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Old 02-12-2007, 01:47 AM
Location: Roswell, New Mexico
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I've spent several months looking at places to move and finally picked one
.....but I have a few concerns about it and I am just snooping around for other areas to compare it to.

I chose Floyd, VA.....but the taxes and government intrusion there scare me a little, otherwise it meets all of my requirements.

I currently live in Roswell NM and I want to leave it in the dust.
I'm tired of brown, dusty, pokey plant places. Bring on the GREEN!

looking for:
*low cost of living
*small government, mostly conservative.....with LOW TAXES. I'm wanting to make my next move permanent.
*low crime rate
*gun friendly
*pet friendly
*pretty scenery, with low cost acreage available near WATER...MILD climate....not extreme either way. Moist is good....muggy is not.
.....I do like to play in snow occasionally and prefer rolling foothills near mountains.
I also like hunting, the ocean, kayaking and rock climbing.
*rural, yet vibrant community with artists, artisans, self-reliant homesteader types and musicians
....within a 30 min. drive of a larger community (30k to 150k people) for business/shopping purposes
*access to organic produce, meat and raw goat's milk
*no big box stores or blacktop jungles. I like a town with some character, slow pace of life and interesting architecture.
*a decent hardware store and a nice restaurant or two.
*NOT a dry county, I like wine with dinner.

Choices so far have been:
#1 Floyd or Boones Mill, VA
#2 Townsend, Tullahoma, or Johnson City, TN
#3 Mountain Home or outskirts of Fort Smith or Fayetteville, AR
#4 Corvallis, Coos Bay, Roseburg, Astoria, Seaside or La Pine, OR
#5 Florence, Rock City, Gadsden or Mentone, Alabama
#6 Coeur D'Alene, Idaho
#7 Poteau, OK

#8 Runners up include Grand Junction, CO - Bellingham, WA - and Taos, NM.

Any other recommendations would be welcome.

I am very into organic foods and earthship structures.

I'm an odd blend......I am financially, politically and religiously fairly conservative....but socially I'm pretty liberal. I don't care what people do.....as long as they leave me alone. Politically I'm a Constitutionalist/Libertarian. I am VERY much in favor of SMALL government.....thats really the only reason I mention the conservative thing. Gay or hippie or whatever doesn't bother me at all.
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Old 02-12-2007, 02:59 PM
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Default Many of the more rural Ohio counties

Ohio still has some of those characteristics but it will vary a lot county to county.

Maybe something like Washington county near Marietta / Pakersburg. Or somewhere out in Adams county.

KY used to be prime country for those type criterion but they seem to have gotten the progress bug and gone modern.

Many places in Ohio still have small government, some with just about zero regulation if you stay in the more rural areas. Land can be very cheap compared to just about most other desirable areas. You will find a lot of self-reliant homesteader types in Ohio. The SE counties have a lot of National Forrest land. The negative usually is not the type jobs many people desire.

Something like Carroll county might work too. The more rural counties in Ohio usually aren't that far from larger metro areas. You do have to get very detailed about each county and what its situation is, large general assumptions don't work very well.

The better weather will be south of I-70, again the area around Marietta will be very good weather wise. All those SE counties down to the tip at Huntington could work. Maybe something around Gallipolis.

Lot to work with, you need to pick and choose after some actual On-the-Ground experience. It is not your typical trendy area that is quickly mentioned for the next wantabee. Maybe that is more of the charm than anything else. What you can find actually is for real and probably will remain so for some time in the future.

The Ohio government at the state level is fairly tolerant. Especially with things like messing around inspecting / regulating your car. As governments go, you can usually live with most things. Strangely enough in some of those more rural counties, getting your dog license is the biggy, do that and don't rob banks and they tend to leave you alone.
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Old 02-13-2007, 03:55 PM
Location: Roswell, New Mexico
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lol.....don't plan on robbing any banks..

Thanks for that....maybe I'll snoop around there.
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