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Old 07-19-2016, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Lil Rhodey
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1)Mass
2)RI
3)NH
4)Maine
5) VT
6)CT
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Old 07-19-2016, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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My favorite region and I have lived in 3 of the 6 states.

Here is my Ranking

1. New Hampshire, Had to pick my current home as #1, hell that's why I moved there. Have been here for 8 years and love it. To me it offers the best access (southern NH) to all of the best things (in my opinion) that new England has to offer. In under an hour I can be in Portsmouth, Boston, Southern Maine beaches, White mountains, Lakes Region, etc. It is a well run state with lots of personal freedoms, No sales tax, no income tax and a balanced budget! Yes the property taxes can run high in some towns, but its about on par with what most people in CT pay and they get to pay sales and income taxes too.

2. Maine, Maine is probably the state I have spent the least amount of time in. However I know I would like it based on the few trips I have made. Portland is a great little seaport city, The Western Mountain ranges offer some great hiking and recreational opportunities, Sebago/Long lake is great. Cost of living is not too bad.

3. Massachusetts, Lived in Boston for six years, great city, endless opportunities and things to do. Massachusetts definitely has a lot to offer, Boston, Cape Cod, Berkshires, Great sports teams, Great education and job opportunities, it really does have everything New England has to offer in one state. Unfortunately its corrupt beyond belief and is one of the biggest nanny states. The roads are horrendous and the cost of living is limited.

4. Vermont, I love Vermont, I spent a lot of time here growing up, the scenery in Vermont, the skiing, the snowmobiling and the quintessential New England of Vermont has a small place in my heart. Its too bad its overrun by liberals and hipsters. It is fairly far from a lot of amenities I need being in my earning years (airports/jobs/stores/cities) that's why its lower on the list. (great place to retire to tho!)

5. Rhode Island, Rhode island has some great beaches, Growing up in CT we exclusively went to them as CT has garbage beaches. Providence is a fun city and there is decent access to the water/cape cod and Boston. Unfortunately RI is a poorly run state with high unemployment, higher crime, terrible roads and terrible accents. Additionally it is far from Northern New England which is a negative for me.

6. Connecticut, My home state, Unfortunately I cannot say much good about it. Its run like crap and offers very little in the way of cool cities or nature. Its just a big suburb to me. You dont get what you pay for in CT. The first thing people say when asked whats good about CT is that it is in a great central location. But I dont buy it, being 2-3 hours from stuff is too far to make it great.
I agree that CT isn't as convenient/centralized as people claim it to be, particularly in the Hartford area. It's still a long drive to get to Boston or NYC, if someone wants the city experience. And it's a long drive to get to some truly stunning nature. The hills/mountains in CT just ain't that big enough. Overall, it is a rather boring state, but has numerous beautiful towns, houses and an overall educated population.
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Old 07-19-2016, 05:44 PM
 
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1-Massachusetts
2-Vermont
3-Maine
4-Rhode Island
5-Connecticut
6-New Hampshire
The top 3, in any order, are pretty solid, while the rest don't really engage me all that much..
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Old 07-20-2016, 06:59 AM
 
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My favorite region and I have lived in 3 of the 6 states.

Here is my Ranking

1. New Hampshire, Had to pick my current home as #1, hell that's why I moved there. Have been here for 8 years and love it. To me it offers the best access (southern NH) to all of the best things (in my opinion) that new England has to offer. In under an hour I can be in Portsmouth, Boston, Southern Maine beaches, White mountains, Lakes Region, etc. It is a well run state with lots of personal freedoms, No sales tax, no income tax and a balanced budget! Yes the property taxes can run high in some towns, but its about on par with what most people in CT pay and they get to pay sales and income taxes too.

2. Maine, Maine is probably the state I have spent the least amount of time in. However I know I would like it based on the few trips I have made. Portland is a great little seaport city, The Western Mountain ranges offer some great hiking and recreational opportunities, Sebago/Long lake is great. Cost of living is not too bad.

3. Massachusetts, Lived in Boston for six years, great city, endless opportunities and things to do. Massachusetts definitely has a lot to offer, Boston, Cape Cod, Berkshires, Great sports teams, Great education and job opportunities, it really does have everything New England has to offer in one state. Unfortunately its corrupt beyond belief and is one of the biggest nanny states. The roads are horrendous and the cost of living is limited.

4. Vermont, I love Vermont, I spent a lot of time here growing up, the scenery in Vermont, the skiing, the snowmobiling and the quintessential New England of Vermont has a small place in my heart. Its too bad its overrun by liberals and hipsters. It is fairly far from a lot of amenities I need being in my earning years (airports/jobs/stores/cities) that's why its lower on the list. (great place to retire to tho!)

5. Rhode Island, Rhode island has some great beaches, Growing up in CT we exclusively went to them as CT has garbage beaches. Providence is a fun city and there is decent access to the water/cape cod and Boston. Unfortunately RI is a poorly run state with high unemployment, higher crime, terrible roads and terrible accents. Additionally it is far from Northern New England which is a negative for me.

