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I am interested if you where a coach and given the opportunity to coach at any of the AE schools solely based on the city assuming your salary, administration, fan base etc... where the same at each school which city would you choice first to last. Here is my list:

1.) Boston
2.) Albany (if I had to live in upstate NY this is the city I would pick.)
3.) UMBC
4.)Vermont (looked it up on wikipeida I like that its on the lake, must be nice during the summer months).
5.) SBU (I like that it is right off of nyc, but all the people from long island I meet at binghamton U, and there was alot of them where all pretty snoby.
6.)Hartford
7.)Binghamton
8.)UNH
9.)Maine
 

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I am interested if you where a coach and given the opportunity to coach at any of the AE schools solely based on the city assuming your salary, administration, fan base etc... where the same at each school which city would you choice first to last. Here is my list:

1.) Boston
2.) Albany (if I had to live in upstate NY this is the city I would pick.)
3.) UMBC
4.)Vermont (looked it up on wikipeida I like that its on the lake, must be nice during the summer months).
5.) SBU (I like that it is right off of nyc, but all the people from long island I meet at binghamton U, and there was alot of them where all pretty snoby.
6.)Hartford
7.)Binghamton
8.)UNH
9.)Maine
You need to visit Burlington.... Your list will change....
 

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Based on the cities I feel comfortably differentiating between:

1) Boston
2) Burlington
3) Durham
4) Albany
5) Catonsville

I've never been to Binghamton, Orono or Stony Brook, and haven't spent enough time in Hartford to offer a meaningful opinion.

Burlington is a really hip, very walkable downtown. Durham is a cute college town, very near the ocean & Portsmouth and with easy transport to Boston & Portland. I've been to Albany professionally, and found it to be pretty dreary downtown... that monolithic government building and connected arena are otherworldly... ominous from the outside and oddly lighted and seemingly endless on the inside. UMBC is a city built inside a traffic circle at the end of an offramp... at least it's convenient to the airport.
 

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1. Boston
2. Baltimore

No where else. Don't get me wrong, I love visiting Burlington, vt - lovely little city, people are amazingly friendly, great vibe. i like portsmouth, nh, as well, but I can't live more than 15 minutes from a major city - I'm city born and city bread... And I really need a lot more ethnic and racial diversity to feel at home. Albany has some of these qualities, but I can't deal with upstate New York winters and the city has just never "done it" for me.... Hartford becomes a ghost town once businesses get out... And Long Island is Long Island - enough said...
 

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As a UVM fan I would want to coach UVM and would be very happy with it. Not being a UVM fan I would only base it on what school would get me to a higher conference. UMBC has a great backyard to recruit from. Burlington has a lot of draw to college kids. SB has a lot of talent around them to recruit from. Boston is a major city but BU is the fourth college in town. It's very hard to choose. Bing is close to PA. UA has upstate NY. I know the last school I would choose is Maine. Cold winters and having to draw recruits really far away from home.

IF I was choosing just on the city I would prefer to live in.
Durham
Burlington
Hartford
the rest
Maine
 

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As a UVM fan I would want to coach UVM and would be very happy with it. Not being a UVM fan I would only base it on what school would get me to a higher conference. UMBC has a great backyard to recruit from. Burlington has a lot of draw to college kids. SB has a lot of talent around them to recruit from. Boston is a major city but BU is the fourth college in town. It's very hard to choose. Bing is close to PA. UA has upstate NY. I know the last school I would choose is Maine. Cold winters and having to draw recruits really far away from home.

IF I was choosing just on the city I would prefer to live in.
Durham
Burlington
Hartford
the rest
Maine
Is Maine the only place that has winter in AE? This whole "Maine is cold" thing coming from a Vermont fan no less is both puzzling and bizarre. In fact, I follow weather pretty closely and recently NY/Vermont have been getting worse winters than Maine. The Jet Stream/storm tracks have changed and have made recent Maine winters milder and shorter (especially along the Coastal Plain which pretty much includes areas South and East of I-95.

But getting back to the original question.........

If we are choosing the actual towns/cities that these schools are located in............

1. Orono (because I love the State of Maine.......not so much because I love the Orono/Bangor area)
2. Durham
3. Boston
4. Stony Brook
5. Hartford
6. Burlington
7. Albany
8. Baltimore
9. Binghamton

My rankings are based on the following...........if I am going to be isolated, I want it to be in Maine and I love living near the ocean (sorry Bing and Albany)...........Baltimore is not my cup of tea, but I'd love to visit someday. Burlington........great city but too far from coastal New England and is more influenced by New Yorkers. Hartford........best of the rest (mostly location). Stony Brook would be interesting........Boston (duh!). Durham.........NH Seacoast and close to Maine.
 

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I know the last school I would choose is Maine. Cold winters
Just some stats via the weather channel:

Average winter temps:

Dec - 26 (both Orono & Burlington)
Jan - 20 (Orono); 18 (Burlington)
Feb - 24 (Orono); 22 (Burlington)
March - 33 (Orono); 31 (Burlington)

Just in case...
 

