outlook and no Russ Limburger. Come on up and live here.


    January 30, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  539. mark murphy

    I think Canada would be my ideal choice. They are strong advocates of world peace....have universal health care....are respected globally for their generosity and humility ......and finally....no one and I do mean NO ONE plays a better game of HOCKEY!!! Mark...Alberta Canada

    January 30, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  540. Susan Frost

    Somewhere else? Are you kidding? I live ten minutes away from Bryant-Denney stadium – not to mention the Alabama Blues Project, the Bama Belle riverboat, and Dreamland Barbecue (among other great eateries) – and most days we can eat our barbecue on the sunny restaurant patios while you Yankees are shoveling snow. The only place better than this (and no, I don't work for the City) has got to be Heaven itself, where Bear Bryant is still coaching. You couldn't blast me out of this town with dynamite. Y'all come to see us!

    Tuscaloosa, AL

    January 30, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  541. Chuck

    Anyplace where 100% disabled veterans can get proper mental health care. We are tired of being used by the news and politicians.
    We are tired, and need help

    January 30, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  542. Willie

    I would love to live in Japan because the people are a lot nicer. Here in America you have to watch your back all the time because some one is trying to stick a knife in it.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  543. Daniel , Budapest , Hungary

    Jack, the only city I always wanted to live in, is where you are standing front of the camera right now. New York is greatest place on Earth, it's not a question for me. Wish I had a green card to work there, or were a millionaire to buy a condo on Fifth Avenue with wiev to the Park.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  544. b. nakri

    In a ranch in Crawford TX. With 3000 shoes and Imelda Marcos!!!!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  545. Puerto Rico Full of Pork and Corruption

    Puerto Rico. I live in a Beautiful place, however the politics here is probably the most partisan in all of America. I have never see such a divided country. This is strictly a Red or Blue country, and they hate eachother. If the politicians would work together on this little paradise Island it would be a wonderful place to live. The politicians are the biggest idiots I have ever seen, both parties have their share. "The New Party" is in charge now, lets see what Governor Fortuno does now, if he does anything close to when his party was in power over 8 years ago, all they will do is steal all the tax payers money, that included of which the Stimulous package of the US will send to Puerto Rico which is 6 Billion dollars. So that is stealing from Tax payers in the United States. Who watches over all the "PORK" in PR. and you know Puerto Ricans love PORK. If anyone in Obama's administration reads this, there must be regulations and someone deligated from the US treasury to keep an eye on how those funds are administered and spent in puerto Rico.Especially funds that are delegated to the local banks which are locally owned by friends of the current Political Party.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  546. Michael Paskash

    I wouldn't want to live anywhere else than the great town I live in now.
    Mike from Bloomington, Indiana

    January 30, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  547. Lisa

    Hi, Jack; I usually rail your political questions as totally one-sided. This one is at least neutral. I live in Cincinnati. "I come not to praise Ceaser..." That's Cincinnati's problem – too many Ceasars! The city is broken up into towns or areas, and each is it's own fiefdom from some now long-defunct rich family that never really cared about anyone but themselves at the time! And though we call ourselves one city, we operate dimetrically opposite! The concept of live and let live doesn't seem to exist here. Just drive down the highway, and watch how many people stay in the left lane because they don't want to be passed by another driver.

    I noticed the two of the cities you named were in Ohio – gee, the highest job losses, foreclosure rates and bankruptcies of any other state. Ohio needs a bailout for the Unemployment funds!

    I wonder, Jack, how these little Ceasars are going to react when the big Ceasar – the US Government – steps in to run this city – bankrupt not only of money from job losses, higher costs, etc., but bankrupt of some of the very basics of human kindnesses that are known to be the reasons that make a city wonderful to live in.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  548. Robyn Bronson

    Dear Jack,
    Ever heard of Saint George, Utah? I wouldn't live anywhere else. Currennt temp. is 61 degrees. Incredible scenery,, population 150,000 no earthquakes, or other natural catastrophies! Good paying jobs 7 hrs from many major cities but safe, small and clean.
    Take care, and come visit!
    Robyn Bronson
    Beautiful Saint George, Utah

    January 30, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  549. justpicky

    jack ,

    Same question to you ....Where would you like to Live?

    justme from illinois

    January 30, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  550. Pete Xander

    New Zealand. Great trout fishing; no Republicans.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  551. Ed Lesher

    I'd like to live in the White House as an adopted son. So what if I'm 57?

