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View Poll Results: Which state would you prefer to live in?
Texas 38 20.88%
North Carolina 51 28.02%
Virginia 48 26.37%
Massachusetts 45 24.73%
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Old 11-02-2015, 05:44 PM
 
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Would like to explore the U.S. move to a different state. Out of these 4 states which would you pick?
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Old 11-02-2015, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I grew up near the border of Massachusetts, near western Mass. Very nice area. The entire state is very progressive, too.
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Old 11-02-2015, 06:00 PM
 
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I would have chosen Massachusetts, but for the probable fact that their tax system would steal my money.
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Old 11-02-2015, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Erie, PA
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They all have their advantages and disadvantages depending on your preferences of climate and location. All of these states have a mix of rural areas and urban areas--and all of them have quite a bit of attractions in various areas of the state. I like Salem, MA quite a bit...also enjoy Dallas, TX & Houston, TX. North Carolina has Raleigh and Virgina has several major cities that also offer a lot to do. If you are more interested in the outdoors, the western part of MA offers hilly terrain and of course some shoreline. North Carolina has gorgeous mountains, shoreline, and islands. Texas has shoreline and a variety of different landscapes. Virginia is pretty well known for its beaches. I personally selected Massachusetts for the climate, the many cultural activities, and its location.
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Old 11-02-2015, 06:04 PM
 
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Considering Mass because it's taxes and COL are lower than the state I live in. Offer more job opportunities in Healthcare field then state I live in.

I do want to escape being hit by 50 to 60 inches of snow a year. I still enjoy the cold weather, but state where doesn't snow more than 30 inches a year. Know Mass has snow, but can still be better then CT.

Looking for a place with more outdoor options great places to hike and great place to start a family.
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Old 11-02-2015, 06:06 PM
 
Location: FLORIDA
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NC
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TX
Mass
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Old 11-02-2015, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Ohio, USA
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All four have their ups and downs and I would be fine in any of them, but my top choice out of the four would be Virginia.
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Old 11-02-2015, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Considering Mass because it's taxes and COL are lower than the state I live in. Offer more job opportunities in Healthcare field then state I live in.

I do want to escape being hit by 50 to 60 inches of snow a year. I still enjoy the cold weather, but state where doesn't snow more than 30 inches a year. Know Mass has snow, but can still be better then CT.

Looking for a place with more outdoor options great places to hike and great place to start a family.
The only areas in New England that you really have to worry about high COL is the Boston metropolitan area, Cape Cod, and Fairfield County, CT. The rest of the region is still pricey, but totally doable, because the wages are higher.

The only areas within New England that you can expect less than 30 inches of snow per year is the southern coast of CT, RI and Cape Cod. Anywhere inland or north of that, you are looking at minimum of 40 inches per year.

I would also consider Connecticut, in the Hartford area. It's not nearly as expensive as say, Boston or Fairfield County. There are jobs, excellent schools, and tons of outdoor places for hiking and water activities. It's an excellent area to raise a family, too. I grew up there. And it's far more laid back than southwestern CT or the Boston area.
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Old 11-02-2015, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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I guess I'd like living in parts of all those state, but not itching to move to any.

I've never been to NC, but I've heard nice things about Asheville and the Research Triangle, but I also heard that it's changing really fast. I've heard a lot of negative stuff about Charlotte, but I want to see it for myself before judging it.

I love Richmond, VA. Not a fan of NOVA or Hampton Roads. Western Virginia is pretty, but I wouldn't live there.

I like some parts of Western Massachusetts a lot. I could see myself living in Greenfield or North Adams. Northampton is too...too much fun. Springfield is boring. Lennox, Lee, and all of the Cape don't fit my taste. Boston is expensive. Never been to Worcester or New Bedford. New Bedford sounds interesting to at least visit mostly due to the large Brazilian/Portuguese culture there; Worcester does not sound as interesting to me.

I could see myself in Texas, but only if I were in the center of Houston, Dallas, Austin, or Fort Worth. I've never been to Denton, but it'd be worth checking out. I don't think I could live in rural Texas. El Paso is boring.

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Old 11-02-2015, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I guess I'd like living in parts of all those state, but not itching to move to any.

I've never been to NC, but I've heard nice things about Asheville and the Research Triangle, but I also heard that it's changing really fast. I've heard a lot of negative stuff about Charlotte, but I want to see it for myself before judging it.

I love Richmond, VA. Not a fan of NOVA or Hampton Roads. Western Virginia is pretty, but I wouldn't live there.

I like some parts of Western Massachusetts a lot. I could see myself living in Greenfield or North Adams. Northampton is too...too much fun. Springfield is boring. Lennox, Lee, and all of Cape don't fit my taste. Boston is expensive. Never been to Worcester or New Bedford. New Bedford sounds interesting from what I've heard, but I'm not sure if I'd want to live there.

I could see myself in Texas, but only if I were in the center of Houston, Dallas, Austin, or Fort Worth. I've never been to Denton, but it'd be worth checking out. I don't think I could live in rural Texas. El Paso is boring.
Yeah, western Mass has some nice spots. Northampton is great, and I go there at least once a year. It's just a fun little city with tons of excellent cultural restaurants, etc., without feeling overcrowded or overwhelming. Springfield is a disaster, but I believe it has potential. They are building an $800 million casino in the downtown area as we speak. Another cute little city is actually Pittsfield. And Great Barrington. But for practicality, they are probably too small to want to live in, and there are almost no good paying jobs.

Worcester is alright. Definitely better than Springfield though.
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