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Old 07-28-2016, 10:38 AM
 
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Hi, so fiancée and I are both working towards being nurses. We are looking at a State can enjoy the outdoors 24/7. Throwing humidity, snow, and hot weather out the door where do you think be a good State to live? Hoping to find a State with many parks to camp, hike, fish, and kayak. Also city parks to run and bike.

Looking at jobs from Idaho to Colorado to Texas through the South up to PA pay seems to average $20-$25 an hour. So our biggest factor is a State where fiancée & me, possibly 2 children can live somewhat financially stable. Joint income probably be about $80K to $95K a year.

What States should we look into and what areas? What States to avoid.

Look forward to responses.
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Old 07-28-2016, 11:08 AM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Well, PA's make an average of $50 an hour in California. Does that change the picture for you?
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Old 07-28-2016, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Olympia, Washington
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I just moved to Washington and love it here for outdoor activities. There are parks and trails everywhere. The weather this summer has been amazing.
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Old 07-28-2016, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Hi, so fiancée and I are both working towards being nurses. We are looking at a State can enjoy the outdoors 24/7. Throwing humidity, snow, and hot weather out the door where do you think be a good State to live? Hoping to find a State with many parks to camp, hike, fish, and kayak. Also city parks to run and bike.

Looking at jobs from Idaho to Colorado to Texas through the South up to PA pay seems to average $20-$25 an hour. So our biggest factor is a State where fiancée & me, possibly 2 children can live somewhat financially stable. Joint income probably be about $80K to $95K a year.

What States should we look into and what areas? What States to avoid.

Look forward to responses.
That basically only leaves you with SoCal. Seriously. Other places that dont get snow are either brutally humid (ie FL) or mega hot (ie AZ). I'd suggest southern CO (ie Pueblo), but that gets snow. So yeah, basically SoCal is your only option.
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Old 07-28-2016, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Eastern Tennessee
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There will be some snow but you would enjoy the Smokies. Lots of outdoor activities and much lower COL than Cal or Colorado. Could live in Eastern Tennessee or in North Carolina
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Old 07-28-2016, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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the use of glass in "windows" is still a relatively new concept in many areas of Wisconsin so I think finding one of those houses would certainly help you to enjoy the outdoors 24/7 should you choose to locate there.
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Old 07-28-2016, 01:45 PM
 
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Oregon or Washington. I live in Eugene and haven't yet put a dent in my list of outdoors destinations and activities. We have excellent city parks and loads of bike paths too. If you don't mind some rain, you can play outside all year long.
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Old 07-28-2016, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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If you're a camping/hiking nut you can scratch Texas off your list. The best Texas has to offer is out in the middle of nowhere in far West Texas a good half-to-full day's drive from the population centers of the Texas Triangle. Hiking options in the triangle cities are largely meh - the Hill Country included.

The state also has a noticeable dearth of public land - most of what little the state does have is in the aforementioned BFE.

There's a list a mile long of the things Texas is great for, but camping and hiking aren't on it.
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Old 07-28-2016, 07:37 PM
 
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The mountains of NC/TN/VA area are great.
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Old 07-29-2016, 01:49 AM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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Listing the states where there is almost no outdoorsy life is a much shorter list. basically stay out of southern New England, New Jersey, Delaware, and eastern Maryland.

Every other state has major tracts of wilderness and off the grid areas/ parks/ camping/ etc.

Here in upstate NY there are far more outdoorsy lifestyles available than people think.
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