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Old 06-05-2019, 06:27 PM
 
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Likely property taxes...

However, I would say that Corning offers a happy medium for professionals that want a slower pace with some things to do due to being home to a Fortune 500 company, museums, an orchestra and a nice, walkable district such as this: https://www.gafferdistrict.com/

https://www.planning.org/greatplaces...rketstreet.htm

More:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EraE...&feature=share

If you went with PA, you are likely going to Corning, Elmira, Vestal, Owego and Binghamton for many of the events in the Twin Tiers. For instance, Binghamton has an opera company, orchestra, sporting events, other arts based events and museums. Vestal has some of these things due to Binghamton University being located there. So, that may be something to consider as well.
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Old 06-05-2019, 10:43 PM
 
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Unfortunately if your place of employment is in New York State, you pay NYS income tax on your salary regardless of where you live. If you have a lot of income from investments, having a PA residence can save you money as NYS can't tax investment income if you don't live there.
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Old 06-06-2019, 11:48 AM
 
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This guide can help in regards to potential tax concerns: https://www.retirementliving.com/tax...yoming#NEWYORK

https://www.retirementliving.com/tax...g#PENNSYLVANIA


Here is some more information about some of the communities mentioned in the thread...

West Elmira(CDP): https://statisticalatlas.com/place/N...lmira/Overview
https://statisticalatlas.com/place/N...usehold-Income
West Elmira, NY - USA.com™ (can view more information on the map by block group)
A block group in the CDP: Census Block Group 010900-1 in Chemung County, New York

Vestal: https://statisticalatlas.com/county-...estal/Overview
https://statisticalatlas.com/county-...usehold-Income
Vestal Central School District - USA.com™ (includes some areas outside of the town)
A block group in the town: Census Block Group 014600-2 in Broome County, New York

Gang Mills(CDP, just west of Corning): https://statisticalatlas.com/place/N...Mills/Overview
https://statisticalatlas.com/place/N...usehold-Income
Gang Mills, NY - USA.com™
A block group that covers a portion of the community: Census Block Group 962300-5 in Steuben County, New York

The area just north of Endicott(and Endwell) that I was referring to earlier in the thread: Census Block Group 013304-3 in Broome County, New York
https://statisticalatlas.com/block-g...304-3/Overview
https://statisticalatlas.com/block-g...usehold-Income

Census Block Group 013304-2 in Broome County, New York
https://statisticalatlas.com/block-g...304-2/Overview
https://statisticalatlas.com/block-g...usehold-Income

Census Block Group 013304-1 in Broome County, New York
https://statisticalatlas.com/block-g...304-1/Overview
https://statisticalatlas.com/block-g...usehold-Income

Census tract those 3 block groups are in: Census Tract 013304 in Broome County, New York
https://statisticalatlas.com/tract/N...13304/Overview
https://statisticalatlas.com/tract/N...usehold-Income
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Old 06-07-2019, 03:08 AM
 
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Also, I know that you mentioned that the job is in the region, but can you give what part of the region it is located? That way it would make it easier in terms of what specific areas to look at.

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Old 06-08-2019, 07:37 AM
 
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The job is actually in Binghamton. I am fine with a 30-45 minute commute. Honestly I am looking for a "safe" area to live in and become involved in. I have dogs and I love to hike and even snowshoe in winter. I am a sensible person so I understand being smart about your surroundings and such. I think it's the drug issues that are really freaking me out about the area. Not to mention the sheer volume of sex offenders in your area, like WOW. I looked at a home on the west side of Binghamton and while the immediate 1/2 mile radius was great the volume of sex offenders surrounding the home was crazy. Any thoughts?

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Old 06-08-2019, 08:08 AM
 
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Binghamton is actually sort of a snow shadow area. If you like snow you might want to look at the closest higher elevation belt in the direction of the Great Lakes, which is the Greek Peak area in the Town of Virgil, postal addresses either Cortland or Marathon. Cortland has basic weekly shopping and a lot of casual dining with the state college there, and roll-your-own culture, some sense in the still locally owned Cortland Standard – Serving Cortland, New York, and surrounding communities since 1867 . Ithaca is also nearby with higher level shopping, dining, cultural experiences.

Pennsylvania will have lower property taxes OTBE. There are several little lakes with properties in northern Susquehanna County. The lower property taxes buy you narrower, and many more dirt/gravel, roads. On-site septic rules are more drastic in PA vs. NY, a "bargain" rural property might need a $30,000 septic fix, or might be impossible to fix within current rules (at which point they throw up their hands, point to you, and say "you bought it"). Other than some extremely basic stores of the Dollar General ilk, your shopping will be back up in Binghamton (Vestal/JC). The natural gas fracking is also active in this area - heavy trucks passing all night long on that narrow road, questionable water from the well that might or might not predate the fracking, etc. One unique factor to Susquehanna County, PA is beautiful 150-ish year old stone walls, the local flagstone (some places still mined) is ideal for dry laid walls and seems like the farm families competed to build the best ones. Dry stone walls can be found along old field rows (usually now well wooded) throughout the Twin Tiers and on up into New England, but the Montrose area might be the apex of that art.
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Old 06-08-2019, 06:55 PM
 
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I looked at a home on the west side of Binghamton and while the immediate 1/2 mile radius was great the volume of sex offenders surrounding the home was crazy. Any thoughts?
Clicked on a bunch of them and a lot look to be for offenses involving children 20+ years ago. Not that it's in any way good, but those largely dont look to be the sort who might be hypothetically "interested" in you.


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I make these two comments in many Binghamton threads, but I'll make it again:


- There are thousands of college kids living off campus in the West Side (probably not the parts you are looking in) and Downtown. They stumble home alone at 3:15AM with iPhone visible in hand after the bars close. They generally take zero proactive measures to protect themselves/their residences from crime. They're largely from very safe areas in NYC/Long Island and have no "street smarts" to speak of. In spite of all this, they're very rarely the victims of any serious crime.


- Things in Binghamton are pretty intensely local. A 15 minute walk can go from nice middle-class single-family housing to college students to questionable characters (and questionable property maintenance). And none of those groups really bother the others too much even though it's geographically close.



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I'm not going to suggest that the West Side ought to be your destination (although I had a decent time living there), but a lot of what there is to "get involved in" in the area is definitely Binghamton/nearby areas-centric. Especially if you are looking to get involved with groups where the average age is below 50.


I'm unclear on if you are looking to rent or buy, but I would suggest renting for a year if you are planning on buying. Learn the area firsthand before getting locked into something harder to unwind than a lease.
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:47 AM
 
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Another question since you all have such amazing information. What about all the Environmental issues. I am finding information on homes in Binghamton, Vestal, Owego where it states that there are tanks and or spills. Can anyone give me some insight. How polluted is the water and soil in these regions?
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Old 06-13-2019, 05:51 PM
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All of the areas in the triple cities had heavy manufacturing for decades up through the 1980s. Industrial spill sites have been identified throughout the area. This PDF is from 2009 but has some info you might be interested in - 18 pages. The Walmart Supercenter is the current one in Johnson City.

http://www.gobroomecounty.org/files/...%2011%2009.pdf

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Old 12-26-2019, 03:39 PM
 
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You have all been a wealth of information. Now a question about Electric (what company do you all recommend)? Never have had so many options before. Also who has the best cell phone coverage? Will be living in the Vestal area.
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