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Old 03-31-2018, 02:32 PM
 
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I was going to say, "there's no factory work in the Driftless!!!!", but then I thought about LaCrosse, WI. That's a nice affordable town with a sturdy economy. Wisconsin taxes are higher than in other states in the region, though. LaCrosse does have an opiod problem now, too, but where doesn't? There is some manufacturing work there: Ashley furniture, Watzcraft, Hanover Direct. Here's the link to the WI state jobs board, limited to LaCrosse: https://jobcenterofwisconsin.com/presentation/JobSeekers/JobOrderList.aspx?kwords=&onet=&loctyp=City&loc=la crosse&dist=&city=lacrosse&edu=&shft=&ww=&wd=&tbse l=N&STCode=&NCRCCode=&src=JCW,PARTNERS&MOSCode=&Ap pr=False

OP, if I were you I'd take a hard look at some towns in Iowa. It has a strong economy, lower taxes than most other midwestern states, and crime isn't bad in most places (though there are exceptions.) Here is the link to the Iowa workforce development website: www.iowajobs.org I personally would avoid only the following towns in IA: Waterloo and Bettendorf. Also, Des Moines and the surrounding towns have higher rents than other places. You might really like a town like Cedar Rapids.

South Dakota towns are safe and affordable and employers are begging for manufacturing workers! You and your wife would be able to find work in a flash, and not worry much about crime, either. SD has NO STATE INCOME TAX! Cost of living is very low. Like the South, though, wages are lower (starting around $11 ) but there is more work and less crime than in many parts of the South. Here's the link to the SD workforce development website: https://www.southdakotaworks.org/vosnet/Default.aspx

In Minnesota, stay away from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area if you need to keep your rent low, and to avoid crime and etc. But here's the link to the MN state job website. You might find a town like Albert Lea to be just what you are looking for! https://minnesotaworks.net/

Post your question in the Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota state forums and you'll get some good specific local advice.
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Old 03-31-2018, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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LaCrosse is very pretty, too! https://goo.gl/maps/DGc2xX13Sds
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Old 03-31-2018, 03:29 PM
 
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Sheboygan and Manitowac are nice enough blue-collar towns along Lake Michigan which helps moderate the temps a bit. Wisconsin has more good than bad, just be mindful of taxes. Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska... It's a good part of the country. Lot's to choose from.
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