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Old 11-13-2016, 01:07 AM
 
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I am in SoCal as well (Long Beach) but my parents live in Washington, one hour north of Seattle in a farm community. Every time I visit I feel sad to leave. Have you visited yet??? YOu must! It is green, clean, and has everything you need for a young growing family like yours. My suggestion: stick to the surrounding areas of Seattle (not necessarily smack dab in Seattle); possibly even a little more north in Bellingham (that is where my husband and I are looking as his company is sending out workers to that area). In SoCal there are a lot of cons but also a lot of pros. We have a hustle and bustle lifestyle; we are spoiled with options. I have so much to do with my kids here. Moving to a little town may be a bit of a shock for us, but any of the Seattle surrounding areas have plenty. Also, Seattle is near the coast and when we live so close to the beach here in SoCal we get a bit spoiled. You may want to see the water every now and then so stay west. Weather wise it will be cooler but that can also be a plus. The air smells so fresh and crisp.
Stay away from Tacoma. Try not to go South of Seattle in fact. When leaving SoCal you want to trade "up" if you know what I mean.
Definitely visit. Spend a few days driving around. Kern, Puyallup, Marysville, Lynwood, Bellingham; ck out those areas. Especially Bellingham (90 min north of Seattle). I've heard they have great healthcare jobs. It's a college town; plenty of young people and families. It's a beautiful drive there and a beautiful place to be. The train goes from my parents town to Bellingham and its absolutely breathtaking. Then my dad meets us in Bellingham, we shop for the day, and then we drive back on Chuckanut Drive, equally breathtaking. You must try it!
I live in Bham and work in healthcare. It's a beautiful place to live and raise a family, but wages at Peace Health are on the low end due to lack of competition. I'm unsure about law enforcement.
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Old 11-24-2016, 11:23 PM
 
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My advice is to move somewhere in the country where housing costs are really low: Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee. Cars and food cost more or less the same everywhere else, although gasoline can vary. If you can rent a 3 bedroom apartment in Orlando for $950, you can actually afford to eat too. I would try and cross-reference cheap housing markets with places that offer the educational programs you and your wife are planning to pursue. Lots of people are moving from NY, NJ, CT south to (Florida, Carolinas, Georgia, Texas), so don't wait too long to back your bags.
Well I will be one of those ones moving to WA from FL if I am able to do it. I am at the point where most places are getting expensive and if anything is cheap, its for a reason.. Places that cost more offer better quality of living usually.
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Old 11-25-2016, 05:19 AM
 
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My advice is to move somewhere in the country where housing costs are really low: Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee. Cars and food cost more or less the same everywhere else, although gasoline can vary. If you can rent a 3 bedroom apartment in Orlando for $950, you can actually afford to eat too. I would try and cross-reference cheap housing markets with places that offer the educational programs you and your wife are planning to pursue. Lots of people are moving from NY, NJ, CT south to (Florida, Carolinas, Georgia, Texas), so don't wait too long to back your bags.
You do realize that you are responding to a post from 2009, don't you?
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Old 11-27-2016, 10:30 AM
 
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70% percent of all Americans in all 50 states live paycheck-to-paycheck so I dont think moving to another state will be the magic bullet that will fix everything for yall.
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I know the figure is high but I thought the figure was more like 40 - 60%? Maybe it dropped because people don't have a paycheck to live from?
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