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Old 06-27-2017, 04:05 PM
 
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I have traveled all over the US. I honestly don't like most of the country. The few places I like cost more than Chicago. So, here we are. We consider moving to Europe from time to time though.

 
Old 06-27-2017, 04:15 PM
 
Location: West Seattle
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Nope. I'm planning to stay here in Illinois for the foreseeable future.
 
Old 06-27-2017, 04:19 PM
 
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Looks like the state income tax is about to go up! That and the other political nonsense are the main reasons we are going. We just sold our home and are in a condo temporarily until Mrs retires at the end of the year. Then....we're outta here!!!
 
Old 06-27-2017, 05:05 PM
 
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States With No Income Tax: Better Or Worse To Live There? | Bankrate.com

The list is at the link, but I also would caution --

Sadly Illinois, where we have the "triple whammy" of high sales taxes, high property taxes, and a one-size-hits-all income tax is also on the "terrible 10" list.
I am from Florida originally and even though it has no income tax, it is not a cheap state by any means. Florida has above average property taxes, the highest homeowner's insurance rates, top ten auto insurance rates, above average utility rates, and the wages are much lower than you'd find in other states. Most of the larger cities have brutal traffic as well with toll roads and express lanes.

Florida also has additional taxation for newer communities to build the infrastructure there, which can double the property tax of a particular home. In some neighborhoods you'll pay $3000-4000 in CDDs on top of your normal property tax.
 
Old 06-27-2017, 05:06 PM
 
Location: All Over
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We lived in Mount Pleasant, the beach community just over the bridge from Charleston. We loved it there, moved away reluctantly for family reasons.

So no need to go as far south as FLA for beaches.
I absolutely love Mt Pleasant, Page's Okra Grill...YUM. I think it was just voted #1 place to live by some magazine or something
 
Old 06-27-2017, 05:08 PM
 
Location: All Over
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I am from Florida originally and even though it has no income tax, it is not a cheap state by any means. Florida has above average property taxes, the highest homeowner's insurance rates, top ten auto insurance rates, above average utility rates, and the wages are much lower than you'd find in other states. Most of the larger cities have brutal traffic as well with toll roads and express lanes.

Florida also has additional taxation for newer communities to build the infrastructure there, which can double the property tax of a particular home. In some neighborhoods you'll pay $3000-4000 in CDDs on top of your normal property tax.
When I look on Zillow and other sites I see houses for like 200k and 300k with property taxes under $1,000.I know those sites aren't always 100% accurate but that seems odd you say property taxes are high?
 
Old 06-27-2017, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I have traveled all over the US. I honestly don't like most of the country. The few places I like cost more than Chicago. So, here we are. We consider moving to Europe from time to time though.
I'm with Vlajos. The only other places in the US I would consider living cost more than Chicago. You would have to PAY me, a ton, to live in the south.
 
Old 06-27-2017, 05:50 PM
 
Location: The Bayou State
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I absolutely love Mt Pleasant, Page's Okra Grill...YUM. I think it was just voted #1 place to live by some magazine or something
OMG, tell me about it. The one thing we miss the most is Page's - we still talk about it. We ate there at least once, and usually a couple of times, a week. Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Their version of shrimp and grits is the most amazing thing I have ever eaten. Makes the top 3 restaurant dishes I have ever eaten, and I have eaten all over this country and the world.

I loved how casual Mt Pleasant is. We lived in a 2 BR / 2 BA apartment, just off the main drag (Johnnie Dodds) where the Trader Joe's and Whole Foods are located. At least once or twice a week, we would drive down to the beach on Isle of Palms for long walks at dusk (we were not beach people - sun worshipers - otherwise). From our apartment to the beach was under 15 mins.

Probably our favorite place we have ever lived. Doggone it, if I were to ever backtrack to a place previously lived, it would definitely be Mount Pleasant.
 
Old 06-27-2017, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN, Cincinnati, OH
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It seems like thousands of Chicago natives have moved to Nashville they love it here, they come in droves. I am not complaining Chicago women are cool.
 
Old 06-27-2017, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Sweet Home Chicago!
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It seems like thousands of Chicago natives have moved to Nashville they love it here, they come in droves. I am not complaining Chicago women are cool.
Too hot and overpriced! Nashville, not Chicago women.

Although Chicago women are hot too!
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