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Reasons to Move to Rowlett, TX

Cuisine, arts, award-winning schools and a revitalized downtown make this Texas town worth calling home.

  • Why Rowlett, TX is a Great Place to Live

    Why Rowlett, TX is a Great Place to Live

    Climate, history, award-winning schools and an artist community make this bedroom town easy to call home.

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    A bedroom suburb of Dallas, Rowlett is a growing city with affordable homes, excellent health care and award-winning schools, and several other factors provide Rowlett residents with a good quality of life. Here are some of them:

    It’s Nice Out

    A comfortable climate is part of life in Rowlett, where the average high for the year is 76 degrees and the average low is 55. June, July and August are typically hot summer months, and winters in the city are almost always mild. That seasonable climate often leads to beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

    Impressive Incomes

    Many residents of Rowlett commute to Dallas for their jobs, and those big-city paychecks help contribute to an impressive median income for households in Rowlett of about $83,000. Several subdivisions are being built throughout the city thanks to the higher-than-average income earned by many citizens, yet the median home price in the community is a reasonable and affordable $162,000.


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    Driven to Perform

    Good roadways in Rowlett make it easy for motorists to get around town as well as drive to-and-from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for work and entertainment purposes. In Rowlett are Texas State Highways 66 and 190, and there is easy access to Interstates 30 and 635.

    Soak It All In

    Surrounded by more than 30 miles of shoreline on beautiful Lake Ray Hubbard, Rowlett’s city slogan is “On the Water and On the Move.” Residents and visitors can enjoy outdoor activities like swimming, boating, fishing, waterskiing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing and much more.

    Connect the Docs

    Citizens have access to convenient health care at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Lake Pointe, which has 112 beds and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017. The hospital features 500 physicians on staff and offers services such as cardiology, orthopedics, robotic-assisted surgery, neurosurgery and urology.


    How to have the Best Adventure in Rowlett, TX 


    Move It, Move It

    Rowlett Parks and Recreation Department organizes a variety of youth and adult athletic programs. Available to residents are youth baseball, men’s basketball, coed volleyball, golf, girl’s softball, youth soccer and much more.

    Be Up to Date

    Twice each year, a detailed course called Citizen City Academy is presented to residents to allow up to 25 people the opportunity to learn how elected officials and the city’s nine major departments function. More than 500 Rowlett residents have participated in the program, showing a true spirit of community involvement.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years. He was previously an editor for a small-town newspaper for ... more

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    Wed, 02/28/2018 - 21:22
  • 8 Reasons to Move to Durham, NC

    8 Reasons to Move to Durham, NC

    Looking to relocate? From great food to hot job prospects, here's why Durham should be at the top of your list.

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    The South is drawing huge numbers of people from all over the country looking to plant their roots somewhere new, and if southern living tickles your fancy, Durham, North Carolina should be at the top of your list. Why Durham? Well, from low unemployment rates and short commutes to a thriving cultural scene, Durham has plenty to offer. If you're thinking of relocating, here are eight reasons you might want to make Durham your new home.

    1. Jobs

    As the hometown of Duke University, which employs over 8,000 people on campus, it should be no surprise that job opportunities abound in Durham. In fact, the city's unemployment rate (3.8%) is well below both national (4.4%) and state (4.7%) levels. Duke is the top employer for the area, but Durham also contains the Research Triangle Park, the largest science park in the country, which employs more than 50,000 people. But hey, if joining an existing business isn’t your thing, don't fret: Durham's creative culture and abundance of young talent make it one of the best cities for entrepreneurs.


    Why Durham, NC Is a Top 100 Best Place to Live


    2. Atmosphere

    As mentioned previously, Durham is home to Duke, and is well known for its college town vibe. However, thanks to booming science and technology industries, it attracts residents of all ages, meaning it's not all dive bars and pizza places. The city has activities and neighborhoods that reflect the diversity and tastes of its wide range of residents. And while Durham isn’t an enormous city (it has around 260,000 residents), it has a vibrant culture scene to please any urbanite (see #8 on this list). 

