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#4406560 - 05/16/17 08:27 PM Affordable place to move? Young family
TheKracken Offline


Registered: 04/18/17
Posts: 515
Loc: Fort Worth TX
Wife and I currently live in Seattle (from California and hate it there...).
We love Seattle but it is just way too expensive here for us to raise a family. We are planning to move away from Seattle to somewhere more affordable to raise our soon to be here baby girl smile

We are thinking about:
Minnesota (Minneapolis, Duluth areas?)
Maybe somewhere like Idaho or Utah???

We hate the dry California heat and love seasons. It needs to be affordable and have jobs available.
Only drawback about Minnesota is the RUST....I love my cars too much for that!

Ideas please!
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#4406561 - 05/16/17 08:28 PM Re: Affordable place to move? Young family [Re: TheKracken]
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Registered: 02/19/13
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What do the two of you do for a living?
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#4406564 - 05/16/17 08:32 PM Re: Affordable place to move? Young family [Re: TheKracken]
Nick R Offline


Registered: 07/14/09
Posts: 11193
Loc: Albany, NY
Albany NY, or the Capital District in general. No, stop laughing, seriously. We have 4 seasons, the job market here is quite strong, it's a pretty affordable place to live, and you are an easy drive to Montreal, NYC, or Boston, if you are so inclined for a weekend getaway. I love living here. Lots of stuff to do here, if you are the outdoorsy type. Hiking and skiing in the Adirondacks, lots of lakes for fishing or boating, lots of great public schools (especially Ballston Spa, and Shenandehowa), and lots of good colleges for down the road. Lots of street and music festivals during the warmer months too if you are into that sort of thing.


Edited by Nick R (05/16/17 08:36 PM)
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#4406568 - 05/16/17 08:37 PM Re: Affordable place to move? Young family [Re: Nick R]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10341
Loc: OH
Originally Posted By: Nick R
Albany NY, or the Capital Region in general.


Oh lord, stop punishing the guy, he hasn't done anything wrong. Maybe send prisoners there from the overcrowded joints. Don't forget the sky high taxes there.


Edited by SatinSilver (05/16/17 08:38 PM)

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#4406570 - 05/16/17 08:37 PM Re: Affordable place to move? Young family [Re: TheKracken]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20566
Loc: Upstate NY
There are guides that list the cost of living in various areas of the country.

Do you enjoy the ocean?

You need to consider job availability. At least one of you (husband) needs to be able to find a job quickly.

Forget the northeast. Taxes, especially property taxes extremely high.
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#4406571 - 05/16/17 08:39 PM Re: Affordable place to move? Young family [Re: TheKracken]
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Registered: 08/22/04
Posts: 1437
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
Come to Texas! Most everyone else is...lot's of jobs, no rust, affordable living.
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#4406572 - 05/16/17 08:39 PM Re: Affordable place to move? Young family [Re: Donald]
Nick R Offline


Registered: 07/14/09
Posts: 11193
Loc: Albany, NY
Originally Posted By: Donald
There are guides that list the cost of living in various areas of the country.

Do you enjoy the ocean?

You need to consider job availability. At least one of you (husband) needs to be able to find a job quickly.

Forget the northeast. Taxes, especially property taxes extremely high.


Taxes are relatively high but that just means average pay is higher. And that's why I mentioned the Capital District, because the job market here is very strong, and unemployment is low (4-4.6%)

Not to mention he said they love Seattle, the Northeast will feel a lot more like home than the middle of nowhere in the midwest.
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#4406579 - 05/16/17 08:48 PM Re: Affordable place to move? Young family [Re: TheKracken]
WillsYoda Offline


Registered: 10/17/15
Posts: 471
Loc: MN
There is no better place on earth to raise a family than in Duluth (if the cold does not scare you off). There are so many family and kids' programs throughout the year in a million different things. There is more park space per capita than in any other city its size. The top three employers are tourism, colleges, and hospitals. It gets many tourists (more than any other place within hundreds of miles) due to its natural beauty and things to do. It is on a hill overlooking Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes. Most houses have a great view of the lake and are near parks that are acres and acres in size. It has one of the lowest crime rates in the US. Almost no one owns A/C because the summers are so mild. The public schools are what Garrison Keillor called well "above average." The college dorms are filled all summer with retirees from FL, AZ, etc. Lots of camping, boating, fishing, biking, climbing, etc. There are a number of ski hills in the area (a few have more than a mile run). Most kids can ski and skate (there are plenty of non-profits in Duluth that teach these skills to kids). And the cost of living is very low.

Minneapolis is nice too, but it is more expensive and "big-city."

http://www.outsideinduluth.com/5-ways-to-find-cool-things-to-do-with-kids-in-duluth/
http://www.midwestliving.com/blog/travel/top-10-things-to-do-with-kids-duluth/
https://www.duluthwaterpark.com/local-attractions/

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#4406580 - 05/16/17 08:51 PM Re: Affordable place to move? Young family [Re: TheKracken]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21363
Loc: Orlando, FL
Tallahassee or Gainesville, FL

What's your career field(s) for the both of you ?



Edited by Mr Nice (05/16/17 09:02 PM)
Edit Reason: career field(s) ?

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#4406584 - 05/16/17 08:53 PM Re: Affordable place to move? Young family [Re: TheKracken]
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Registered: 03/04/17
Posts: 4648
Loc: Soviet State of Washington
Seattle is very expensive right now and getting more so. Texas has a good jobs market right now, depending on your careers. Idaho is nice but limited in opportunities unless you are highly wanted.

Have you considered east of the mountains in WA or OR? Tri-Cities comes to mind. Lots of choices, just depends on your priorities.
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#4406588 - 05/16/17 09:01 PM Re: Affordable place to move? Young family [Re: TheKracken]
nyumski Offline


Registered: 05/14/15
Posts: 229
Loc: Indonesia
wow a nice thread u made.

i just wanted to ask same question for affordable living in America. the reason is i got job in Texas next year but i still have 2 other choices of city. one is California and the other is New York.

which one is good for living and having also raise a family? FYI i am taken and planning to marry my girl in America laugh

also i have interest in automotive and do frequent roadtrip. i just think Texas is affordable but i still need some suggestion here laugh


Edited by nyumski (05/16/17 09:02 PM)
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#4406589 - 05/16/17 09:01 PM Re: Affordable place to move? Young family [Re: TheKracken]
Bronco1 Offline


Registered: 01/06/17
Posts: 137
Loc: Colorado
Colorado is great. We retired here from socal. However, what type of work do you guys do? What kind of activities does your family enjoy? What kind of housing budget are you working with? Do you want big city, suburb, small town or rural? Sperling's best places is a great website to compare cities and help you narrow it down. I live in a small mountain town up the pass from Colorado Springs. 4 seasons, lots of sunshine, 15 minutes from the nearest fishing hole, tons of hiking trails, etc.. if you can provide some more info, we can help you more effectively.

Good luck!
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#4406595 - 05/16/17 09:19 PM Re: Affordable place to move? Young family [Re: Nick R]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20566
Loc: Upstate NY
Originally Posted By: Nick R
Albany NY, or the Capital District in general. No, stop laughing, seriously. We have 4 seasons, the job market here is quite strong, it's a pretty affordable place to live, and you are an easy drive to Montreal, NYC, or Boston, if you are so inclined for a weekend getaway. I love living here. Lots of stuff to do here, if you are the outdoorsy type. Hiking and skiing in the Adirondacks, lots of lakes for fishing or boating, lots of great public schools (especially Ballston Spa, and Shenandehowa), and lots of good colleges for down the road. Lots of street and music festivals during the warmer months too if you are into that sort of thing.


I live 20 min east of Albany. My combined property and school taxes are out of the universe, then high income and sales tax. We are moving when we retire.

The territory within driving distance have beautiful areas to hike or camp. But the taxes are a killer.
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#4406601 - 05/16/17 09:32 PM Re: Affordable place to move? Young family [Re: Nick R]
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Registered: 01/14/11
Posts: 2742
Loc: PV Az
Originally Posted By: Nick R
Albany NY, or the Capital District in general. No, stop laughing, seriously.


He said no underbody rust....
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#4406607 - 05/16/17 09:43 PM Re: Affordable place to move? Young family [Re: TheKracken]
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Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 9117
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I think its good to be within a couple hours of a big city, but live in or near a smaller city.
Some place like Duluth or a bit smaller.
I think I'd pick somewhere along the Appalachians, maybe somewhere uphill near Asheville, NC would get a decent winter, or atleast you could drive to an area with winter easily?
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