Skip to comments.VANITY: Recommendations on moving to Idaho or Montana... or elsewhere?
Posted on 11/10/2012 2:42:41 PM PST by Third Person
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!
The same Montana that keeps electing Democrat Senators?
Check out Boise on WIKI.
Cold as heck there as well (-40 in some areas).
Democrats win all white areas (Montana, Maine) or all black areas.
Why is that?
Make sure there’s jobs... dental floss tycoon is already taken.
Idaho has the best homeschooling legal environment in the nation, at least for now. It’s a very outdoorsy state, too.
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.
The same Montana that has a libertarian bent...to the tune of 5% of the vote.
Northern Idaho is beautiful.
I’ve looked at the Sandpoint area... any comments? Thanks!
Movin’ to Montana soon
Gonna be a dental floss tycoon
(Yes I am)
There is no place in the nation to escape tyranny now.
That explains the Democrats in the Senate and often in the Governor’s Mansion, liberaltarians love Democrats
I didn’t know!!
Moving is not an effective response to our nadtional collapse. Stay put and go Gault.
High-end swimming pool construction, service, and maintenance. A family business... the entire family is considering relocating, in stages.
A buffer would be nice... Connecticut is in the belly of the beat.
East Tennessee...great climate for gardening...and you will need food. I agree with other posters, though...there really is no place to go.
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.
Can’t help with that. Don’t know of the demand in Idaho. SE Idaho the population is only around 500k
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.
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?
A Huge indirect Mountain Tax somehow suppresses wages.
take a jacket. I live on Maui so dont need one.
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.
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.
Dallas Tx or Bakken shale area of North Dakota
Yeah. I hate the Californians that move here and want to “improve” things to be more like CA.
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.
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.
Montana has quite a few Peoples’ Republics.
Too cold up there. Come to Arizona. Yuma is awesome in the winter.
Gault = Galt
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.
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?
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.
Engineer and nursing should be able to find work anywhere. I’m a EE writing software working from home.
*ahem* Oklahoma City or one of the more affluent suburbs thereof, i.e. Edmond, Yukon, or Norman might be worth a look...
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.
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”
No. I am speaking of Chris Gault, the conservative intellectual hermit.
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.
It’s not that bad
The same Kentucky where Dems want to run Ashley Judd for the senate.
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.