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Not the May weather many Milwaukeeans were hoping for.

Social Circle: Would the weather make you leave Milwaukee?


The "Social Circle" is a group effort between readers, social networkers and the OnMilwaukee.com editors. Every Monday, we ask a question via Facebook and Twitter and then post the responses from our Facebook "likers" and Twitter followers in this column. Well-known Milwaukee movers and shakers will contribute, too.

It was a long winter followed by a non-existent spring (so far). Many Milwaukeeans complained in their real lives as well as on social media. No doubt about it, the weather was bringing a lot of people down.

But is disappointing weather enough of a reason to move from Milwaukee? This is the question asked of the Social Circle this week, and for some, it is. For others, it's a small price to pay for other great aspects of the city.

Here is a sampling of the Facebook responses. See the thread in its entirety here. And what do you think? Would you move from Milwaukee because of the weather?

Barbara Aho: "I think about it daily."

Sophia Gatti Barry: "Yes and yes – only thing keeping us here are the kids."

Emily Begel: "I've definitely considered it and I do think it's reason enough. But I'd have to convince my whole family to move, as well. Family beats nicer weather any day."

Jason Bohn: "If you have enough problems that the weather is the root of your happiness running away to a new city isn't going to fix them."

Rick Charlie: "NEVER! But I do know people who have. Some people end up here for opportunities, and when that is over, they leave for a warmer climate."

Jen Digate: "Maybe if I didn't have a farm and a wonderful place to live that I adore."

Lori Fredrich: "Sure. People should live where they're comfortable. If weather is the ultimate priority for you, it's reason enough to move. It's far better than making everyone listen to you complain about how awful it is."

Damien Jaques: "We are meeting with a real estate agent in Sarasota in 30 minutes."

Jason Haas: "I've lived in a few other places around the country, but I chose to come back to Milwaukee as an adult. Since then I've discovered that there's hardly another place with such a strong sense of community as we have here in the city. Other places have better weather. Some other places have better economic opportunities. Yet our communities are strong despite these challenges."

Susan Higgins: "Yes and already did."

Richard Kerhin: "When moving to a place with so-called better weather (which is completely subjective), one might consider safety. Every year I watch as tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters rip through parts of the country, killing people and causing billions in damage. Milwaukee was listed as Forbes second safest place to live in the U.S. for a reason. So if you must move to get away from the terrible winters in Milwaukee, you might find yourself with a new set of problems."

Larry Kruger: "Other than this winter, Milwaukee winters are too mild and I've considered moving back to Minneapolis / St. Paul. I'd be happy if spring went straight to fall and then winter."

Beth Lewis: "As a native Floridian I can assure you the south isn't that great, if you don't believe me just turn on the news."

Erin Linnane: "Not yet, but when we are closer to retirement, we will probably move somewhere warmer. Not necessarily in the United States."

Tamara McAllistar: "Seriously? It's kind of a blasphemy to even ask that question, much less consider it. If you're that much of a wimp, I'd rather not have you here. The only people I could understand this of is the elderly, who might be rightfully concerned about slips and falls. Otherwise, buy a scarf."

Meg McKenna: "It's not about weather. It's about people. My people are in the Midwest, so in the Midwest I remain. Next year I'm splurging on a better winter coat, though."

Susan Million: "Yes, weather affects a lot of things: your health (physical and mental), your socializing, your activities choices and how often, your safety and much more. It isn't just a climate change."

Steph Orth: "Nope, I moved to North Carolina for two years and not much of a climate change. I missed the snow and weather changes here. I also missed my family too much here."

Maria Holden Raboin: "We moved to San Francisco and my husband refuses to move back to Milwaukee. He cites weather as a big factor. But I will tell you, Milwaukee has it so good. I'd choose a life there over a life here in a second."

Don Sefton: "Absolutely! I grew up in the Midwest all of my life, but 22 years ago there was a winter in Milwaukee where it was zero to 30-below for an entire month. Off to Seattle."

Jason Snider: "Weather? I would have left because of your Governor."

Trevor Smith: "Moving to avoid bad weather, or moving to somewhere with 'better' weather, seems like a privilege exclusively for a specific economic class of people who either don't have to work or whose jobs are overwhelmingly coordinating class."

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