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Old 07-16-2015, 02:53 AM
Location: Desolation Row, WA
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Originally Posted by Dirtysouthjay View Post

Too hot, and NOTHING to do here, and serious lack of women, lol. I would like to move to the west side.

I am a single, 40 year old male, make a modest income ($40,000 a year). I am looking for a place that has basic amenities and affordable cost of living. ... My feeling on the crime/drugs issue is that drugs are everywhere.

I have pretty much ruled out King and Pierce County due to high cost of living and traffic. My job has field offices in Vancouver, Longview, Chehalis, Aberdeen, Montesano, Olympia, Port Orchard, Bremerton, Port Angeles, Mt. Vernon, Marysville, and Bellingham. Lots of offices in King County, but as I previously mentioned I want to stay out of there.
Consider Elma, WA. It is an unusually decent and affordable town in Western Washington. The commute to Montesano is trivial. There is a nice store there with a Class III SOT dealer where LE such as state troopers, sheriff's deputies, city police, DNR and such hang out.

I wouldn't know about the supply of women in Elma, but it is a semi-rural area. All of the women and men that I have met there have been surprisingly "decent and normally out of place for Western Washington."

Of course you wouldn't be interested in Aberdump and Hoquiascum because you're not interested in narcotics and suicide. (It's "Kurt Cobain Days!" in Aberdump, and they're closing one of those bridges just to make the place more miserable.)
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Old 07-17-2015, 03:34 AM
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Well, Dirtysouthjay, I am really curious where you decide to live, because everyone posting here has a different idea/opinion about nearly every town that you mentioned. Please post back to the forum when you decide, ok?
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Old 07-18-2015, 01:18 PM
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Will do TurquoiseOne. I tell you what though, after that earthquake article maybe I will stay east of the mountains. I'm sure I will still head to the west side, but it is something to think about. I WILL get out of Moses Lake for sure though.
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Old 07-30-2015, 11:09 PM
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I did want to add one other city that I previously forgot to mention. We have a field office in Shelton. Any thoughts on that town? Looks interesting since it looks pretty close to Olympia on the map, plus the median home prices look to be under $200, 000. I'm sure there is a reason for that though.
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Old 07-31-2015, 03:31 PM
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Ha! I was reading through the thread and I was going to suggest Shelton, and then you brought it up! I have a few friends who live in Shelton. The downtown is kind of sad, but the country area is really beautiful. You have a lot of nice access to the outdoors, and it is really close to the Olympia. The westside of Olympia has a Target, and you could be there in no time at all! I think it is worth a look.
Also I would say the Shelton is more libertarian than a lot of areas in western Washington, and I would say it is a hippy-leaning libertarian. Very live and let live, from my understanding. But I haven't lived there, this is just my opinion based on my friends' experiences living there.
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Old 08-01-2015, 01:27 AM
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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"Too hot, and NOTHING to do here, and serious lack of women, lol."

You're choosing all the right towns, if you don't want to meet any women!

1) Examine your reasons for deciding to move to Moses Lake. 2) Don't repeat them!

Seriously, go to Tacoma.

There are very nice, affordable, and safe areas. Pretty much anywhere in the Northend. Actually check it out, rather than just drive by on the freeway. Take a drive out Ruston Way to Point Defiance Park and Zoo. You'll love it.

There are women there, and you MIGHT actually meet someone. There's plenty to do, including going to Seattle. You can live JUST FINE there on $40K a year. The last thing you need to do is go to a place like Longview, where you'll have ZERO social life.
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Old 08-22-2015, 12:40 PM
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Thought I would give an update. A couple of weekends ago I checked out Chehalis, Shelton, and Olympia. Went to Lucky Eagle Casino, had a pretty good seafood buffet. I was pretty impressed with the Olympia area, and walked around the capital campus on a Sunday, it was nice. Sheltons downtown did seem a little rundown as the previous poster, captiv8ed mentioned, however the countryside was very pretty. Chehalis didn't seem too bad, didn't drive through Centralia, have read here it is the nicer of the two communities. I was sort of surprised how rural Lewis County is.....like REALLY rural. But it was refreshing. I still need to check out Tacoma as CrazyDonkey suggested, and the Vancouver area, as well as Bremerton. Not sure I want to venture further north up the peninsula than Bremerton.
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Old 08-23-2015, 01:26 PM
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I'm in Ephrata, so I hear you. If I could get out (maybe in a few years), I would be in Mt. Vernon. Absolutely love it there, it feels like a completely different world than here.
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Old 08-23-2015, 01:55 PM
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^^^I still think you should check out Port Angeles...not everyone is old & retired, & if you like nature, it's a good place.

I remember you said you liked Target, so do I...it's a pleasant drive from PA to Silverdale to a really nice Target, Trader Joe's, etc...gotta get my Target fix!

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Old 08-23-2015, 03:33 PM
Location: Denver, Colorado
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If you don't mind seeing the rebel flag fly time to time, you may consider Sedro-Woolley, which is near some of the most amazing scenery in already beautiful state, yet not far from your beloved Target in Burlington. I would have been more zealous about Sedro, except now I am seeing the rents have going up 20% from even last year. It seems Mount Vernon and the entire Skagit Valley is becoming a suburb of Everett, which means this rather rural area is starting to see Seattle area prices which make little sense considering how far it is. However, any place that is 30 min commute to a major job center (Everett), will end up resulting in higher living costs.

Western Washington and cheap are oxymorons. If you don't mind eternal grey skies and fog, enjoy life on the Coast. I lived on the Oregon Coast for 4 years and loved the beauty, but you got to have steel nerves to survive those winters and 100mph wind storms, torrential rains, fog, lightning and days without power. So, you may want to reconsider living on the Coast. Port Angeles/Townsend have almost no rentals from whta I can see and are in the middle of nowhere, for how bloody expensive they are.

Longview is pretty scummy and has a reptutation of being so and not on my list of places to live. THere is a lot of meth in Longview and in most small Washington towns on the Westside.

BTW,Western Washington is hardly liberal, it is just Olympia, Seattle and Bellingham that have this liberal aura, but outside the cities its as hillybilly and good ol boyish as any other part of the country. Go and live in Lynden and tell me how liberal of a place it feels. Spokane is probably more liberal.

Speaking of which, have you considered Lynden? Prices are lower than Bellingham, scenery is spectacular (better than Bham with the mountain in backdrop), has less crime than most of the towns you mention and its not a far commute to Bellingham.

Considering it's a religious Dutch Christian town you may not have any dating prospects, but you are not far from Bellingham and Vancouver, BC. I would think being near Vancouver, BC you would have probably a huge pool of women you could date without having the downfalls of paying top dollar of living in Vancouver and paying Canadian taxes. Food for thought.
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