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Old 10-22-2014, 11:58 PM
 
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I've always imagined myself living in a log house where it's cold and it snows a LOT. I'd also like to fish in a lake and be able to hunt when I want. Mountains are a plus. Not too far away would be a city for entertainment, where I could get anything I need, and just have general conveniences.

I read that the people in Minnesota are friendly and that it has the highest quality of life out of any US state, so that's great. Low crime and so on. But disregarding that log house comment since that will come in the future when I'm ready to build, what would be the cost of living per month on average? I'll probably move up there for a while to feel things out, maybe for 6 months or so.

A job isn't necessary since I'm self employed over the interwebs and I'm sure I can swing whatever the cost will be. I'm just curious as to what I'd be looking at.
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:44 AM
 
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Forget about mountains.
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Old 10-23-2014, 08:12 AM
 
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if you wan't a LOT of snow I'd go somewhere like UP of Michigan, Truckee CA, the Adirondacks, or Stevens Pass WA. Although MN is a cold place, it would only be in the middle of the list of the snowiest places.
There are no mountains in MN. Fishing and hunting are great. A lot of people live something like your desired lifestyle up in the Ely area. Most people up there are kind of poor so it can be done for relatively little money.
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:26 PM
 
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if you wan't a LOT of snow I'd go somewhere like UP of Michigan, Truckee CA, the Adirondacks, or Stevens Pass WA. Although MN is a cold place, it would only be in the middle of the list of the snowiest places.
It depends on how you measure 'snowiest.' In the winter the TC is north of most major fronts, and the systems moving south/SE across the Canadian plains don't pick up a lot of moisture as it's cold and the smaller lakes of the plains are frozen.

So in terms of inches of snowfall, MN is behind other areas where the storm systems are different. Minneapolis gets about half the snowfall of Grand Rapids MI/Buffalo/Erie, and a bit less than downtown Cleveland or Denver. (Duluth is higher, but that region has a different microclimate than most of the state)

However where MN shines is in measures of snow cover. Mpls averages about 100 days a year with 1 inch of snow cover on the ground. Most of the places with higher snowfall are warmer, so you get cycles of snowfall and snow melt (with the concomitant issues slush and ice bring). In MN you'll get less snow fall, but the snow that does fall will stick around longer.
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Marshall, MN
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Cost of living really depends on where you live. Mountains? Good one.
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:45 PM
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Location: Saint Paul, MN
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Aside from mountains, it seems like Northern Minnesota is a good fit. It's got lots of woods and lakes, very cold. A lot of snow. (Not Michigan levels, but with how long the snow lasts, would you really want THAT much snow?)
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Old 10-26-2014, 04:01 PM
 
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Your best bet is to visit and check out various areas in Minnesota. Anything on the north-eastern side of the state would have desirable "in the woods" log cabin areas. Check out Ely-Virginia-Tower-Babbitt-Aurora areas... Also, if you want to be a little closer to the twin cities, Hinckley, Pine City, Forest Lake areas are not bad either. I live in Bemidji, in the north central part of the state, and we have a lot of pine trees and mixed hardwoods, lakes and natural beauty. Nope, no mountains. You may wish to consider Montana or Wyoming if you want mountains/cabin places.
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Old 10-28-2014, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Minnesota is not too mountainous. The highest point in the state (Eagle Mtn.) is only a little bit above the minimum height to be classified as a mountain (2,000 ft.). So if you're looking for some terrain, you're only bet is Northeastern Minnesota. You mention you want to be close to a city, the closest you're going to find is Duluth (Unless you're willing to go across the border to Thunder Bay). If you want big city amenities however, you're stuck driving 3-4 hours to the TC. If you want a mountain paradise, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, or Utah (if you're LDS) would be my recommendations.
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