    3. Affordability

    As compared to other major technology cities (and even other affordable cities in North Carolina), Durham is definitely on the lower end in terms of cost of living and the cost of housing. In fact, the average cost of a home in Durham–$182,000–is around $75,000 below the U.S. average.


    Check Out the Full List of Wallet-Friendly Cities in North Carolina! 


    4. Food

    If you love food, Durham is the place for you. In recent years, several of its historic mills, warehouses, and factories have transformed into thriving cultural centers and hip restaurants. The American Tobacco Historic District, first built in the 1800s, now houses a bustling collection of bars, live music venues, and restaurants. This growing foodie scene has gained Durham plenty of attention; in fact, Southern Living called it the South’s Tastiest Town.

    5. The Great Outdoors

    The Durham Parks and Recreation department manages a whopping 68 parks, which means there are loads of green spaces to enjoy without leaving city limits. Duke Gardens, 55 acres of beautifully preserved gardens and forested areas with five miles of walking trails, is also a great way to immerse yourself in nature.


    More Fun Things to Do in Durham


    6. Schools

    Nearly half of all the schools in the Durham Public Schools system are magnet schools, so it’s not surprising that the top four schools in the area are public schools. In particular, Durham School of the Arts stands out above the rest. However, there are plenty of charter and private schools as well.

    7. Getting Around

    Durham has city-wide public transport, but if you’re looking to be more eco-friendly, it’s a relatively flat city, so walking and biking are accessible modes of transportation. Moreover, Durham has a high walk score of 87, meaning it's fairly easy to get around without a car.

    8. Culture

    Durham is known for its vibrant cultural scene, ranging from historical sites to live music. Case in point: the Durham Performing Arts Center is one of the most-attended theaters in the entire country. Although if Broadway isn’t your taste, there are plenty of sporting events where you can throw on a blue jersey and cheer on your newfound home team.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Susanna Pilny is a freelance writer from Rhode Island with degrees in neuroscience and Classics from Vanderbilt, URI, and Trinity College Dublin. She also spends summers doing arch... more

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    Wed, 02/28/2018 - 21:22
  • Reasons to Move to O’Fallon, MO

    Reasons to Move to O’Fallon, MO

    Affordable, safe, fun and tasty – this city outside of St. Louis is the whole package.

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    Positive thinking? O’Fallon has many positives, including a household income that averages $80,000 and reasonable home prices averaging $190,000. The median age is 36, the typical commute time is 25 minutes, and about five percent of the city’s adult residents work from home. Here are some more positive reasons for moving to O’Fallon:

    Patriotic Population

    The residents of O’Fallon participate in an annual “Support Our Troops Supply Drive” that collects tons of personal care items for troops serving overseas. Items include snacks, batteries, eye drops, sunscreen, shampoo, deodorant, nail clippers, Q-tips, cough drops, disposable razors, etc. BTW: Also in O’Fallon is a Veterans Memorial Walk that was dedicated in 2001 following 9/11.

    Safe to Say

    The National Council of Home Safety and Security lists O’Fallon as one of the 100 Safest Cities in America. The organization is made up of home safety and security industries, and the Council reviews FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. O’Fallon is the only Missouri city on the current list.


    Here are the Best Things to Do in O'Fallon, MO


    Sounds of Summer

    A free O’Fallon Jammin’ Concert Series occurs every Tuesday evening from 6:30-9 p.m. throughout the summer months at Civic Park. The family-friendly event features local and regional bands playing music from Top 40, rock, country, R&B and Motown, and past acts included FatPocket, Elevation, Dance Floor Riot and PowerPlay.

    Good Interstates

    Residents and visitors to O’Fallon have convenient access to Interstate 64 and Interstate 70, and the city is within easy driving distance of St. Louis.

    Plenty of Parks

    Want fresh air? Places to exercise are abundant in O’Fallon, including Dames Park that has three football fields and a fitness course, and Fort Zumwalt Park has a fishing lake, disc golf course and playgrounds. Knaust Park features a playground and walking path, O’Fallon Sports Park is a soccer complex with 12 fields, and the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex has seven baseball/softball diamonds.


