Jack Edmondson wrote:I made my decision to move back to TX from the Pacific Northwest for three reasons that I think everyone should factor into a decision. The first was the ability to grow fresh food for most of the year. The second was a support network. Finally, available affordable land.
Texas has a year round growing season across most of the state. I can grow winter crops even in the coldest part of the year.
I had family and friends still here; although I had been away for almost two decades. People are important. Survival without loved ones, is hardly survival at all. Who is important in your life and where are they?
Finally, the West Coast has priced itself out of many peoples ability to purchase or finance (without a 'city' job.) Much of the East Coast is the same.
There are other factors, such as Medical facilities, job market, quality of life activities, etc... I feel most of these are second tier factors that help hone in on an area rather than drive a search.
John F Dean wrote:NW Georgia is an attractive area.
In my first attempt, I went by price, water, access to larger communities, and privacy.
In my second location I gave attention to privacy, employment, climate, neighbors, house, soil, hospitals, transportation, and all of the above.
Anne Pratt wrote:I lived in nearby Massachusetts in a small city, and moved to rural Vermont. I think the most important factors are (1) proximity to family/loved ones/support network, (2) cost of living (weighed alongside your ambitions toward frugality, intent to grow your own food, and such), (3) climate, soil, privacy, and some less tangibles like the political climate.
My state has a high cost of living, a brutal climate, rocky but otherwise pretty good soil, and great communities. But, I have always loved Vermont. We vacationed here when I was a child, and I brought mine to vacation here in more recent years. It feels like home.
Cristi Moscoso wrote:
I'm curious. How close are you to your family? Like down the street? Or a couple of hours?