Moving Down South ???

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CT Trucker 's Comment
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Hey fellas,

Me and the soon to be Mrs are looking into places down south 6 months to a year from now. We are thinking Florida or Texas but open for suggestions !!!!!

Bud A.'s Comment
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Hey fellas,

Me and the soon to be Mrs are looking into places down south 6 months to a year from now. We are thinking Florida or Texas but open for suggestions !!!!!

Need a little more information on what you're looking for - good schools for kids, low cost of living, climate, good freight, crime rates, ....? A lot of things that matter to one family carry no weight with another.

I can tell you that Texas has a good business climate, lots of flatbed freight, great roads, and no state income taxes. The cost of living outside the big cities is pretty reasonable, too.

North Carolina is pretty. I especially like the climate and pace of living in western NC.

Some people love the 24 hour party in New Orleans. You couldn't pay me enough to live there (or Vegas or....)

So what are y'all looking for when you move south?

Phox's Comment
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no state income taxes

only as far as your paystub is concerned. you'll still pay state income tax just not directly out of your paycheck. our sales tax is higher than avg, food is taxed, hotels are taxed at like 18% even fireworks have something like 12% tax. when you move here we have what us "Texans" like to call a welcome to texas tax... $99 required to be paid within 30 days in order to register car or get a license transfer. Then you got yearly vehicle inspection, that's another $8, yearly registration is much higher here than other states (I paid about $30 for registration in ohio, my mom's car is $80 and my motorcycle is $54).

so yeah no income tax on the paystub but you'll still pay it just in other ways and probably more than the states that do have it.

Mike V.'s Comment
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Dammit Phox....now I gotta leave texas? LOL!

Spreadneck's Comment
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The south sucks. Move to Colorado. Mountains, good people, no humidity. :)

Phox's Comment
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Dammit Phox....now I gotta leave texas? LOL!

Is there a problem with that? I'm not a native Texan and so because I have grown up all around the usa (not a military brat) and been able to experience what so many other states have to offer, their pros and cons I have sadly not developed much liking for Texas... about the only thing I like is that Texas sells just about every kind of firework... but I have lived in the city limits of the big cities so can't use them... legally ;)

The south sucks. Move to Colorado. Mountains, good people, no humidity. :)

CO is quite nice... although only about 1/4 of the state is mountains... it's flat on the west side of rockies and the 2/3 of the state on east side is super flat and boring. trust me I know. I drove the majority of the northern 1/3 of the eastern 2/3 of CO as a courier for the Red cross back in 2013 when they had the floods... did about 3k miles of driving in 3.5 weeks... that's not much compared to truckers but you gotta remember I was a courier for the red cross... I remember my 7 trips to Sterling.... from loveland... gosh that was a boring drive.

really it all depends on what kind of culture people like. one of the great things about the usa is that we are so diverse. if you like eco friendliness mixed with mountains and lots of tree and a volunteering mindset Asheville, NC is a great place... beaches... florida... VA is nice in more ways than I can name hence why it's nicknamed the lovers state. I really like Cali but I'm biased cause I was born and raised most of my life there. Cali is nice cause it has so many different cultures and environments. beaches, mountains, farmland, cities, desert, cold, warm, hot you just can't go wrong, but some don't like the people there.

CT Trucker 's Comment
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Sorry for getting back so late fellas, a few things im looking for down south is I want to be away from the snow, low crime, lower taxes, cheaper housing because im paying a arm and a leg for rent In CT lol good trucking location wanna drive van... Thanks for all of your feed back so far !!!!!

Phox's Comment
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Sorry for getting back so late fellas, a few things im looking for down south is I want to be away from the snow, low crime, lower taxes, cheaper housing because im paying a arm and a leg for rent In CT lol good trucking location wanna drive van... Thanks for all of your feed back so far !!!!!

You're hard pressed to get away from snow, even in the south... Dallas has been getting a lot of snow just about every year I have lived in Texas, hill country around san antonio too... it's not as much as northern states but in an area where people don't know how to drive in snow it's worse than the north. when it snows in Texas the city it hits just about shuts down cause the people think it's the end of the world.

crime is gonna be a problem in any city no matter what part of usa. you want lower crime you need to live in small towns or middle of nowhere places, now if you can afford to live in nicer parts of town then you can find lower crime area in big cities.

lower taxes... don't come to Texas haha... taxed on just about everything in one way or another... see my post above for more info on that haha

cheaper housing... come to san antonio... one of the lowest cost of livings in the usa. ironic right... gas is cheaper here than most other states, apartment rent is ok, food is decently priced, etc but you still pay a lot in taxes and fees to city and state governments.

i don't know if san antonio is a good home point for trucking... don't care to much either cause i'm gonna give up my apartment after i start trucking.

hope this helps a little to stear you away from Texas... In my opinion it takes a certain mind set to appreciate texas... i don't have that mind set.

David T.'s Comment
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I would recommend LA, as in lower Alabama. You won't have to worry about snow very often, taxes are low and you will still be in most companies hiring area. As long as you are not on the coast.

Auggie69's Comment
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Go to any no income tax state. Every state has add-on taxes so your tax bill will still be lower. I moved to MD from FL and my tax bill shot up 10% and I'm certainly no getting any additional services. Had to pay sales tax to register my car in addition to registrtion and tag fee, etc.

So pick someplace nice with a low cost of living and no taxes and you' be that much further ahead.

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