    Discover Why O'Fallon, MO is a Great Place to Live


    Multiple Choices

    Good academic options are available to students (and their parents) in O’Fallon, including satellite campuses of Lindenwood University and Webster University. Three public school systems also serve the city – Fort Zumwalt School District, Wentzville R-IV School District and Francis Howell R-III School District. St. Dominic High School is a private Catholic school, and Christian High School is a non-denominational Christian secondary school.

    Justice Served

    The city continues to keep up with the times and its infrastructure with the opening of a new O’Fallon Justice Center in late 2017. The center is on Bryan Road, a quarter-mile south of Veterans Memorial Parkway.

    Close to St. Louis

    Within a 30-minute drive of O’Fallon is St. Louis, a city defined by music, performing arts, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Gateway Arch. Diners can delight in several top-notch STL restaurants, while nearby University City is known for its variety of shops, restaurants and unique arts options all within walking distance.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years. He was previously an editor for a small-town newspaper for ... more

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    Wed, 02/28/2018 - 21:22
  • 8 Reasons to Move to Reno

    8 Reasons to Move to Reno

    Tech Industry and data giants are the driving forces behind the area's economic and population growth.

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    Reno, NV

    Once primarily known as a gaming destination for California tourists, the "The Biggest Little City in the World” is riding a wave of tech investment that is bringing jobs and economic growth to northern Nevada’s largest city.

    The New Tech Epicenter

    In the automobile industry, few things symbolize innovation more than Tesla, and Elon Musk’s electric vehicle maker has made a significant commitment to the Reno area with its gigantic Gigafactory battery-making facility, about 25 miles from downtown Reno at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, the largest industrial park in the world. Already operating, the Tesla facility is being built in phases, eventually becoming what the company expects to be the biggest building in the world.

    Next door to the Gigafactory, data giant Switch opened the first building in its Citadel Campus data center in early 2017. The initial building at 1.3 million square feet, was the largest single data center in the world, according to the company, with planned expansion making it the world’s biggest data campus center.

    In April 2017, Google purchased more than 1,200 acres in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center. A month later, Apple announced a $1 billion plan to double the size of its data center in the nearby Reno Technology Center.

    Most of the tech and data innovators are placing an emphasis on renewable energy and sustainability

    Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

    Bolstered by the infusion of tech, data and digital companies, Reno’s unemployment rate has dropped from double digits to the lowest metro area number in the state and below the state and national averages. Reno’s unemployment rate, which increased steadily over half a decade to a high of 13.9 percent in January 2011, was down to 3.9 percent in May 2017, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The largest employers in the city are the Washoe County School District; University of Nevada, Reno; Washoe County; and Renown Regional Medical Center. Nevada was ranked fifth-best in the 2017 State Business Tax Climate Index by the Tax Foundation.

    Location

    Reno sits in the shadow of the stunning Sierra Nevada Mountains, making it a desirable destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The Truckee River runs through the city, including the half-mile Truckee River Whitewater Park. Lake Tahoe and it’s year-round tourism offerings is about an hour drive south to the northern shore. Carson City, the state capital, is about 30 miles south, while the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas is about 450 miles southeast. San Francisco is a little more than four hours to the west, which makes Reno attractive not only to Bay Area tourists, but also to Silicon Valley companies.

    Reno-Tahoe International Airport is serviced by most major carriers. Reno also is stop on Amtrak’s California Zephyr route.


    Don't Miss These Fun Things to Do in Reno, NV


    Schools

    The city is home to the University of Nevada, Reno, which offers a wide selection of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs for more than 18,000 students. The Wolf Pack athletic teams compete in the Mountain West Conference. The Washoe County School District encompasses Reno and nearby Sparks, with more than 63,000 students. The high school graduation rate has grown steadily from 62 percent in 2010 to 77 percent in 2016. The metro area also has several highly regarded private schools.

