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Old 10-27-2016, 07:06 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for the feedback! Several suggestions that were already in my head (Portland, Denver, SLC) and a couple places I never would have thought of that seem interesting (upstate NY, Charlottesville, Provo). And I never thought there'd be anything in CA I could afford, so thanks so much for those suggestions, too. Now I just need to get out there and experience some of these places in person!
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Old 10-27-2016, 07:29 PM
 
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If you're willing to give up ethnic diversity, the suburbs of Portland, OR would fit the bill perfectly.
What about parts of Gresham, Beaverton or even Vancouver WA?
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Old 10-27-2016, 08:19 PM
 
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Vancouver WA was high on my list. Right outside Portland but without income tax
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Old 10-27-2016, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Little Rock, AR
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Northwest Arkansas checks most of your boxes except your major city being less than 2 hours away is Tulsa, not exactly major. KC is about 3 hours. Great outdoor activities without the cost of coastal or front range prices

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Old 10-28-2016, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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What about parts of Gresham, Beaverton or even Vancouver WA?
Does Gresham fit the requirement of low crime and good schools? It didn't when I lived in Portland metro, unless things have changed (or there is a good part of which I am unaware). Beaverton could be a match. I don't know what the schools are like in Vancouver. OP may also like Wilsonville or West Linn, or Lake Oswego if a condo would be OK.

OP, with the Portland area, be very aware of school districts, which can range from sub-par to excellent and do not always follow city boundaries. Washington has sales tax but no income tax; Oregon has income tax but no sales tax.
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Old 10-28-2016, 01:55 PM
 
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I looked into Portland quite a bit. I've never been in person, but just from research and reputation it seems like my ideal location. But according to what I've read my salary would put me in the 9% state tax bracket. Coming from a state with no income tax, this is a concern. So I'm thinking I'd have to look more at WA if I did end up in the PNW.
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Old 10-28-2016, 03:04 PM
 
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What about Manchester NH or the Wilmington DE area given the income tax concern?
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Old 10-28-2016, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I looked into Portland quite a bit. I've never been in person, but just from research and reputation it seems like my ideal location. But according to what I've read my salary would put me in the 9% state tax bracket. Coming from a state with no income tax, this is a concern. So I'm thinking I'd have to look more at WA if I did end up in the PNW.
WA gets your money in other ways. OR has income tax, WA has sales tax. The actual tax burden is very similar in the two states.
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Old 10-28-2016, 05:33 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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Salt Lake City. Provo.
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Old 10-28-2016, 06:47 PM
 
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Salt Lake City. Provo.
Would not being a church going Christian, let alone not LDS, make things socially awkward in Salt Lake or Provo?
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