(Closed) Top Ten States for best quality of life

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@skippydarling:  Ha sorry, I responded before I read your edit. Do you need pics of my apartment to provide details? It’s not super expensive- we just shopped around and knew what we wanted (central AC, outdoor space, private elevator, etc.) Unfortunately, we’re currently undergoing a reno on the facade of the building so the profile looks not so stellar (scaffolding and re-pointing is making a mess on the porch) but I’m happy to send a pic in the AM if you don’t believe me… although the apt is not particularly exciting by suburban standards (under 1000sqft internal space)

Post # 125
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I live in Minnesota.. born and raised. I personally love it here. The thing about the midwest is it’s all very outdoorsy. I mean there’s the bigger cities… But that’s not what I enjoy about MN. I love the lakes. I love the different seasons, though I’m not very fond of winter… I’m also in no interest of sweating my tatas off either. I love the fall weather so I’m TOTALLY loving MN right now since fall weather is coming in. I think it takes certain people to enjoy places in the midwest because a lot of the greatness comes from the outdoors. Though prices of things out here are very decent.. The cost of living in MN is a lot nicer on the pocketbook then a lot of other places.. I have no desire to be down south in the Arizona dry heat, or the humidity of Georgia ick. I have no desire to be in NY or NJ because I don’t enjoy the city lifestyle of bars and clubs and no green grass or scenery. California I find to be interesting because I do love the beach get away, and there is northern Cali for some forest and greenery… Washington all I can picture is rain because that seems to be what everyone talks about when talking about Washington.

My Fiance and I were really considering moving somewhere. Now that I am pregnant with a suprise baby, we have suddenly really changed our mind. Part of that having to do with the fact that our family is here, but trying to figure out what we would do elsewhere. I have to say I love Minnesota.

Post # 126
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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@gpsp2B:  I miss the midwestern autumn.  Trees full of orange, reds and yellows.  The brisk air in the morning, and that first snow. 

Post # 127
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I grew up in New Husband and as such am very fond of it, though I am not sure I would move back. If you are looking to really slow down your pace, I’d recommend it, but I’d suggest the Seacoast area over other parts. I really love Portsmouth especially. The further inland you go, the less there is to do, both for work and play. But the Seacoast and the greater Manchester area are relatively easy commutes to Boston, which means a much wider selection of job prospects.

Two major advantages of New Husband are no sales tax and no state income tax, though property taxes are very high to compensate. And there are a bunch of weird and strident libertarians in many towns, since a ton of them moved there several years ago because they thought it would be an easy state to get a major foothold in. I am generally accepting of most political views but some of them are really out there, the “Free State Project” people especially.

Post # 128
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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@beekiss:  AMEN sista! Fall is my favorite!

Post # 129
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@bkrocks13:  do you mind saying how much this apt costs?

Post # 130
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@Atalanta: $2950 monthly rent (we’re a bit under market.)  It originally listed in 08 for 995,000 and would probably get about 800k if it hit market today for a variety of legal reasons I won’t get into, we’re hoping to make a 650-675 offer on it within the coming months.

Discussing real-estate pricing is a common topic in NYC, I’m totally not ever offended by people asking ha

 

Post # 131
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m from Vermont. I’d say that the quality of life is 2nd in the country only in the areas where people have good income. There are a lot of parts of the state where it is hard to get by, and people struggle and drive long distances (1+ hours) to get to a decent job. This includes where I live, and I drive an hour to work, one way.

Still, it’s fabulously beautiful there, and while I struggle financially, at least my SO makes a decent income! It is worth it to live where I do, though sometimes the money/job problems really stress me out.

Post # 132
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@skippydarling:  I live in MN- in St. Paul.  I love it.  Parks, we live right by the river, we have lots of lakes.  We have Mall of America if you like shopping 🙂

Good food- COLD WINTERS- which I actually like- all you need is a good jacket!  But they can seem a little long sometimes!

IMO, there’s enough “city” if you want that, but we have cool areas/neighborhoods- that are close to things, but you don’t necessaily feel like it.  

Post # 133
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Go OR! 😉

Post # 134
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Honey bee

Haven’t lived in any of those states, but I have visited Oregon and Washington. They are nice, but the Pacific Northwest is a little too wet/rainy for my liking. 

I live in Colorado which has over 300 sunny days a year, an excellent, affordable cost of living and lots of outdoor activities (hiking, fishing, biking, skiing, etc). It’s not a fast paced lifestyle, but lots of things are going on. 

Post # 135
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@skippydarling:  I moved from living on Wall street to moving to Portland, I loved it!  I moved to MI after 5 1/2 years to be with my now husband and I dream of Portland.   There’s a reason people either never leave or keep coming back!

Post # 136
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Blushing bee

I’m from Maui and was born and raised here. I agree with the other post about the tension between locals and those from the mainland. I consider myself local, but I’m not Asian or Pacific Islander and have been called “haole” before.

I like some aspects of living here (weather, local foods, feeling of community among locals, friendly people, slower pace), but financially it’s very challenging. We live in an extended family household like many families here and it would take a long time to save for our own home since housing is super expensive here. I know many people working multiple jobs and others that would have more than one if they could find one.

I don’t feel like I have good quality of life right now. I’m living paycheck to paycheck and can’t find a job in my career so I’m working a retail job. My SO and I live with family because we can’t afford to rent our own place. We are putting off getting engaged and married due to finances. It will be several years before we could be in a financial position to buy a home.

It’s a beautiful place to live, but it’s hard to get by unless you are well off or have family to help you financially. Most of my friends who are close to my age are still living with their families or working several jobs to pay rent. The few lucky enough to own their own homes had family help them pay for it.

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