Originally Posted by COWBOYJOE
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.