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Tracy Saboe

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Where is the cheepest place to live currently
« on: March 06, 2004, 12:39:49 am »

Where is the cheepest place to live in New Hampshire (cost of living, cost of housing, etc.)

Perhaps FSPers should move to the cheeper places to live and then by deregulating and cutting taxes make it even less expensive.

Some of us might have financial dificulties. Is it possible for a family of two (my wife and myself) to live on $1,500/month? (That's about what we currently live on here in Sioux Falls, SD)

I know jobs typically pay more too, but don't need information about that.

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Re:Where is the cheepest place to live currently
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2004, 10:17:31 pm »

I would assume the Berlin/Gorham area is the cheapest place to live, based on the housing prices.

Also, I did stop in the Walmart while I was up there last year, and the prices weren't out of line with anywhere else.  I checked out the local grocery store and they were also about the same as most other place, give or take a little.

So, unless there is anything I don't know about, I'd say it's pretty cheap up there, if you can deal with the smell from the paper mill.

However, job prospects may not be as good there as in other places.
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Re:Where is the cheepest place to live currently
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2004, 11:11:37 pm »

I would assume the Berlin/Gorham area is the cheapest place to live, based on the housing prices.

Also, I did stop in the Walmart while I was up there last year, and the prices weren't out of line with anywhere else.  I checked out the local grocery store and they were also about the same as most other place, give or take a little.

So, unless there is anything I don't know about, I'd say it's pretty cheap up there, if you can deal with the smell from the paper mill.

However, job prospects may not be as good there as in other places.

I've heard that Coos County is the cheapest place.  About the paper mill, that makes sense.  I guess the worse your house smells the less it is worth.  There have also got to be some rural areas up there that are just as cheap or even less.  Of course, there is nothing wrong with manufactured homes (some people say these can be better than wood and brick houses).  Manufactured homes are often 10% to 50% cheaper than other homes.  

Tracy is freaking out for no reason.  SD is very different from NH.  When I think of SD, I think of someplace where almost all of the jobs are low paying (though that is not true.)  When Tracy thinks of NH, he likely thinks of someplace where most of the houses are very expensive (though that is also not true.)

Remember when we were comparing the 10 possible states and someone came up with a Cost of Living - Pay equalizer.  It was added to the spreadsheet.  It showed that DE and WY were the best states, but right behind them was NH (for mean income / cost of living.)  If that is true, than the average FSP member should do better in NH than SD.  Yes, Tracy, it will likely be easier for you in NH.  Do somemore research on it (go job shopping, go house shopping, and figure out how to use your college education.)

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Re:Where is the cheepest place to live currently
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2004, 02:00:57 am »

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figure out how to use your college education

That's the tough part.  I'm severly underimployed right now. Currently all I'm doing is hypocritically substituting in the public school district.

How do you use a Physics and Math double major

1) with-out going to Grad School

2) with-out working on government contracts and grants


I have thought about getting a teaching certificate. Perhaps I could work to help teach some kids about liberty, and in the tradition of "The Art of War" work to cut funding and stuff from the inside. I just hate to play that game though.  But here's a question.

How dificult is it to get a teaching certificate in NH. It would take another whole year of college here to comply with SDs socialistic guild system. (Unlike Montana or the other western states that only require a couple weeks of classes.)

That's another option I've thought about.

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Re:Where is the cheepest place to live currently
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2004, 11:36:41 am »

Coos is the cheapest, but it is also the lowest paid areas -

Physics jobs are going to be in the Nashua/Manchester/Concord line. Of course, that's the city area.

You might want to consider looking at living above the lakes region, which would be a commute down 93 into the cities.

BTW - My degree is chem/physics.... :)

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Re:Where is the cheepest place to live currently
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2004, 12:43:56 pm »

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figure out how to use your college education

How do you use a Physics and Math double major

1) with-out going to Grad School

2) with-out working on government contracts and grants
That's another option I've thought about.


Could you go into engineering?  Engineers make good money, and require both math and physics.  It's a very popular profession, at least here in New Jersey.  I would assume New Hampshire would have jobs for engineers, although I don't know.

You don't have to take gubment projects if you don't want them, especially if you freelance.  Again, I'm woefully unqualified to speak of the field (I flip BB cards for a living) but it's a thought.
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Re:Where is the cheepest place to live currently
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2004, 06:39:05 am »

Cheapest Claremont-Newport area or north country

Better chance for jobs Claremont-Newport

Sea coast and nashua manchester corrider one of the most expensive areas in country for cost vs pay
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Re:Where is the cheepest place to live currently
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2004, 06:34:42 pm »

Coos is the cheapest, but it is also the lowest paid areas -

Physics jobs are going to be in the Nashua/Manchester/Concord line. Of course, that's the city area.

You might want to consider looking at living above the lakes region, which would be a commute down 93 into the cities.

BTW - My degree is chem/physics.... :)

JM

A chemist, huh?  Then that makes 2 of us.  Are there any places in NH to get a job with a chem degree?  From the research I've done so far, the vast majority of jobs are in the Boston Area.
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Re:Where is the cheepest place to live currently
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2004, 04:20:58 pm »

Here on some NH gov. stats:

Coos County
http://www.nhes.state.nh.us/elmi/htmlprofiles/berlin.html
2000 Census Housing Costs  
Median Value, Owner-Occupied Housing $59,100
Median Gross Rent (monthly) $382

http://www.nhes.state.nh.us/elmi/htmlprofiles/colebrook.html
2000 Census Housing Costs  
Median Value, Owner-Occupied Housing $76,000
Median Gross Rent (monthly) $400

http://www.nhes.state.nh.us/elmi/htmlprofiles/stewartstown.html
2000 Census Housing Costs  
Median Value, Owner-Occupied Housing $63,300
Median Gross Rent (monthly) $375

http://www.nhes.state.nh.us/elmi/htmlprofiles/lancaster.html
2000 Census Housing Costs  
Median Value, Owner-Occupied Housing $73,800
Median Gross Rent (monthly) $416

http://www.nhes.state.nh.us/elmi/htmlprofiles/whitefield.html
2000 Census Housing Costs  
Median Value, Owner-Occupied Housing $78,900
Median Gross Rent (monthly) $394

http://www.nhes.state.nh.us/elmi/htmlprofiles/gorham.html
2000 Census Housing Costs  
Median Value, Owner-Occupied Housing $79,200
Median Gross Rent (monthly) $409

Grafton County
http://www.nhes.state.nh.us/elmi/htmlprofiles/grafton.html
2000 Census Housing Costs  
Median Value, Owner-Occupied Housing $81,300
Median Gross Rent (monthly) $500

Merrimack County
http://www.nhes.state.nh.us/elmi/htmlprofiles/franklin.html
2000 Census Housing Costs  
Median Value, Owner-Occupied Housing $82,900
Median Gross Rent (monthly) $524

Strafford County
http://www.nhes.state.nh.us/elmi/htmlprofiles/farmington.html
2000 Census Housing Costs  
Median Value, Owner-Occupied Housing $88,400
Median Gross Rent (monthly) $561

Sullivan County
http://www.nhes.state.nh.us/elmi/htmlprofiles/claremont.html
2000 Census Housing Costs  
Median Value, Owner-Occupied Housing $79,800
Median Gross Rent (monthly) $499

http://www.nhes.state.nh.us/elmi/htmlprofiles/newport.html
2000 Census Housing Costs  
Median Value, Owner-Occupied Housing $80,900
Median Gross Rent (monthly) $552
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