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View Poll Results: Which State in New England Would You Want To Live In?
Connecticut 7 10.00%
Rhode Island 6 8.57%
Massachusetts 20 28.57%
Vermont 13 18.57%
New Hampshire 12 17.14%
Maine 12 17.14%
Voters: 70. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-10-2014, 02:51 PM
 
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Rhode Island or Maine.

My main impetus for living in New England would be coastline. And whether the sandy strands of RI or the rocky shores of Maine, I could be happy.
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Old 12-11-2014, 07:22 AM
 
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I live in Connecticut (born and raised) but also lived in RI. I voted for Vermont. I love that State.
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Old 12-11-2014, 09:57 AM
 
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If you had to pick to live in 1 of the 6 states in New England, which one would you pick and why?

... Which state in New England would you live in if you had the choice, and why?
I am from California. I grew-up there, my highschool friends are there, my siblings and cousins are there. After a tour in the Navy I went back to California and went through college. We had a dairy and owned a home there. Then I went back into uniform to get the pension. We have lived in Fl, Va and SC; we have owned homes in Ca, Ct, Wa, and overseas.

My Dw is from Ct, and we owned income property there. But it is far too urban for us, the taxes are high, the crime was very high. We were never comfortable living there. I have never lived in any of the other New England states. Though I have certainly driven through each of them many times.

We do not mind winters, we actually rather enjoy them. We do not like extreme hot or humid summers.

We do not like urban either. We both prefer rural.

After I retired, we settled in Maine.

Maine is over 92% forested, there are many rivers, lakes and ponds. Maine has a network of sled trails that link every town, with over 10,000 miles of maintained trails. Maine has over 3,000 miles of ocean shoreline.

We have never owned a home that had such low property taxes as compared to where we are now [this is a 2400 sq ft new home with 150+ acres and river frontage]. I think that even among all the other places where we lived in apartments, we never saw anywhere that the cost of home ownership was this low.

I am an organic farmer and I have a small pension from the Navy, I am very happy with our decision to settle in Maine.

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Old 12-11-2014, 10:23 AM
 
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I lived in Boston for a couple of years and while there traveled all around New England. I worked in Bath Maine for weeks at a time. I made my first pilgrimage to Freeport while at university in Alabama.

I would chose Maine. I like the coastal towns, architecture, beaches, woodlands, mountains, rivers, and deserts I like the people. Plus, I like lobster.
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Old 12-11-2014, 02:33 PM
 
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I've lived in Mass and Maine and this is a really tough question. For OP, I would definitely choose Mass or SE CT because of Boston and NYC. For me though, it's harder because I like urban environments as well as rural. I would choose either MA for Boston or VT for the skiing and beer.
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Old 12-11-2014, 02:53 PM
 
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Am i the only one surprised that Vermont and New Hampshire are winning this poll vs. Connecticut and Rhode Island?
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Old 12-11-2014, 03:10 PM
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The OP said he prefers urban environments.
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:17 PM
 
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Am i the only one surprised that Vermont and New Hampshire are winning this poll vs. Connecticut and Rhode Island?
Not suprised. I live in Connecticut and I voted for Vermont. Connecticut is ok, just getting too expensive and a total nanny state.

Connecticut does have urban areas such as New Haven and Stamford. But NYC and Boston have so much more pull it attracts a greater number of people.
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Old 12-11-2014, 08:22 PM
 
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Yeah I think I would like New Hampshire as well. That would be my #2 choice. NH is just too beautiful to pass up, and it doesn't feel like a socialist state, either.

The results of this poll are mind boggling though. Why is MA winning? I mean, all the jobs are located in eastern MA, which is extremely expensive. Western MA is more affordable, but there are no jobs.
I cannot speak for anyone else but I think Massachusetts is seen as the most well rounded of the New England states. The biggest and best city, Boston, plus numerous smaller cities, lots of nice suburban towns, rural areas in central and western Mass., both sandy and rocky coasts, and seaside and mountain resort areas.

Other New England seem to specialize in certain things; Vermont - beautiful rural areas, Maine - long rocky coastline, Connecticut - nice suburbs, etc. But only Massachusetts seems to have a little, and often a lot, of everything. There is something for everyone in Massachusetts.

Even for people who like to live on islands.

Submariner, Nice post about Maine.
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