Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

VANITY: Recommendations on moving to Idaho or Montana... or elsewhere?
Third Person | November 10th, 2012 | Third Person

Posted on 11/10/2012 2:42:41 PM PST by Third Person

Hi FReepers...

For the last year, my wife and I have been giving serious consideration to moving our family out west.

We are born and raised New Englanders. We're a homeschooling family that enjoys outdoor mountain activities and also the arts and sciences.

We are looking for a conservative area [low taxes, less government, personal freedom, family friendly] and were wondering if anyone out there might have some recommendations. I have focused on Idaho and Montana, but am receptive to other suggestions.

I plan on making a trip out early next year to investigate... thanks in advance to all who reply!


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Travel
KEYWORDS:
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-142 next last

1 posted on 11/10/2012 2:42:45 PM PST by Third Person
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Third Person

The same Montana that keeps electing Democrat Senators?


2 posted on 11/10/2012 2:44:52 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

Check out Boise on WIKI.


3 posted on 11/10/2012 2:45:54 PM PST by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GeronL

Cold as heck there as well (-40 in some areas).

Democrats win all white areas (Montana, Maine) or all black areas.

Why is that?


4 posted on 11/10/2012 2:46:36 PM PST by TigerClaws
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

Make sure there’s jobs... dental floss tycoon is already taken.


5 posted on 11/10/2012 2:46:39 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

Idaho has the best homeschooling legal environment in the nation, at least for now. It’s a very outdoorsy state, too.


6 posted on 11/10/2012 2:47:35 PM PST by Disambiguator (Choose wisely.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

Moved to Boise from Chicago. What line of work are you in? Not a lot of high paying jobs here. So you would have to consider that.


7 posted on 11/10/2012 2:47:57 PM PST by MarkeyD (Obama is a victim of Affirmative Action)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GeronL

The same Montana that has a libertarian bent...to the tune of 5% of the vote.


8 posted on 11/10/2012 2:48:03 PM PST by montomike (Politics should be about service and not a lucrative, money-making opportunity!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

Northern Idaho is beautiful.


9 posted on 11/10/2012 2:48:21 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: gorush

I’ve looked at the Sandpoint area... any comments? Thanks!


10 posted on 11/10/2012 2:49:43 PM PST by Third Person (I'm in my prime.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

Movin’ to Montana soon
Gonna be a dental floss tycoon
(Yes I am)


11 posted on 11/10/2012 2:50:33 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

There is no place in the nation to escape tyranny now.


12 posted on 11/10/2012 2:50:44 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: montomike

That explains the Democrats in the Senate and often in the Governor’s Mansion, liberaltarians love Democrats


13 posted on 11/10/2012 2:51:03 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

Bookmark.


14 posted on 11/10/2012 2:51:11 PM PST by SunTzuWu
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tijeras_Slim

I didn’t know!!


15 posted on 11/10/2012 2:51:44 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: gorush

Moving is not an effective response to our nadtional collapse. Stay put and go Gault.


16 posted on 11/10/2012 2:52:02 PM PST by yetidog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: MarkeyD

High-end swimming pool construction, service, and maintenance. A family business... the entire family is considering relocating, in stages.


17 posted on 11/10/2012 2:52:45 PM PST by Third Person (I'm in my prime.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Proud2BeRight

A buffer would be nice... Connecticut is in the belly of the beat.


18 posted on 11/10/2012 2:54:02 PM PST by Third Person (I'm in my prime.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

East Tennessee...great climate for gardening...and you will need food. I agree with other posters, though...there really is no place to go.


19 posted on 11/10/2012 2:54:26 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

beat=beast


20 posted on 11/10/2012 2:54:41 PM PST by Third Person (I'm in my prime.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

I built a cabin near Fernwood (near St.Maries) back in ‘72 and lived there for 6 years. I used to go to Sandpoint to ski (Schweitzer Basin) and Athol to skydive. I found the people to be very self-reliant.


21 posted on 11/10/2012 2:55:16 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

Can’t help with that. Don’t know of the demand in Idaho. SE Idaho the population is only around 500k


22 posted on 11/10/2012 2:55:52 PM PST by MarkeyD (Obama is a victim of Affirmative Action)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Cyber Liberty

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ialhaxhr7iA


23 posted on 11/10/2012 2:55:57 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

I don’t think there is a swimming pool in our county, but there also isn’t a traffic light.

Wherever you happen to land, do not start thinking how you did things better back home, and if you just changed this one way, everyone would be better off. We have it set up the way we want it, and leave it alone.


