You can’t really live in this area without noticing that a large number of people who live here complain about living here. You’ve heard it all before: Central PA sucks, there’s no culture here, people are inbred, our educational institutions suck, the job market sucks, the housing sucks, the transportation options suck … you name it. I always amuse myself by responding with “So then why DO you live here?”, the answer to which is always some fail-tastic statement like “Uh, well, I guess, uh, um … My husband works for Comcast. So yeah.”
Anyway, a fellow Farker pointed out Find Your Spot. Answer 8 pages of fairly straightforward questions on everything from weather to culture to geographic region and you’ll be paired with an ideal city. You even get to choose if you want a major metro, a secondary city, or a small community. You will ultimately be asked for your email address before seeing your results; just make something up.
My top spot? Fargo, North Dakota. Yeah. Carlisle (as in right down the road) was #7. Altoona was #11. My biggest city was Minneapolis-St. Paul at #14. No Chicago, no NYC, not even Detroit! I guess that’s because I selected housing “less than $140k” and rent under $800. But still: