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Good place to live in the USA??

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by SamlautRanger, Apr 6, 2005.

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  1. SamlautRanger

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    So since there are forum members from all over the USA, where is a good place in the USA to settle down?

    Definition of a good place woould be:

    Easy to get a CCW permit
    Gun Friendly
    Good outdoor shooting ranges
    Good hunting, easy access to public land to hunt, and not big hassles to get hunting permits
    Affordable housing. A nice place in nice neighborhood or rural area for $125,000 to $150,000.
    Conservative Pro Christian family values (no rainbow flags, tributes to Michael Moore, etc..)
    No trailer park areas please.

    Well, I already know about Indiana-what are some other places??
    Not just the state but the area in the state (I know the cost of living can have extremes in different areas) (Arizona keeps coming to mind??)

    Thanks.
     
  2. Old Dog

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    Sounds like Eastern Washington to me ... (housing prices in Western Washington are higher than what you're looking for, but W.WA has everything else you're looking for). Arizona, if you don't mind hot summers and lack of proximity to water in most areas, seems like it'd fit the bill for you as well.
     
  3. ZeroX

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    Er...I got nothin' then.
     
  4. CZ 75 BD

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    Come to Alabama. All of your points covered.
     
  5. lyricsdad

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    South Dakota... Gods country endless hunting options. Can shoot in your backyard.. easy CCW, have not seen colorful flags..
     
  6. DigMe

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    This thread is already playing out like every other thread I've ever seen like this...95% of the people just advise that you should come live in their state and/or city except for the Californians.

    brad cook
     
  7. mummac

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    Don't come to Florida. We're full.
     
  8. No_Brakes23

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    That pretty much negates all the other stuff you want.

    There was a place like that in Waco, I hear, but the FBI burned it down...

    Yuma, AZ had most of that stuff, but at the cost of 33% unemployment, 120 degrees in the summer, and psychotic seniors in the winter.
     
  9. Ala Dan

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    If you come to BamaLand, make sure to stay away from the big
    city ghettoes such as Bombingham, Monkeytown, T-town, Mobile, and
    Huntsville. Crime is VERY high near these areas; especially Bombingham
    cuz it sits right between two major prisons. :( :uhoh: :eek:
     
  10. Malamute

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    There are some affordable areas left in the northern Rockies. Lots of National Forest to hunt in, good gun laws, nice, traditional Christain values for the most part, if you stay away from college towns it's even easier. I sort of enjoy the slightly redneck attitude of Wyoming. Something close to a large area of National Forest should give you a good starting point for looking.

    In particular? Try the Cody Wyoming chamber of commerce web site, and look around at the realtors sites. Some expensive land and houses, and some affordable. E-mail me direct and I'll provide the name of a realtor that has done good work for me and several friends.

    Much of Arizona has become pretty expensive, but there may be some affordable areas left.
     
  11. mtnbkr

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    Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina.

    In that order.

    If you consider Va, stay away from NoVa. Housing costs are insane.

    I know Va meets your requirements, but TN is a tad more gun friendly. I'm sure Tn meets them as well. West Va is nice based on what I've seen and heard, but the economy isn't as good as the other three states. NC isn't bad based on what I've seen, but not quite as gun friendly as the other three (pistol purchase permits are my main beef).

    Chris
     
  12. Billy Sparks

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    Actually in NC we can now purchase pistols by just showing our CCW.
     
  13. mtnbkr

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    Cool I didn't know that.

    Chris
     
  14. Bear Gulch

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    Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah
     
  15. MICHAEL T

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    Washington county KY less approx 1 hour to Louisville or Lexington. Good size farm can be had for 150 k Lots of deer ,turkey,fishing. Good schools , history This where Linclon's mother ,father were married. Bought my 1400 sq ft. house at court house for 17000 with 1 ac. 4 years ago. Spent summer and 3500 to fix up . Worth a lot more today. Saw a 85 ac Farm that was a repo out of state lender had put 120 K in farm was willing to sell for 56K 3br home had been small cattle farm.
     
  16. Werewolf

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    Oklahoma meets most of your criteria: Just don't be put off by the stereotypes we labor under here.
    Got mine in 25 days. (note: that's pretty quick - most folks run 60+)
    Based on personal experience - in not a few states - I'd say that OK ranks right up there with the most gun friendly states in the USA. Make my day laws, castle doctrine, DA's that usually do not prosecute self defense shootings, no waiting limits, no number of gun limits, walk in to a gun dealer and walk out 30 minutes later with your firearms purchase.
    4 good ones in or near OKC that I know of and have used though three of them belong to gun clubs. Excellent facilities - especially the range at OKC Gun Club.
    I'm not a hunter but OK has quite a few Wild Life Management areas that are open to the public during the various hunting seasons.
    Cheapest home costs in the USA. In your price range - depending on how far you want to live from the city - I've seen 20 to 30 acres with homes on them for sale. For $150k in the city depending on the neighborhood you can get up to 2000 sq ft (more if you shop around and probably way more if you move to one of our smaller cities). If you build new you'll get less.
    Heart of the Bible Belt, republican presidential canditate carried OK for past 35 years good enough for ya?
    Well - we have those - like every other state but in OKC at least most are very well kept and are nice places to live (that is if you don't mind living in a trailer in the middle of Tornado Alley).

    Oklahoma is a great place to live. I've been all over the world and lived in many, many places. Compared to most places I've been OK is right near the top. We've got everything (with the exception of ocean beaches) that so called paradises like Kalliecommiefornicatya have with out all the hassle and socialist BS that goes with it. And if we don't have it then you can get it or see it from nearby TX, NM, AR or KS. Does OK have problems? Yeah - the biggest one I can think of is the roads aren't all that great in some places and the education system could be a bit better but other than that IMO we're no worse and a whole lot better off than most places in the USA.

    I settled in OK 20 years ago and don't regret that choice at all.
     
  17. fjolnirsson

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    Oregon's out, I guess. We have trailer parks.
    We're full up, anyway. :p
     
  18. armoredman

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    Shall issue, 16 hour course, $65 fee, two week turnaround.
    No license/permit,(except shall issue CCW), registration, magazine limit/ban, no AWB, Class 3 friendly, no waiting period, state pre-emption law, so no need to worry about crossing local boundries while carrying. We also have open carry legal, and our CCW permit is not weapon specific, or number specific, so you can carry anything legal, inlcuding any legal Class 3 you may own. Only places you can't carry are posted buildings, government areas,(who are supposed to provide safe storage), and Indian reservations.
    Tucson Rifle Club, over a mile wide, 7 bay Cowboy action range, 1000 yard range, 500 meter range, three 100 yard ranges, 22 range, pistol range, etc...Also my favorite, Tucson Mountain Park range, cheap and usually very quiet, due to it's isolation. Also Desert Trails Gun club on the south east side, made from old concrete castings, and Pima Pistol Club on the Northwest side. Not to mention, AZ law states you may shoot if you are over 1/4 mile from any occupied structure, so wildcat ranges happen all the time. Problem is, litterbugs ruin a good spot, and it gets posted....
    I don't hunt, so I don't really know, but Northern AZ has better hunting than down here, from what I have been told. We have several differant seasons going on all the time, and lots of BLM land that can be hunted with permission. Hunting license are available all over, even in some liquor stores - I kid you not!
    Easy.
    You make of your neighborhood what it is. As for religion areas, we don't have ghettos here, (originally Jewish settlements, NOT inner city slums), we don't really care if the next door neighbor worships a head of lettuce...we may laugh if his "god" wilts, though...Just kidding. Plenty of churches around here, all denominations.
    Why? I live in a trailer/maunfactured home. You should see the construction of new manufactured homes - they are better built than a lot of the frame and chicken wire homes going up now. But, if you insist on not being near any trailer parks, I suggest getting a houseboat on the Texas coast - manufactured homes are everywhere in the country.
    We have expanding areas here in Tucson all over, with new construction of "stick" homes going up left and right - a brand new subdivision is going up right down the street from me, "Gladden Farms", nice single and two story dwellings. If I had a digital camera, I'd post some pictures. Marana is a growing community with open areas still available...some homes can have 3-4 acres. Some are way too close together - greedy developers.
     
  19. JohnBT

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    "If you consider Va, stay away from NoVa. Housing costs are insane."

    I read an article in the Washington Post on people, well paid professional people, living full-time in their nice recreational vehicles in NoVA campgrounds. Some of them were paying $1400 a month for a space.

    John
     
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    Good people, great town. I love it here.
     
  22. JamisJockey

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    Utah fits all of your requirements. As a benefit, you'd have great access to fishing, hunting, hiking, mountain biking, skiing and other winter sports. You might need to nudge your housing allowance up to live in the Salt Lake or Davis (Ogden/Layton) counties, but in most of the rural communities you can do damn well for that price.

    Out here in the west, why not put a trailer on private land? Nicer trailer parks are alot more common, too. You don't have to worry about natural disaster out here, so people are more apt to buy high-end trailer homes.
     
  23. Brad Johnson

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    A vote for my home town of Crowell, TX.


    TX is shall issue. 8 hr course and $140 for 4 years.


    Hey, it's TEXAS!


    Why go to a range when you can buy all the land you want for $200 an acre? Heck, buy a whole section for $125,000. Hunting permits run about $50 a year and you can get them almost anywhere.


    How about a 1400 sq foot 2/2 in GREAT shape for less than $25,000? Heck, you could probably buy something a little ratty and put $12 or $15K into it and have a showplace for less than $30K all told.


    There are three liberals in the whole county, and I think it's illegal NOT to go to church on Sunday. Moore would never stand a chance....


    Why buy a trailer when the houses are cheaper?


    What's Indiana?


    Cost of living is low. Groceries and gas are little higher because of the small town thing, but the extremely low housing costs offset that by a huge margin.


    You're welcome!

    Seriously, it's a great place to live and raise a family. Or to retire for that matter. It's a little farm/ranch town in the heart of big ranch country in north central Texas. Heck, we neighbored with the 6666, Waggoner, and Matador ranches when I was a kid. Deer, feral hogs, coyotes, dove, and quail. There is a pretty good sized lake (Lake Kemp) about a half hour away. There is a WalMart about 25 minutes away (in Vernon). And if you need a bigger city Wichita Falls is a little over an hour, Lubbock is 2.5 hours, Amarillo is 3 hours, and Dallas is about 4.5 hours. The economy is pretty slow, which makes for great house prices on the few that are actually for sale. Prices range from low 20's on some older places that need work to mid-80's for places that are less than 30 years old and ready to move in.

    Hope this helps!
    Brad
     
  24. John Ross

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    Is the local employment market irrelevant in your location search?

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  25. Old Fud

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    Fort Bragg or Clear Lake CALIFORNIA!

    Both are in localities with shall-issue sheriffs.
    Both are beautiful.
    EZ access to open areas, wilderness, not that far from the mountains.

    I won't argue the cost of buying in, but would also like to point out that, If you can manage to make the payments, you will also have a better wealth-accumulating built-in retirement savings program than anything else you can imagine. Only problem being, once you get comfortable in your new home, you will never want to leave it.

    You might remember that the total state of California voted 45% republican, and something like 80% of the counties are red.

    Fud
     
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