24 posted on 11/10/2012 2:56:02 PM PST by eartrumpet
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

Did anyone report news on Rush Limbaugh announcing he was moving to Costa Rica? My husband texted me from overseas and said he heard this and that I had to read his statement. I came right on here thinking I’d see it but I don’t see anything anywhere about it. LOL Now he’s sleeping and I can’t ask where he heard this...maybe it was from when he threatened to move to Costa Rica in 2010?


25 posted on 11/10/2012 2:56:31 PM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MarkeyD
"Not a lot of high paying jobs here."

A Huge indirect Mountain Tax somehow suppresses wages.

26 posted on 11/10/2012 2:56:38 PM PST by Paladin2 (.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Third Person
IDK which would be better but if I were seeking to move I would move South. They have a stronger tradition of state's rights, and experience dealing with a tyrannical federal government. Nowhere in the US can be considered an absolute sanctuary now, but some places will hold out a lot longer than others. Go South, young man.
27 posted on 11/10/2012 2:57:01 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

take a jacket. I live on Maui so dont need one.


28 posted on 11/10/2012 2:57:21 PM PST by fish hawk
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

Some years ago I spent time researching about where I would like to live if I could just get up and go, the number one place I came up with for many different reasons was, Kentucky.


29 posted on 11/10/2012 2:57:44 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Unbelievable / Believable!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

I live in the Spokane area. Whatever you do stay west of the Rockies. The snow blows off the mountains and keeps going until it hits the great lakes.

Idaho is great but they have income tax. Eastern Washington is good, no income tax, but high property tax and they tax the hell out of everything else. If you live close to the ID border you can avoid the state income tax and cross the border and avoid the stupid retail taxes. Everybody I know does.


30 posted on 11/10/2012 2:58:06 PM PST by usurper (Liberals GET OFF MY LAWN)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Noumenon; Jeff Head

Ping.


31 posted on 11/10/2012 2:58:06 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

Dallas Tx or Bakken shale area of North Dakota


32 posted on 11/10/2012 2:58:14 PM PST by reluctantwarrior (Strength and Honor, just call me Buzzkill for short......)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: eartrumpet

Yeah. I hate the Californians that move here and want to “improve” things to be more like CA.


33 posted on 11/10/2012 2:58:34 PM PST by MarkeyD (Obama is a victim of Affirmative Action)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: MarkeyD

Very interesting post. My wife and I have made the decision its time to get the hell out of here (CT). We are not an ATM for state unions. We are looking at Texas and Oklahoma if they will have us. I am an mechanical engineer and she is a registered nurse.

I came here through the Navy, assigned here as a submarine officer and married a local.... well. Now this election and 2008. I am not impressed. Its time to move to a redder state.


34 posted on 11/10/2012 2:58:37 PM PST by castlegreyskull
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

I live in Shelley, Idaho. Just outside of Idaho Falls, on the southeast side of the state. Snake river half a mile away. 3000 + - pop. I’m from Idaho and like it. Good rock collecting. Good fishing. Good hunting. GOOD NEIGHBORS. And yeah, most of them are Mormons. But the thing is, is you are a product of your environment. Good air, good outdoor recreation, good neighbors. And this state be red.


35 posted on 11/10/2012 2:59:56 PM PST by bigheadfred
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GeronL

Montana has quite a few Peoples’ Republics.


36 posted on 11/10/2012 3:00:20 PM PST by Paladin2 (.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

Too cold up there. Come to Arizona. Yuma is awesome in the winter.


37 posted on 11/10/2012 3:01:13 PM PST by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: yetidog

Gault = Galt


38 posted on 11/10/2012 3:02:03 PM PST by Laserman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

Might want to look in the Roanoke, VA suburbs. Beautiful country, nice climate, very conservative, lots of outdoor activities, some arts and sciences in Roanoke, but only a few hours from D.C., Richmond, and Charlotte for all the arts and sciences you could want. Housing and cost of living are reasonable.

Decent job opportunities - not booming, but not depressed either.


39 posted on 11/10/2012 3:02:16 PM PST by randita
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Third Person
High-end swimming pool construction, service, and maintenance. A family business... the entire family is considering relocating, in stages.

Look what's going on now in the areas that you are looking at to relocate - get onto a satellite map site and look for blue dots in backyards :>)p>Are you now installing (experienced in) high-end indoor pools?