    Housing

    The median price for a single-family home in Reno was just under $366,000 in June 2017, according to the Reno/Sparks Association of Realtors. The median price in nearby Sparks was $299,000. With the influx of new employment opportunities, the existing housing inventory is stretched thinner in an active real estate market. Rental prices increased about 11 percent between 2015 and 2016. With the recession in the rear view mirror, builders are ramping up to keep up with demand.

    Take It Outside

    Lake Tahoe offers a multitude of year-round recreational opportunities. Kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, canoes and sailboats are available for rent from a variety of vendors. The surrounding mountains also offer mountain biking and hiking trails for participants of all levels. The Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association are excellent sources for maps and other information. Tahoe also is world-renowned for its snow skiing resorts. Mt. Rose is the closest resort to Reno, about a half hour away with a shuttle service to downtown. Other nearby ski resorts include Diamond Peak and Northstar at Tahoe.


    Discover Why Reno, NV is a Top 100 Best Place to Live


    The Truckee River Whitewater Park in downtown Reno features a half mile course for kayaks, canoes, rafts and inner tubes. Hunter Creek Trail, less than 10 miles from downtown, offers a six-mile hiking trail with a scenic waterfall, and there are numerous other local hiking trails.

    A Festive Atmosphere

    From music to food, Shakespeare to self-discovery, Reno offers a variety of festivals for almost everyone – including those filled with hot air.

    The colorful Great Reno Balloon Race, held each September, is the largest free hot-air ballooning event in the world.  Also in the fall, Reno is home to the National Championship Air Races. The Burning Man Festival, which includes radical self-reliance and radical self-expression among its 10 principles, is about a two-hour drive from Reno, the closest major airport to the desert event.

    The National Bowling Stadium also hosts a variety of national events and attracts bowlers from across the country. The Reno Aces, the Triple-A baseball affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, play their home games at Greater Nevada Field.

    Quick Facts

    Reno has a population of about 245,000, up from slightly more than 226,000 in 2010, an increase of 8.5 percent according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The median household income was $47,012 as of 2015, with no state income tax. Temperatures range from the mid 40s in December and January to the low 90s in July and August. Average rainfall is about 7.39 inches over 50 rainy days, according to U.S. Climate Data. Despite recent economic diversification, Reno still is a gaming destination with about 20 casinos.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Jim Hoehn is a career journalist, author and songwriter who splits his time between Milwaukee and Seattle. He has covered everything from plane crashes to murder trials to the Supe... more

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    Fri, 10/27/2017 - 19:55
  • 8 Reasons to Move to Littleton, CO

    8 Reasons to Move to Littleton, CO

    Just a short drive from Denver, Littleton is becoming a top destination to live and raise a family in Colorado.

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    Coined as one of the five best cities for families to live in Colorado, Littleton is just a short drive from Denver but it feels like a different world entirely. From the historic downtown and tree-lined streets to impressive arts and culture options, great weather and plenty of outdoor experiences, Littleton is in-demand.

    Here are eight reasons to move to Littleton, CO:

    1) Historic Downtown

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    Experiencing Downtown Littleton feels like you’re traveling through time. The streets are lined with turn-of-the-century buildings with art galleries, antique shops, specialty shops, clothing boutiques and restaurants galore. Also, located downtown is Littleton Museum, an award-winning establishment showcasing the town’s culture and history. The museum even has an 1860s-working farm to show what life was like on the homestead.

    2) Outdoor Experiences

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    Littelton is a mecca for the outdoor enthusiast. From top notch golf courses including Arrowhead Golf Club and Club at Ravenna to exploring the trails of Roxborough State Park and the South Platte River to climbing Waterton Canyon, there’s no shortage of hiking, biking and exploring in Littelton.

    3) Weather

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    A big surprise to most is the mild Colorado weather and Littleton is no exception. Winters are mild with an average daily high temperature of 45 degrees Fahrenheit and days reaching 60 degrees are not uncommon. This climate makes for perfect skiing in the cold months and supreme weather for hiking, biking and fishing in the warm months.


    Discover the Best Things to Do in Littleton, CO


    4) Location, Location, Location

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    Just 20-minutes outside of Denver, Littleton feels like another world entirely. With its tree-lined streets and quaint, historic downtown it’s much different than Denver’s tall buildings and big city feel. You can get to Denver easily by hiking or biking along the Platte River Trail or riding the RTD light rail.

