I can't tell you where to go, but I would suggest high ground. I would also suggest you stay close to your climatic comfort zone. It isn't going to do you any good if you move some place hot and you find you can't stand the heat. Stay away from the coasts. Large populations and low ground. It may be time to sit down with yourself and have a really in-depth conversation. Where do you want to be? Someplace warm? You and 1 million others. Someplace remote? Price of set up and stocking. There is no one place that is going to be perfect. Almost, but not quite. That's for you to fix and get as close as you possibly can.
Thank you definitely will keep this in mind
I've had similar thoughts over the years, about NC or SC (but never about Ohio BTW). Not knocking Ohio, I've been there, had family there, but never thought of it as a place I'd want to live. Western NC is attractive, but honestly I haven't been there in 15 years. I drove through eastern NC a few months ago, seemed very similar to NY suburbs and there are a lot of NY'ers there now. Thought about going back to East Texas, my folks had a small ranch 90 miles east of Dallas years back, but I'm sure that has changed too.
So a few years back I thought I was going to escape NY- I had sold my business here but then got hired back to help manage it. Plus my wife who is younger still had her career here and her only child from a previous marriage was local. So life happens and decisions become harder. Hopefully your path is easier.
What I did do was buy a property up in Central NY- 50 offgrid acres of woods and bears. CNY has been economically depressed for many years and real estate is dirt cheap- the last 20 acres I bought were at $825/acre. I've worked hard at creating "community" around myself and it has paid off. The "community" part is a huge part of the story. I think with the possible "frisky" times ahead it wouldn't be my choice to be the outsider from NY just moved in somewhere. My folks moved from Long Island to rural Texas and lived there for almost 30 years and made many friends. But even after all those years they were still "those NY folks who just moved in."
Thanks so much for yourresponse !
PS- Yes I still have to deal with the Safe Act and NY taxes and I have to maintain two homes,but I remain married (for me that's a good thing😁), I get paid and I take a four day weekend every other week and I'm content.
The Florida Panhandle is fantastic. Escambia county
Low taxes Florida has no income taxes
Around Pensacola Florida more then 50% of the people are from out of state, either retired military, military or moved here for the job opprotunities.
Very very low unemployment. In the last few years navy federal credit union has moved its headquarters here and when finished will add 15k jobs.
Top line health care, due to retired military and a center for sports injury treatment.
Large military bases providing a steady income for a large population of military personal not subject to recessions. Eglin air force base which just got picked for all the F 35 fighter training programs and it already has the F 22 and other assorted pilot training facilities. We get people from all over the world coming here to train the pilots or ground personal. Again providing a steady stream of income.
we have 3000 sq ft house on 40 acres of land we are 20 mins from the beach and our property taxes are only 4k a year.
Mobile Alabama has several shipyards with contracts that stretch for years for naval ship building
The greatest beaches in America white sand and emerald green water.
Strong vacation destination for the SE but strictly controlled development rules to ensure we don't turn into Miami. No high rise condo developments allowed on Pensacola beach.
A solid old fashioned southern country sensibility
A rock solid conservative sheriffs department that defends the second amendment
70% vote for trump
Great schools, Pensacola Christian academy is K thru 12 highly rated school. Non Denomination but the pledge, prayer and basic bible teachings about morality taught in school.
If you are willing to commute a half hour to work you can still get great land at reasonable prices
10 mins from city 2600sq ft house with 4 bedrooms and pool is about 350k 5 years ago you could have gotten it for 225k
All in all great choice, um but stay out of Santa Rosa county our neighboring county to much old boy bs going on there, Dominated but the old boys if you know what I mean. Sure its growing but its all about who you know.
PS. Do not go to southern Alabama. Great people but a tax and spend mentality, Outrageous taxes
Thanks so much for taking the time to write this out. I really appreciate your response
Florida is wonderful option but things are coming such as natural disasters that might imperil you. Please follow Steve Quayle for more information
We only left Ohio for personal reasons. I moved the kids and I to TN after my husband passed. Land WAS cheaper than labd in Ohio. BUT Ohio is more welcoming to 'strangers'. You can make friends very easy. Here folks are friendly but they do not make friends. God is seen everywhere here but it took a year to find a church that would smile and talk to us when we walked in. Churches here are very...dress code based. In Ohio we wore anything clean and no one said Boo. In TN I am constantly asked about my husband and Im a widow It is a good ol boy atmosphere. Ive been ignored at the feed store while they help men who come in. I have to assert myself.
