But there's not much opportunity there for people with midlevel skills who want to raise families. Housing costs are exceedingly high...
This was a huge determining factor for me.
Wages for my trade in Montana are equal to and sometimes higher than in New York, California, etc...
My 4 bedroom/3 bath/double garage house on a corner lot cost me $157,000. Watching the HGTV channel, I see young couples in bigger cities buying less home for 2x-3x as much.