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Moving Out .............Need Ideas

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  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: Illinois: Hive of Scum and Villany
Moving Out .............Need Ideas
Posted by Sprue-ce Goose on Sunday, February 10, 2013 11:51 AM

Due to the dramatic increase in the local cost of living and the deleterious 
impact it has had on funding my model building "habit",
I have made the decision to move out of Illinois.

While I have defined some parameters regarding likely places for
re-location, I am interested in obtaining ideas from fellow modelers about
what they believe would be useful information to consider researching prior to moving.

Obvious examples I am already contemplating are  tax rates, availability of employment and schools.

I would like to know what other conditions / information
my fellow forum members would consider and research prior to moving out of state.

Please keep in mind that the ability to order hobby items over the internet
has eliminated hobby shops from my list of requirements and forum rules
limit the type of topics that can be discussed.

I thank you for any helpful information you can provide for my decision
making process.

  • Member since
    March 2004
  • From: Spartanburg, SC
Posted by subfixer on Sunday, February 10, 2013 1:04 PM

I am retired Federal Civil Service and live in Virginia. North Carolina is just about 20 miles from me and I am sorely tempted to move there as they do not tax Federal retirement pay. North Carolina is a very progressive state and the area around Raleigh has been said to be very promising for those seeking employment as it is growing. Do a web search for NC.

I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

  • Member since
    February 2015
Posted by Bick on Sunday, February 10, 2013 4:54 PM

If you're seeking a new job, that will dictate where won't it? I retired over 13 years ago and when planning, I bought a couple of books which rated many locations by state and locality within. Included in the ratings were such things as taxes, average weather, quality of school system, housing costs, living costs etc, and crime rate. But other things can affect your choice,  ie in addition to positive ratings in all the above we wished to live within a reasonable distance from our two married daughters. The books were helpful.

  • Member since
    August 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Sunday, February 10, 2013 5:03 PM

well I live in a small small town east of muncie Indiana called Parker City taxes are lower than most co. around here there are two really good county schools around here and the pop. is around 500 or so


  • Member since
    January 2007
Posted by the doog on Sunday, February 10, 2013 5:05 PM

Jenn and I are moving on Saturday from Chapel Hill to Charlotte, due to her new job in a well-considered major hospital in downtown Charlotte. Cost of living is really reasonable--there are dozens of places to live, and everyone's running "specials' for new tenants, and it looks like a great place to be.

She had also received offers from a place on the NC coast, in Elizabeth City. We both decided against that move due to fears of coastal hurricanes, floods, and weather-related issues. It's also less "fun" to live near the ocean, as the humidity and salt in the air affect everything. I would suggest researching weather and climate issues as well.

A secondary consideration is air/environment quality. Several states have elevated levels of cancer and other diseases; some would say that it's from downwind problems from coal-fired power plants or industrial groundwater pollution. Of course, others dismiss this entirely.

We also researched traffic patterns and congestion, believe it or not, in deciding where to live in the city, and the nearness or availability of major airports---necessary for my job, natch. Good luck with your search and your  move.


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