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    Leaving Illinois for Indiana

    Hi everyone, I'm new to the site. My wife and I have a 3 yr old son and thinking about having another child. We have been in Illinois all our lives. We are currently in a suburb of Chicago. We have been throwing the idea around of leaving Illinois due to the high taxes and moronic government they have. We have been looking into homes in the Valparaiso area and like what we see so far. Indiana appears to be pretty cost friendly. I think they are less strict with there gun laws and things of that nature too. But I'm just curious to see what you guys and gals think of Indiana as a place to raise a family? Thanks and have a good day.

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    Grandmaster Tactically Fat's Avatar

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    Ask a generic question, and you'll get myriad answers.

    Not trying to bag on you, man. Honest. Some life-long Hoosiers hate Indiana. Some transplants hate Indiana.

    I've never lived anywhere else - and I quite like Indiana (though I'm sure I'd like other spots, too).

    Depending on which 'burb you're in, you'll likely not notice much difference at all when you move - other than a slightly lower cost of real estate / rent. But that cost savings will be eaten up by the almost insanely high vehicle registration costs.

    And if you're still in NWI - you'll have generally the same overall politics as where you are in Chicagoland - just on a slightly smaller scale.

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    It depends on how you make a living and other priorities in life. Will it effect your job.

    I'm a transplant from California. I absolutely love here. I still have family, most of them in Los Angeles and San Diego, every time I go back visit them, it reminds me how much big cities/commie government suck.
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    Plinker

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    Thanks for the quick replies, yes I figured I'd get some different responses for a generic question. The wife would like to still be close enough to visit family so that's why we started to look at Valparaiso, just over an hour from where we are now. Unless I'm looking at the wrong thing, the property taxes are pretty cheap compared to Illinois. What does your vehicle registration cost? As far as work, I'm a local truck driver and shes in an office with a possibility of working from home. Once again thanks for the replies.

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    Iíve got a pretty strong philosophy that Indiana is just about the best state. Hear me out:

    Outside of Indy/B-town, relatively conservative values all around.
    Still on the conservative end of gun rights.
    Far enough north to not have unbearable summers.
    At least in Central/Southern Indiana, far enough south to not have unbearable winters.
    No hurricanes like the east coast.
    No apocalyptic tornadoes like the states west of us.
    No mountains or oceans. So those places remain interesting to us compared to someone who lives at the ocean or mountains. Basically everywhere outside of Indiana seems like a vacation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jps1983 View Post
    Thanks for the quick replies, yes I figured I'd get some different responses for a generic question. The wife would like to still be close enough to visit family so that's why we started to look at Valparaiso, just over an hour from where we are now. Unless I'm looking at the wrong thing, the property taxes are pretty cheap compared to Illinois. What does your vehicle registration cost? As far as work, I'm a local truck driver and shes in an office with a possibility of working from home. Once again thanks for the replies.
    I moved to IN in 94 with my wife (we had been married about 18 months or so at the time). We were both born and raised in north east FL.
    Had 2 kids, swapped jobs a couple of times since moving here. Not familiar with the specific area of IN you are mentioning, but it has been a great place to raise kids (we are in Central IN, but not in Indy specifically). We picked an area that was known for good schools to live even before we had kids. We don't have any family here and unlike you we were not used to true winters. We miss being close to family, but you won't really have that issue.

    Cost of living is spectacular (there is a state income tax which we didn't have in FL, but most everything else is cheaper here), politics, gun laws, etc are very good. Generally a freedom loving state.
    Check out the specific area you are looking at, possibly rent at first until you get the lay of the land. Vehicle registration is quite high compare to FL and was a shocker when we moved. No idea what its like where you are currently. Overall, I think we did very well moving here, and has been a great place to raise kids (both of mine are now college aged).
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    Wife and I are retired. Moved here from IL ten years ago. We are in St. John and although it is having growing pains we are very happy here. On cars, the bill is high for a new car but goes down each year. I have a 2014 Accord and the tax was $132. I believe IL is just over $100, plus whatever they stick you with for a vehicle sticker. When we were in the Elgin area we paid $75 per car for the privilege of living in Crook county.

    The big saving is in real estate taxes. My bill this year is about $2800. In IL it was almost $7K and that was ten years ago. IL will never change. Their end goal is to disarm you. The corruption and ever increasing taxes over there is disgusting. Get out while you can.

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    Just don't show up and vote liberal. Don't California my Texas, so to speak.

    Never understand why people flee a state that is screwed up by people voting for liberals and then vote for libs in the state to which they fled.
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    Personally I've lived in several locations east of the Rockies, nothing coastal other than Florida, and I've really come to appreciate everything that living in central Indiana brings with it. I've lived in one or two places that I could call better and several definitely worse but overall for my personal interests I have no complaints. I do not have children though (not school age anyway) so can't address that issue. If it weren't for that damned white crap that falls from the sky in the winter and the lack of a good coastal beach I'd stay here in retirement but those plans are already being laid.

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    Plinker

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    Quote Originally Posted by patience0830 View Post
    Just don't show up and vote liberal. Don't California my Texas, so to speak.

    Never understand why people flee a state that is screwed up by people voting for liberals and then vote for libs in the state to which they fled.
    I agree 100% you wont have to worry about that.


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