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Old 04-16-2016, 03:35 PM
 
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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Idaho. Boise is meh, bland to me. Couer d'Alene is the real gem in that state. As an outdoorsman, I would live there in a heartbeat if I could make as much $$ as I do in KC. My second choice would be Montana, specifically the Kalispell area. But I'm sure all five states have nice areas I don't know about.
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Old 04-16-2016, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I'd live in the Rapid City, SD area, Jackson, WY area, or in western Montana. Nowhere in ID or ND really interests me.
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Old 04-16-2016, 06:10 PM
 
Location: IN
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Idaho. Boise is meh, bland to me. Couer d'Alene is the real gem in that state. As an outdoorsman, I would live there in a heartbeat if I could make as much $$ as I do in KC. My second choice would be Montana, specifically the Kalispell area. But I'm sure all five states have nice areas I don't know about.
Coeur d'Alene is very dependent on real estate, construction, and retiree in-migration and the rest of its economy has not performed as well as anticipated due to the lackluster economic performance of nearby Spokane, WA IMO. With that being said, Idaho, which has some of the lowest per capita incomes of any state in the US- Boise metro has most of the economic opportunities.
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Old 04-16-2016, 07:56 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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Idaho. Boise is meh, bland to me. Couer d'Alene is the real gem in that state. As an outdoorsman, I would live there in a heartbeat if I could make as much $$ as I do in KC. My second choice would be Montana, specifically the Kalispell area. But I'm sure all five states have nice areas I don't know about.
I'm worried that saying that online will increase the chances of it becoming well known, which will make it more expensive to live in.
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Old 04-17-2016, 11:42 AM
 
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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I'm worried that saying that online will increase the chances of it becoming well known, which will make it more expensive to live in.
I think the secret is probably out at this point :P lots and lots of transplants already in that area primarily Californians.
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Old 04-17-2016, 11:43 AM
 
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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Coeur d'Alene is very dependent on real estate, construction, and retiree in-migration and the rest of its economy has not performed as well as anticipated due to the lackluster economic performance of nearby Spokane, WA IMO. With that being said, Idaho, which has some of the lowest per capita incomes of any state in the US- Boise metro has most of the economic opportunities.
Yeah that's why I said if I would live there only if I could make the same amount I do in KC which I couldn't. Economically speaking, I imagine ND would be the top choice of the five even with the current state of oil.
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Old 04-17-2016, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
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Idaho hands down, followed by Wyoming then Montana.
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Old 04-17-2016, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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If I had to, I'd live in Montana (but only Missoula, Kalispell, or Bozeman), or the Idaho Panhandle (Coeur d'Alene and some of the smaller towns in the panhandle are beautiful).

The rest, no thanks.
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Old 04-17-2016, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Iowa, USA
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The three main things *I'd* be considering about these are 1) the weather, 2) the political leanings, and 3) proximity to the Midwest, which I currently would prefer. I don't really know much about #2 in most of these places. I've been in Wyoming a few times - wasn't thrilled. Dry climate and the Rockies don't appeal to me much. I think if I had to pick, I'd go for South Dakota or, if I disregarded #3, maybe Idaho.
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Old 04-19-2016, 03:19 AM
 
Location: Tempe, AZ
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I'd pick Idaho first because of Boise, since it's an actual city. Then Montana because it's so beautiful in the western half, yet expensive (Idaho also has it for cheaper, the more you know). Then Wyoming because lack of cities and wind brings it down. Wyoming is way too rural for me, even though Denver is close to Cheyenne.

Our of the Dakotas, both of which would rank below Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, I'd probably pick South Dakota and then North Dakota. Only because Rapid City seems like a nice area and North Dakota doesn't interest me. To be honest the Dakotas don't really interest me at all, except the Rapid City area.
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