There isnt a tax in TN but food costs, activities, etc are more. Jobs are hard to come by...and a "good job" is $10 an hour. I have a highly functioning autistic son. In Ohio he qualified for state insurance. In TN he is an afult and as such he does not qualify unless on disability. He works with me amd works fine with my help but because I refuse to remove his rights nor refuse to say he is disabled when he just thinks differently and is very innocent/naive it isn't an option for him. In Ohio I qualified for insurance just being a human. In TN I must be pregnant or have a child under 16(?). There are more resources for building soil, using reclaimed materials, etc in Ohio. In TN...no. They call it junk yet actual junk is ignored. (Im currently being sued for excessive vegetation and trash = my pasture and building materials (2x4s, 1x6s).
Tn has a "Safety Act" that kicks no restrictions out the window. A coucil can do whatever they want under this act.
Ohio is organic friendly, lots of natural parenting, homebirth, positive breastfeeding, supportive of CSA (they call them subscriptions in TN), farmers markets in TN are known for folks bulk buying wholesale and reselling not actually growing their own here in TN. Inwas shocked.
Summer weather in TN is like Ohio Valley; hot and muggy. No fall and no spring. Winter/Spring is rain. Folks flip out over flurries and ice as they do not have salt trucks. Stores literally empty of milk and bread at the threat. Highway shuts down to a crawl if a few.flurries show up.
Middle TN has a longer season. Like I can grow sweet potatos!! Ohio I can grow veg and have a root cellar. Here...too warm for root cellar so food is hard to store. All my root veggies rotted in only 2 months in TN. They would last until almost fall in Ohio. I am learning to garden differently here.
I would choose Ohio over TN knowing what I know now as long as you have a high tunnel with low tunnels as a 2nd layer over your veg and get a cellar or basement.
Tn does not have basements and they have a ton of tornadoes. Ohio has more tornadoes but everyone has storm shelters or basements to go to.Avoid the lakes regions. I loved living around Dayton for the free cultural opportunities for the kids(museums, free days, festivals) but thats a LOT of people too. TN isnt into outdoor activities or playdates and everything costs like crazy. Ohio is into parks, playing year round for kids and educational activities. College in TN can get 2 years free by graduating or being a nontraditional student. Colleges and churches are everywhere in TN.
Honestly, if I could move back to Ohio without extended family knowing I would. They tried to gain custody of my kids after my husband passed and my fil is in prison for life after hurting my daughters. Family supports him still.
I recommend privacy fencing in Tn. Folks are...curious. Ohio...no one cares and leaves you alone really. People shoot guns....into the air. That terrifies me. Bullets come down. However when my son collapsed and ended up in ICU and I was screaming for my daughters my neighbor came out dressed for bear as he knew I was a young widow. That was comforting.
And a pet peeve....in TN....folks look at road lines as suggestions. We have had to swerve off the road to avoid being hit multipe times. Oh...and roads are literally thinner than roads in Ohio. My big truck felt like a bull in a china shop in the beginning.
Finally....Tn has monsoon season. Tons of rain. Ohio it rains year round(heavier in spring and fall) but here it is just constant it seems and about 1/3 of my potatos rotted. :( You will need high tunnels to keep beds from washing out. I am worming to sequester water in the soil and work on grading the land.
Ohio...I can buy clean 15 and dirty dozen organically. In TN the dirty dozen are not an option as conventional prices= organic prices in Ohio.
You dont pay taxes but food and lack of fun/educational costs for a family end up being more than in Ohio.
Oh...and you will always be a Yankee. I met a lady whose mother moved to TN when she was little. They are still considered yankees...and she was born in TN.
Less people growing gardens or raising animals in TN.
Holler if you have questions. If you want TN Im selling my place. :)