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Old 04-06-2018, 01:31 PM
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Hello! I currently live in northeastern, very rural Montana. I grew up here, but did leave for awhile to Grand Forks, ND for college, and lived for about a year in Sioux Falls, SD before getting divorced and moving back to MT (planned to be temporary...it's been 6 years). I liked both places a lot.

I'm finally ready to start finding a permanent place to live. I like Montana a lot, but being in this remote of an area is difficult at times (100 miles from Walmart...), and being an early-30s, single woman, I'd like to be a little closer to a bigger town or city where I could do some intramural sports or other activities to meet people and have some fun in my spare time. I also lean moderate to slightly liberal politically, and where I live is super conservative...it can get a little hostile at times.

I am trying to go back to school to be a Physician Assistant, which would take 2 years once I get in. If I apply this year and don't get in, I'll just stick with my current career, which is a Medical Lab Scientist at a hospital. Obviously, I'd be able to afford a property about double as a PA, compared to what I would if I stayed a MLS.

My main hobby/passion is showing and training horses, so that definitely needs to be a factor in where I will move. I show Appaloosas on a national level, and would like to continue that. There are a ton of shows within 4 hours of Peoria, IL, so within that area would be great, give or take several hours. Most of the shows are in the Michigan/Illinois/Iowa area. The World Appaloosa show has been in Fort Worth, Texas lately, so being a little further south to make that drive easier would also be nice.

The final reason as to why I'm looking to move to this area is family. My parents and sister live in Minneapolis (parents go back and forth to MT too but I see MN being more permanent in the future), and my parents aren't getting any younger, so I'd like to be somewhat close (within 4 hours) of them. This is very important to me--my parents are everything to me.

Ideally, I'd like a small farm (at least 5 acres but I live on 2 currently so can make about anything work) close (within 45 miles) to a large town/city (50,000+ people maybe?). I don't trail ride, so I don't need any special trails near me, but an indoor riding arena would be great! Cheap hay, low taxes, safety, close to a hospital...those are also factors that will go into my decision.

So, help me find my "perfect" spot! I'm looking at SD, MN, IA, WI, IL and even NE if it would fit the bill and be within driving distance (eg by Omaha). Any ideas? For states on my list, what are good areas in that state? Bad areas? How are taxes? Cost of living? Etc.

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Old 04-06-2018, 01:33 PM
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Have you looked into the Galena, IL area?
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Old 04-06-2018, 02:07 PM
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I haven't....I'm still a ways out from my move but wanted to do as much research so I at least had the area narrowed down when I was ready to look for properties. I will look into Galena! Thank you!
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