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Old 09-25-2010, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Denton, TX
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Oh gosh I didn't mean to imply we were trying to escape bad schools, what I was saying is we came through Texas public schools and we turned out to be fine individuals. I would say it made us better.

I keep hearing about about the drugs in the NEK so it does worry me. Are drugs an issue in The Great North Woods as well?
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Old 09-25-2010, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Barrington, NH!
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The politics in Vermont are blatently Socalist. You'll hate it there fairly quickly.

...the seacoast has typical Mass - hole transplants....
Agreed. A socialist paradise, with a tax burden to prove it. I've lived there

Not all Mass - hole transplants. There are still some locals left. I will add to that number in less than 4 years, and I will most definitely be involved in town government...

Please be careful when generalizing - there are plenty of salt-of-the-earth native granite staters left in all parts of NH...
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Old 09-25-2010, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
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^ Well, I don't think it is necessary to be a native Granite Stater in order to be a good citizen of the great state of NH. I am not from NH, but I plan on moving there one day, and based on my extensive time spent in the state, I can confidently say that I would fit into the social fabric quite nicely. That's one thing I've learned from living in Asheville (huge transient population here): you don't have to be a native to be a good, nice, humble person. Also, being from Massachusetts does not necessarily make one a "Mass-hole". I have several very good friends from Mass. that are great people. I do understand the term, but I still take issue with it somewhat.
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Old 12-18-2010, 08:45 AM
 
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check out the Exeter area of seacoast nh. It is more diverse than the lakes region or the great north woods, although if diversity is something you liked in TX then it will definitely not compare. (texas usually just has more types of people.) Exeter has some of the top schools in the state, with many different teaching opportunities at either public schools in the area or prestigious privates such as Phillips Exeter Academy. The Exeter SAU 16 school district also has towns like East Kingston, Kensington, newfields, Brentwood and stratham which are more rural than Exeter but still feed into the great school system. Exeter has a walkable downtown, with lots if different shops and restraunts. You can easily get an average sized 3 bedroom home for 200,000-300,000 and maybe even less. Even though Exeter is in the more populous Seacoast region, there are still great bike trails in the Exeter town forest, stratham hill park, and the PEA trails that are good for snowshoeing in the winter or just to take a walk. They also provide a shortcut fir Exeter's famed downtown area. I grew up in the hunters creek area of Houston and although I love Texas and my entire family still lives there, love nh enough to have stayed there for fourteen years.
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Old 12-18-2010, 09:01 AM
 
Location: NEK
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Greetings op...know you from VT site. I left Bethlehem,Nh years ago due to ridiculous property taxes. There is no tax free state. Also, there are drugs in either state and kids can succumb unless you keep them busy with life, ie; sports, hobbies, family......Just be a parent. There are towns around Littleton which have really low property taxes and you would be able to send your children to the St J Academy inclusive. This is always a very desirous situation. There is Bath, Monroe, and a few in Vt as well. Who knows you both might get teaching jobs there????
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Old 12-18-2010, 09:16 AM
 
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NH is number 48 out 50 on the teacher pay / cost of living ratio list (being better than only VT and Hawaii, of all incredibly expensive places). It is a WONDERFUL state, full of good people and beautiful scenery. But, as a future teacher myself, I'm wondering if setting up roots here is the best financial decision I can make.
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Old 12-18-2010, 09:16 AM
 
Location: NEK
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p.s why not drive up and visit so yuo have a better feel. I blindly scoped out 27 states with NH as my original target. Nice extended camping vacation...... Had a fantastic time living there but it didn't continue to work for me, fiscally speaking.
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Old 12-18-2010, 04:48 PM
 
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On a map Rt 112 is about the dividing mark to what Vt has as the NEK, moving north from that line. Another line might be Rt 2. This is more or less geologically speaking, but there is a vast difference.

VT is a part of the Nother American plate, where as NH Maine and much of the area in RI CT to the Ct River are a part of Scotland. Much south of there belongs in Africa in terms of rocks.

Most of NC, SC and etc are a part of Africa in terms of rocks. The hills and Mt in Tn and Ky are on the American plate, hence the hodge podge of hills in Ky.

This matters in what soils there are and what trees do well, which is one reason Vt has better sugar maple than NH or Maine. This applies to NY state, as Lk Champlain was once a salt sea.

Politicaly speaking this makes no difference at all, but depending on your view of scenery, it makes a big difference, unless any tree is as good as any other tree.
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:09 PM
 
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If it is any silver lining about VT it's that it has the most lax gun laws of the country. Not sure how that happened but it did.

The weird things about VT is that it's the only state that doesn't have the balance its budget..seriously. That and they won't answer me as to why that is.

If someone makes less than 27K I guess it can be OK there but the taxes are pretty damn significant. We're talking up there...beyond Mass...beyond NY.

BTW if you do go there and have any interaction with police do NOT reference Super Troopers! I know some police that know some there and I don't think it's taken lightly.

I'd recommend looking at NH over VT
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Old 12-28-2010, 09:42 PM
 
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I would also recommend the towns around route 302 between Haverhill and Littleton. It's very affordable, but close enough to the Dartmouth area for the shopping and cultural amenities. Also, as mentioned above, many towns in the area have town tuitioning to St. Johnsbury Academy. Route 302 also provides easy access to both I-91 and I-93 which provides for easy travel in VT and NH.

Overall, it is much more convenient to live on the NH side because much of the retail has relocated there. In St. Johnsbury, there is not one big-box store in the city . . . they are all in Littleton. Even tiny Woodsville has the area's only Super-Walmart thanks to Vermont cross-border shoppers. So if you move to VT, expect to spend a lot of time in NH (and the extra traveling to do so) which will affect your calculus in terms of cost-of-living comparisons.
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