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Old 10-15-2015, 03:22 PM
 
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Hi, I'm looking to relocate in the next couple of years. I work online so I can live anywhere with internet. I'm originally from Georgia, but I live in California now.

I know I'm not going to find one 100% perfect place with all of these criteria, but being able to have a few of them would be great.


Desires:

- Cheap area to rent or purchase a home. Preferably with affordable land(1 or 2 acres, not that much). More rural than urban, but either. A few hours from the city is good(air travel not necessary).

- Relatively low crime. So a decent economy would be good for this reason, but otherwise doesn't matter.

- Religion/Politics/Schools: doesn't matter. I guess I would prefer a more liberal atmosphere if I had to be honest.

- Weather: Rainy and/or overcast days are enjoyed, but not absolutely required. 4 seasons is a plus. Snow is good on occasion. Prefer not too hot. Cold is fine. Humidity doesn't bother me, but all the bugs do.

- Either near the mountains, water(near lake or river) or forests. Hiking. Accessible to nature. Dog friendly - this may not matter in more rural areas.


If price didn't matter, I might live in western Washington.

But since I would like someplace inexpensive, I've been considering about these areas: Huntsville AL, NE Tennessee, Asheville/Greensboro NC, Colorado Springs CO, or Michigan upper peninsula.

Any advice or insight would be great! Thanks a lot.
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Old 10-15-2015, 07:59 PM
 
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Generally in E TN and W NC the rural areas tend to be conservative. There are parts of South & East Knox county where you will find liberal folks out in the country. That's what I know of. It's not like the register of deeds checks your voting records, so you're likely to find some liberals a lot of places. But you might like having a bigger city nearby for social / political camaraderie.

Asheville will be too expensive. Consider Chattanooga and also Cookeville TN which is a small college city in a sea of cheap real estate.
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Old 10-15-2015, 09:12 PM
 
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Old 10-15-2015, 10:26 PM
 
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Generally in E TN and W NC the rural areas tend to be conservative. There are parts of South & East Knox county where you will find liberal folks out in the country. That's what I know of. It's not like the register of deeds checks your voting records, so you're likely to find some liberals a lot of places. But you might like having a bigger city nearby for social / political camaraderie.

Asheville will be too expensive. Consider Chattanooga and also Cookeville TN which is a small college city in a sea of cheap real estate.
Thanks for the suggestions.

I was hesitant to mention the liberal thing because honestly it won't affect me much; I've lived in GA for 16 years and have dealt with the ultra conservative thing just fine.

I'm thinking that if I can simply find a state/area that fits the bill, I could move into an apt there while I explore the area further to see if it's a good fit. So the exact town won't be so important right away.
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Old 10-16-2015, 01:04 AM
 
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Unless you want A LOT of snow, forget about the Michigan UP.
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Old 10-16-2015, 01:47 AM
 
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anywhere around Sonora CA/Boise ID/anywhere near Spokane WA/anywhere around Paradise CA/Alturas CA/Center TX or near Tyler TX/Fort Smith AR/Dubuque IA...Hope that helps you out, they all meet all of your requirments and all of them are much more affordable than Huntsville, Asheville, Colorado Springs, Western Washington etc.
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Old 10-16-2015, 04:52 AM
 
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Generally in E TN and W NC the rural areas tend to be conservative. There are parts of South & East Knox county where you will find liberal folks out in the country. That's what I know of. It's not like the register of deeds checks your voting records, so you're likely to find some liberals a lot of places. But you might like having a bigger city nearby for social / political camaraderie.

Asheville will be too expensive. Consider Chattanooga and also Cookeville TN which is a small college city in a sea of cheap real estate.
Actually in Western NC both Asheville and Boone are solidly Blue politically speaking. While Asheville is considered too expensive to some, it truly isn't if one has a decent job which the OP appears to have. The overall average rent in Asheville is in the ballpark of $800-$850 a month. I can't think of a better "outdoorsy" place to live in the US with all of the recreational opportunity in close proximity and the climate criteria the OP is looking for as well.
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Old 10-16-2015, 07:10 AM
 
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Parts of Upstate NY and perhaps PA would work. I'd look outside of Ithaca(Tompkins County) and/or the Finger Lakes region in places like Cortland County, Seneca County, Cayuga County, Ontario County, etc. Ontario County isn't too far from Rochester(actually in its metro) and could be a happy medium in terms of employment and a more rural environment. It is one of the fastest growing counties in the state, but much of it is in parts closer to Rochester. Cortland County may not be too bad due to being in between Ithaca, Syracuse and Binghamton. A happy medium may be something rural in between Cortland and Ithaca(Cortlandville or Dryden in Tompkins County).

For mountains, northern Oneida County or adjacent parts of Herkimer County would put you in between the Adirondacks and the cities of Utica and Rome. It is an area that is seeing some job growth in regards to Nanotech as well.

In PA, perhaps something around State College in the middle of the state or in NE PA near metros like Scranton-Wilkes Barre or Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton may fit as well.
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Old 10-16-2015, 07:38 AM
 
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Tioga County, PA might be worth a look.

This gives a sense of the 4 season outdoor activities in the area: PINE CREEK OUTFITTERS - Rafting, Canoeing, Kayaking, Biking & Hiking - downhill skiing isn't really available if that's important though.

Home prices have stabilized as the gas fracking has leveled off (this area has the "dry" gas that's glutted now, so whoever was moving from Texas is already here). Wellsboro has a price premium compared to other nearby towns (Blossburg, Mansfield, Westfield, Elkland). Property taxes much lower than in neighboring NY State, though you are also more likely to be on a dirt road that ices up (the local Subaru dealer must make money hand over fist).

Internet and even cell phone service can be spotty in rural PA, and difficult to figure out what you can get as the landline phone companies by and large were not Bell but independent. Much of Tioga County is Frontier Communications (here, formerly Commonwealth Telephone) as a start. It's not a particularly liberal area but more small-c conservative.

Stores are still pretty much local with short or no hours on Saturday and closed on Sunday. If you want any chains more fancy than Walmart, Lowe's, or Tractor Supply (all of which are now in Mansfield), it's an hour drive to Elmira NY area (Horseheads/Big Flats) or Williamsport PA area (the chains are far out the other side, between Montoursville and Muncy). TV on a hilltop might come from Elmira, and the nearest Apple store is in Rochester NY.
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