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    We are originally from Europe and currently live in Florida, where we are homeschooling three kids (6-12). Next year we want to relocate. We are completely independent and can move anywhere in the US. So we are looking for suggestions.

    What we miss in Florida and want to find in the next place:
    Culture, sophisticated and highly educated people, food diversity, more nature that is accessible for outdoor activities, a more open-minded and secular community, downtown, nice cafes, children who play outside without constant adult supervision, a healthier lifestyle


    I know that every place can be made the "best" place with right mindset. But I would love to hear your experience.
    I would greatly appreciate your help!
    Thank you.

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    Welcome! There are a few states where homeschooling requires more bureaucratic paperwork, but other than that, it really is up to the parent.
    Find a place youd like to live, that meets your other criteria, and its likely that homeschooling there will work for you.
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    Welcome!

    We do not currently live in the US and have never homeschooled there. But we did live there for a while when my oldest was between 18 months and 5 years old. We lived in the San Diego area but travelled around as much as we could. In terms of San Diego, it has lots of easily accessible outdoors. There are beaches and hiking in canyons in the city area. Then it is not far to drive to the Julian, Mt Laguna, Anza Borrego desert, Mt Palomar, Mt San Jacinto areas, or even Joshua Tree National Park. We did a lot of camping and hiking when we lived there. Hiking multiple times per week and camping around once or twice a month. The people we encountered were very into healthy lifestyles but we were out hiking and camping so that is the type that we ran into. There is also food diversity, but not really a downtown that you would want to hang out in, and the cafes, open-minded/secular-ness, kids playing outside without supervision depend on the area you are living in. It is also very expensive!

    Other places we visited were Boston, Washington DC, New York city, Rhode Island, Florida, Portland, a lot of Utah, Arizona, and the central CA area, and we found things to like about most of them. The US is so big (we are from NZ, which is about the size of CA). There are so many places.

    One area we really loved that we visited was Portland. We only had a long weekend there but outdoors access was very easy, people seemed into healthy lifestyles, amazing farmer's markets (San Diego has many but we always found the produce very sad looking and the stuff in Portland was so luscious in comparison), great cafes, functional and rapid public transport (this is something that is terrible in San Diego). I get the impression it is a very open-minded and secular area. The downtown area was nice of what we saw of it. Not sure about the kids playing outdoors.

    I know it is all generalizing. But I would love to hear what people have to say as well. DH is looking at taking a sabbatical for work sometime in the next year. So we could get about 6 months overseas, and I would like to try somewhere in the US. He wants to try Europe, but is open to the US. For the US, he has suggested Denver, CO.
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    Thank you very much for this insight.
    Florida, Tampa area, is great for secular homeschooling. A lot of homeschoolers and many enrichment programs and opportunity. We have lived here for five years.
    I also know quite a bit about the Seattle area, which is also a good place to homeschool, but it was always cold and gray when we were there. Beautiful parks and many outdoor opportunities.
    We also spent about two months in Boston and generally the New England states. Homeschooling families will also find a lot of like minded people.
    That's as much as I can tell you.

    I hope that more people will tell us about their cities or areas. I would also be especially interested in Colorado, Boulder and Fort Collins area.
    Also does anybody know about Boise Idaho?

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    Michigan has one of the most lax homeschooling laws in the country. It is incredibly easy to homeschool here. There is no reporting, no red tape. We are in Detroit. I've found the secular homeschooling community here to be welcoming, intelligent, helpful. We have the DIA and The Henry Ford/Greenfield Village, as well as a world class zoo, science centers. The food is amazing.

    Detroit is a city that has suffered a lot in the last 50+ years -- really in the last century. But I find the people to be wonderful and there is a lot of diversity to be found here, though there are major problems with hyper-segregation.

    If you want more walkability and a intellectual vibe, I suggest Ann Arbor. It is only 45 minutes away from Detroit and so you can access the culture of Detroit while having the crunchy-ness of A2.

    I'm told Grand Rapids is also great but I haven't spent much time there.

    Michigan is terrific if you love outdoors experiences. The Upper Peninsula is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Plus, we are close to Canada

    LMK if you have any questions,

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