Hey guys, looking for some input. Husband and are looking for a state where:
1. Land is available for affordable prices. We are only looking at about 5-10 acres for this next move, so it doesn't need to be ranch country or anything. However, it can't be like parts of Virginia, where suburban/planned communities are eating up farmland. I so do not want to wake up to a Target outside my window. A place that can support lush greenery is preferred but definitely not required.
2. The weather is hot and winters are mild. Or, I should say, my cold-fearing husband is looking for this. I'm fine saying good-bye to the snow, but I melt in humidity. Virginia was too humid for me. So, we're looking for a drier heat.
3. Water rights aren't likely to be a severe issue in the coming future. We'd like to hear about any existing issues. Somewhere like Nevada seems like it is destined for increasing water right issues.
4. Ticks are not found in great abundance. Seriously, I have a phobia of ticks. Keep in mind that I am a magnet for anything with more than four legs. In Virginia, my husband only ended up with two ticks on him. I was constantly pulling them off me.
5. Exotic animals are not an impossibility to own. I am not speaking of tigers/bears/etc. but rather exotic animals not considered dangerous. I am absolutely fine with obtaining permits, but I am not fine jumping through a million hoops to own something like a giant rodent (ie. patagonian cavy). I am not looking for opinions on owning exotics (start a new thread for that), I am looking for information/opinions on ease of ownership within a given state. I hear Michigan and Ohio are best, but they are too cold for my husband. It's a shame, as we absolutely adore those two states. The gorgeous Vermont and Maine similarly got crossed out due to cold winters. I also have heard mention of Florida for exotic pets, but it is way too humid for me. Just driving through during *winter* about killed me. X)
6. Is not under the thumb of overbearing state or church rule. Over-legislation of citizens drives me nuts in general. If I'm going to be selling a product or starting a business, I am fine with being heavily regulated. I am not fine with my daily actions as an individual being heavily regulated. Utah would be an example of what I am not looking for.
These are the states we are mainly considering (largely based on climate):
1. Tennessee: We both love, love, love the people, the atmosphere, the land. The only thing holding us back is that it may be too humid and too full of ticks for me. I don't remember it being too humid when we used to visit, but it may have been during the colder months. Never got a tick while there, but we weren't exactly tromping through the grasses.
2. Texas: Concerned about water rights and drought issues.
3. Southern California: I have relatives spread out in CA, and it seems as though S. CA is better for farming. Mainly have concerns about exotic pet ownership.
4. Oklahoma: I know absolutely nothing about this state other than it looks to be in the right climate belt.
5. Arkansas: See above.
6. Kentucky: Curious about how cold the winters get. Have visited before, and like the general culture and land.
7. Montana and Colorado are both gorgeous...but I think the winters will be way too cold/snowy for my husband. Yes?
So, please chime in about what states/areas sound like they might fit the bill. :D More detailed posts get more gold stars. Also, let me know if you've personally lived in the state you recommend/don't recommend.
Edited by punk-a-doodle - 2/27/12 at 5:19pm