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Old 07-09-2007, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Anywhere but here!
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Other than Texas, are there any other states that we should perhaps check into that has a relatively mild climate, CHEAP housing, good quality of life, good down to earth people and a great place to raise a family (and good schools)?
Right now we are pretty set on East Texas (around the Tyler area), but if anyone has any input on somewhere else we should consider, I would love to hear them!

If it helps any, we're looking at a little bit of country outside of larger population. Doesn't have to be millions of people, but maybe 100,000+. We're looking for something decent with a little land (like an acre) where we can have a horse or??

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Old 07-10-2007, 01:43 AM
 
Location: Fairfax
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South Carolina and North Carolina come to mind since you said nearby cities dont need millions.
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Old 07-10-2007, 01:53 AM
 
Location: yeah
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Alternatives to Texas?

Bakersfield.
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Old 07-10-2007, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Deep In The Heat Of Texas
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Other than Texas, are there any other states that we should perhaps check into that has a relatively mild climate, CHEAP housing, good quality of life, good down to earth people and a great place to raise a family (and good schools)?
Right now we are pretty set on East Texas (around the Tyler area), but if anyone has any input on somewhere else we should consider, I would love to hear them!

If it helps any, we're looking at a little bit of country outside of larger population. Doesn't have to be millions of people, but maybe 100,000+. We're looking for something decent with a little land (like an acre) where we can have a horse or??

Oh, I just saw this post that Tyler may not be your only option.

I absolutely love southwest VA. The temperatures are wonderful, the winters are mild, fall is full of colorful foliage, and it is absolutely gorgeous with mountains, rolling hills, valleys, and tall trees. Any place you drive, you will see lovliness, truly God's country.

The housing is extremely reasonable in this area of VA and the property taxes are much less than in Texas. The people were very friendly and extremely helpful.

I haven't seen all of VA that I want to as my trip was very short, but I really liked the area around Galax within a 50 mile radius of said city going east, north, or west. If ones goes south, he or she will be in NC which would be find.

From what I was told by one of the locals, NC and VA (mountain areas) are quite comparable in beauty.

If a larger city is needed, the area around Roanoke is beautiful as well. I was just amazed and in awe of how lovely everything was.
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Old 07-10-2007, 09:24 AM
 
Location: dayton
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try florida
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Old 07-10-2007, 09:52 AM
 
Location: IN
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Try North Carolina or Virginia. The western areas of those states are more mountainous and rural but the bigger towns and cities are not too far away. Roanoke, Virginia is a very nice town and I believe that their is a College there as well. The rural areas of Virginia tend to be a little more rural than those in NC because more people seem to be moving to rural areas of NC.
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Old 07-10-2007, 10:04 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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Definitely check out North Carolina. Also Knoxville Tennessee and that area. And Virginia and West Virginia too.
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Old 07-11-2007, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Anywhere but here!
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I honestly forgot that I posted this thread . I'm sorry I haven't replied to you all!
Thanks for all of the great info! I have always had a thing for Virginia! From pictures I have seen it is GORGEOUS! NC is BEAUTIFUL as well!
I'm just afraid those areas might be too cold for us though. How bad are the winters? I LOVE SNOW, but I would rather just go visit it . I'm not sure about trying to acclimate myself to the snow and icy cold weather

I appreciate all of the input! I just don't know. For some reason, I really feel a calling to go to Texas, if that makes any sense. So far, no place else has peaked my interest for some reason. I have never lived in Texas, and I only know of 2 people that live there, I just feel that is where we are meant to be for some reason.
Anyway, I WILL definitely check out our other options though! Thanks everyone!

BTW, sorry, Florida is just NOT an option! Way too HOT and TOO CLOSE TO ALLIGATORS! THAT'S JUST NOT HAPPENING! No, Georgia (although it's a beautiful state), No Louisiana or ANYWHERE else that has gators or crocs! Even parts of Texas is pushing it! But thank you for the suggestion
Oh yeah, not to mention the hurricanes! But I will take my chance ANYDAY with a tornado, bears, mountain lions or whatever before I will a gator!
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Old 07-11-2007, 10:59 PM
 
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Bears and mountain lions are much more dangerous then gators
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Old 07-11-2007, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Phoenix AZ area
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North Carolina area is pretty affordable and very nice, not too hot in the summers and ok winters too...
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