    Ed (Enola, PA)

    January 30, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  552. Tom Badyna (buhDEEnah)

    Like most of us, I'd like to live where I lived when I was twenty-two, if I could have whatever it is that twenty-two year olds have that make the whole of the world impossibly exciting and promising. That forbidden, I'll take a year in Rome, then Paris, then Rio, so on, just long enough to see the excitement and promise of each place and not what follows.

    Tom Badyna
    New York City

    January 30, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  553. John Kelley

    I would love to live in Wilmington NC! Here is why. I have lived in Poughkeepsie, NY for over 30 years and I have loved living here, but for a retiree, my town and school taxes have gone up 100+%. My close friends in Wilmington pay 1/3 of what I pay in taxes for my home and their home is bigger than mine and on a larger piece of property.
    Let me give you a reason for these terrible taxes that are driving people like me South to Wilmington. Teachers, when they retire in NYS, make up to 80% of their working income and they are doing about 6 figures, 100,000./year when they retire. My wife and I literally are getting to the point where we are finding it difficult to pay these terrible taxes and if we did not have this terrible economy, we would have gone south!
    Wilmington is one of the fastest growing cities because their city govenment knows how to respond to their people. Its one of the best cities in the nation.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  554. Dollyann

    I've had my share of the freezing cold. I'd rather live in Aaaaaaaruba! I'm ready for fun in the sun!
    Newburgh, NY

    January 30, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  555. Tom from Georgia

    Why is that people in this country just seem to never be satisfied? We have a lot more than other people in the world. And now, people are whining that they don't like where they live? I got a secret for you my fellow citizens. Home is where you hang your hat. Your environment is what you make of it. You want a better community to live in? Then stop complaining and make it one.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  556. Jan Jones

    I live in England and am indeed English, but I would rather live in the USA, which may come as a big shock to you in the USA. I would love to live in Colorado, I stayed in Boulder some years back and fell in love with it. I found everyone so welcoming and friendly, the beautiful mountains and generally a lovely place to live. England isnt that wonderful these days with rising crime and getting more and more expensive to live by the day. So I for one would love to live in your country, anyone care to swap 😉

    January 30, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  557. Daniel , Budapest , Hungary

    Jack, the only city I always wanted to live in, is where you are standing front of the camera right now. New York is greatest place on Earth, it’s not a question for me. Wish I had a green card to work there, or were a millionaire to buy a condo on Fifth Avenue with view to the Park.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  558. Lillian Kannapolis, NC

    Don't be alarmed, but I visit this city every year and I love it. The people are very hospitable, I love the naturalness that permeates the air and simplicity of living life. The homes are shrouded in opulent crystal chandeliers and intricate persian carpets in every room. Whenever I get off the plane, it is as if they roll out a red carpet for me, they treat a 'commoner' like me with grace and dignity.

    Oh, by the way, I am a black woman and the city is TEHRAN, IRAN.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  559. Mark

    70 degrees Jack. I want to live where it is 70 degrees all the time. In a perfect world it's on my sailboat and it moves as the temp changes. Now if my retirement accounts would only come back so that I can do just that!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  560. Bill Foster

    After 15 years of working in both places, my wife and I are moving from the Twin Cities to rural Costa Rica, largely to live in a culture that embraces happiness, rather than money and property, as their measure of wealth. It is a lesson we could all learn.

    Bill Foster
    Minneapolis, MN

    January 30, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  561. Dan Zamzow

    I am currently living "elsewhere". I am a native midwesterner living in the Portland, Oregon area. Great people and a beautiful state. I will, however, be returning to the midwest in the future. The midwest will always be my home.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  562. Maureen Maclay

    Maui or St. John, USVI.

    Two tropical areas of extreme beauty. I guess the cost of living would be much higher there than in Mobile, Alabama.

    The color of the water and the scenic vistas would be well worth it.
    Also, island living must be OK...

    Maybe I will move to an island one day if there is any money left in my husband's 401K!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  563. O. BA

    Jack I would like to call 1600 Pensylvania Avenue my home which is far from my remote village in Africa and work at Wall-street to receive these giant crazy bonuses.
    Columbus, Ohio

    January 30, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  564. Riri

    i would go back where i came from, where i had nothing but didn;T need much after all! So... i was just enjoying life for what it is...but i haven't benefit from it 100% because back then, i was just trying to get the life i have now...how fun is that eh? T

    he alternative....a nice old "country home" in Tuscany growing tomatoes and going to the closest towns'f ood fairs.. and see my 30 years gone by slowly and slowly and slowly....

