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Old 08-29-2016, 10:42 AM
 
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Hi there. I'm a 23 year old female looking to someday in the future relocate to another state. I've lived in Florida my entire life. These are the states that I can pick from:


Alaska, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wyoming

I've already crossed Alaska and Wyoming off my list, so that leaves me with four to pick from.

I've never been to any of these states and I honestly don't feel like I know a lot about them despite reading so many things. I'm financially independent, but I don't think I like the idea of really high property taxes or a high housing market in general. My current home was bought for around $350k, but I'd be willing to spend no more than $700k, however I'd like to be much lower than that. I do need acreage and privacy. (Absolutely NO Hoa's. Can't stand them, won't live like that anymore.) I don't want any less than 2 acres, and privacy is possibly the thing I value the MOST. Ideally, I wouldn't even be able to see my neighbors.

I don't have any political leanings, libertarian if I had to label myself, I just don't involve myself in politics. I'm asexual so I don't care about the place being gay/straight friendly. I don't want to live in a place where everyone knows each others names, but I also don't want to live in a city with millions of people. I'd like to be driving distance to walmarts and such, and in a place where Amazon prime delivers. Also I have various health conditions that require me to be in driving distance of various doctors.

One other very important issue for me is laws regarding animals. I keep a variety of exotic animals (Reptiles, arachnids, etc) and they WILL come with me, so I cannot live in a place that it is illegal to own snakes, lizard, tarantulas, exotics, etc. Just won't do it.

I honestly just want a quiet peaceful place to live with the option to drive into a more busy area if I want to. I want seasons (Florida only has 2, hot and really hot.) I want trees that turn colors...I don't mind rain/storms, gloomy weather.

I have lived by myself since I was 18, but ALWAYS within 12 minutes of my family. This will be the first time in my life that I will be moving away from everyone I know. Does anyone know of ANY place in those states that might fit someone like me?

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 08-29-2016, 02:16 PM
 
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SoDak doesn't have much of an option to drive to "busy area" other than Sioux Falls (175k). The only other city north of 30k is Rapid City (75k). Trees are sparse. But I think that's a "Sioux Falls or bust" given your medical issues.

Can't speak to state laws on exotic pets, but WA around Spokane might appeal to you.
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Old 08-29-2016, 02:50 PM
 
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Nevada on every count. Low taxes, lots of inexpensive isolated and remote areas with acreage, yet has Reno, Las Vegas for the big city amenities, live-and-let-live attitudes, less climate contrast From FL compared to SD or WA.

Also a bonus:
Nevada Exotic Pet Laws

"Specific animals are listed as being prohibited in Nevada and include alligators, crocodiles, raccoons, and foxes. You may still own primates, elephants, wolves and non-domesticated felines."
State Laws on Exotic Pets - Massachusetts to New Jersey
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Old 08-29-2016, 03:45 PM
 
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Oops... I see the states you can choose from.

Hmmmm. I feel like your best bet for four seasons would be somewhere in Wyoming or Washington. (alaska would be too far IMO and from what I read is not safe for young women alone)
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Old 08-30-2016, 07:01 AM
 
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Thanks for the responses, guys, I really appreciate it

@nightlysparrow - I read up on Nevada after seeing your post, and was really surprised at how many points it hit on my list. (Also I didn't put it in my first post but I do have a horse and have always wanted to ride the open desert!!) The only thing I think I"m concerned about in Nevada is the weather, does it get really hot like FL? I hate Florida's weather, I always have. But the humidity on top of the heat just suffocates me.

@bumblebee - I removed Wyoming from my list because I feel that the population is just too sparse in such a large state. And I cannot live in Alaska by myself I don't think. At least not until I gain more life skills.
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Old 08-30-2016, 11:02 AM
 
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Thanks for the responses, guys, I really appreciate it

@nightlysparrow - I read up on Nevada after seeing your post, and was really surprised at how many points it hit on my list. (Also I didn't put it in my first post but I do have a horse and have always wanted to ride the open desert!!) The only thing I think I"m concerned about in Nevada is the weather, does it get really hot like FL? I hate Florida's weather, I always have. But the humidity on top of the heat just suffocates me.
Most of NV is desert, though realistically with the medical you'd be looking at the Vegas or maybe Reno environs (Washoe?).

So humidity generally isn't your problem. But lots of heat. The average high in May is pushing 90 degrees, and it goes up from there.

Up in the mountains west of Reno (towards Lake Placid) you'd get something more of what you described, but you cross over the boundary into CA pretty quickly.

NV had occurred to me as a fit, particularly on the pet laws, but wasn't sure the climate would suit you. Personally I don't think it's really at all in the category of state with 4 distinct seasons unless you're looking at elevation.

I admit I was confused about why you have a restriction on these states. Why WA and not ID, for example?
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Old 08-30-2016, 12:16 PM
 
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Hi there. I'm a 23 year old female looking to someday in the future relocate to another state. I've lived in Florida my entire life. These are the states that I can pick from:


Alaska, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wyoming

I've already crossed Alaska and Wyoming off my list, so that leaves me with four to pick from.

I've never been to any of these states and I honestly don't feel like I know a lot about them despite reading so many things. I'm financially independent, but I don't think I like the idea of really high property taxes or a high housing market in general. My current home was bought for around $350k, but I'd be willing to spend no more than $700k, however I'd like to be much lower than that. I do need acreage and privacy. (Absolutely NO Hoa's. Can't stand them, won't live like that anymore.) I don't want any less than 2 acres, and privacy is possibly the thing I value the MOST. Ideally, I wouldn't even be able to see my neighbors.

I don't have any political leanings, libertarian if I had to label myself, I just don't involve myself in politics. I'm asexual so I don't care about the place being gay/straight friendly. I don't want to live in a place where everyone knows each others names, but I also don't want to live in a city with millions of people. I'd like to be driving distance to walmarts and such, and in a place where Amazon prime delivers. Also I have various health conditions that require me to be in driving distance of various doctors.

One other very important issue for me is laws regarding animals. I keep a variety of exotic animals (Reptiles, arachnids, etc) and they WILL come with me, so I cannot live in a place that it is illegal to own snakes, lizard, tarantulas, exotics, etc. Just won't do it.

I honestly just want a quiet peaceful place to live with the option to drive into a more busy area if I want to. I want seasons (Florida only has 2, hot and really hot.) I want trees that turn colors...I don't mind rain/storms, gloomy weather.

I have lived by myself since I was 18, but ALWAYS within 12 minutes of my family. This will be the first time in my life that I will be moving away from everyone I know. Does anyone know of ANY place in those states that might fit someone like me?

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
I assume all your exotics are going to live indoors? Otherwise it's too cold for them to be outdoors in the winter everywhere you listed except Texas and Southern Nevada.

Do you need to work? If you do, what type of jobs would you be looking for? That will be a big factor in where you're able to live. Plus, your health conditions may limit you significantly as much of the West has very limited access to medical specialists outside the bigger cities. For example, I know of numerous people in SD who have to drive hundreds of miles to Minnesota multiple times a year to get medical treatment and for follow up appointments.

If you're serious about relocating, an extended road trip to the states you're considering would be a good idea. Visit in both the summer and the winter to see if you can actually handle winter. It's normally not a good idea to move somewhere without visiting first and for most of the places you listed you should have a job before relocating as well.
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