    5) Culture

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    Littleton may have a small-town feel, but the arts and culture experiences boast big city dedication. The Depot Art Gallery, a restored 1888 train station, is a top city attraction. It includes monthly juried art exhibits as well as workshops, programs and art classes – all including free admission. Another community staple is the Town Hall Arts Center, what was once Littleton’s first City Hall is now a cultural center, live theater and art gallery.


    Find the 5 Best Cities for Families in Colorado


    6) Culinary Delights

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    If you like to eat (and drink), you’ll like Littleton. The city has five different breweries, one of those being the famed Breckenridge Brewery. Top restaurants in the city include Pierre Michel French Bakery (it feels like you’re basically in Pairs), Jakes Brew Bar (the best coffee and draft beer!), Italian favorite Bacco Trattoria and Merles, an automotive themed restaurant.

    7) Home Sweet Home

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    People living in Littleton stay put. Case and point, it’s real estate market has the third highest average sale price among comparable cities, which is said to be driven by limited inventory. However, if you’re able to score a new home in one of Littleton’s top neighborhood you’ll get a bit of a discount in comparison to purchasing in the Denver metro area. Littleton’s single family price per square foot is on average $144 compared to the metro area average of $194.

    8) Family-Friendly

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    Littleton is a great place to raise a family. It was ranked #4 on Livability’s “5 Best Cities for Families in Colorado” list for its proximity to Denver, arts, culture and community activities. However, the education is Littleton is top notch. The city received an 8 out 10 rating from GreatSchools.org. Littleton Public Schools was awarded the designation of Accredited with Distinction by the Colorado Department of Education in 2016, the only school district in the Denver Metro Area to have earned the top rating six years in a row.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Lynsey Elve is a PR professional by day and a freelance writer by night. She is a self-proclaimed news junkie, avid bookworm and sometimes long-distance runner living in downtown C... more

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    Wed, 02/28/2018 - 21:22
  • 8 Reasons to Move to Minot, ND

    8 Reasons to Move to Minot, ND

    With heritage, jobs and many things to do, Minot, ND tops the list of great places to live.

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    Minot, ND

    Minot is one of the cities that saw a massive influx of jobs and investment due to the North Dakota oil boom. While oil prices have fallen off of their peaks a few years back, Minot still has a rather sizeable fossil fuel industry.

    More importantly, there’s a lot more going on in Western North Dakota than just oil and natural gas. Below are a few reasons why you should consider moving to Minot.

    More Major Industries

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    While Minot may have made headlines for its energy industry, the town also has robust logistics and agricultural sectors. Furthermore, North Dakota is quickly gaining a reputation as a state for aerial drone development and Minot has successfully leveraged its local US Air Force base to be a major destination for this emerging industry.

    North Dakota State Fair

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    With rides, competitions and mountains of fried food, the North Dakota state fair draws hundreds of thousands of attendees and features major musical acts. This year’s state fair headlines were Paramore, Fergie, Little Big Town and Jason Aldean.


    Discover Some of the Other Best Places to Live in North Dakota


    Norsk Høstfest and Scandinavian Heritage

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    Also held at the State Fairgrounds, the Norsk Høstfest is North America’s biggest Scandinavian festival. The event features authentic Scandinavian cuisine and culture, and draws tens of thousands of people from all over the world each year.

    The annual event makes sense when you consider the amount of Scandinavian immigrants living in the region and the Scandinavian influence on local food and architecture.

    Low Crime Rate

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    North Dakota regularly ranks among the lowest crime rates in the US, and Minot is regularly found to be one of the safest cities in the state.

    If you’re sick of looking over your shoulder every time you walk down the street or rolling up your car windows whenever you drive through a bad part of town, you’ll find Minot to be a refreshing change.


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    Sportsman’s Paradise

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    Minot and the surrounding region is well-regarded among outdoor enthusiasts.

