U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Rural and Small Town Living
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 02-03-2013, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
31,147 posts, read 50,318,661 times
Reputation: 19849

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by montanamom View Post
Housing and property taxes are definitely cheaper.

However, gas, groceries, health-care, auto insurance, utilities, and a lot of other things are pretty much the same as everywhere else. Those who fare the best out here are the ones working for the state such as in the school system, lawyers, doctors, self-employed jpeople with skills/trades with established businesses, and wealthy retirees who cashed out somewhere else and moved here with money in hand. For everyone else, it's still a struggle to make ends meet. But of course, better to make a low wage here where you can afford the rent or a small home, than be absolutely out of luck in the city where, unless you were on government assistance/housing subsidies, you would probably never make it.
Some things vary by rural-urban. Other things vary by state.

We found that by moving to a state that does not tax my income, and that has much lower insurance rates; and then by going rural where we are able to also take advantage of the lower rural housing costs and property taxes.

Sometimes you have to search around to find the sweet spot.

I am not sure if there is any sweet spot for: gas, groceries, and utilities.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 02-03-2013, 06:59 PM
 
80 posts, read 932,182 times
Reputation: 183
Oh how I love that song by Randy Houser!
To me that song does make me think about the country I know, to some extent.
I live in a small community in Mississippi. To me it is "country". We have 1 red light, a grocery store, a couple gas stations, a bank, lots of churches, and some local businesses. We don't have corn fields, but if you drive up the highway or down the back roads there are cotton fields every where you look. There's a river up the road with a sandbar where we spend our weekends during the summer, hangin out with friends drinkin beer, swimming, fishin, and grillin. We hunt deer, and pretty much anything you can eat. We have bonfires, ride horses, ride four wheelers. It's common to see people on the side of the highway driving a four wheeler, golf cart, even a lawn mower. Everybody knows every body. You always keep a clean house because friends and neighbors drop in often, and always have a fresh pitcher of sweet tea made. There's very little crime and its safe to leave your vehicle unlocked and your windows and doors open at home. We are very well mannered (yes mam, no sir, please, thank you) it's safe to let your kids play outside and they actually do, instead of being inside on video games. To me that is my home, and that's what I think of when I think of country.

But that's just me. You hear songs by Jason Aldean and such artists and they sing about farms and plowing fields and things like that. Here in Mississippi our economy runs off of the casino industry and our marine/shipbuilding industry.

So I feel that "country" can be defined in several ways, depending on where you are at. And which to me, when I think of country I think of the South. Not to be taken offense to but thats just me!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-03-2013, 07:01 PM
 
80 posts, read 932,182 times
Reputation: 183
Another good thing about the country as far as living expenses, here in Mississippi if you live outside of city limits you run off of well water, so no water bill
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-03-2013, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
31,147 posts, read 50,318,661 times
Reputation: 19849
Quote:
Originally Posted by ck2007 View Post
...
There's a river up the road with a sandbar where we spend our weekends during the summer, hangin out with friends drinkin beer, swimming, fishin, and grillin. We hunt deer, and pretty much anything you can eat. We have bonfires, ride horses, ride four wheelers. It's common to see people on the side of the highway driving a four wheeler, golf cart, even a lawn mower. Everybody knows every body. You always keep a clean house because friends and neighbors drop in often, and always have a fresh pitcher of sweet tea made. There's very little crime and its safe to leave your vehicle unlocked and your windows and doors open at home. We are very well mannered (yes mam, no sir, please, thank you) it's safe to let your kids play outside and they actually do, instead of being inside on video games. To me that is my home, and that's what I think of when I think of country.
That pretty well defines 'country' here in New England too.

Our town is way to small to have any red lights, grocery stores, couple gas stations, or banks though.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-07-2013, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
11,297 posts, read 12,823,673 times
Reputation: 27035
Standing in rubber boots, overalls, straw cowboy hat with a shovel cleaning out an irrigation ditch. Sitting on a hay bale drinking ice tea out of a bell jar talking to a neighbor on his horse after he spent the morning rounding up some cattle. Walking to the creek with a cane pole...

Yeah I think so.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-07-2013, 07:48 PM
 
1,472 posts, read 2,030,446 times
Reputation: 1152
Been all over the country outside the cities.

Nothing like

Riding in back of a pickup on Summers night smelling Fresh Mowed Hay and watching Fireflies.

Setting on a River Bank Catfishing all night.

