Best State To Live For Truckers

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Gary W.'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.

Oregon has no state sales tax. That's why i moved out of California after living there all my life, it just got terrible. Before i moved to oregon, i looked at oklahoma. Oklahoma is a possible down the road.

Dondi M.'s Comment
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New Mexico was absolutely stunning with the awesome landscape when I was riding the Greyhound.

Buffalow '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.

The best thing to dois figure out what type of driver you want to be. Then you need to figure what type of home time you want. Being straight out of driving school you're choices are kinda limited. After a few years you can start to negotiate as long as you keep your records clean. If you want good home time look at a map and try to find a junction point where multiple interstates meet. If you can get somewhere that has this even truck companies that require 2 weeks out chances are you are going to be passing through alot. I get around 3000 mi per week and I live in Bristol, va on I-81. Im within 120 mi of I-77, I-40, I-75, I-81 So im in a Junction of main routes of going north and south and east and west on the east coast. For local jobs look for a place where you have multiple cities within a 250 mile radius. Hope this kinda helps good luck dim your bright lights at night so everyone aint blind and fussing. Be Safe Driver


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Scott L. aka Lawdog'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.

Danial - I 100% agree with you, when I bought my house I thought I'd retire here, but seeing how much my property tax goes up every year. The stupid water shortage (umm I think there is a big body of water) and sky rocketing utilities I'm done with this state.

Ken - I am looking at OR & WY (no income tax) and also UT (lots of freight goes thru there) or ID.

Phil C.'s Comment
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Kinda partial to Phoenix myself. Lots of truckin jobs, local, regional , otr. Great weather except for summer LOL. No snow!



Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

ATXJEHU's Comment
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No income tax in Texas, but property taxes are high if you are a home owner; as for cost of living, Louisiana and Mississippi are lowest; since you are willing to stay out for long periods at a time, you might check out a place like Miami, Oklahoma for easy access to desirable recreational areas and reasonable cost of living; also it's on I-44 near Tulsa, Kansas City, St. Louis; just some thoughts

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Pennsylvania! They don't call it the Keystone State for nothing. The Northeast is where most of the population lives, and PA is basically your gateway into the NE. PA is a trucking mecca.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Whatever you do stay out of Northern VA. Ugh. I'm currently investigating moving to the Port Townsend area of Washington. I would move to Canada if I could.

ATXJEHU's Comment
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Vacationed once in Port Townsend area, loved it

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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My brother lives out that way. It's so amazingly beautiful.

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