Comment: Intermountain West.

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Intermountain West.

I've read Strategic Relocation and Chuck Baldwin's articles. I'm from NY and have traveled all over the US. I can tell you that there are many things about the intermountain west (parts of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah) that are much nicer than NY, although the Adirondacks and other rural NY areas are gorgeous. Still, many folks in the mountain states retain their sense of independence/self-reliance/minding their own business.

Sure, winters are hard, but I think that they are actually easier than in the Adirondacks - less humid, at least.

Anyway, my opinion is that you might want to check out the rural areas of those above-mentioned states, especially western Montana, Northern Idaho, and southwestern Colorado, if you are able to make a living there. The forums on city-data.com are moderately informative, but there are many cranky types who don't want anyone to move to their states so they say negative things to dissuade you. Also, Places Rated website is a good sight to compare your city to any American city.

Regarding taxes, regulations etc., I doubt you will find the perfect combination. The most important thing to look for imo, is the proper mindset of your neighbors. The West is the best place for that.

Good Luck!

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