So I currently live in a semi-big city on the West Coast. It has your typical city problems, including but not limited to skyrocketing housing costs, horrible traffic and a slightly aggressive homeless population.

My partner and I both have the ability to work remotely. We are in our early 30s and starting to consider the possibility of moving inland a bit to a neighboring state.

So far my ideas are Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, although I have no idea what it’s like to live in any of those places so I feel a bit stuck. We also currently live in a liberal bubble and I admit that moving to a red state makes me a little nervous.

Criteria:

  • Within reasonable flying distance to the West Coast, as we have family here and will want to visit a 1-2x times per year. So, East Coast is probably too far.
  • On that note, within driving distance of an international airport would be ideal as we like to travel.
  • Reasonable housing rates. I’d love to own a small home eventually.
  • We are outdoorsy-types (although not super intense ones) so hiking options would be nice.

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Other than that, I’m pretty open to ideas at this point! I’d love to hear suggestions. Thank you in advance!