what do you consider exspensive? I see people comparing areas and cost based on their experience, so lets have some numbers! How much is property tax for the average home on a few acres? How much is your sales tax? What's your state income tax rate(if appl)? Living in New Jersey I wonder when people say this area or that area is exspensive. For instance our prop. tax on a 3 bdrm home on less than one acre is over 3,000 a year, how would that compare to say rural N.C. or Virginia? We have 6% or 3% sales tax depending on what your "zone" is classified as. The other thing is what do you consider to be crowded? I live in a town of about 20,000 and consider it small. What would you think? As far as real "crowding", how close and how many neighbors make you feel crowded?