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Old 10-13-2019, 04:04 PM
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Currently live outside Knoxville (population around 200k) looking to find a new area in the Western half of the US (farthest East consideration would be NW Arkansas)

I work in healthcare management and husband works retail. Kids are grown. We make around 120k salary which is double the median income in our current area, so I think we have pretty marketable skills.

We'd like to find a smaller city similar to Knoxville size for work, but live in a little more rural town with an easy commute. We do not like to live on top of other people.

Other considerations are mild winters with little snow. We enjoy outdoor walks and do love the mountains but just general enjoyable outdoors is fine, because in reality we don't have a lot of time to really do a lot of recreation.

I know Texas is very affordable but not interested in the really big cities and I know it's not the most scenic place to live. But maybe there is a spot there for us.

Any suggestions for us to look into?
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Old 10-13-2019, 04:58 PM
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Check out New Mexico. cool place and pretty affordable
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Old 10-13-2019, 08:08 PM
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Without getting down to a more specific area, the list is pretty large. With that said, I will stick to what may be more appealing, at least in my opinion. Also, keep in mind, some of these places get a lot of snow, and some get no snow and have long summers.
*= Might be too big

Corpus Christi, Waco, Temple, College Station, Victoria, New Braunfels, El Paso*

Fort Smith

Tusla*, OKC*

Santa Fe, Albuquerque*


Colorado Springs*, Pueblo, Ft. Collins, Grand Junction


Prov, Orem

Reno, Carson City

Cheyenne, Casper

Boise, Pocatello, Twin Falls

Billings, Coeur d'Alene, Missoula, Helena

Spokane, Tri-Cities

Eugene, Medford, Bend

Redding, Eureka
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Old 10-13-2019, 08:14 PM
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mild winters, little snow, easy commute, most scenic...
Unicorn, NV.
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Old 10-14-2019, 01:04 AM
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The Rogue River Valley of Oregon, whose principal city is Medford, could fit the bill. Ashland and Jacksonville are great little towns. Mild climate, fantastic scenery and nature. Easygoing lifestyle.
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Old 10-14-2019, 06:27 AM
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I'd recommend Olympia WA (population 51K) which is 30 minutes from the Seattle-Tacoma suburbs so close enough to plenty of employment options. It's much quieter there than Sea-Tac and stunningly beautiful with a decent cost of living. Winters are mild as well with just 6" snow on average. https://www.experienceolympia.com/ex...ounty/olympia/
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Old 10-14-2019, 01:45 PM
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New Mexico. Las Cruces or maybe somewhere outside of Albuquerque.
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