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Old 06-08-2014, 04:05 PM
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Originally Posted by akfarmer View Post

Socio-political culture:
- Free spirited enough that if you do get seen skinny dipping it won't be a big deal.
- Liberal-leaning libertarian friendly (If live and let live isn't your creedo I don't want you as a neighbor, but if you think free markets and profits trump human rights and the only possible reason anyone could ever need public assistance is because they have an incurable moral defect then I don't either)
- Arts-friendly culture (actual working artists, not just places making money off of artists; and not a prude-dominated art community that loves landscapes, wildlife, and portraits of jesus but considers anything else to be embarrassingly exotic and probably pornographic)
-Agnostic friendly (I don't care how religious anyone else is, but I don't want them harassing me to attend church, telling me they're praying for my soul, leaving scripture under my windshield wipers, or whispering to my wife that I must be a deviant because I don't go to church).
So you're all "live and let live" except for all these people ^^^?

Any place I was going to suggest would be east of the Mississippi, so ....
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Old 06-08-2014, 04:14 PM
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Originally Posted by Curmudgeon View Post
You've done a fine job of that. While the land would be somewhat costly and the COL isn't necessarily cheap you might find your kind of place and your kind of people in some of the foothill/northern areas of CA, parts of Oregon and as has already been suggested, Washington state as well. You're pretty much ruled-out the Midwest, south and Atlantic seaboard/New England. Parts of Pennsylvania come to mind as do areas in Virginia but there are the COL and that Mississippi River boundary again. Most areas in CONUS meet your snow limitations but the PNW and environs generally receive more rain than you want.

I said that this could take a lot of searching. What you want can likely be found in pockets in nearly every state. Best of luck finding the perfect fit.

For the record, I wasn't alluding to the bible-belt prohibition.
These parts of CA are so un-stereotypical of what people think CA is. First off, CA is 96% (land wise) rural/wilderness.

Where I live the median home price is about $175K. At my house we get snow four months of the year. Fits most of what you are looking for.

While most of the folk here are republican and religious, there are plenty of liberals and non-religious people. People here get along quite well. Even the local chapter of the Sierra Club understands economics and supports responsible logging. No one is going to attack you for being an agnostic as long as you have a live and let live attitude.

But I will leave you with a thought: quit looking for the perfect place. Instead, seek a place that is right for you.
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Old 06-08-2014, 04:49 PM
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Location: Cody, WY
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The OP has listed all sorts of mutually exclusive requirements. There are no places that meet his requirements either in this country or any other.
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Old 06-08-2014, 05:12 PM
Location: Pac. NW
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I was going to say Ashland, Or before I even got half-way through the post.
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Old 06-08-2014, 05:15 PM
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Pueblo CO ticks most of the check marks, notably low COL, mild climate, local college, proximity to nature/recreation and medical care and big city (Denver). CO of course has both income and sales tax, but not too high: 4.6% and 2.9% respectively, which puts it below national average for taxes.
edit to add: also a decent arts community

Downsides include higher-than-average crime, unemployment, and poverty.
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Old 06-08-2014, 05:20 PM
Location: Maine
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Maine seems to fit all of the requirements--and quite beautifully--except for being east of the Mississippi River. Ah well...

We considered retiring near Spokane because my husband's family has lived in eastern WA for many years, but Maine is a much better fit for us.
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Old 06-08-2014, 05:22 PM
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Ashland is the only place that comes close.
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Old 06-08-2014, 05:29 PM
Location: Silicon Valley
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A place in the woods that has a museum.

Will this do?

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Old 06-08-2014, 05:37 PM
Location: Nebraska
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I would not move to any of the locations you suggest.

However you should consider the Black Hills of South Dakota. Cheap land, fairly liberal, largest motor cycle rally in the world. few people, cheap living, gambling, hills to the west (Eastern people would call these mountains), plains to the East. Rapid city for health care, moderate temps , not to much rain.

I have spent time in almost all areas of the country and still love the Black Hills the best.
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Old 06-08-2014, 05:37 PM
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[quote=Wmsn4Life;35148587]So you're all "live and let live" except for all these people ^^^?

Yes. Intolerance of intolerance is not hypocrisy.
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