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Old 02-12-2007, 12:41 AM
 
Location: Roswell, New Mexico
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I've spent several months looking at places to move and finally picked one
.....but I have a few concerns about it and I am just snooping around for other areas to compare it to.

I chose Floyd, VA.....but the taxes and government intrusion there scare me a little, otherwise it meets all of my requirements.

I don't know much about Washington, but Bellingham sounds kinda nice.
Anyone on these forums familiar with it?

looking for:
*low cost of living
*small government, mostly conservative.....with LOW TAXES. I'm wanting to make my next move permanent.
*low crime rate
*gun friendly
*pet friendly
*pretty scenery, with low cost acreage available near WATER...MILD climate....not extreme either way
.....I do like to play in snow occasionally and prefer rolling foothills near mountains.
I also like hunting, kayaking and rock climbing.
*rural, yet vibrant community with artists, artisans, self-reliant homesteader types and musicians
....within a 30 min. drive of a larger community (30k to 150k people) for business/shopping purposes
*access to organic produce, meat and raw goat's milk
*no big box stores or blacktop jungles. I like a town with some character, slow pace of life and interesting architecture.
*a decent hardware store and a nice restaurant or two.
*NOT a dry county, I like wine with dinner.

Choices so far have been:
#1 Floyd or Boones Mill, VA
#2 Townsend, Tullahoma, or Johnson City, TN
#3 Mountain Home or outskirts of Fort Smith or Fayetteville, AR
#4 Corvallis, Coos Bay, Roseburg, Astoria, Seaside or La Pine, OR
#5 Florence, Rock City, Gadsden or Mentone, Alabama
#6 Coeur D'Alene, Idaho
#7 Poteau, OK

#8 Washington?.....Bremerton, Bellingham, Wenatchee?....

Any other recommendations would be welcome.
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Old 02-13-2007, 11:00 PM
 
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I am relocating from Las Vegas and spent a long time researching where to move... I am purchasing a home in Bellingham. Cost of living is comparable to Vegas, which means it is above average, taxes are high and the the government and people are definitely not conservative. However, most of your other needs will be met. Vancouver and Seattle are not too far, but traffic is bad getting there. Most of what you need you can find in Bellingham... great farmers market, and an emphasis on supporting the local economy. If you are conservative, Oregon Washington may not be the best states for you.
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Old 02-14-2007, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Roswell, New Mexico
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I am relocating from Las Vegas and spent a long time researching where to move... I am purchasing a home in Bellingham. Cost of living is comparable to Vegas, which means it is above average, taxes are high and the the government and people are definitely not conservative. However, most of your other needs will be met. Vancouver and Seattle are not too far, but traffic is bad getting there. Most of what you need you can find in Bellingham... great farmers market, and an emphasis on supporting the local economy. If you are conservative, Oregon Washington may not be the best states for you.
I've heard that the metro areas are that way, but the rural areas are not.

Either way.....I like them both.....but the tax thing, and distance from relatives keep them from being decisive winners in my little contest here. I just didn't want to pass up something special by completely discounting them.
Thank you for your input.
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