    Minot is along one of North America’s main corridors for waterfowl migration, making the area one of best places to hunt Canada Geese and Snow Geese. Minot is also situated near an abundance of stocked fisheries including Lake Sakakawea, one of America’s biggest man-made reservoirs and a walleye-fishing hot spot.

    The Badlands

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    Just a couple hours’ drive away from Minot, The Badlands are rugged, striking geologic formations and a national treasure. This part of the country is also a hotbed for paleontology, with fossils of nautiloids, fish, marine reptiles, camels and three-toed horses all found in the region.

    Bakken Shale

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    Although recent low oil prices have affected the energy industry in and around Minot, The Bakken Shale isn’t going anywhere and oil prices have a tendency to rebound. Boom times could be back once the price of starts creeping back up.

    Infrastructure

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    Minot has a robust infrastructure system that makes the city well-connected to the region and the greater United States. Three major highways run through the city: US 2, Us 52 and US 83. Two major railways are connected to Minot, the BNSF Railway and the Canadian Pacific Railway, and Amtrak connects the city to Chicago, Portland and Seattle. The Minot International Airport has daily flight from four airlines.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Brett Smith is a freelance journalist based in New York State. A graduate of the State University of New York - Buffalo journalism program, he also has more than seven years of exp... more

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    Fri, 10/27/2017 - 19:55
  • 8 Reasons to Move to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

    8 Reasons to Move to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

    Food, health, beauty and activities come together to make this quirky town a great place to live.

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    Coeur D'Alene, ID

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    If you’re thinking about moving from a warm-weather state to up near the Canadian border, you aren’t crazy – and you aren’t alone.

    Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is gradually filling up with Californians who have grown weary of the Golden State and many are finding the Northern Idaho town to be a better fit for their lifestyle.

    Minimal traffic, great dining options and closeness to nature are just a few reasons are why transplants are loving life in Coeur d’Alene, and why you might too.

    Nature

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    In the summer, Coeur d’Alene residents enjoy hiking, camping, boating, fishing and bird watching. In the winter, there’s skiing, ice skating, and snowmobiling.

    So no matter what the season, the ability to enjoy nature in and around Coeur d’Alene is just minutes away. Specifically, locals prize Lake Coeur d’Alene, where many residents pursue water-based passions.

    Personal Fitness

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    All of those nature activities generally require some kind of physical exertion, and all that moving around translates into a healthy body. Furthermore, the town is very walkable, which means less time spent sitting in a car.

    The community itself is also very fitness-minded, regularly holding 5k races and fun runs.


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    A Tight-Knit Community

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    With a population just above 50,000, according to the latest US Census, Coeur d’Alene is a small community where business owners know their customers on a first-name basis and families look after each other in times of need.

    If you’re looking for a community where people actually have a relationship with their neighbors, you might want to look at Coeur d’Alene.

    No Traffic

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    If you live in a major city, you’re probably spending a lot of your time everyday sitting in traffic. That’s not an issue in Coeur d’Alene.  The lack of traffic also means cleaner air than what you’ll find in big cities.

    Temperate Climate

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    While winters in Coeur d’Alene can get quite cold, the town doesn’t get bitter cold for long stretches anymore, thanks to climate change. The town also has less than the US average for annual rainfall (24 inches) and the average annual snowfall is just 6 inches more than the national average (32 inches).


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    Delectable Dining

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    Despite having a modest population size, Coeur d’Alene still has a lot of choices when it comes to dining. The Dockside Restaurant offers affordable American fare and waterfront views, Satay Bistro has modern upscale fare and Crafted Tap House + Kitchen is a great place for beer nerds to get their fix.

    Many Newcomers

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    For reasons that aren’t quite clear, many people are moving up to Coeur d’Alene from California. Anecdotally, people say lower taxes and a more conservative culture is what draws Californians to the region.

    Near Spokane

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    Although you may want to move to Coeur d’Alene to get away from an urban metropolis, Spokane is around 30 minutes away by car, which means big city amenities and a major airport are quickly accessible.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Brett Smith is a freelance journalist based in New York State. A graduate of the State University of New York - Buffalo journalism program, he also has more than seven years of exp... more

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