All 4 seasons

  1. In replying to another thread a few minutes ago, I realized you folks would be a great source of information.

    I'm currently living in Houston and really want to move after grad. The trouble is, I dunno where! I just know I need the change.

    Here's my criteria:
    *City size must not be "metropolis" (i.e. metro area 1millon pop or higher) but I'm not sure how small would be "too small" though.

    *Must have 4 distinct seasons (unlike Houston) but have winters low in snowfall. At 37 (by grad) I think learning to live in snow would be really tough, but maybe I'm off on that. I can take the cold, just not the snow.

    *Must be in or very near mountains - I have always loved the mountains when I've visted and swore if I ever left Houston, I'd live where I could see (and easily visit) mountains.

    *Must have a reasonable cost of living when compared to nursing salaries for the area so I could afford to live there. (I think we all want this so its kinda a given but I figured I'd state it "for the record" as I've already ruled out Santa Fe, NM because of the CoL.)

    * A local BSN program would be a bonus but not 100% necessary.

    * No state income tax - again, not 100% necessary but I live in one of the few states without one and don't like the idea of suddenly having to pay more income tax than I already do.

    I know, its a tall order to fill but I'm betting some of you live in such a place as I desire and wouldn't mind bragging about it.

    This far my list includes -
    Spokane, WA

    Kennewick, WA

    Yakima, WA

    Grand Junction, CO

    Albuquerque/Rio Rancho, NM

    Las Vegas, NV (I know, it doesn't fit the "seasons" criteria but, c'mon, its Vegas! )

    Los Alamos, NM - this city made the list only because I have a prof that thinks this is THE place to live and talks about it a lot. I've not been able to find hard numbers about nursing salaries or cost of living for the area.

    Reno/Sparks/Carson City, NV - just barely made the list due to the Cost of Living

    Asheville, NC - again, barely made the list due to Cost of Living

    CA was skipped altogether due to its ban on ferrets. If my three kiddos can't go, I'm not either.

    I would especially love to hear from folks in the "other moutains", the Appalacians, as I seem to have concentrated my serach in the Rockies region.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. 46 Comments

  3. by   at your cervix
    How about Idaho?????? I love it here!!! Meets most of your criteria. There is state income tax and some snow, but you could probably learn to love the snow, if you take up skiing or snowmobiling!!! You should think about it!
  4. by   NurseDianne
    OKAy.......your forgetting the south........really we do have 4 seasons! How about Valdosta Georgia?

    4 hours from the mountains....of north Georgia.......or another 90 mins to the Smokies....beautiful
    2 hours from the beach
    4-5 hours from disney world
    4 seasons........we've hit 18 degree's this winter and NO snow! Hasn't snowed in 13 years!
    Nice size medical center to offer for jobs..........or smaller hospitals within 35-40 miles........(5 to be exact)
    I actually live 30 miles away from there and chose to work at the rural hospital.......
    Valdosta State Univ. has a BSN program, or Thomasville College has the BSN to NP program.
    ABAC is only 35 miles away offers college for all, some BSN classes to transfer.
    Wild Adventures Theme Park
    Hmmmmmm.......what else?
    Oh we do have state taxes..........but not bad
    The cost of living is good. We probably don't make what the yanks nurses in south make top dollar for the area......can live high.

    That's my spill
  5. by   NurseDianne
    I forgot to add.........Moody Air Base.....for jobs......for men..........LOL..........
  6. by   delirium
    I live in Maryland, and I like it.

    I would recommend Delaware. I love DE. Definitely has four distinct seasons, doesn't get a lot of snow, beautiful beaches, gambling in Dover, no sales tax, low cost of living.

  7. by   sunnygirl272
    here 's a site to do CoL for you,...but it's a pay site....sample lookslike it might be wOrth it though.....
    Last edit by sunnygirl272 on Jan 22, '03
  8. by   delirium
    I'm moving next door to sunnygirl, anyway.

  9. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by delirium
    I'm moving next door to sunnygirl, anyway. it...hee heee....we'd have cool BBQs in the summer, all da doggies playin' together....
  10. by   delirium
    Dood, my dogs are bad. You have no idea. They are about as poorly behaved as their momma.

    Mickey and Jay can do boy stuff together, and we'll stay at home, drink cosmopolitans, and gossip about all the people on this bb, I mean, in our neighborhood.
  11. by   sunnygirl272
    lmao...the hood here is boring neighbors directly across theroad...just woods....across and down a 1/4mile or so is a logcabin....across and down the other way is an excavation business...behind us are ok people...a married couple, no dogs...and "next door" down the road about a 1/4 mile, same side of road is a house...dunno nuttin 'bout dem though....(although the people who were there, not sure if they sre stillthere, got nailed for beagle neglect...)

    does mickey golf?
  12. by   sunnygirl272
    point of my above post..we would have to resort to gossiping about this board....

    boy...heather'd be fit to be tied....she'd be on the road so fast...lmao...
  13. by   delirium
    Heather would have to come visit us. Every weekend. With a cake or other delectable homemade chocolatey stuff.

    Sounds like a cool place. Mickey and I don't really like to have neighbors. We were happiest at this tiny little waterfront home we rented when we first got together. Our own pier, on St. Jerome's Creek, fishing/crabbing/boating... no neighbors. One store in town... groceries, liquor, gas, post office. What else do you need?

    No, she doesn't golf. She likes to bowl, though.
  14. by   sunnygirl272
    oswego is building a brand new alley....