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Old 01-03-2013, 12:28 PM
 
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So, I am getting medically retired from the military, I will have about 1- 1 1/2 years of nursing school left which I will finish up in WNY as that is where I have been accepted to college and it is close to my family.

My wife and myself are looking at moving after I graduate school. She will be licensed to do medical billing and coding as well has supervisory work with AFLAC.

Our thoughts are is we want a small town, 400-6000 people, within a days drive of a city. We want to be able to get most of our life needs in the town but not afraid to travel a bit for work as well.

Any ideas of areas to look at?

We are looking at Oklahoma, Montana, Nebraska, and Missouri
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:04 PM
 
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So, I am getting medically retired from the military, I will have about 1- 1 1/2 years of nursing school left which I will finish up in WNY as that is where I have been accepted to college and it is close to my family.

My wife and myself are looking at moving after I graduate school. She will be licensed to do medical billing and coding as well has supervisory work with AFLAC.

Our thoughts are is we want a small town, 400-6000 people, within a days drive of a city. We want to be able to get most of our life needs in the town but not afraid to travel a bit for work as well.

Any ideas of areas to look at?

We are looking at Oklahoma, Montana, Nebraska, and Missouri
Just a wild suggestion, but if you are willing to look at Montana, you might consider Sheridan, Wyoming. It has about 17-20k people, but is located at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains, scenery is fabulous locally, and about 3 hours or so from the eastern entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

The nearest big city is Billings, Montana maybe three-four hours north. Casper (population 55k) is a couple of hours south.

From Sheridan, you can drive east toward Devil's Tower, Custer State Park (Nebraska, I believe), and Mt. Rushmore. West you can go to Cody, Wyoming which during the summer hosts a rodeo every night, I think. Drive north and visit the Little-Bighorn Battlefield, an extremely intersting stop for history lovers.

Sheridan has a well-respected hospital, but getting a job there may be problematic. However, I assume your wife works remotely? I know you can do that as a biller/coder with a lot of hospitals, maybe even out of state. Cody also has a pretty nice hospital with which my wife telephone interviewed to consider a medical staff director position. (We ultimately chose Dallas where pay was more than double!)

For anyone who likes the outdoors, Wyoming, particularly northern Wyoming, is a paradise. Go read some posts on the Wyoming thread and see if it appeals to you. No income tax, sales tax between 4%-5% depending on locality, and, not sure, but don't think it applies to groceries.

Winters which a lot of people worry about aren't as savage over the entire season as some might think. You can find threads which talk about the winters there. I believe Sheridan is considered the "banana belt" of Wyoming because of overall milder weather compared to other parts of the state.

You are doing the right thing by planning early. And, as with any place, VISIT before you leap.

Thank you for your service (from an old MC Viet Nam vet)

Good luck and God speed.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:16 PM
 
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Just a wild suggestion, but if you are willing to look at Montana, you might consider Sheridan, Wyoming. It has about 17-20k people, but is located at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains, scenery is fabulous locally, and about 3 hours or so from the eastern entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

The nearest big city is Billings, Montana maybe three-four hours north. Casper (population 55k) is a couple of hours south.

From Sheridan, you can drive east toward Devil's Tower, Custer State Park (Nebraska, I believe), and Mt. Rushmore. West you can go to Cody, Wyoming which during the summer hosts a rodeo every night, I think. Drive north and visit the Little-Bighorn Battlefield, an extremely intersting stop for history lovers.

Sheridan has a well-respected hospital, but getting a job there may be problematic. However, I assume your wife works remotely? I know you can do that as a biller/coder with a lot of hospitals, maybe even out of state. Cody also has a pretty nice hospital with which my wife telephone interviewed to consider a medical staff director position. (We ultimately chose Dallas where pay was more than double!)

For anyone who likes the outdoors, Wyoming, particularly northern Wyoming, is a paradise. Go read some posts on the Wyoming thread and see if it appeals to you. No income tax, sales tax between 4%-5% depending on locality, and, not sure, but don't think it applies to groceries.

Winters which a lot of people worry about aren't as savage over the entire season as some might think. You can find threads which talk about the winters there. I believe Sheridan is considered the "banana belt" of Wyoming because of overall milder weather compared to other parts of the state.

You are doing the right thing by planning early. And, as with any place, VISIT before you leap.

Thank you for your service (from an old MC Viet Nam vet)

Good luck and God speed.
I second Sheridan. Wyoming has better wages than Montana and the same quality of life.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:03 AM
 
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Montana has no cities. Billings with the largest population at 100,000 plus is just a larger version of the small towns found across the state. I always tell people Montana is just a small town. It is very rural.

Real estate costs will be lower with exception of inner city highrises in all the other states mentioned.
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