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Re: Best U.S. city for sailing, living aboard, working

Originally Posted by RainDog View Post
I got too curious and had to get nerdy about this.

I pulled a list of the 100 largest metro areas on the US. This is basically every metro area of 1/2 million or more.

I threw out any metro area that is not on a major body of water (ocean or great lake). This left 38 on the list.

I threw out any metro area where people do not normally sail year round (on the East coast I used DC and south for year around sailing. Not sure if this is correct or not). This left 21 on the list.

Finally I threw out any metro area with an unemployment rate >=7%. I ended up with 7 metro areas remaining. A brief google of threads discussing live aboard marinas makes me thing I can throw Honolulu and San Fran off the list.

So that leaves 5 areas(with unemployment rate) [and population]:

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC MSA (5.2%) [1.8 million]
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA MSA (5.3%) [3.5 million]
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX MSA (6.2%) [6 million]
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC MSA (6.3%) [700,000]
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL MSA (6.8%) [600,000]

All of these seem like really nice sailing areas, so pick your favorite climate/size

between 7% and 8% unemployment you can add:

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX MSA
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL MSA
Jacksonville, FL MSA
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA MSA
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA MSA
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL MSA

Great list of cities!

I put another spin on it. I checked to see what kind of population growth these metros are getting from Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas Totals: Vintage 2012 - U.S Census Bureau

So here's that list of cities and the population growth they have had since 2010.

1. Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 4.9%
2. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4.3%
2. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 4.3%
4. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 4.1%
5. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 3.3%
6. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 3.1%
7. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 2.6%
8. North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 2.5%
9. Jacksonville, FL 2.4%
10. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 2.1%
11. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1.4%
12. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 0.7%

Last edited by saldrich; 12-24-2013 at 01:37 PM. Reason: .
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