    January 30, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  565. sue

    I live in Long Beach, on Long Island (New York), overlooking the Atlantic Ocean (you can sit on my living room sofa and watch the ocean as it changes each day).
    I moved out of state, and within a year, missing the serenity of this awesome place, came back home.
    I feel sorry for folks who don't live in a place that makes them happy every day.
    You have one life: MOVE!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  566. J. H.

    On Wall Street Jack.

    It would make these tough times a non-issue.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  567. Hector in Germany

    I'm stationed in Germany where I see less than 100 days of sunlight a year. I'm sure if I were moss I'd be much happier here, but I'm not and I wouldn't mind living in Italy (again).

    January 30, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  568. Jane

    After living in Northwest Ohio for 50 years we moved to Ely, MN. It is known as the end of the road. We have clear skies and an abundance of lakes and wildlife. There are real people here from all walks of life. We are glad that many people choose a warmer climate with shopping malls and traffic jams for their favorite place to live.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  569. Ronald E. Morris


    My wife's aunt and cousin lived in Ocala, Florida years ago. Bugs or no bugs, I would love to live there. Her aunt had an orange grove, which went on for acres. We visited there when the orange crop was doing well, and brought them home. They were the best oranges we have ever tasted. Of course, since she would not spray, Aunt Mary didn't always have a bumper crop. But I would take that chance to get away from the ice and snow. Just living in farm country in Florida would be great for me.

    Ron from Austintown, Ohio

    January 30, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  570. Patricia Wallis from Utah

    I love my community life. Small town but close with all the things I
    need like hospital, good medical doctors, Walmart ,small independent
    store, great community opportunities and etc. I believe I can live any-
    where and be happy but It is nice to be able to live with such opport-
    unities as I have in my town of American Fork, Utah.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  571. Kerry Parker

    I've lived in Elko, NV., Pueblo, CO., Phoenix, AZ., Las Vegas, NV., but they were either too cold or too hot or too crowded. So there is no place like home–Hawthorne, NV. Just right! K. Parker

    January 30, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  572. Laura Moss Levine in Downers Grove IL

    For now we are tied to the Chicago burbs. But when we retire, we'd like a condo downtown in a small- to medium-sized city so we can walk to a lot of places. I want to stay in the Midwest, but my husband would like to escape our snowy winters. If they ever build a dome over Lafayette IN, we'd probably move there.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  573. Tracy in Pinellas Park, FL

    I moved to Florida from Wisconsin, thinking winter would be heaven and summer would be...well...hot. For the most part, that's the way it's been. However, this is not my idea of heaven or even close. If money were no object...and in this economy that can't happen...I would want to live in Wine Country CA. There you have clean air, beautiful scenery, mountains, valleys and all the wine you can drink. I'd love to own a winery there. But after seeing the going prices for wineries, I think I'll be enjoying my cheap wine on my patio while dreaming of a better place to live.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  574. Randy T. Barnhart, Mo.

    I'm pretty happy living in the suburbs of St. Louis . Oh there is a place or two That I would like to retire to. But in case some of my relatives read your blog too, I won't divulge that information at this time.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  575. Ray S.

    Last year I relocated from Phoenix, AZ (my home state) to Portland, OR.
    I did this for multiple reasons but my biggest reason is sustainability. Phoenix is possibly the worse example of urban sprawl, excess, and lack of environmental awareness. Portland on the other hand is quite environmentally aware. I have changed my life to drive less, consume smarter, and eat and shop locally.
    I'm extremely happy with my decision to move, it is certainly a case where the grass is actually greener.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  576. Rob in Indiana

    Jack I am beginning to seriously think that Toronto Canada would be a good place to live. Of course I would have to pay higher taxes, but hey, I would have medical care, and as a gay man, I could get legally married. But the best thing would be that there is no danger that Sarah Palin could ever be elected to run that government! I have to go and start practicing God Save the Queen!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  577. O. BA

    Jack I would like to call 1600 Pensylvania Avenue my home which is far from my remote village in Africa and work at Wall-street to receive these giant crazy bonuses.
    Columbus, Ohio

    January 30, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  578. Sly, Alpena, Mi

    I'm a retired New York City Police Officer, and i moved to where i am now because i wanted to go where everybody else would not want to go to live.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  579. Cleev from Charleston,SC

    Jack, I am glad that Charleston county went for Obama last November but I still would like to live in a bigger city that is more liberal. A place where there are more museum and more art related activities. Charleston is too small and too conservative. Seattle or San Fran would be good alternatives.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  580. Jane Murray Balogh