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There is a reason I chose Durham over Burlington. It's too cold in Burlington. That being said I love the city of Burlington and have friends and family in the area so I still ranked them second. Durham isn't the warmest place in the AE but I dont like big cities and I dont like snow.

I disagree Burlington is influenced by NY. You go across the lake it's nothing like Burlington.
 

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Mine would be:

1. Durham
2. Orono
3. Burlington
4. Boston
5. Stony Brook
6. Hartford
7. Albany
8. Binghamton
9. Baltimore

I enjoy small towns and definitely more coastal. Baltimore is last, despite the inner harbor & everything that it has to offer for the simple fact that a very good friend of mine & college classmate was murdered near Camden Yards. He was a HUGE Orioles fan while growing up and a couple years after graduation, he landed his dream job working with the organization. A few months later, he was leaving a club with a couple friends, they got mugged and he was shot. I have a hard time with anything Baltimore now...
 

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1. Boston

2. Burlington- If there were an abundance of jobs in my industry I'd move there tomorrow, but since my industry in fact doesn't exist in Vermont, don't think I'm moving back up there anytime soon. LOVE Burlington though. My ideal situation if I were to move back to VT would be to have a primary home in Burlington and then build a home on the lake somewhere in the Champlain Islands so have a place to spend the summer and be close to Montreal as well.

3. Hartford- Not the most exciting place, but I could live in West Hartford. Nice place to live with a family IMO and nice homes are very affordable relative to NYC/Boston similar communities.

4. Long Island- Not my first choice, but I could live there given proximity to NYC.
 

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1. Boston -- I live there now.
2. Burlington -- Beautiful.
3. Durham -- Small, but went to school there. Not really sure you can give credit to Portsmouth.
4. Albany -- I kind of like it. Not too far from anything.
5. Binghamton -- Spent some time there recently, liked parts of it.
6. Long Island -- Meh.
7. Orono -- That cursed paper mill clouds my perception. God it's far up, too.
8. Baltimore -- Because I don't like Hartford.
9. Hartford -- Egh. No problem with the campus, but don't like leaving it.
 

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Burlington. Where I'm at. Sure it's cold as f^%$k, but it's beautiful. And winter makes you really appreciate summer.

Second I'd pick Baltimore. If I were going to live somewhere else, I'd pick a city with at least ONE pro sport. I do realize the crime rate is MUCH higher than Burlington's. Sorry about your friend, umainealum.
 

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Burlington (because I live here and love it!!!!)
Boston (Great sports town!!!!!)
Albany (Doesn't feel like upstate NY and close to Saratoga and Lake George)
Hartford (less than 2 hours to both Boston and NYC)
Baltimore (Very cool place)
Durham (Seacoast is somewhat appealing)
Stony Brook (Near Big Apple but feel trapped on LI)
Orono (No way - too cold, too snowy, too lonely, too many bears)
Binghamton (would live there only if I was sent to prison)
 

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If for some reason I couldn't live in Burlington, none of the other AE locations would be my first choice. I'd prefer that Burlington was smaller, so any place bigger is off my list. I'd prefer that Burlington was warmer, so Orono and Durham don't make the cut.

Since I can't think of any reason that would exile me, I'm just going to stay here.
 

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Burlington (because I live here and love it!!!!)
Boston (Great sports town!!!!!)
Albany (Doesn't feel like upstate NY and close to Saratoga and Lake George)
Hartford (less than 2 hours to both Boston and NYC)
Baltimore (Very cool place)
Durham (Seacoast is somewhat appealing)
Stony Brook (Near Big Apple but feel trapped on LI)
Orono (No way - too cold, too snowy, too lonely, too many bears)
Binghamton (would live there only if I was sent to prison)
There's the "cold and snowy" Orono thing again..........wake me up when palm trees start growing in Burlington (or Durham, Boston, Hartford, Albany and Binghamton for that matter).

Only 2 that truly have milder weather are Stony Brook (mostly ocean effect) and Baltimore (obviously much further South than the rest of the league).
 

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I go 2 hours north and I feel a major difference in the weather/temp. I'm living in southern NH right now. That 2 hours difference is enough for me to not want to move up north in any way. You can say the same thing about Burlington. It just has enough going on to almost make you forget about it. If people said Burlington is too cold and snowy for them to want to live there I would agree.
 

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Burlington is arctic in the winter, but summers in Burlington are the absolute best.
 

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1. Boston

2. Burlington- If there were an abundance of jobs in my industry I'd move there tomorrow, but since my industry in fact doesn't exist in Vermont, don't think I'm moving back up there anytime soon. LOVE Burlington though. My ideal situation if I were to move back to VT would be to have a primary home in Burlington and then build a home on the lake somewhere in the Champlain Islands so have a place to spend the summer and be close to Montreal as well.

3. Hartford- Not the most exciting place, but I could live in West Hartford. Nice place to live with a family IMO and nice homes are very affordable relative to NYC/Boston similar communities.

4. Long Island- Not my first choice, but I could live there given proximity to NYC.
I live in the Islands..... You couldn't drag me away.....
 
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