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Old 01-05-2019, 11:44 AM
 
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I live in Maryland with my wife and 6yo daughter, and another baby on the way. We don't know exactly what state we want to move to yet, but she mentioned Kentucky once before. We want country living. I work at a school as a custodian, and she takes care of the elderly at their home. I'm wondering how the job market in Kentucky is. The quality of schools, and such? Together we make about $50,000 a year here in Maryland. Is there any parts of Kentucky to avoid? I've never been myself, but I hear it's nice.
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Old 01-05-2019, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Eastern Kentucky Proud
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Country living?...that covers most of Kentucky, although I'm partial to Eastern/South Eastern Kentucky.
If you intend to stay in your present occupation it shouldn't be an issue any where in Kentucky as well.
Quality of schools in the State vary from some of the best to some of...something less than the best.
Parts to avoid...I won't get into that but, I'm sure someone else will. Like I said, I'm partial to Eastern/South Eastern Kentucky.
I think, London, Williamsburg, Somerset area might suit your needs. Maybe even farther west to maybe Glasgow.

But, what ever you decide...Good Luck!!
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Old 01-05-2019, 04:03 PM
 
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Thank you.
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Old 01-05-2019, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
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Hi! Welcome to the Kentucky forum here at City Data.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ri1sUrPux8o



If you are looking for country living you picked the right spot.
I think that you and your wife would probably be able to find work at most towns/areas of the state.
How big of a town or city are you most comfortable with?
Lots of towns in Kentucky have sort of a Mayberry feel about them, and some are even more rural than that.
Then you have some smaller cities and suburb areas.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I41nFEhzNfg
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Old 01-05-2019, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Erie, PA
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I live in Maryland with my wife and 6yo daughter, and another baby on the way. We don't know exactly what state we want to move to yet, but she mentioned Kentucky once before. We want country living. I work at a school as a custodian, and she takes care of the elderly at their home. I'm wondering how the job market in Kentucky is. The quality of schools, and such? Together we make about $50,000 a year here in Maryland. Is there any parts of Kentucky to avoid? I've never been myself, but I hear it's nice.
I lived in KY for several years, in different parts and it's a pretty nice state.

There are plenty of rural areas, some of them not too far from large/largish cities.

The job market varies by city but it's overall not too bad; quality of schools also varies by area.

$50K is ample for most parts of KY and will take you further there than in most states.

Parts of KY to avoid? That would mostly depend I guess on your wants/dislikes.

Are you looking for mountainous areas/college towns/etc.? Rent/Own?

I personally liked Owensboro area but there were some others:

Eddyville is smaller but is right by the gorgeous Land Between the Lakes in SW Kentucky.

Glasgow, KY is a smaller city with some lovely scenery & caves to explore but only about 25 minutes from the larger Bowling Green, KY in SW Kentucky.

Morehead, KY is a university town in eastern KY that isn't too far from Lexington and is in a hilly/mountainous area.

London, KY is in SE Kentucky and near the Daniel Boone national forest.

I also like Louisville & Bowling Green but that doesn't fit your criteria of rural living
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Old 01-19-2019, 11:05 AM
 
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I don't think my wife and I would be making 50k if we moved. That wouldnt be realistic. I understand when you make a move away from the nation's capital jobs pay less. But housing is cheaper, and life goes slower. Not as much of a rat race. We want to have a homestead, chickens, goats, hogs. I want to be able to hunt on my property. I want country living.
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Old 01-21-2019, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
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You probably wouldn't make as much money, but cost of living is so much lower, that it often pans out to the same or better...there are some websites that give you tools to compare the cost of living of different areas for people thinking about relocating....I am just not sure if they would include small towns/rural areas.


https://www.google.com/search?client...ing+calculator
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Old 01-24-2019, 07:25 AM
 
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Yea. I wouldnt be opposed to a job change if it meant more money. My parents left MD for WV and they live in a cheaper house, making 2 times more money. They got jobs at Trex, and Proctor & Gamble making like 30+ dollars an hour. I could go for that.
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Old 01-24-2019, 09:15 AM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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I'm in Mayfield, in western Kentucky. Your wife wouldn't have any trouble taking care of the elderly in this part of the state.There is a chicken processing plant north of town where starting pay is around $15/hr. If you wanted to get closer to the Kentucky Lake/Lake Barkley/Land Between the Lakes area, and could learn welding, there is a plant that builds flatbed trailers outside Cadiz that pays good. I know there are other places to work in western Kentucky that pay good but don't know of all of them.
My step daughter and son in law bought a house and 14 acres south of Cadiz, about 10 miles or so from Lake Barkley. They've seen quite a few deer and turkey on their wooded land. Around the lakes would be a good area for your homestead, but the problem is the closer you get to the water the higher the price of the land.
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Old 01-30-2019, 06:53 PM
 
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I live in Maryland with my wife and 6yo daughter, and another baby on the way. We don't know exactly what state we want to move to yet, but she mentioned Kentucky once before. We want country living. I work at a school as a custodian, and she takes care of the elderly at their home. I'm wondering how the job market in Kentucky is. The quality of schools, and such? Together we make about $50,000 a year here in Maryland. Is there any parts of Kentucky to avoid? I've never been myself, but I hear it's nice.
KY is a great state but the schools are very poor.

You are going to want to live in the bluegrass region close to Louisville or Lexington.

The best school district in the state is in Oldham Co. If that area is too pricey, consider Shelby or Bullit County. Scott may also be an option.

Statistically speaking, the other school districts simply cannot be defended.
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