Are you social ? Do you care about low temperatures ?
If neither holds, I'd try Big Delta surroundings :
Even when SHTF, it's unlikely a lot of crowds and mobs will want to flood up there and bother you.
I suspect you better be VERY self-reliant though.
I still like Northern California a lot but your "not as regulated, taxed, or communist-minded" constraint doesn't seem quite compatible with the latest trends over here :-/
Still working on / against it.
"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.
"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius
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