My husband and I are planning on moving from Juneau, Alaska to either the Boise Idaho area or the Seattle Washington area within the next 2-5 years. I was hoping for some insight. As students with little money we lived in Sacramento, California for a year but did not like it
(too much crime, not enough seasons, too much smog however we did like living outside of a big city). On our move this time, we will be in a completely different situation. We will both have work experience, me clerical with the government and him as a mechanic. We will have a small child so we'll need to live near good schools. We will also have a dog and as Alaskans we love outdoorsy activities. We own a house and we plan to rent it out when we move.
I guess here are my two questions:
1) which area would you recommend that has a full range of seasons, good schools, lots of outdoorsy activities and good jobs available for mechanics and clerical workers?
2) Alaska has a very high cost of living but we both make good money here. The economy was not hit so hard up here so it is not that difficult to find a job. I guess I'm worried about the shift from a high cost of living high income area to adjusting to an area with lower wages. Anybody go through and have some advice or insight? We may rent for a while but once we settle in with regular jobs we'll want to buy a house. We have a 4 bedroom ranch style house here for $265,000 which is normal here but most likely high anywhere else. Anybody know what a house like this may go for in Boise or outside of Seattle?