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Old February 18th, 2018, 01:58 PM   #101
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Originally Posted by senor boogie woogie View Post

My mother died last week. She has been ill and in a nursing home for about a year so this was not unexpected, but still a sad event.


I want to live in either Washington State or Oregon. Pretty much the only area in the United States I want to live, which includes Hawaii.


Third, marijuana is (for now) legal. I like marijuana. Actually I love marijuana.

Fourth and last, I want to live among mountains and forests. My parents and I travelled around western Washington State from Seattle to Mt. St. Helens and all that and I absolutely loved it.
I would like to live in a town of maybe 10,000-50,000 people, with basic stuff like a Walmart, fast food places, bars and whatnot.
I guess I am going to catch shit about my demographics choice, but where would be a good place for me? Flint Michigan might be an option.
Sorry to hear about your mother.

I live in Oregon in the Saint Helens/Warren/Scappoose area. We don't have forest fires destroying whole communities, we don't get tornadoes, no hurricanes, and we don't get hail that can break your windshield. We do have the same general amount of rain that New England gets, but we get it all in a drizzle between November and April or May. This winter has been warm, like it was 2 years ago. Temps were in the 40s and 50s until this week. We're having a cold snap right now. It went down to 34 degrees last night and we got a dusting of snow. We're supposed to get sun tomorrow and Tuesday. In 7 years here I haven't needed tire chains in the winter.

I live 4 miles outside town and I have a view of Mount Hood and a herd of about 25 to 45 elk go through our property occasionally. We even enjoy the howling of the coyote packs. The air is fresh, and now when I go back into the city (Portland) for appointments and supplies, the smell of the air drives me back home. I didn't notice it until I moved out here 7 years ago when I retired.

Marijuana is legal and you can even grow it legally. Oh, and there are zero-to-few mosquitoes here.

Michigan gets pretty cold weather and there are mosquitoes to ruin your outdoor activities.

We have a Walmart in town 4 miles from here, BTW. And the taxes aren't so bad. No sales tax. A 9% state income tax. And property taxes are limited to a 3% increase annually, and where I live they valuate property low. My house is worth about $600,000 and for tax purposes they value it at $350,000. Electric rates are low. Stipulated rates don't take into account the various taxes, fees, etc., so to compare, get a bill and divide the bill amount by the number of kWhs used for the month. In Portland that result is about 12.5/kWh. Here, since I am on a PUD the rate when calculated that way is 6.8/kWh.

A typical house of say 1500 S.F. will cost about maybe $280k - $350k but any listing service can confirm this by browsing their listings.

There is some good Mexican and Chinese food available in town, and there's a McDonalds for a 6-month junk food "fix" if you need it. A good pizza restaurant too.
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Old February 18th, 2018, 05:23 PM   #102
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If you like BRIGHT ASS SUNSHINE summers, actually Vegas or Arizona isn't bad.

Being from the Southeast, a 100 degrees is death because of the full on humidity. There, a 100 degrees is go to the swimming pool, cold beer in the shade, hot, but can walk about and do stuff. So there is a different. When it gets over 105, then the heat is real, but again, I have felt 105 with or without humidity and there is not comparison.
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