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Despite the cold...Port Townsend, Washington. *sigh* SO beautiful...
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Like much of Casco Bay in Maine, but a lot warmer in Winter.
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Despite the cold...Port Townsend, Washington. *sigh* SO beautiful...

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You didn’t provide most important piece of information, where are you moving from?
IT jobs are scarce now; however you can find little surviving hubs anywhere in US, after all 75% of US population is living within 50 miles from a shore. So, looking back at your roots is a key to answer your question. I do miss fresh cold lakes I grew on; I’d probably choose other place than I live now, if I start again.
Anyway. Highway are still good, Florida or S. California are within 24-48 hours drive from almost anywhere in US, you can have your favorite setting in summer and drive to sunshine in winter…
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We live above Philly and keep our boat on the northern Chesapeake. If you're looking for jobs in banking Wilmington, DE is a major financial center for credit card companies. There should be good opportunities in Phila, Baltimore and Washington DC as well. All major cities with financial/banking opportunities. The farther north you choose to live the colder the weather. In the Philly area we can get temps in the single digits farenheit. Snow can total 20 plus inches a season and with a coastal storm we can get that much in one day. Our winters vary based on the Jet Stream, the dominent weather maker in the US. Our travel time to the bay is apx 1:40. If you lived in the Baltimore or Washington DC area it would be more in the 20 min range on average. Baltimore is a very nice town with some great neighborhoods. Like any city it also has some that are quite bad. Weather in Baltimore is slightly warmer with less snow fall. Wash DC is even warmer with little snow accumulation. We'll be keeping our boat in Baltimore and it would be our first choice between the three cities and surrounding suburbs were we to relocate our home. The sailing season ranges from May to October. Those with warmer blood than mine start in April and extend into November. The Chesapeake is a fantastic place to sail with countless destinations. Let me know if I can provide more information. Good luck with your decision.
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Honestly, I live here! Puget Sound area is great. One can sail 24/7/365. I can snow ski 3-5 months a year, 12 months by driving down to Mt hood. I can golf in AM< sail in PM, ski in am, golf/sail in pm. We get 10" less rain in a year than the east coast gets on ave from may 1 to Oct 1. Then they do not get to sail those other months either!

Did I mention it rains here a lot too! about 36" a year...........snows.. mountains to hike, climb......BFS winds too!

No humidity like back east...........

What ever, all areas are nice, depends upon what you want!

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without a doubt.....San Diego. Best weather overall of any place I've lived. And I've been in a few here in the US and overseas, too.

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Some considerations you don't mention.

Living ashore, or on the boat?

If ashore, how close to the boat?

Commute time you would put up with?

As well as the urban, suburban, rural question.

For variety of sailing, w/destinations (overnight to week long trips) the Chesapeake or North Carolina would be your best areas. Where within those areas would depend on the above questions.

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I would recommend the Hampton Roads area - Virginia Beach or Norfolk.

Good climate, realtively affordable real estate, good communication and the Chesapeake Bay!
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This place would have to have a nice body of water for sailing, and would have to have a working environment for the working people that do Accounting and Computer IT stuff!
I work for an IT firm in Portland, ME - a lot of software development and staff augmentation. Send me a PM and we can talk. Maybe I can get you work. We have clients from NJ -> ME.

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Southern Maryland

Check out Southern Maryland. Near Solomons Island. Great sailing. Close enough to commute to Washington DC. Also their are many government contractors in the outlying areas of DC. We have not been hit as hard economically as other areas.
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