    Jack, I would move to New Zealand where citizens are not disenfranshised. Every entity here is put before the American citizen because of either votes or greed. My heart bleeds for what we have become and how far we have fallen.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  581. Rob in Zihuatanejo

    I asked myself that same question when a former spy chief was named U.S. president, and the answer was easy: Zihuatanejo (that's in Mexico, Jack). I have never regretted it. My hometown of Louisville is suffering one of the worst winter storms ever, and Florida (where I was living) is suffering its worst economic crisis. The margaritas are cold and the beaches are hot. C'mon down!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  582. Loretta

    I've been a "Jersey Girl" all my life, and at 78 years of age I have no intention of going anywhere else. I'm thankful that I have a roof over my head, food to eat, and clothing to wear. Couldn't get any luckier than that.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  583. A Robinson

    I'd like to leave "Taxes" (not Texas, actually NY) for a state where we weren't the highest taxed, where corporations came to realize their markets disappeared because of their own myopic outsourcing which limited consumer buying power, and where the consumer rejected out of hand the plethera of imports-only on store shelves. This state would realize we can't be all to every other country in need. There would be laws allowing us to tar and feather lobbyists and politicians who slept with them. There would be no need for a bail out because the crooks we see now would have been prosecuted, and the residents would have full employment guarding them. There would be no protectionism beyond balanced quid-pro-quo trade taxing only deficits to a balanced equation. Yes and taxes would equate to the aggregate need prorated to earnings so we could monitor prevailing politcals' performance as a straight percentage.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  584. Quinn E

    Jack, happy Friday! And on that note.. I love where I live, but if I could choose 1 place, you know, in fantasy land (and this sure has long stood as a REAL place in just such a land!). I would live far up in W's "bottom". After all the years of his head, and Dicks hand being up there, I am sure it has stretched and there is LOTS of room! But I also would love to live in a place where there is nothing but happy total ignorance. You know, no guilt, honest blame, personal responsibility, deep thought, self doubt, moral challenge or anything in reality at all. Well only the one thing of reality that would also be in there. Hordes of cash! As I am sure Dick has more then filled to over flowing all his man sized safes by now with Halliburton cash, and so I am sure he has stashed a good bit up in W's "bottom" by now, and so I could live in total bliss, with tons of free cash and the stink would be such a minor inconvenience in return, as after 8 years in the real world these lunatics have made, it would only be such a little thing and such a huge total blissful change!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  585. Eric Bracke, Fort Collins, CO

    With the current political climate and the Congressional determination to drive this nation in bankruptcy in high gear, the Figi islands sound good.
    Until then, Fort Collins, Colorado is a great place.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  586. Givonna

    A question for today is:
    Many of Republican Party base are already upset about An African American President. Now that the RNC Chairman is African American, I wonder where do they want to live? Another country?

    Sorry- just curious.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  587. Heather

    Somewhere warm where you can get a nice piece of real estate cheap, off the top of my head I would say Houston,TX

    January 30, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  588. Jody Dion

    Hi Jack,
    I've lived in Boston most of my life. It is a great and beautiful city but I have done some research and found that we have just as much rain as Seattle and are as windy as Chicago. With the winter we are having this year I think we might be as snowy as Alaska! I have lived in San Diego and it is a lovely city but if I could live anywhere it would be Hawaii!!! Warm sun and sand with the cool ocean breezes to send the smell of flowers wafting across the surf...AHHH. I have been twice and I'm leaving to go there in a month. You and Wolf should come too, all this talk of politcs has made you both pasty..you could use some sun! Who knows, we could run into Obama in his board shorts! Mahalo 🙂

    January 30, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  589. Silverio Chiaradia

    I can't wait to get back to Endicott, NY. Here in Itajubá, Minas Gerais State, in Brazil, is good, warm, and the sun lights 360 days a year, but nothing like the 60 sunny days of home.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  590. Ken in TN

    I am quite content with where I live; if money were not an option, I would either move a bit further away from town (or the highway) or I would fix-up / rebuild right on the same land I have now. I 've lived in a big city in California and I prefer the quieter rural / suburban environment here in Middle Tennessee. Having grown up in Utah, the only thing I really feel I am missing is the snow around Christmastime.

    Rockvale, TN

    January 30, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  591. Denise from Bozrah Ct.