40 posted on 11/10/2012 3:03:12 PM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Berlin_Freeper
Kentucky is known as the "Bluegrass State", a nickname based on the bluegrass found in many of its pastures because of the fertile soil. It is a land with diverse environments and abundant resources, including the world's longest cave system, Mammoth Cave National Park, the greatest length of navigable waterways and streams in the contiguous United States, and the two largest man-made lakes east of the Mississippi River.

Kentucky is also home to the highest per capita number of deer and turkey in the United States, the largest free-ranging elk herd east of Montana, and the nation's most productive coalfield. Kentucky is also known for horse racing, bourbon distilleries, automobile manufacturing, tobacco, and college basketball.

41 posted on 11/10/2012 3:03:24 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Unbelievable / Believable!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: castlegreyskull

Engineer and nursing should be able to find work anywhere. I’m a EE writing software working from home.


42 posted on 11/10/2012 3:03:57 PM PST by MarkeyD (Obama is a victim of Affirmative Action)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Third Person
"High-end swimming pool construction, service, and maintenance."

*ahem* Oklahoma City or one of the more affluent suburbs thereof, i.e. Edmond, Yukon, or Norman might be worth a look...

43 posted on 11/10/2012 3:03:57 PM PST by OKSooner ("I will bless those who bless thee, and I will curse those who curse thee.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

If you aren’t Mormon, don’t move to Idaho...you won’t fit in.

Check out Traveler’s Rest, South Carolina. The culture you want, and much better climate than the mountains of Montana.

You might also investigate Meadows of Dan, Virginia.


44 posted on 11/10/2012 3:05:26 PM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: montomike
Montana is sort of split down the middle by the Rocky Mountians, West is beautiful, lots of timber, water, some larger places like Missoula. East of the divide is called “ West Dakota” miles and miles of open space, mostly wheat farmers and ranchers. East side is cold, can get to -45-50 degrees with lots of wind. Winters are long and cold. West of mountians, weather is like Seattle, in winter lots of cloudy weather, rain snow, winter is long and not so cold. As has been mentioned, you need to bring your job with you. You cannot eat the trees,

Most of the residents are just really nice people, they believe living and let live. It is a great place to send kids to schools as most places have really good schools. Two main Universities, University of Montana in Missoula and Montana State in Bozeman.

If you like to hunt and fish this is the place.Montana has the reputation as “ The last best place” and I believe it.

I would move to Montana in a minute if I lived in one of the places back East. Montana Has a Democratic Governor and a Republican House so it makes for a lot of good arguments, but mostly the opponents end up friends.I don't know if this helps you buy your idea of going to Montana next summer.Welcome to the “ Big Sky Country”

45 posted on 11/10/2012 3:05:36 PM PST by BooBoo1000 ( Your life is like a coin, you can spend it on what ever you want, but you can only spend it once.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Laserman

No. I am speaking of Chris Gault, the conservative intellectual hermit.


46 posted on 11/10/2012 3:06:03 PM PST by yetidog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

We don’t have mountains but we do have Buttes and sweeping views... Pretty good schools, good hospitals...etc. My area is in North Central Texas about 25 miles north of Fort Worth... No Income Tax, lots of jobs in Shale gas and oil country. Wise County Texas... Semi-Rural... good people... Record voter turnout last Tuesday - 85% for Romney... Google Map Decatur TX... or Lake Bridgeport - Runaway Bay, TX... live on the lake... Need some City life - Fort Worth is not far away... Glenn Beck moved to a rich enclave in the DFW suburbs about 25 miles from here.


47 posted on 11/10/2012 3:06:15 PM PST by ICCtheWay
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Renfield

It’s not that bad


48 posted on 11/10/2012 3:06:44 PM PST by MarkeyD (Obama is a victim of Affirmative Action)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: Berlin_Freeper

The same Kentucky where Dems want to run Ashley Judd for the senate.
Yikes!!!!


49 posted on 11/10/2012 3:07:10 PM PST by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Third Person

We absolutely love the Black Hills of western South Dakota. Ultra conservative, great medical facilities, good shopping, cultural events, good airport, beautiful scenery, friendly people, no state income tax, Interstate Highway 90 (if you need to go anywhere else), some very nice restaurants (plus all the fast food places), growing economy, low unemployment rate, low crime rate. The weather is not nearly as bad as most think. We get a few days above 100 degrees in the summer and a few days below zero in the winter, definitely four seasons.

As a military brat (and wife), I’ve lived all over this country and a few other countries. This is the best.

But don’t tell anyone else.


50 posted on 11/10/2012 3:07:13 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-142 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson