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Old 11-20-2015, 08:06 PM
 
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I have a job that allows me to live wherever I want. My family and I want to move somewhere new and I'm having a difficult time narrowing it down. Here's what I want:
1. Libertarian mindset ( I'm fiscally conservative, socially liberal)
2. Mountains, trees, hiking, kayaking
3. Cooler weather
4. 30-45 min from decent gyms, jiu jitsu gyms
5. Wildlife: bear, moose, elk etc.

I've been looking at coure d Alene Idaho, Leavenworth Washington, and glanced at New Hampshire. Any recommendations would be awesome. Thanks!
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Old 11-20-2015, 08:38 PM
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You can also consider the Upper Appalachian areas like Upstate NY and Western PA (near Pittsburgh) .
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Old 11-20-2015, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Colorado is fairly purple and ticks off everything on your list. Cost of living might be a limiting factor.
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Old 11-22-2015, 12:29 PM
 
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Maybe Northern Arizona.
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Old 11-22-2015, 12:57 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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I have a job that allows me to live wherever I want.
If this involves having fast internet service, investigate availability of this first when considering mountain or very remote areas. Some areas are still underserved.
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Old 11-24-2015, 12:57 AM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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I think the Mountain West would be best for you. Northern Arizona is great for outdoors, however the cities up there are rather liberal (hippie type of liberal). Kayaking is generally a miss here in the AZ but being so close to one of the wonders of the world makes for one of the best kayaking opportunities in the world IMO. Personally I suggest looking further North than Arizona though. It sounds like you want Wyoming, western Montana, or Idaho. Montana offers some great whitewater rafting and kayaking and of course Yellowstone is up around there and stuff. I can't comment on city amenities, but maybe Boise or Helena? Idaho Falls? For a bigger city I think SLC might be a good option if not Denver.
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Old 11-24-2015, 01:07 AM
 
Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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You can also consider the Upper Appalachian areas like Upstate NY and Western PA (near Pittsburgh) .

Agreed! Most of Pennsylvania north of I-80 and west of US 15 is not densely settled, but it does have a few small college-centered communities that you might consider; plenty of national forest and state game lands, and a number of smaller streams well-suited to a kayak.
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Old 11-24-2015, 06:22 AM
 
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I have a job that allows me to live wherever I want. My family and I want to move somewhere new and I'm having a difficult time narrowing it down. Here's what I want:
1. Libertarian mindset ( I'm fiscally conservative, socially liberal)
2. Mountains, trees, hiking, kayaking
3. Cooler weather
4. 30-45 min from decent gyms, jiu jitsu gyms
5. Wildlife: bear, moose, elk etc.

I've been looking at coure d Alene Idaho, Leavenworth Washington, and glanced at New Hampshire. Any recommendations would be awesome. Thanks!
I'd go with college towns which would typically best fit the socially liberal/fiscal conservative mindset in the rural areas you're looking for. Places like Fort Collins CO, Missoula MT or Pullman WA would be good fits.
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Old 11-24-2015, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Coeur d'Alene doesn't check the socially liberal box.
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Old 11-24-2015, 10:18 AM
 
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sounds like NH is perfect for you, look up the free state project.
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