    I love the rural life! I would love to have my own farm, my own home and my own business in Connecticut.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  592. Gerry Benner

    I'd like to live (when retired) in Hawaii on week days, and then live near grandchildren on week ends, spring breaks, and summers (hopefully where it's cool and not humid). Now I just need a transport beam to make it possible.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  593. Brian

    Rochester, NY for the city's history of civil rights, technical innovations and relatively stable housing market. Some of my favorite people live and I love snow.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  594. carol

    I would like to live somewhere nice that have an occasional rainy day. I feel that it is soothing and romantic.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  595. Heide DeCamp, Santa Teresa, NM

    After your question, my husband put on the Grateful Dead song "Truckin". We love the lyric "what a long strange trip it's been."
    and "we just keep truckin on."

    Our lives have given us two foreign countries and homes in the northwest and southwest.

    Happiness is the wonderful friends you meet on the way and smells and sights of the beautiful places you live in.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  596. vern-t anaheim,ca

    i am retired now but my wife still works but when she retires i think i would retire in the philippines where you can live well on social security and retirement pay but i would have to get used to the humidity and mosquitos

    January 30, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  597. Rob in Massachusetts

    I'd like to live somewhere where I could be comfortable in short sleeves all-year-round

    January 30, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  598. John from Waterbury, CT

    Someplace with no sirens and other city sounds with a big sky and no light pollution. Some place that hardly anyone has ever heard of.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  599. John in S.NJ

    well jack..having enough to eat,a job...and living in a progressive part of the country its not too bad,it's ok...I shouldn't complain....but if I had to say.."Propably in a country,that actually Treats ALL it's citizens Equally..."...liberty & Justice for ALL looks good on paper......but actually practicing it? Now that's something America has to work on.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  600. Marshall Waldron

    Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

    January 30, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  601. Ben

    Seattle – best and most beautiful city in U.S. I miss it, haven't been there in 15 years.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  602. Salathea Mingo

    It is truly sad that we live in the greatest nation in the world and we cannnot come together. I believe that President Obama is really trying to get all of us to come together and solve these issues. If the Republicans are unhappy about the stimulus package then take the time and sit down with our President and get a stimulus package that will work for everyone. Its like watching gang members fighting over territory. This saddens me, and the woman that spoke to Wolf Blitzer saying that we have a President thats all he does is go to parties and he needs to get back to work. He has been working diligently and hard to resolve these issues. Stop this power struggle and think about this country and the American people. We need our leaders to come together and stop all of this madness.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  603. K Hillman

    I wanna live in a bank on Wall Street where fraud and larceny are rewarded with huge bonuses

    January 30, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  604. Jerry C

    I would love to stay in sunny Fort Myers,FL, However I enjoy food and shelter more than the fun in the sun. So to answer the question Jack, I'd rather be in an area that offers jobs in manufacturing....looks like I'm off to Taiwan. Keep up the great work Jack. Been a fan since WPIX.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  605. Christopher

    I would like to go live with all of the Republicans in the State of Denial, but I hear it is already over populated with the ex-Bush administration.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  606. kelli from Quakertown PA

    I LOVE the quaintness of where we live, lush woods, historical countryside, and the old stone homes are not to far or to close together.
    I would choose to live somewhere warm though...the south east sounds good.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  607. Tom Crispen RN

    Move to where? I ALREADY live in San Diego, and you'll never move me out of here alive...

    Tom Crispen
    San Diego

    January 30, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  608. Tatiana in San Diego

    I am originally from DC, but have lived many places. I used to say that I could live anywhere – but now that we live in San Diego I am staying put! Love it here.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  609. Paul M.

    I wouldn't need to live anywhere else as long as you moved.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  610. Cesar Duran

    Your professional commentary was shocked that McCain backs up Mr. Rush L.
    Well, if Mrs. Clinton can now back up Obama, now that is something to think about.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  611. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    How about living as far as possible from Limbaugh...where no radio is accessible!:)

    Take very good care Jack! It has been quite a week!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  612. Keny DC

    I'd rather live in LA than DC for my business, but only long enough to get my music producing career somewhere, then probably some place afterward that isn't so hustle and bustle.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  613. Cynthia

    I live in the Tampa area. Tampa is not just Tampa – it's Tampa Bay!!! I've enjoyed living here, but if I had my druthers, I would live outside the USA for a much saner, more family orientated lifestyle, where kids stay kids for a bit longer.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  614. Matt

    Texas is a country... We should post signs telling jerks like you to stay out.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  615. Mary

    Live on a Caribbean Island. Like it just fine!!! Thanks In fact it is as close to perfect as you can get. There are two pressing problems: 1. No Mexican food 2. Books are too expensive. However, we seem to manage just fine.


