With the ability to work remotely gaining traction among employers and employees alike, many families have the opportunity to move further away from their place of employment. In the case of internet-based occupations, you may not even have to be in the same state. In fact, some states are particularly popular to move to right now, seeing an influx of new residents.
Oregon has been a fairly popular state to move to for a few years now. People are drawn by the outdoor lifestyle and culture of this Northwestern state, which offers a lifestyle change from big city life. That said, if you still want city life, there’s always Portland, though this city may have a different vibe from what you might be used to. Oregon is one of the few states that doesn’t have a state sales tax. It’s got a growing job economy. There are multiple state and national parks that offer breathtaking views of nature. That said, income taxes are relatively high and the cost of housing has also gone up. With all the new people moving in, the demand for housing has outpaced the supply, causing the market to go up. Rural school districts often struggle with resources, making it important to check out the local schools before settling on a place to move to.
The second largest state in the country, Texas is seeing an influx of people from states like California, Florida, and Louisiana. Plenty of space and a good economy are attractive features that are drawing newcomers. It doesn’t hurt anything that you don’t have to pay state income taxes in Texas either. If you’re planning to move here, take a closer look at some of the cities to figure out more specifically where you want to be. Located in South Central Texas, San Antonio has many benefits that make it attractive for families to build a home. Despite being one of the most popular cities in the state, the median price of housing is surprisingly affordable. Texas has a unique, strong culture. So if that’s not something you jive with, you may be better off moving elsewhere.
Cost of living and quality of life are bringing people to Idaho in numbers that have made it the fastest growing state from 2016 to 2017. It’s still one of the most popular states to move to. Despite the influx of Californians who are driving up the housing market, the cost of living is still relatively affordable here. There are lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation. If you like seasons, you’ll get them here. Summers tend to be hot, while winters are snowy and cold. Potatoes and huckleberries are popular and common in Idaho, and the quality caviar is an unexpected bonus. If you lean left though, expect to butt heads from time to time with right-leaning residents, since the state tends to be more Republican as a whole.
Warm weather is a huge draw for those moving to Florida, especially retirees. Like Texas, there is no state income tax. Discounts are available at many popular attractions to local residents, and there are tons of amazing beaches worth visiting. If you decide to move to Florida, brush up on your hurricane safety. You can reasonably expect to have to deal with at least one if you live in the state for a year. Keep an eye out for the wildlife too. Sometimes referred to as the Australia of the United States, Florida is home to abundant wildlife that often appears to have no qualms with making your home or swimming pool their own.
Home to the Grand Canyon, Arizona is one of the fastest growing states in the country. It offers residents warm weather, though if you live in mountainous regions of the state you’ll still have to brush off your snow boots during the winter. If you’ve never tried cactus before, Arizona will give you plenty of opportunities. It’s not uncommon to see different cactus dishes on restaurant menus. Arizona doesn’t usually rank well when it comes to public education, so if you’re moving a family with children here, look into the schools carefully before settling down.
Utah is home to five national parks, all with stunning scenery. People moving to Utah will find a healthy job market with a well-diversified economy, ample opportunities for outdoor activities, and an overall friendly population that tends to be fairly welcoming. Genealogy work and winter sports are popular pastimes for many residents. If you’re planning on retiring here, make sure you know what you’re getting into. Utah taxes Social Security income, so while it isn’t necessarily a bad place to retire, it also isn’t the most retirement-friendly state.
Washington joins Texas and Florida as a state that doesn’t tax income, though the sales tax can get pretty high in some areas. The strong job market is another attraction for many people moving in. Housing is expensive in Washington, though with trends looking like they’ll continue that way, there’s a decent chance of you being able to sell your home at a profit down the road. There are ample opportunities for participating in outdoor activities and relatively mild weather despite the propensity for rain. Washington also has a decent public education system, which can be a nice bonus for families moving in.
Colorado, the state with the highest average elevation in the United States, sits a little over 2,000 meters above sea level. Like Utah and Idaho, the winter sports scene is strong in Colorado. If you don’t already ski, Colorado offers ample opportunities to learn. It can get expensive though, like other aspects of living in this state. Housing is expensive, as are sales taxes, though those fluctuate between different cities and counties. Recreational marijuana is legal, but you still need to know the rules before you start using it.
If you’re planning to move to a new state, you aren’t alone. Many people are moving to states including Oregon, Texas, Idaho, Florida, Arizona, Utah, Washington, and Colorado. If you haven’t decided what state you’re moving to yet, check these states out to see if they might be a good fit for you.
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