Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Relocating to a Different US State

Not as easy as it seems. Even when going from one State to another, especially in small towns, you will be treated as a foreigner. Maybe even worse than coming from another country all together due to negative preconceptions people may have of where you come from!
Do plenty of research and choose wisely. For anyone in USA considering relocating it’s a much better idea to look State side than abroad, at least as of right now, but know what you’re getting into.



Don Williams said...

As a resident of Pennsylvania, I appreciated Samuel Jackson's comment re the difficulty of exfiltrating from New Jersey:


heh heh

Don Williams said...

1) Not to sound too cynical but the rich --or even merely well off --usually don't have problems making new friends. As an outsider, you are not bound by all the petty feuds and long time quarrels that divide small communities.
2) Religion can be a problem or an aid. If you belonged to a church in your old place then a church of the same denomination can help you enter a new community. Your new pastor or priest, however, may check with your former pastor re your character, however.

If you are a nonreligious party hearty type, then you may find some parts of the Southern Bible Belt to be the seventh circle of Hell.

3) Urban areas usually respect your privacy more, although they are also more indifferent to your problems and disinclined to show much in the way of Christian charity if you hit some bad luck.

4) Every place has a power structure -- it is less obvious in urban areas because the elites are so powerful they can be indifferent to what the rabble say. Nonetheless you will suffer pain or reward according to whether you hurt or promote the interests of the elite. Certainly in small towns there is one law for the rabble and another law for the Rich. Any local lawyer can explain it to you.

Anonymous said...

We moved from Manhattan, NYC to Austin, TX without any problem. We had a great time and made lots of friends.

We move back to NY, but this time to Queens. Love Queens and made lots of friends. We adopted our next door neighbor as our children's grandma.

Later on, we moved to Boston, MA. A major mistake. We didn't fully understand the Yankee vs. Red Socks feud. As New Yorkers, we would never fit in. Including not inviting our kids to birthday parties.

After seven years we packed our bags and returned to NY. Today, our children love their schools and have friends. While we are happy now, I am still shocked and bitter about our terrible experiences in Boston. It was like moving to another planet.

Anonymous said...

To Don Williams: We live in NJ but frequent PA via church and personal business. We do not have a problem with PA. This includes the three generational business who are "Dutchy types."

Anonymous said...


Evidenced from Anonymous who now lives in Queens, not everyone is able to relocate. While there is very good reason to move out of my state, as well as NYC, the five boroughs, and LI, there are many of us for whom this is not an option.

Most survivalists advocate developing a community of like minded individuals out in the middle of nearly nowhere. My personal opinion is that where there are two people there are three opinions!

Would I move if it were feasible? Probably. Then again, I have been wanted to move out of my state for a very very long time.

There has been some observations that I have made concerning Retreat/Relocation vs. In Place. If I am wrong, I am more than willing to be gracefully corrected.

1. If people are worried that being in a more populated areas also means that they would be the first to be put "on the bus," that doesn't appear to be the case. A large part of Texas is covered by armed vehicles that DHS owns.
2. No place is perfect.
3. I have tried to find information on continuing riots in Cyprus and Greece. If there are any in Cyprus, my one contact whose parents are there never mentions it. She says they are doing OK. The one person I met with relatives in Greece said, "Things aren't that bad in Greece." This was a year ago. I am sure this doesn't include everyone.
4.As a culture, we have lost our moral compass. It ain't pretty.

At some point people will stop banging their pots and pans and do what they must do to get by. Not everyone will have a "can do" attitude. Some will turn to crime. Some have already.

Those of us who are "left behind," are considered foolish. Is that really the case?

Don Williams said...

Re Anon at 11:21

1) Just kidding. I like New Jersey
(Shore, Pine Barrens state parks, Delaware Water Gap )

Anonymous said...

I have quite a bit of experience with both move in between countries as well as states (I was born in Zurich Switzerland and my father is a chemist but my family moved to US when I was 5) and a lot of times it's the states that are closer that have bigger stereotypes for example when living in Delaware it was assumed that Maryland is filled with rednecks (partly true) and that New Jersey drivers are terrible, and that California is Gay and crazy.

Euhill said...

I can voche for the people in California being crazy. Especially the Los Angeles area. I lived out there a short time as a teen with my dad. I'm glad to hav e come back to Arizona. Sadly though, those Californians come here and bring my home state down to California's level.