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Old 08-02-2018, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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Before moving to Lynden, do some research on it. It's like an ultra religious, pleasantville kinda' place that reminds me of some Mormon towns in Utah. Of course, if you're ultra religious, very conservative, etc., then maybe it would be perfect for you. I've heard it has some strict codes/laws, almost as if the entire town is under an HOA. Lynden only recently got a decent taproom (I think it used to have antiquated restrictions on bars ... or at least bars being open past certain times). Another metric of comparison: Bellingham now has 13 breweries; Lynden has 0. That said, it's a cute town to visit, with an awesome bakery downtown.
They also get complaints about smells from the large dairy farms there:

Lynden, Wa stinks I mean literally stinks!

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Old 08-08-2018, 10:47 PM
 
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Outside of the medical industry, there are no jobs here that pay decent enough wages for 2 adults to support a family. The best solution is to be self-employed and bring the online business with you.

Real estate prices will not go down much, if at all. Foreign investors and Calif/Seattle refugees drive prices up. People in WA are very loyal to credit unions so they didn't suffer as much from the predatory lenders (BofA, Chase, Wells Fargo, Ameriquest, etc) that caused the big crash.

Bellingham, Blaine, and Ferndale are your best choices. School districts are good in all towns. Lynden really does stink and you want a town along the I-5 freeway. All the other towns are 30+ minutes away from the freeway. And they are far apart so lots of time in the car. Yuck.

Bellingham has lots more activities, especially for kids. If you choose Blaine, you can spend lots of time in White Rock, BC - a couple miles north of the border. A lively and charming Canadian city. Much more going on there than in Bellingham.
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Old 08-09-2018, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Butler
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Do they all share the same school system?
Nope.
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Old 08-10-2018, 11:12 AM
 
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Outside of the medical industry, there are no jobs here that pay decent enough wages for 2 adults to support a family. The best solution is to be self-employed and bring the online business with you.

Real estate prices will not go down much, if at all. Foreign investors and Calif/Seattle refugees drive prices up. People in WA are very loyal to credit unions so they didn't suffer as much from the predatory lenders (BofA, Chase, Wells Fargo, Ameriquest, etc) that caused the big crash.

Bellingham, Blaine, and Ferndale are your best choices. School districts are good in all towns. Lynden really does stink and you want a town along the I-5 freeway. All the other towns are 30+ minutes away from the freeway. And they are far apart so lots of time in the car. Yuck.

Bellingham has lots more activities, especially for kids. If you choose Blaine, you can spend lots of time in White Rock, BC - a couple miles north of the border. A lively and charming Canadian city. Much more going on there than in Bellingham.
I'm definitely bringing my online work with me, otherwise it may not even be an option. I have considered the Everett area but that's only a second option if our situation doesn't work out closer to the border.

I've been to white rock before, very memorable. A safe place to play near home is all we need, as most activities will probably be when they visit my in-laws in BC.
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Old 08-21-2018, 06:50 PM
 
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So what's the difference between Bellingham and Mount Vernon?

I see Mount Vernon has many tulips and is closer to Seattle. Do the tulips indicate a friendly city? Mount Vernon also appears cheaper, but I'm not sure if there's a good reason for that.

Is there a certain type of people who move to one over the other? Bellingham seems popular just for being the gateway city to Canada.

When I first went to Canada I briefly stopped in both and honestly I said to myself I would never live near the Canada border/ border patrol for the trouble I've experienced and flash-backs, including having to drive across Canada to reach closer to home on east coast. Do people really like living near the border? I feel like I need a buffer zone between my residence and border. I use to feel uneasy until I drove at least 1 state away from the border. But not to ramble...
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Old 08-21-2018, 07:04 PM
 
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Mt. Vernon is more affordable and has sidewalks downtown- but you will find panhandlers and a growing homeless problem, especially in summer. The downtown has been working on renewal. It's cheaper because it's generally a lower income area and doesn't have the amenities of Bellingham. During the tulips, traffic is crazy!
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Old 08-21-2018, 07:09 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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So what's the difference between Bellingham and Mount Vernon?

I see Mount Vernon has many tulips and is closer to Seattle. Do the tulips indicate a friendly city? Mount Vernon also appears cheaper, but I'm not sure if there's a good reason for that.

Is there a certain type of people who move to one over the other? Bellingham seems popular just for being the gateway city to Canada.

When I first went to Canada I briefly stopped in both and honestly I said to myself I would never live near the Canada border/ border patrol for the trouble I've experienced and flash-backs, including having to drive across Canada to reach closer to home on east coast. Do people really like living near the border? I feel like I need a buffer zone between my residence and border. I use to feel uneasy until I drove at least 1 state away from the border. But not to ramble...
B'ham isn't THAT close to the border. Blaine is closer.

B'ham is larger, than Mt. Vernon, more like a regular city.

BYOGM; bring your own gas mask (for the smoky, forest-fire weeks).
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Old 08-21-2018, 07:10 PM
 
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The tulips are a pretty big commercial business and tourist draw.


Only 30,000 in Mount Vernon itself but 120k in the metro comprised of MV and Anacortes and places around them. Metro growing by about 1,000 per year.


Slightly cheaper and slightly lower Democratic party registration.


Was originally a logging town then the railroad became important. Not really part of the new economy, at least yet. Unemployment higher than much of the Puget Sound region.


The Skagit Valley is beautiful.

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Old 08-21-2018, 07:28 PM
 
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Mt. Vernon is more affordable and has sidewalks downtown- but you will find panhandlers and a growing homeless problem, especially in summer. The downtown has been working on renewal. It's cheaper because it's generally a lower income area and doesn't have the amenities of Bellingham. During the tulips, traffic is crazy!
Are you implying that Bellingham doesn't have sidewalks? I recall walking on roads in Bellingham, can't remember the sidewalk situation. But being more expensive I would definitely expect a network of sidewalks even beyond the town center.
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Old 08-21-2018, 07:30 PM
 
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B'ham isn't THAT close to the border. Blaine is closer.

B'ham is larger, than Mt. Vernon, more like a regular city.

BYOGM; bring your own gas mask (for the smoky, forest-fire weeks).
I know my wife's family use to go to Bellingham to shop, so it's close enough for an a-hole border officer to live there. Lol
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