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Old 02-20-2009, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Rutland, VT
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My husband and I have come to the conclusion that Vermont isn't really for us. We dislike the 7 month winters, the best schools are mediocere at best, and the real estate prices and choice are horrible. Neither of us have traveled much outside of New England but we think there must be somewhere in this country were we would fit better.

To those of you who have traveled/moved around or maybe just live somewhere like what we're looking for; could you please point us in the right direction? I will tell you what we are basicly looking for and maybe you can help us out!


*affordable real estate (at least 3bdrm for under 175,000 in a nice area)
*great public schools with strong athletics programs (we have 3 boys)
*strong job opportunities for industrial/residential electricians
*safe/ low crime rates
* commute under 45 min
* friendly community with diversity and acceptance
*low taxes would be a great bonus

we both like the Kingsport, TN area, but are a little concerned with the job outlook and being in the bible belt is a little intimidating if you don't attend church and vote democrat.

i'm curious to see what ideas you can send my way, all suggestions are helpful! thanks!
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Old 02-20-2009, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Lansing, MI
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we both like the Kingsport, TN area, but are a little concerned with the job outlook and being in the bible belt is a little intimidating if you don't attend church and vote democrat.
The attitude you get in a new area (non conservative vs conservative) is whatever you bring on to yourself. Being in the bible belt and voting democrat is only and issue if you make it an issue.
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Old 02-20-2009, 02:12 PM
 
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Dallas, Texas
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Old 02-20-2009, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
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Dallas, Texas
Wow, I'm going to rep you in 24 hours. Took the words right out of my mouth.

Dallas/Ft. Worth
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:22 PM
 
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the suburbs of Atlanta
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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I reccomend Hampton Roads area Virginia. Very mild winters. Snow is very rare in that area. You can get decent housing there too. Not like NOVA.

Yorktown, Williamsburg, VA Beach all good places to look into.
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Old 02-23-2009, 04:38 PM
 
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Charlotte, NC area, maybe college towns like Charlotteville VA, Chapel Hill NC(and the Raleigh/Durham area in general); Lexington KY, Knoxville TN and probably anywhere out West.
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Old 02-23-2009, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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I reccomend Hampton Roads area Virginia. Very mild winters. Snow is very rare in that area. You can get decent housing there too. Not like NOVA.

Yorktown, Williamsburg, VA Beach all good places to look into.
The $175k for 3 beds likely knocks Hampton Roads out of contention. $175K may get their desired house in Hampton or Portsmouth but neither city has esteemed public schools.

One area i wouldn't overlook is the central KY corridor including Louisville, Elizabethtown, Lexington, and Frankfort. It may be a little too bible for you but you never know.
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Old 02-23-2009, 05:44 PM
 
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My husband and I have come to the conclusion that Vermont isn't really for us. We dislike the 7 month winters, the best schools are mediocere at best, and the real estate prices and choice are horrible. Neither of us have traveled much outside of New England but we think there must be somewhere in this country were we would fit better.

To those of you who have traveled/moved around or maybe just live somewhere like what we're looking for; could you please point us in the right direction? I will tell you what we are basicly looking for and maybe you can help us out!


*affordable real estate (at least 3bdrm for under 175,000 in a nice area)
*great public schools with strong athletics programs (we have 3 boys)
*strong job opportunities for industrial/residential electricians
*safe/ low crime rates
* commute under 45 min
* friendly community with diversity and acceptance
*low taxes would be a great bonus

we both like the Kingsport, TN area, but are a little concerned with the job outlook and being in the bible belt is a little intimidating if you don't attend church and vote democrat.

i'm curious to see what ideas you can send my way, all suggestions are helpful! thanks!
Everyone on here says Dallas and I agree

Also try Phoenix AZ
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Old 02-23-2009, 06:05 PM
 
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Dallas, Texas
Maybe, make sure to check their winter temperatures.
I recommend Austin and San Antonio, TX.

If you like Dallas, make sure to check out Ft. Worth,
everybody says is the most underrated city in the US (just West of Dallas)
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