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Old 11-19-2006, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I am considering a move to Northern Wisconsin, not more than about an hour from the Presque Isle area, if possible. Can anyone tell me how is cost of living up there? How is the economy doing in general? Any jobs available? How are taxes? Are the folks friendly? Thanks for any input.
Cost of living can range from manageable to outrageous, depending on how far from Presque Isle you're willing to live. Much of northern Wisconsin is a playground for urban white-collar weekenders from Chicago/Milwaukee/Twin Cities and that has driven property values in certain areas through the roof. Presque Isle is in one of those areas. In a recent MLS search of Presque Isle properties for sale, the cheapest house I found for sale was a 1-bed 1-bath cottage with 750 square feet . . . and the asking price was over a hundred grand.

Property taxes in Wisconsin suck hard enough as it is; the upward pressure on property values in much of the Northwoods is not helping any.

The economy in the area you're looking at is heavily dependent on weekenders/tourism. You'll be hard-pressed to find meaningful work in the area unless you're in the hospitality industry.

Folks tend to be friendly once you get to know them but northern Midwesterners tend to be a bit insular and don't necessarily open up to strangers right away. Once people see your face around a few times, they'll start getting friendlier.

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Old 01-30-2007, 07:47 AM
 
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Default Depends on you frame of mind

It has it good points and bad points. I grew up in Eagle River and I now live in Minneapolis.

I did not enjoy growing up there - there's no entertainment, no shopping, and you have to drive a lot to get anywhere. However, now that I'm an adult, I learned that I did not appreciate the starry nights, the nature, the lack of traffic. I look back now and long for the sense of community that my family had when I was growing up. Winters are not that much worse than here in Minneapolis - they may get a little more snow - but that's good considering winter tourism depends on it. And as much as a resident might complain about the summer tourism, it's what keeps the town functioning. Now that I am a parent, and I live in the city, I have to choose from public schools that I'm not fond of or pay high tuition for private schools that only the rich can afford. I would love to have for my kids what I had - one school district with great teachers. Since there was only one school district, the rich sat next to the poor and everyone got treated the same (for the most part). In the perfect world, I'd live in Eagle River with the friendly people and close-knit
community and it would be within miles of shopping and a good job.

Oh, and in Minneapolis, our property taxes are now pretty much the same as Wisconsin's and our property prices are three times as much. I guess that's the price you pay for being able to drive past three Target's and Two McDonald in eight miles.
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