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Old 07-24-2017, 02:06 PM
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Do you think a State would match my wife and my area of intetest. We both like heat. After 100 my wife is no longer a fan. Me doesn't bother. Ran in 90+ heat with 60% humidity it's doable.

Property taxes here in cities you are paying a mill rate. For every $1,000 the house is aasessed at is a $1. So mill rates in citues are about a 70 mill rate. Homes in cities are less than $200K but could pay up to $10,000 maybe more. Outside of the cities you have low property taxes, but higher assessed homes. Also homes cost more outside of the Cities. Like a Stare with low property tax. Housing cost not an issue.

Crime isn't an issue really. Currently live in a city of 110K people. Ratio of crimes plays out to about 4.29 violent crimes fo every thousand and 45 property crimes for every thousand. So area with less crime be preferable over an area with more crime.

Not much in regards to public transportation in our State. State that has decent rail service be nice.

Like a State that has same or lower higher education cost. About $40K to $50K is cost at a public 4 yr college in our State.

Sales tax is close to 7% in our State wouldn't want to live in a Stare with a sales tax over 10%.

Our State does sit on a fault line. Time to time get 2 point quakes. Largest I have ver seen was a 4 point quake. Floods do happen along the Coast. Very little mud slides. Some small wildfires, but not like the size in dense wooded areas. Occasionally a tornado could happen in the Summer. Winter is a Beast can be tame or get a 3 foot storm or an ice storm.

Heating is a bit old in our State. A lot of electric and oil heated Homes. Sometimes utilities can cost $600 a month in the Winter. Like a State that utilizes a lot of natural gas or solar power or geothermal or wind power for electricity.

My wife and I love to hike. Trying to find a State can hike almost all year round. Have mild to no winter's. State near the ocean.

A State with many greenways and urban areas that are easy to walk around.

Any ideas???

Thanks look forward to the feedback.
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Old 07-24-2017, 02:34 PM
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Perhaps south Cali?

New Mexico and Arizona may be good fits also. NM in particular hits the outdoorsy, energy, and low COL points, but neither are coastal states, and NM (depending on where in the state) can have pretty chilly winters.
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Old 07-24-2017, 05:53 PM
Location: TOVCCA
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"Housing cost not an issue" you say. Of course SoCal as recommended by kehkou checks most of your boxes.
Tax wise, State sales tax is 7.5%, ok, but it has the highest state income tax rate, 13.3% However, Prop 13 for property tax assessment means that whatever price you pay for your residence, the tax is between 1-2% and can never increase more than 2% per year as long as you own the house. In a down real estate market, it can even be reduced.
You'd have to do the math.

Of course, the state's assortment of natural disasters is well known. The hiking and outdoor life is awesome year-round.
If interested, post on the California forum for specific areas to check out.
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Old 07-24-2017, 06:06 PM
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San Diego
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Old 07-25-2017, 06:27 AM
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South Carolina could be a good fit. Check out Columbia which has some nice in-town walkable neighborhoods. The only minus from your criteria is a lack of rail transit service but otherwise fits in terms of climate and lots of outdoor recreational options nearby or within an easy drive, including the coast near Charleston or the foothills/mountains to the NW.
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Old 07-25-2017, 10:55 AM
Location: DFW
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Old 07-27-2017, 06:47 PM
Location: Chicago
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Las Vegas, NV (there is Lake Mead and other parks to go hiking); Arizona (Tucson, Phoenix); New Mexico (Albuquerque or Santa Fe) - although ALB crime is somewhat concerning; Denver, Colorado (it gets colder in winter but is still pretty mild).
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