    January 30, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  616. Tom

    I live in a gorgeous place on the coast of Maine and am happy here, but think often about living in Italy, near Florence.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  617. Nancy

    Hawaii, I moved here 7 years ago and never want to leave. Never will shovel snow again!!!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:51 pm |
  618. Sue from Redwood City

    Although I have lived in the beautiful Bay area for the last 13 years, I am originally from Burbank in SoCal and dearly miss it sometimes. I would rather live in Burbank if it was still like it was back in the 70's to early 80's, but you can go back to the place, not the time! So I guess I'm better off where I'm at now.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  619. Dee, New York

    We would like to leave the land of taxes and snow. Someplace in the southeast would be great; we love the Carolinas and Georgia.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  620. John

    I would gladly live in most countries in Europe. This country is backward in so many ways. We believe in god, ghosts and fairies but won't take care of the poor, sick, or the elderly. Unlike Europe, we don't have free healthcare, and we possess a lack of knowledge in regards to economics, history, and the rest of the world's cultures. Our inflated sense of self doesn't ring true in today's world.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  621. Patric Esh

    I live in Humboldt County, Ca. I love where I live. I moved away and saw the world and came back. There is no place I would rather live.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  622. Adam

    Asheville, NC or another state that has four seasons (unlike Florida)

    January 30, 2009 at 6:53 pm |
  623. Mike

    Almost anywhere were banking execs can't award themselves bonuses and perks using $18 BILLION of the taxpayers money!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:53 pm |
  624. Timothy D. SMith

    How about the greatest country in the world? Canada eh?

    January 30, 2009 at 6:53 pm |
  625. D. Sorrell

    After spending all 23 winters in Chicago, and after dealing with enough bad drivers to make New York blush, and enough corrupt politicians in the city and the state to last a lifetime...I would want nothing more than for me and my girlfriend to pack our bags and move to either Arizona or Puerto Rico.

    No more blago, no more snow, no more stress...

    January 30, 2009 at 6:53 pm |
  626. Rock Nelson

    I moved from L.A. California to Greeley Colorado with my girlfriend September 2008. We wanted a simpler life than the crime in L.A. We were not in debt, had money in our pockets, decent jobs and a nice apartment in the Valley. Since moving here we have been deceived by employers, had to move 2 times and now live in a rented basement, with no car or public transportation, and about 5 or 6 days from being completely homeless.
    I would do ANYTHING to go back to the crime in L.A. had I known what we were in for. At least we weren't fish out of water.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:54 pm |
  627. Pam

    I live in Long Beach, California and I love it. I'm a Southern Californian and I can't imagine living anywhere else. We have everything. In fact, it's 80 degrees today. We surf, we kayak, we hike, we free dive and waterski, all within 5 minutes of my house! No place is cooler than SoCal.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:54 pm |
  628. bob from canada

    nope just fine where i am.....we got jobs......a sound economy.......health care......retirement plan..sound banking system.......i'm good...thanx for asking..the only thing i envy is the leadership you guys have now.........but hey i'd much rather have a job

    January 30, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  629. Elo

    Hey im a african american 17 yeard kid that just got its first black president... now living in America makes it even worth the while on whats going to happen for the future and for my future kids.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  630. Kari in Minnesota

    Northern CA without a doubt. Minnesota is a great place to be from, but we would love to retire near the coast, near SanFran, near wine country!!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  631. Kathleen Howard DaQuanno

    I want to live some place where i don't have to hear about Rush Limbaugh. He's such a zero.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  632. Prentiss Boan

    Come on Jack everyone wants to live in HEAVEN, but not right now!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  633. Erika (New Mexico)

    As long my husband and kids are with me and I'm not prohibitively far from my parents, anywhere I hang my hat is paradise.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  634. Tim Gurchinoff

    Almost always. No matter where I am I dream that I were somewhere else. There are a rare few times in my life that made me want to hit pause. And you know, I'm pretty sure that's my fault. I haven't chosen yet, to live.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:56 pm |
  635. SRK

    Under the sea, of course!

    January 30, 2009 at 6:56 pm |
  636. A. Loomis

    We want to live on the road, RVing around the country with a winter residence in the southwest, Texas Hill Country or southern Nevada.
    We are former Oregon/San Francisco residents living in the deep south enmeshed in and wearied by culture shock. It's past time to See The USA, hopefully we can start out this year.

    January 30, 2009 at 6:57 pm |