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Old 12-24-2014, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Yes, I know that. But largely, the Midwest is open fields.
Nah, Wisconsin and Michigan are half forested. Michigan is a higher percentage than New York, or Kentucky, or Jersey or Louisiana or Washington/Oregon.
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Old 12-24-2014, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Nah, Wisconsin and Michigan are half forested. Michigan is a higher percentage than New York, or Kentucky, or Jersey or Louisiana or Washington/Oregon.
Yes, but the OP needs a place that's forested AND has a good economy. Michigan doesn't have a good economy, and Wisconsin's isn't all that great either, except for Madison.
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Old 12-24-2014, 09:55 AM
 
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Yes, but the OP needs a place that's forested AND has a good economy. Michigan doesn't have a good economy, and Wisconsin's isn't all that great either, except for Madison.
Actually, while not outstanding, I believe that some Michigan areas have improved in terms of their economies recently. Grand Rapids is probably the best of the bunch.

Also, it is important for the OP to look into the prospective area in terms of industries that fit their skill set and if it is an industry or industries that are doing well in those areas.
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Old 12-24-2014, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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The OP said he likes forest scenery, which pretty much rules out Midwestern cities.
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Yes, I know that. But largely, the Midwest is open fields.
Pretty much all Midwestern cities are forested themselves. Take a look at any faraway skyline shot of any Midwestern city and it will look like a skyline poking out of a forest. There aren't really any major Midwestern cities that are located smack dab in the middle of the windswept prairie.

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Yes, but the OP needs a place that's forested AND has a good economy. Michigan doesn't have a good economy, and Wisconsin's isn't all that great either, except for Madison.
Wisconsin's economy is doing very, very well in comparison to most of the country, despite Gov. Walker's poisonous influence.
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Old 12-24-2014, 10:00 AM
 
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Yes, I know that. But largely, the Midwest is open fields.
Yes, this has been a limiting factor for our search. Around Columbus and westward, the landscape becomes more dominated by farmland instead of forest, which isn't something I want. So cities like Columbus and Indianapolis probably won't work.

Madison scores very high marks and seems like it's a great place, but the area surrounding it is mostly farmland (except when you go northwest). I love the trees and forest to much. I love that feeling of being nestled by the trees. Because of that, I have my doubts about Madison vs. a forested city like, say, Rochester.
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Old 12-24-2014, 10:13 AM
 
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So, would something like this fit?: 2380 Case Hill Rd, Otisco, NY 13084

Or this down the road: 2706 Case Hill Rd, Otisco, NY 13084

This is just to get an idea of what you are looking for?

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Old 12-24-2014, 11:24 AM
 
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So, would something like this fit?: 2380 Case Hill Rd, Otisco, NY 13084

This is just to get an idea of what you are looking for?
More or less, yeah. We would want a newer house, and would want to have a good amount of forest on the property itself, but in terms of finding a city, greater Syracuse might work because of its lakes and forests (and wegmans, lol), which are really big deals. As long as the area isn't economically depressed, ugly, polluted, it may be a viable option.
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Old 12-24-2014, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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More or less, yeah. We would want a newer house, and would want to have a good amount of forest on the property itself, but in terms of finding a city, greater Syracuse might work because of its lakes and forests (and wegmans, lol), which are really big deals. As long as the area isn't economically depressed, ugly, polluted, it may be a viable option.
I highly doubt you'll find a job in Syracuse.
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Old 12-24-2014, 11:35 AM
 
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I highly doubt you'll find a job in Syracuse.

I don't need a job, I just want to live in a place that isn't economically depressed. I work from home.
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:18 PM
 
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Yes, I know that. But largely, the Midwest is open fields.
Not all of the midwest by a large margin. Often overlooked but would fit perfectly is Grand Rapids, 4.2% unemployment, strong population growth. Billions of dollars in new investments over the last 10 years and still going strong. It fits all of the OP's criteria. Full of natural beauty, hills and forests and of course the hundreds of miles of lakeshore. It's been mentioned, I'd add it to the list
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