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Old 01-18-2009, 11:26 PM
Location: Maryland
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Maryland has some nice areas and a wealth of medical facilities. Its not the cheapest state but we get fairly decent value for our taxes (IMHO) (excellent roads, some excellent public schools, etc.) You might want to take a look.
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:36 PM
Location: Anchorage, AK to SoCal to Missoula, MT
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Specifically Dallas, Austin, or Houston.
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Old 01-19-2009, 12:26 AM
Location: Southeast Missouri
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Hey guys, this same OP posted in the Missouri forum, so I assume she's made up her mind about which state. And her husband had a job interview in the Springfield area.
Where in Mo?
So I would assume this thread probably isn't needed now.
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Old 01-19-2009, 09:06 AM
Location: Little Rock, AR
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Originally Posted by luvbnmom03 View Post
My husband and I want out of HIGH taxed CA. We have been considering this for along time, but since all our friends and family live in CA, we don't know where to start. Ideally we want "small town" living. We have 3 kids, 14, 11 and 1.5 yr old. I want to be able to wave at my neighbors and not have them think I'm crazy! I really would appreciate any advice anyone can give me. SOMEONE GUIDE ME PLEASE!
Northwest Arkansas is a haven for Californians wanting a change of pace. You might consider Fayetteville.
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:27 AM
Location: The Lone Star State
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Originally Posted by AKgirlinCA View Post

Specifically Dallas, Austin, or Houston.
She said she wanted small town living. These places won't give her that (except maybe way out in the exurbs)
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Old 01-19-2009, 10:43 AM
Location: Chicago, IL
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Low cost of living, your husband will have plenty of opportunity to land a job, good schools, and it's safe.

There are plenty of nice small towns...

Fayettville, Springdale, Conway...

We'd welcome you with open arms.
People in smaller towns do take time to try to get to know you and they look out for you.
Come on down to Arkansas.
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:26 AM
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When people say they want "small town living" I sometimes wonder what they really mean.

People who say they want "small towns" also often really want "small towns with the amenities I'm used to," which doesn't usually happen. They want trendy coffee shops, boutiques and restaurants but want cute sidewalks and buildings to go with. Small town America is not like that. If you have trendy coffee shops, guess what, corporate money has already colonized that small town and you will have the same jerky people to go with it.

Instead of seeking to flee to some idealized "small town" maybe people should consider the outskirts of smaller cities. Older suburbs, smaller houses, etc. Look at job commute times and that will give you a sense of the sanity level.

If you want a less hectic life consider Upstate NY, you will be welcomed and not made to feel like you have to totally "assimilate."
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Old 01-21-2009, 07:25 AM
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Originally Posted by censusdata View Post
What about Versailles, Kentucky?
* population 8,000, located 10 miles from Lexington (pop. 280,000)
* Median family income $58,000; only 5% of families below poverty line
* 26% of residents have a college degree
* located in KY's Horse Farm country
Versailles looks mighty nice. Also, somewhere outside Louisville (i.e. Elizabethtown, Jeffersontown) may fit your bill. With BRAC the whole area may want more medical staff not to mention that Louisville is a hospital mecca.
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