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Old 07-02-2019, 11:59 AM
 
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VintageGurl, I don't know where you're from or what your career is, but Ohio offers many advantages (winter not being among them, though ours are milder than those in other places). I was born in SE Ohio, grew up and spent my early adulthood in Florida, then moved to Ohio in my late twenties. Depending on where you land, Ohio offers a number of advantages besides low cost of living.

Cleveland and Columbus boast world-class hospitals, if you are worried about medical care. Even rural counties offer better access than can be found out west or in deep Appalachia.
[*]The Metropark system offers thousands of acres of preserved land and great walking/hiking trails within easy reach of any major city and a goodly number of smaller towns. SE Ohio lacks Metroparks but boasts Ohio's only national forest.
[*]A national park an hour from Cleveland and just outside Akron
[*]Excellent art museums and zoos
[*]A rich history
[*]Opportunity for community involvement. As a twentysomething, I was more involved in the town in the first six months than I had ever been in Florida. That situation has not changed.
[*]The Army Corps of Engineers lists the Great Lakes basin as one of the best[/list]US areas for coping with climate change.

I have never regretted making the move, though I now snowbird as a retiree. Air quality can be an issue in parts of Ohio (though not only here), and cold, damp air can aggravate arthritis.
I'm from Oregon....we have almost *no* starter homes for $100K and under! Especially not historic houses. Ohio has so much affordable housing, it has some of the highest in the nation, I've found, at least when it comes to buying. I've literally looked all over the state of Oregon, it's very rare and usually the one or two you find is way out in the boonies.

I don't have to worry about career for myself, but possibly for a friend who might come live with me.

Yes, I do need as good of medical care as possible as I have a connective tissue disorder and many of the other problems that come with it.
I love there is more community involvement!

Honestly I don't need a whole lot in a place, but I do need a nice, affordable house to live in as I spend a lot of time at home due to health conditions. Here you are kind of expected to just be homeless if your income isn't $30K or more, or live with roommates most of your life even with a full time job.
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Old 07-02-2019, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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I'm from Oregon....we have almost *no* starter homes for $100K and under! Especially not historic houses. Ohio has so much affordable housing, it has some of the highest in the nation, I've found, at least when it comes to buying. I've literally looked all over the state of Oregon, it's very rare and usually the one or two you find is way out in the boonies.

I don't have to worry about career for myself, but possibly for a friend who might come live with me.

Yes, I do need as good of medical care as possible as I have a connective tissue disorder and many of the other problems that come with it.
I love there is more community involvement!

Honestly I don't need a whole lot in a place, but I do need a nice, affordable house to live in as I spend a lot of time at home due to health conditions. Here you are kind of expected to just be homeless if your income isn't $30K or more, or live with roommates most of your life even with a full time job.
What's the average cost for a home in Oregon?
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Old 07-02-2019, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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The food. That's it. In Arizona they think ethnic food is Thai and Indian. No bakeries that have been in the family for generations. No church dinners. No lamb on a spit.

That is all I miss about Ohio.
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Old 07-02-2019, 08:46 PM
 
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What's the average cost for a home in Oregon?
Depends where you are, in Eugene, where I am, it's $350,000....I see the exact same house in other states for $35,000 to $120,000...quite a difference.
Portland is more expensive, though more housing is available, Eugene is a 1% vacancy rate.

Some parts of Oregon are slightly less but my budget is $100K max so it doesn't do me much good.

Editing to add this, while it's not always accurate, it's one of my favorite resources to get an idea of costs at a glance.
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Old 07-13-2019, 08:42 AM
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I read on various posts here on CD from Ohio expats who say "You have to leave Ohio to appreciate once you live in another state." So, I am curious, why do Ohio expats say it? What do native Ohioans appreciate about the state now since they left? And, what didn't they appreciate about Ohio when they stayed in Ohio?
This is 100% true. I left and couldn't wait to get back. This state kicks ass.
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Old 07-13-2019, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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I left after college and it took me a year to come back, that was 30 years ago. Absolutely no regrets, but I understand that Ohio is not for a lot of people, I get it.

It is nice to see my kids able to buy houses in their 20s. They have good jobs and can start saving money in their 401ks. So it is a nice option for some, not for everyone.
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Old 07-13-2019, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I think fondly of growing up in Ohio, but I'm not sure if it was the place or the time. I grew up in a Cleveland suburb (Parma) and then went to Ohio State for college. A year after college I packed my car and drove to Los Angeles where I didn't know a soul, just couldn't take another winter. That was about 40 years ago and to this day, Ohio still feels like "home". L.A. is fine, but oddly I've never felt like it was home. I was happy when my son wanted to go to Ohio State for school. Having lived in L.A. his whole life, the first thing he said was how nice mid western people are compared to people in L.A.. Interesting perspective. I often wonder how my life would have turned out if I had stayed in Ohio. I know for sure that I would never have made the money I have here, but maybe I would have had things that were more valuable. Hmmm.
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Old 07-16-2019, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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This is 100% true. I left and couldn't wait to get back. This state kicks ass.
Where did you live previously? What was that experience like?
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Old 07-31-2019, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Brew City
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Packing up and moving across the country with zero job prospects and knowing absolutely no one was the best decision I ever made. I can't imagine what I'd be doing right now if I'd stayed in my hometown in NW Ohio.

That said, I can appreciate the simple pleasures of Ohio. I don't know if it was the town/state or simply childhood but life just seemed simple.

I've since made my way back across the country and am living quite happily in Milwaukee. I was in Cbus a few months ago and I'll be back in my home town for labor day but I normally only visit every few years.
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Old 09-20-2019, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Crowderado
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One of the most significant things I appreciate about my home state is "Midwest Friendly." Yes, it is a real thing. After 4 decades out here in the west, I still miss it (along with the other things I miss, like water and trees and 4 distinct seasons). Like, for example, the guy on the riding lawnmower who waved to me as I walked by his property along the Slippery Elm Trail, south of B.G., a few years ago. Lots of smiles, lots of waves, and people who aren't afraid to talk to strangers in the grocery store.


I was in my local supermarket the other day, buying a 12-pack of Vernor's ginger ale. A lady nearby made a nice/funny comment about my selection; I knew IMMEDIATELY, without even asking, that she wasn't a native Coloradan. Because Coloradans just don't do that (strike up conversations with strangers). Turns out, she was from Ohio (the Akron-Canton area, she said).


All that being said, it was probably for the best that I did leave, as I ended up having a lucrative career here. But I've longed and pined for the Midwest almost the whole time. The Midwest is lodged in my soul, and wherever I am, I am still an Ohioan at heart.
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