Best State To Live For Truckers

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Ken C.'s Comment
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If You could afford to or wanted to move to any State which one is the best for a Truck Driver to live...? I know a lot of people are downsizing their houses once the Kids move out and the same is true for me...I have lived in Texas, North & South Carolina, Ohio and Florida and was wondering if any State offers more or better options for Professional Truck Drivers

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Best Answer!

This is a question that a lot of people have so I thought I'd give everyone the rundown of the top states for hiring truck drivers. This is a compilation I've put together based on 9 of the top carriers in the nation and the states they hire from for their Paid CDL Training Programs.

We have a form on our website where you can Apply For Paid CDL Training to these companies. Please note: These are not the only states that these companies hire from. This is the list of states that just about all of the companies hire from. This list is simply alphabetical:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
ThinksTooMuch's Comment
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I'd say it depends on the type of freight you want to haul. But definitely pick a state with no state income tax lol.

Ken C.'s Comment
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I'd say it depends on the type of freight you want to haul. But definitely pick a state with no state income tax lol.

Yeah that's true and a reason I'm thinking about moving from NC is because of the State Income Taxes but as far as what type of freight I want to haul I haven't made up my mind...I'm more interested in where I can get the most miles starting out when I finish training...I like to work and can spend weeks & weeks out on the road, home time is not a concern for me...Honestly as far as I care I can take a few days somewhere with a heated swimming pool, wifi, a good Steak Dinner and be happy. I just want to know about as many options as possible before I do anything..I'll ask the Company Recruiters and see where they feel they have the most miles to offer after training...

On a side note, I prefer warmer climates so South either Eastern or Western are always better but anywhere that affords me the options to get miles is what I'm after first and foremost.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Nebraska hands down. I80 in NE is frequently traveled by trucks and I'm there often. It would give me the chance to stop by the house once in a while. I'm tired of CA and the overpopulation here, it's extremely difficult to survive here because of the high prices for living. I've always wanted to move to a farm to see what life is like away from the big city.

Starcar's Comment
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If I wanted miles, I get myself away from the NE area...you will get stuck runnin' "hops"...short miles, lots of drops...yuck. We decided to live in WA...no state tax, low property tax, and we chose to live close to the main freight routes...I90/I84....on I82. So we are in the middle of it all. If you deilver in the pacific NW, you get to stop by the house. If you pick up there to deliver in the midwest, you get to stop by the house.....And most runs out here are long ones...so you never get stuck doin' "hops"///

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Starcar's Comment
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We lived in NC...loved it there...but the taxes for O/O's about murdered us....and the bugs...and the snakes..I thought God should have put ringers on all snakes, not just our rattlers..and whats with those chigger things ??? holy crap..they ate me alive !!!! I miss the great food, the greater moonshine, and the people...except they don't know how to handle an independent cowgirl...silly men.....

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Thomas M.'s Comment
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We have been looking hard at Tennessee. No state sales tax and the shipping hub for everything east coast is Memphis.

Ken C.'s Comment
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We lived in NC...loved it there...but the taxes for O/O's about murdered us....and the bugs...and the snakes..I thought God should have put ringers on all snakes, not just our rattlers..and whats with those chigger things ??? holy crap..they ate me alive !!!! I miss the great food, the greater moonshine, and the people...except they don't know how to handle an independent cowgirl...silly men.....

Hahaha I agree about all snakes needing a early warning device and as you know the taxes in this State are on the high side, not as bad as some of the Northern States but getting to high for my liking...

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Darth T.'s Comment
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We lived in NC...loved it there...but the taxes for O/O's about murdered us....and the bugs...and the snakes..I thought God should have put ringers on all snakes, not just our rattlers..and whats with those chigger things ??? holy crap..they ate me alive !!!! I miss the great food, the greater moonshine, and the people...except they don't know how to handle an independent cowgirl...silly men.....

Love your reference to moonshine 🙆

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Richard D.'s Comment
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I live in Pennsylvania right now and im moving back to my home in Texas in about two weeks to escape the snow. I drove up to Philadelphia to deliver milk and got caught in some minor snow on the mountainous roads. Scared the tar out of me. And it didnt help that I was in an old Mack R model!

Im done with this milk business and joining the oilfield truckers witb the rest of my family. No more hills to downshift for or baffle-less tanks. Just income and flat familiar roads!

And no more going home smelling likw raw milk and bleach.

Baffle:

A partition or separator within a liquid tank, used to inhibit the flow of fluids within the tank. During acceleration, turning, and braking, a large liquid-filled tank may produce unexpected forces on the vehicle due to the inertia of liquids.
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