Top 200 Rural Places to Live...

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  1. Brighid1971

    Brighid1971 Well-Known Member

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    I saw the first results of 2005's poll on the website of 'Progressive Farmer' last year. Apparently I missed this years results, but not much has changed.

    http://www.pfbestplaces.com/default.asp?pageAction=Display&Rank=Top200

    We were actually looking in the Ontario County area last fall--it is BEAUTIFUL! Anyone read this poll (or even this magazine?) :)
     
  2. jnap31

    jnap31 garden guy

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    Funny I wonder how they arrived at those places they definitely did not choose using my most important criteria heck taxachussets was pretty high on the list. As were a lot of places that have building codes.
     

  3. turtlehead

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    Income appears to be one of the criteria. West Virginia didn't make the list at all. It looks like a top 200 list for yuppie rural dwellers.
     
  4. Brighid1971

    Brighid1971 Well-Known Member

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    Ah, makes sense...and goodness knows we are far from being yuppies :p
     
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    Looks like percentage of high-schoolers that go to college is another criteria. Unfortunately, WV fails miserably in that category too.

    I found it to be an interesting poll, nonetheless.
     
  6. jnap31

    jnap31 garden guy

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    Agreed I bet the people there are the majority of the modern day other earth news subscribers
     
  7. FourDeuce

    FourDeuce Five of Seven Supporter

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    I have just about every issue of Mother Earth News from the beginning to today, and I still receive it. Not everything in there is "yuppiefied". There is some good information in there. A few years ago they even did an article on firearms(which upset quite a few of the readers and caused some of them to cancel their subscriptions to the magazine in protest :grump: ).
     
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    jnap31 garden guy

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    Agreed I bet the people there are the majority of the modern day other earth news subscribers
     
  9. wy_white_wolf

    wy_white_wolf Just howling at the moon

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    There was a link to how they compiled the list.

    Doesn't appear they took into any considerations I'd be interested in.
     
  10. A.T. Hagan

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    Other than Flagler county this list seems to have overlooked North Florida altogether for which I am grateful.

    .....Alan.
     
  11. Lizza

    Lizza Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Florence, Oregon appeared as the top place to retire on some lists and books (we are about 45 min. away). In a matter of years prices went from finding something for $50,000-$75,000 (smallish just normal house on a city lot) to not being able to find something under $250,000 that was habitable. I wish we would have been smarter and bought up some places (alas we were not).
     
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    Jerngen Perpetually curious! Supporter

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    Definitely yuppie kingdoms. For all of the Michigan ones in the top 100 you need to have a LOT of money (and patience to deal with lots of zoning codes) to even think about buying there. The only reasonably priced one was the first one mentioned (midland county) where we just moved from due to expanding crime and the county rapidly disappearing to sprawl. Even that one was out of our financial reach.
     
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    Florence is where I was born, and partly raised -- the other part was in Alaska. My family has lived in that area since the 1870's, and a few family members still do. It's one of the most beautiful places in the whole country, IMO, but I sure couldn't afford to go back there to live.

    Kathleen
     
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    #49 Lincoln County Maine.....prices are too high and lots too small

    Alot of family lives there and my parents have since moved....too many yuppies moving in and wanting too many city type services.....meaning a huge tax burden :shrug:

    Cant wait to move to an unorganized area....CHEAP taxes!
     
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    Whew, glad our Lincoln County, New Mexico didn't make the list! Our secret is still preserved. Sante Fe County, NM??? Who are they trying to kid???
     
  16. speedfunk

    speedfunk Rock On

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    I guess i kinda doubt many yuppies would be intrested in upstate ny. Esp the county's listed. The counties near NYC are the exception. As a whole upstate ny isn't exactly a mecca of jobs and urban sprawl. The industry based cities are struggling b/c of high taxes and an abundance of houses.

    Yuppies might try connecticut
     
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    That is one strange list. The Pa. listings vary from farming counties with strong farming communities, to a county that is one of the fastest growing in the nation, over-run by NYC transplants, has soaring land costs, out of control taxes and a wage level that is based largely on commuters that sit in cube farms in the NYC area and couldn't plow a field if they had to. It makes one thing clear, statistics alone are a meaningless tool to evaluate many things.
     
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    Yeah, how did Pike County PA make the list?
     
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    agreed

    Centre County, Pennsylvania? - you've got to be kidding
    Beautiful (except for the sprawl) and expensive

    New York's taxes are too high for my liking

    Looked at New Hampshire a few years ago & decided we weren't fans

    interesting list
     
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    Upstate NY is FILLED with SECOND homes for "yuckies" from the city

    Summer time & hunting season are nightmare times for locals

    I grew up there :rolleyes: