If Houston had the topography of Seattle and the dry climate of San Diego, I’d be on my way.
Another convienice of Stamford is it’s easily accessible transportation. It has rail service to NY, is close-ish to the 3 major airports and is on the 95 corridor.
As far as port usage it’s 99% recreational with an occasional sand+gravel tow or a scrap barge.
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If you are not already among the luck residents of one of these, make your pick.