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Old 12-15-2010, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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You may want to also check out the Prescott Valley(Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, and Dewey-Humboldt) in AZ. It is the third largest metro area in AZ. You're still only 85 miles from Phoenix, but at a higher elevation. The city has a four-season climate with average highs around 50 in January and 89 in July. At around 5400 feet elevation, there is plenty of greenery.

The area has lakes and hundreds of miles of groomed hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails...and it is not too far from Phoenix, Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Flagstaff, Lake Pleasant, etc...with LOTS of outdoor activities.

The other great thing about Prescott is the relatively inexpensive housing and cost of living.

Prescott Webpage: Home
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Old 12-15-2010, 08:32 PM
 
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The upstate of SC is a good suggestion, as is E TN and SW VA. You'll find a fair amount of liberals in the larger cities but you'll find conservatives as well. The smaller towns tend towards the conservative side. WNC has a lot of rich retirees that drive the COL up but with a little digging you can find a low cost town.
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Old 12-15-2010, 11:04 PM
 
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Thank you all for the suggestions. I do appreciate them, and will look into them deeper tomorrow. Does anyone have any thoughts on San Marcos, Tx?. I have read that the Austin area is very outdoor friendly and then later read that Texas has little public land which could be a problem. From the pictures, it is very green and has lots of waterways and lakes to enjoy.
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Old 12-15-2010, 11:19 PM
 
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I'm assuming you'll get the same 30k anywhere you go in the country?

More or less, my salary will stay about that, within 1k. It will depend on the sales volume of the store. There is the possibility of making 50k+ if the right conditions were met.

And to be more specific, I wouldn't mind living in a "liberal" area. It's forced socialism and big government I'd like to avoid.
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Old 12-16-2010, 06:11 AM
 
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Sorry to make this a political thread, but do you ever consider the irony that you don't like socialism but seek out public lands?? If this ever gets to you there are private landowners on the cumberland plateau who lease out their lands for hunting puposes.
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Old 12-16-2010, 11:24 AM
 
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Sorry to make this a political thread, but do you ever consider the irony that you don't like socialism but seek out public lands?? If this ever gets to you there are private landowners on the cumberland plateau who lease out their lands for hunting puposes.
I can see a bit of irony in that. Tax money used for maintenance of public lands and such. I even like the use of public roads for travel.
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Old 04-26-2011, 02:40 PM
 
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Just to followup on this thread I have chosen to make Colorado Springs my home. I've found a job and I will be moving in two weeks. The combination of outdoor activities and friendly people seem to be a good fit. I will be working off the 25 and garden of the gods rd and would like to live around there (it's just me so small is fine) so if anyone has any suggestions I'd welcome them. Also I know no-one out there so if anyone would like to show a newcomer around that would be welcome too.
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Old 04-26-2011, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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I'm recommending West Virginia too. I could easily live there again. Winters can get nasty, but they are short. Dirt cheap property. close to Major Metro areas. Good people that know when to help and know when to leave you alone.
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Old 04-26-2011, 02:51 PM
 
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I'm recommending West Virginia too. I could easily live there again. Winters can get nasty, but they are short. Dirt cheap property. close to Major Metro areas. Good people that know when to help and know when to leave you alone.
If Colorado Springs doesn't work out I might look into that.
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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Louisiana is affordable to live in (30k is no sweat) and has beautiful outdoor areas. However I think it takes a certain kind of person to appreciate the scenery. But if you like greenery, it is everywhere, and I do mean EVERYWHERE. The cities seem to have more trees than people lol.
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