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Old 02-28-2014, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Baltimore City
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Thanks again for the replies everyone. This forum is just full of great information!

Old General: Historic parts of town are right up my alley, so that's really good to know. I will definitely PM you when we come closer to making a decision.

Todd00: Thanks for the heads up on lower property taxes right outside of Omaha. Ames and Pella have been added to my ever growing list of places to look into. I didn't even think about checking out local papers; that's a great idea! Also, thanks for linking the Homepath site. Our timeline is a year out only so we can take the time to properly research and visit the different areas we are considering, but I suppose if we fell in love with a particular area at any point, that timeline could be altered. Financially, we already have our ducks in a row, so now it's just finding the right place.

Geebaabe / Meemur: Thank you for the well wishes. I checked out Williston, ND and while I definitely see the potential to make large sums of money, I don't think that would be the right move for my family at this time, but I appreciate the suggestion and the word of caution none-the-less.

QuadCityImages: We're looking to spend about 5 days on our initial visit to each state and then return once we've narrowed it down. I like your way of thinking and that schedule seems very doable. The passenger rail sounds pretty interesting.

Thanks again for all of the advice and information. Each time a new city pops up in discussion I add it to my rapidly growing spread sheet, so the research period is going to be fun!
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Old 02-28-2014, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Thanks again for all of the advice and information. Each time a new city pops up in discussion I add it to my rapidly growing spread sheet, so the research period is going to be fun!
Yes, visiting is the best part! I also suggest folks try to make time shop at the local grocery stores. When I was checking out IN - WI, I lived out of my cooler. It saved some money, but what I really wanted to do was get a "boots on the ground" idea of how liveable an area was for me.

I also got a better idea of the local economies at that level. I tried to eat at Mom & Pop restaurants, plus talk to everyone!

And that's why I think you'll like Madison, WI. I grew up in Ann Arbor, and about the time I settled into Madison for my visit, I was overcome with how similar they were!

But, yeah, Iowa is a lot more affordable, and Des Moines has milder winters than Madison! (:
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:39 PM
 
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I think Madison, Wisconsin is where you really will be happy. Wisconsin is so unbelievably friendly and Madison has something you would see in Pikesville, Maryland called Ella's Diner

And you are in and around lakes and mountains and fun fun fun.
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Midtown
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^ Mountains?
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Old 02-28-2014, 10:51 PM
 
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Wisconsin is pretty no doubt and Madison is a nice city. I think Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan have Iowa beat on that one. Be sure you look into taxes before ya jump. The Tax Foundation site is very good for infor on property tax comparisons and total tax comparisons.

State Individual Income Tax Rates, 2000-2013 | Tax Foundation
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:02 AM
 
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Wisconsin is pretty no doubt and Madison is a nice city. I think Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan have Iowa beat on that one. Be sure you look into taxes before ya jump. The Tax Foundation site is very good for infor on property tax comparisons and total tax comparisons.

State Individual Income Tax Rates, 2000-2013 | Tax Foundation
but, then again...you get what you pay for with taxes. I've lived in low tax states....I gladly pay my high taxes
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Not to diss Michigan or Ohio, but I will never live there again. The winters are long and gray, and the economy is not stable, although I acknowledge that some cities are in a slow recovery.

Iowa has a lot more sunshine! As hard as this winter has been, I haven't feel the need to sit in front of a light box over the lunch hour, and my mood has remained within a "normal for me" range.

Wow! That's major improvement. Jan - Mar were really hard for that reason.
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Old 08-10-2015, 12:30 PM
 
Location: SW Michigan
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Default So, where did you end up?

I know this thread is long since idle. But having been born and raised in SW Michigan, Lived in the Twin Cities for two years, and lived in Des Moines for 5 years I'm interested in where the OP and family finally ended up. Being familiar with some of the areas in question makes me curious.
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