6. Connecticut, My home state, Unfortunately I cannot say much good about it. Its run like crap and offers very little in the way of cool cities or nature. Its just a big suburb to me. You dont get what you pay for in CT. The first thing people say when asked whats good about CT is that it is in a great central location. But I dont buy it, being 2-3 hours from stuff is too far to make it great.
That's cool. My fiancée and I are thinking of moving to NH for it's cheaper cost of living and a quick drive to so many different areas. Family decades ago lived in NH they loved it, but someone said NH can be rude to outsiders any truth?

Fiancée is a mix of love and disdain for CT. Me I think mostly disdain. I mean CT has beautiful mountains in the northwestern area of the State, beautiful forest on the Eastern part past the river. Beautiful costal community, but not a fan of the beaches (Outside of Bluff State Park). The malls are okay and have decent outlet malls. Mystic area is amazing/beautiful (Best part of the State). You have the Casinos and decent concert venues.

However, outside of that I feel taxes are too high and COL is too high. They just continue to increase taxes and cut funding/job's to essential services in the State. Increase State college tuition in the State. It's a very Liberal State. Winter is in the middle it's not extreme or nothing at all hard to do much in the winter in CT. Infrastructure is a mix of good and bad. Traffic and congestion on the roads is bad, too many people in small area (Except in the NW area and Eastern area). Limited amount of jobs. Education in the State us a mix bag. If you can afford living in expensive towns education is good, but if you can't it's just average.
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Old 07-20-2016, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Rochester NY
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For a myriad of reasons including natural environment, culture/town-city life, personal experiences, negatives, et al., I would order them this way in terms of where I would be happiest to settle.

1. Maine - Coastal land/seascapes, interior wilderness, classic seaside towns, unpretentious. Natives are the most insular and provincial, though.

2. Vermont - The most overall pleasant place in the land. Cozy. The values of freedom and live-and-let-live attitudes live with a tolerance of counterculture (for the most part). A bit of resentment of outsiders and an inferiority complex in some native Vermonters, but that comes with the territory.

3. New Hampshire - Stark, high, beautiful. Conservative enough to take seriously and make for an interesting socio-political climate, but not the reproachful traditionalism found in Southern or Midwest conservatism.

4. Rhode Island - Gets a lot of flack, but if you desperately want to live within reach of the ocean, it is impossible not to in RI. If you have money, it can be paradise. Providence, from what I have heard, has a lot of character. This can be both good and bad. Block Island is a jewel.


5. Connecticut - The most underrated which is unfortunate since it has a slice of everything that makes New England great (except for a vast mountainous interior) in a small area. Really the most versatile New England state and within decently easy reach of everything the region has to offer. The biggest downsides are the southwestern fringe (Fairfield County) which has all the negatives (and positives) of being in the NYC metro area. There is actually "real" Connecticut there, but plenty of sprawl and uptight commuters with the upward mobility fetish. Also, the cities are fairly blighted, at least in parts.

6. Massachusetts - Massachusetts is the most polarizing. Boston is undoubtedly a great city in terms of history, character, and culture. On the downside, it is the most regulated nanny state in New England. Also, as a native NYer, I respect Boston immensely despite the rivalry, but he hard part is the grating anti-NY attitude you have to put up with from some people. Western Mass is really a great part of the state, too. The Berkshires reminds me a lot of the adjacent parts of New York State. Some of the funniest and most laid back people I have ever met (and I live in New Mexico, the capital of laid back) have been from Mass.

Overall, I love New England. And I believe the region that comprises New England, New York, and Pennsylvania rivals and/or exceeds any territory of equivalent size west of the Mississippi for breadth and diversity of landscape beauty, architecture, history, and culture.
This EXACTLY! Great post!
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Old 07-20-2016, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Lubec, ME
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You left one out there, champ.
Nah, he didn't CT is just NY in disguise.
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Old 07-20-2016, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Nah, he didn't CT is just NY in disguise.
As a CT native, I can't stand when people say that. It's totally FALSE! The ONLY counties that feel like NY are Fairfield, Litchfield and New Haven, to a limited degree though. The other 5 counties are quintessentially New England.
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Old 07-20-2016, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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1. New Hampshire
2. Rhode Island
3. Vermont
4. Massachusetts
5. Maine
6. Connecticut
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Old 07-20-2016, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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6. Massachusetts - Massachusetts is the most polarizing. Boston is undoubtedly a great city in terms of history, character, and culture. On the downside, it is the most regulated nanny state in New England. Also, as a native NYer, I respect Boston immensely despite the rivalry, but he hard part is the grating anti-NY attitude you have to put up with from some people. Western Mass is really a great part of the state, too. The Berkshires reminds me a lot of the adjacent parts of New York State. Some of the funniest and most laid back people I have ever met (and I live in New Mexico, the capital of laid back) have been from Mass.
Amen to the nanny state thing. Boston would be 5x better if we were treated like adults.
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Old 07-20-2016, 12:31 PM
 
Location: USA
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Jeez...Connecticut is vertically last in almost every ranking
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