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Old 09-29-2013, 10:01 PM   #1
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Tell Me About Kentucky.

Out of a clear blue sky my 22 year old G'Daughter has come to the conclusion that she can no longer handle California and is investigating a permanent move to Kentucky. Why, I don't know.
We camped there a few years back, it was pretty and it was cold (late November) and that is all I can remember.
So here I am asking for opinions and advice, both good and bad.
She is a trained EMT and probably leaning towards fire service and/or like her Dad and G'Dad LEO.

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Old 09-29-2013, 10:26 PM   #2
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I've been there a number of times. Very pretty landscape. 4 seasons. Very "down to earth"... unlike a lot of CA (no offense) depending on where you're from. Cost of living/taxes are often half.
I left NY and moved to GA for some of those reasons 12 years ago. Best move I ever made!
Without getting political, it's also a better "traditional" family environment these days to raise kids.
That's just my observation, having been the KY and CA quite a bit for work. Nothing really wrong with CA, but if i were younger and starting out, I'd look elsewhere.
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:11 AM   #3
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I grew up on the Ohio side of the KY/OH border

KY is not on it's way to bankruptcy.
4 seasons
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As the father of 22 and 24 year olds, nothing is EVER 'out of the clear blue' when you start asking questions. There is always a significant back story and some good - and bad - reasoning behind the sudden move. Maybe a long distance, on line relationship?

But Kentucky is a beautiful state with great people. We have visited there a number of times from Lexington all the way to Paducah and always enjoyed ourselves.
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We are in the process now of researching KY as a final retirement destination, and we have spent several extended visits there trying to choose a location. For us it is geographically in the middle of two sets of grandkids - too far away to be expected to babysit but close enough to visit frequently. As others have said some areas (most) are beautiful, people are friendly and laid back for the most part. Outdoor recreation areas (boating, hunting, etc) are plentiful. Cost of living is low. Our research says medical care is good in Lexington and Louisville, but maybe not so available in other areas.

There are some negative tax ramifications for us to move there that may not be noticeable to someone coming from CA. There are areas of KY where people live in unbelievable poverty. Some of the larger cities have areas where crime, drug use, and gang activity are rampant. One attractive feature for us, but one that may not be to someone used to "progressive" environments, is that government services and programs are limited when compared with other areas. During one of our extended visits there a local university newspaper editorial called state politicians "mean and hateful" for refusing to increase public assistance budgets.

I do agree with RVThere, though. None of the above probably matters to a 22 year old. There is very likely something/someone that is driving the decision.
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I'm a life-long resident of Kentucky and have traveled every state in this country (except Alaska and Hawaii...fixing the Alaska issue next year). For me, there is no other place I'd rather live. We do have four seasons here. Most winters are not that cold. We might get a 10-15 day period of below freezing temperatures, but for the most part it's not bad. Summers (especially late July-August) can be hot and humid, the the spring and falls are spectactular. Housing is cheap, there are a lot of hospitals in the metropolitan areas, traffic is not horrendous and there's plenty of land. You can go from the flat lands of western Kentucky to the mountains of Eastern Kentucky in 3 hours.
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We spent several weeks this summer at Cumberland gap natl park. It's right on the edge of Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. I loved the fact that Kentucky has NO sales tax on food and a very low fuel tax. Prices on everything seemed lower there. We are from middle Tennessee and the taxes on food are very high. Hurts if you are retired. Cost of living should be very good for her budget.
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We are in the process now of researching KY as a final retirement destination, and we have spent several extended visits there trying to choose a location. For us it is geographically in the middle of two sets of grandkids - too far away to be expected to babysit but close enough to visit frequently. As others have said some areas (most) are beautiful, people are friendly and laid back for the most part. Outdoor recreation areas (boating, hunting, etc) are plentiful. Cost of living is low. Our research says medical care is good in Lexington and Louisville, but maybe not so available in other areas.

There are some negative tax ramifications for us to move there that may not be noticeable to someone coming from CA. There are areas of KY where people live in unbelievable poverty. Some of the larger cities have areas where crime, drug use, and gang activity are rampant. One attractive feature for us, but one that may not be to someone used to "progressive" environments, is that government services and programs are limited when compared with other areas. During one of our extended visits there a local university newspaper editorial called state politicians "mean and hateful" for refusing to increase public assistance budgets.

I do agree with RVThere, though. None of the above probably matters to a 22 year old. There is very likely something/someone that is driving the decision.
We live in SW Ohio, just across the Ohio River from Kentucky. I am originally from SE Virginia therefore I have traveled through and visited Kentucky many times over the years. I have lived in Southern California (transferred by my employer) and really liked the area but I was happy to leave due to the cost of living, taxes, political environment, and so on.

I guess I am surprised that you reference some University newspaper and their typical liberal point of view to cast dispersions on Kentucky lawmakers. Kentucky is a great state and has much to offer to those willing to work and take advantage of what the state has to offer.

A couple of years ago a massive tornado cut through Northern Kentucky destroying homes and displacing many people. What I observed was Kentuckians helping Kentuckians, rebuilding and cleaning up the mess. I was surprised to see things back to normal so quickly mainly due to the helpful nature of the people of Kentucky. They did not sit around for months crying and complaining about no one coming to help…they helped themselves.

Kentucky has some large cities with typical large city problems, crime, drugs, etc. but these are small in comparisons to other cities in the North/Northeast or even out West in LA. Most of Kentucky is rural and some areas are low income but "Unbelievable poverty"...based on who's yardstick? If you stop and talk to these folks, they are happy!
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From somebody who lived & worked in California for 28 years, I can tell you it was nice to leave. As for Kentucky, it's a nice state. I was raised in Indiana and currently live in Tennessee. Being retired Kentucky didn't fit all my needs, but a 22 year old would probably be happy.
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It's also a very gun friendly State, among all the other thing's listed.
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I was born in KY & accepted a job transfer at 33. I lived in N. Carolina, Fla, & Tx for 21 yrs. My wife is native to Fla. We have traveled & worked in the northwest, Cal, Hawaii, N. York & many other states. My family was still here & the many visits caused my wife to want to be here permanently. I retired early & moved to KY 9 yrs ago.

KY does have a state income tax & vehicles are taxed each yr. As someone mentioned, food is not taxed. Utilities are extremely cheap compared to Fla & Tx. Housing is very reasonable compared to most places ( & I turned down opportunities to transfer to Ca because of the cost of living). We live just outside of Lexington, which is the second largest city. It has no crime or traffic, compared to the DFW or Tampa Bay areas. There are poor areas, but I found that in every state. Ky has many natural wonders & the horse farms & mountains are beautiful while most people are very friendly. We have 4 seasons but the winters are not that cold & we don't get much snow, most yrs. It's not perfect but my wife loves it & we are very glad we made the move.
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