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Old 01-12-2009, 09:50 PM
 
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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!
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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Do you want to stay near your family in California? If so I would look at Nevada or Arizona which both have low taxes.

Does COL matter? Is there a certain landscape you would like? You need to answer questions like these first.
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:25 PM
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Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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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

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Old 01-12-2009, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Where you wish you lived, LA
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people dont wave at you? is this a joke....move to maine or somethin i dunno
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Old 01-13-2009, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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People here just randomly wave to each other sometimes. People I don't even know just wave in their cars. It mostly seems to be older people, though.

There are a lot of variables. Cost of living? Climate? Can you handle the cold? You said smaller town, like how small? What kind of job are you looking for?
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:50 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies so far. I am SERIOUS when I tell you I don't know my neighbors, not for the lack of trying either. People in CA do NOT wave and if you do wave they think you are crazy, or they look behind them thinking you are waving at someone behind them. Because we have kids I would like the small town feeling. You know, where the kids can go play outside, ride their bikes. Quality of education a big concern (our gov here wants to cut 5 days out of the school year for budget purposes, my kids need MORE schooling, not less!) Cost of living, affordable housing is another concern. Weather isn't as much, we'll adjust. Although my whole family is here in CA, we can travel for holidays and vacations, so staying near my family isn't a concern. My main concern is being able to raise my kids in a safe, friendly environment.
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:53 AM
 
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It must be a trend. There are three families on my street in Birmingham who have left California and moved here in the past two years. Two of them sold their homes and bought their houses here outright with the equity from the sale. My across the street neighbor fled LA with his wife and two daughters, and are now convincing their LA friends to move here, too. People keep flying here, staying a week, and job hunting.
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:57 AM
 
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I forgot to mention my husband is an ER nurse so hes pretty marketable.
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Old 01-13-2009, 10:11 AM
 
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I forgot to mention my husband is an ER nurse so hes pretty marketable.
Well, there's the huge medical center at UAB, a national healthcare research center. Worth checking out.
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Old 01-13-2009, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Road Warrior
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Thanks for the replies so far. I am SERIOUS when I tell you I don't know my neighbors, not for the lack of trying either. People in CA do NOT wave and if you do wave they think you are crazy, or they look behind them thinking you are waving at someone behind them. Because we have kids I would like the small town feeling. You know, where the kids can go play outside, ride their bikes. Quality of education a big concern (our gov here wants to cut 5 days out of the school year for budget purposes, my kids need MORE schooling, not less!) Cost of living, affordable housing is another concern. Weather isn't as much, we'll adjust. Although my whole family is here in CA, we can travel for holidays and vacations, so staying near my family isn't a concern. My main concern is being able to raise my kids in a safe, friendly environment.

There is saying in NY Hello means F- U and in CA F- U means hello! I donno if I want anyone of 'em saying hello to me.

Well I'd recommend a neighboring state perhaps I mean they are ALL cheaper to live in than CA say OR, NV, AZ? Californians have been migrating to those states for the past 20 year now in flocks and droves. If you want a small town with better education maybe OR then. Perhaps look into charter schools as well. Good luck.
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