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Old 05-02-2019, 03:56 PM
 
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Hi. We are a family of four (kids aged 3 and 7) relocating from Minnesota for work. I am a SAHM and my husband will be working in Basking Ridge NJ (though he will have a lot of flexibility and will be able to work from home a lot). I am feeling like I like the towns in Pennsylvania better than NJ. They fit better to what we are used to here in MN. I am looking for a true suburban town with good schools and affordable homes. Our budget is around 400K. Just from online the homes and areas around Parkland School District and Nazareth School District seem to stand out to me. What are some areas with youth activities (daughter does All Star Cheer) and good PreK programs? Are there any more that would be a good fit? Will the commute be unbearable? It just seems like you get more house for your money, better schools, and lower taxes in Lehigh Valley than NJ. Also, diversity is important as well. Thank you for any input you may have.
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Old 05-03-2019, 04:17 AM
 
Location: Nazareth, PA
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As someone who is in his 60's and has spent about half my life in each place, you are 100% correct about getting more and paying less in this area. It's why there are SO many people here from NY and NJ, increasingly so all the time, and especially since folks in those places can't write off all of their ridiculous property taxes.

If you look at some of the cost of living "best/worst" lists in Kiplinger Personal Finance, Money Magazine, etc PA is always near the top (especially in the northeast, along with Delaware) and NJ is always near the bottom. Then you factor in the stress, schools, crime, pollution, densely packed population, traffic, lack of open spaces, etc and this area is a slam-dunk to me.

Study the other threads here (there are plenty of recent ones), use Moderator cut: link removed, competitor site and most importantly spend as much time as possible in these areas to make your decision. It's an important one.

Welcome :-)

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Old 05-03-2019, 06:33 AM
 
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I used to make that same commute daily for years. From the PA border on 78 to 287 is about 30 miles. That can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic (78 backs up by 287) and accidents. I wou;d ballpark around 45 minutes, during commuting times, because there are some back roads that you can take when 78 is jammed.

Given that, I think the Nazareth School District has pretty much everything that you are looking for and it's the closest suburban school district to NJ.

According to US News, Nazareth was ranked as the best High School in the Lehigh Valley as well.
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Old 05-03-2019, 01:50 PM
 
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Thank you both for your replies and help. Nazareth SD is definitely at the top of our list (factoring in distance).
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