Sweating all day putting Hay in a Hay Loft.

Watching a Wet New Born Calf getting its Legs trying to walk.

Setting on a Back Road with your Girl talking over your future.

Listening to the Family working together on Butchering Day.

The sound of Fresh Milk hitting the Bucket.

Setting back looking at a New Fence just as Straight and Tight.

Oh I could go on and on,just an't no better

brushrunner
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-07-2013, 07:50 PM
 
1,472 posts, read 2,030,446 times
Reputation: 1152
Quote:
Originally Posted by ck2007 View Post
Another good thing about the country as far as living expenses, here in Mississippi if you live outside of city limits you run off of well water, so no water bill
Yes but you better Pray you have money to fix it if your Well goes dry or your Pump goes out.

brushrunner
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-08-2013, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Arizona
13 posts, read 48,877 times
Reputation: 20
Some country songs seem to be considered country just because the artist decided they were and it's annoying because it doesn't sound like country at all and they have no idea what they're talking about. That said, I still think there are plenty of country songs, even new ones, that I've found accurate. Country living still exists. I sometimes say I grew up in a country song because so much of the material is a reality for me. I live in the little agricultural valley I was born in. We grow a lot of cotton here. My family has been here since the 1800s on my father's side so my roots run deep. I spent my childhood outside the city limits, first on the family ranch, later on two acres. We moved to the Northern side of the state for awhile, though we were still living in the boondocks. We came back here when I was eighteen.

I left again for a bit for school in the city and I was miserable. A little box bedroom in a box apartment complex, pavement and landscaping everywhere. Cars driving everywhere honking and driving around. Nowhere to go just to be alone, lights everywhere (I hardly saw the stars), buildings and traffic and people who think that's all life is. I finished school and now I'm home again and I never want to leave again. When my younger cousins & siblings say they can't wait to blow this town, I can't understand it. It's not a perfect place, but it's home. My roots, my family, my heritage are all here. We have a quiet life here, but it's all I want.

When I was in the city (it was a small city, but just the same), country music was my lifeline, my escape from the superficiality of my course of study (cosmetology) and the hollow city I lived in. I could listen to it and remember cotton fields, the comforting shape of the mountains, piles of cousins and aunts and uncles, going with my dad to "do the chores" as a little girl, main street, the (non-chain) grocery store with photos on the walls of local residents at their grand opening of their new location years ago (one of the photos has my father and baby sister in it), the tortilla factory that makes the best tortillas in the world, ridiculously delicious Mexican restaurants (none of them chain)...

"Home" by Dierks Bentley and "Born Country" by Alabama got me through plenty of tough days when all I wanted to do was run home, dig around in the dirt and raise some chickens. All my siblings and plenty of my cousins have left this place and never looked back, my younger cousins and siblings want to get out. But I'm glad I spent that time in that little city because if I hadn't, I might not value this place the way I do.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-08-2013, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
9,200 posts, read 17,051,861 times
Reputation: 12393
Quote:
Originally Posted by ck2007 View Post
Another good thing about the country as far as living expenses, here in Mississippi if you live outside of city limits you run off of well water, so no water bill
But you have to pay for the electricity to run the well pump. And you're probably serviced by a Rural Electric Authority that charges more per kilowatt hour that utilities that service municipalities. And if your well tests positive for coliform you have to pay to treat it. And if it tests positive for nitrates you have to install and maintain a reverse osmosis system to remove it, which costs money; unless the nitrate level is too high, in which case your well can't be used for drinking water and you have to buy bottled water, which also costs money.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-08-2013, 03:42 PM
 
24,841 posts, read 32,887,308 times
Reputation: 11471
Quote:
Originally Posted by duster1979 View Post
But you have to pay for the electricity to run the well pump. And you're probably serviced by a Rural Electric Authority that charges more per kilowatt hour that utilities that service municipalities. And if your well tests positive for coliform you have to pay to treat it. And if it tests positive for nitrates you have to install and maintain a reverse osmosis system to remove it, which costs money; unless the nitrate level is too high, in which case your well can't be used for drinking water and you have to buy bottled water, which also costs money.
It depends on your well.....

The wells with submersible pumps are easy for the owners to treat.

The best way to keep your well clean is to use it. Turn it on and let it run.

They also run a little cheaper.

The bottom line is we all pay.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Rural and Small Town Living
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:25 PM.

© 2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top