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Old 08-21-2011, 07:42 AM
 
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the summer has been great here- not too hot

i like rain

i hate how they drive here though and i find liberals dull
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Old 08-21-2011, 06:46 PM
 
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the summer has been great here- not too hot

i like rain

i hate how they drive here though and i find liberals dull
Judging from that post, I suspect you're having difficulty keeping up.
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:31 PM
 
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the summer has been great here- not too hot

i like rain

i hate how they drive here though and i find liberals dull
I love the rain also. I am comfortable with daily temps from 55-65.
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:33 PM
 
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Alot of you I noticed are searching for info about Bellingham, and being a lifetime resident of Bellingham I will fill you in. My wife is 27 and I am 31. Bellingham was a nice little town. A skilled trade worker could make $12-$15/hr maybe more and median price homes were in the $140K range. A few years ago some dumb retirement magazine named Bellingham #2 in the nation to retire in. As you can imagine they came in groves from California, Arizona, Florida, and more. Some of them not the best quality of people either. Real Estate prices went thru the roof, and are still horribly high, averaging around $470,000 currently for the homes listed for sale. Very few jobs here are capable of supporting such a mortgage, it's said that 90% of the working families here can't afford a home. There are so many availiable jobs here for that reason, alot of the workers packed up and left because there is pretty much no hope here. The anti-growth attitude of our local government caused a massive price increase of real estate and cost of living. This inflated cost of living is passed down to everyone. We pay more for gas, food, homes, and property taxes, but the worst is that the jobs don't pay anymore than 5 years ago. A co-worker of mine built his own home on the lake in the 80's, cost him about $85K and they paid it off in the 90's. In 2006 it was assessed at $680,000, making his property taxes approx $780 a month on a home he built himself and owns outright! My wife is a Biology teacher with a Master's and I am a jouneyman union structural steel worker, and together we are looking at maybe being able to afford a home if we can get a deal on the lot and build it ourselves. Most of the working people here are stuck in apartments or, like us, living with relatives waiting for this hell to end. Last week some old bag in a big BMW backed into my car in the parking lot and ran, gotta love it. The police won't even do anything and my insurance either has to cover it, or we leave our car with a big dent in it. There's nothing to do here for fun and we have a high crime rate, almost 2x the average. Our police are worthless. Your car gets stolen, too bad. House gets burglarized, too bad. Doing 5 over, you're getting a ticket. I have family here that need us to be here, so I am stuck here unfortunately. Those of you looking to relocate, look carefully. Weigh availialble jobs and average pay with cost of homes, and choose a state that HAS an income tax. Go where everyone else, isn't. Remember our economy goes by "demand and supply". Retiree's are flocking to WA to avoid income tax which is really dumb because we have a nasty 8.5%+ sales tax, almost .50 of gas tax, and some nasty and still rising property taxes. Our medical services are overrun, everyone is short on nurses and doctors, yet doctors can do much better elseware so it doesn't improve. I don't even bother to go to the doctor anymore even with full benefits, by the time I can get an appointment whatever was wrong is gone or maybe one day I'll be dead. Most anywhere in the state will be better than Bellingham. In Seattle/Tacoma/Olypia you have a little bit higher prices but alot more potential for income and certainly alot more to do. The next few years will be very interesting, with so many people moving here to retire, it's creating alot of needs and less business/workers and industry to pay for it.
Anyway sorry to be so negative but in the last 5-6 years it's really gone in the toilet here, unless you're some Millionaire real estate land maggot.
Sounds like the San Francisco Bay area in California.
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Old 08-23-2011, 04:22 AM
 
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i guess it is worse here than i thought and truly a disgusting town
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:17 AM
 
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i guess it is worse here than i thought and truly a disgusting town
LOL Yeah real hell on earth it is.
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:18 AM
 
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i guess it is worse here than i thought and truly a disgusting town
I will stick to the more rural areas like Whatcom Co.
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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I've been here for a few weeks now, and so far the cost of living seems only slightly higher than in middle TN, where I moved from. Gas is a little higher, but here I don't need a car so I'm actually saving a little money. Food in restaurants seems a little higher, but food from the grocery store is about the same (sometimes cheaper). I know houses cost more, but I'm renting and rent is similar as well. It's too early for me to compare utilities, but the only one I'm having to pay for is electricity, and there's no AC to run in the summer, and winter temperatures are milder. So I'm hoping that bill will be the same or less than TN. Per capita income is slightly less here in Bellingham than in my home town, but there are also a higher percentage of college students, which may bring that number down slightly. Also, the crime rate is lower here. One of the first things I noticed here was the rarity of police sirens. In my old town, I'd hear them at least four or five times every day, and some days it seemed like they never stopped. People here also seem nicer and happier in general.
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Old 08-23-2011, 12:30 PM
 
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I've been here for a few weeks now, and so far the cost of living seems only slightly higher than in middle TN, where I moved from. Gas is a little higher, but here I don't need a car so I'm actually saving a little money. Food in restaurants seems a little higher, but food from the grocery store is about the same (sometimes cheaper). I know houses cost more, but I'm renting and rent is similar as well. It's too early for me to compare utilities, but the only one I'm having to pay for is electricity, and there's no AC to run in the summer, and winter temperatures are milder. So I'm hoping that bill will be the same or less than TN. Per capita income is slightly less here in Bellingham than in my home town, but there are also a higher percentage of college students, which may bring that number down slightly. Also, the crime rate is lower here. One of the first things I noticed here was the rarity of police sirens. In my old town, I'd hear them at least four or five times every day, and some days it seemed like they never stopped. People here also seem nicer and happier in general.
Welcome to the Ham.

As a newbie, you must be learn the lyrics to the following Bellingham State of Mind.. lol


Bellingham State of Mind - YouTube
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Old 08-23-2011, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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I saw that video long before I moved here. It just made me want to move even more.
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