I've lived my whole life in Pennsylvania. We are ready for a change - both wife and I want to move someplace 'better.' The 'perfect' place doesn't exist: 1. Good weather - low humidity, warm winters, cool summers, lots of sunny days, low to zero snow. 2. good cost of living - affordable real estate, low taxes, cheap utilities, 3. good government - 'libertarian' - legal guns, few regulations, friendly, service-oriented police and gov't employees 4. Jobs - we tend to stay put at jobs we like, but I'd need to find one. 5. Good economy - low unemployment, low foreclosure rate, which leads to: 6. Low crime - don't need security cameras, fences, etc. Can leave doors unlocked with no fear. No Detroit-like abandoned infrastructure, shuttered houses, etc. 7. Pretty - access to parks, woods, camping, canoeing, biking, etc. 8. Low(er) population density - the few scraps of land in the Northeast that are not privately owned are heavily used, regulated, patrolled, etc. 9. Low culture shock - no hablo Espanol. Tambien no se hippy, Mormon, or cowboy. PA sucks at a lot of this, and maybe I'm over-romanticizing, but I feel like almost every Mountain and Western state nails everything... with their peculiarities. NV has crime, CA is expensive and overly-governed, UT might seem Mars if you're not LDS, AZ is too hot, CO is too congested/ expensive (where the jobs are), OR and WA are too rainy, MT and ID are too cold/ snowy.... On paper good compromises look like: St. George, UT and Reno, NV - with St. George losing a bit on cost and jobs, and Reno losing a bit on crime and economy. School me, warn me, or alleviate my fear!!! Help us start a new life! Where should we move?