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Old 12-03-2012, 12:15 AM
 
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Hello All! My partner and I have been going back and forth between these two states as far as which we would rather settle down in. Currently we're in SW MN so we are used to summers that hit 100 and winters that plunge to -40. I'd like to avoid both of those extremes. Especially the heat - I hate the heat. Snow is a plus. We're outdoorsy people who enjoy camping and hiking. We'd prefer a rural place away from dense populace. Woods are a must. We're, I would say, Liberal Libertarians. We like guns. We like small government. We like civil liberties. We like the environment. We are gay so a place that is accepting of various people with different lifestyles is important. She is currently in school to be a psychologist so I'm not sure as far as jobs go if either state has a need. Thanks for any and all opinions!
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:46 PM
 
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New Hampshire is the postcard state for Libertarians. I would look at the southern section around either Concord or Portsmouth.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:31 PM
 
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I've been looking into washington state and it looks like the eastern side is a liberal- but small govn't type as well.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:20 PM
 
Location: IN
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I've been looking into washington state and it looks like the eastern side is a liberal- but small govn't type as well.
No, the eastern side of Washington state is more conservative, I-5 corridor and much of western Washington is more democratic. Demographics of both sides of the state are completely different. For a county by county breakdown you can look at the quickfacts census website.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:26 PM
 
Location: IN
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Interesting selection OP!

Both states do not feature an income tax and New Hampshire does not have a sales tax. NH does tax interest and dividend income from investments if that is important. Both Washington state and New Hampshire have increasingly expensive property taxes. Washington state has a high sales tax. New Hampshire does have a strong outdoor recreation culture with fishing and hunting common, particularly the rural central and northern part of the state. The towns with the lowest property taxes are the towns with the greatest number of lakes and percentage of land covered by water. High assessements and high valuations of property = $$$ for the town, therefore the tax rate ends up staying low due to waterfront properties being a plurality in some towns. Rural western Washington has a large percentage of retirees and leans more conservative away from the Puget Sound. Longview (Lewis county) area leans conservative and is a rural area north of Portland, but has a weaker economy. Basically, for good paying jobs southeast NH (good proximity to Boston) or Seattle would be the best bets for a good diverse offering of jobs. I like Washington state, but it is just too dark there in the winter (even for me) and I prefer snow over 40 degrees and rain.
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