Galen Young wrote:
Most of the nation suffers from repeated droughts or 'water-stress'
James Landreth wrote:
The schools in Washington and Oregon are generally good, especially compared to some other parts of the US. If I understand correctly, in Washington there's also a fair number of options (depending on where you are) for homeschooling and home school hybrid programs. At least, there were ten years ago.
James Landreth wrote:I used to live in Sequim and Port Angeles actually :) It is a really nice area. There are some great places for farming there, and it's next to Olympic National Park. Unfortunately it's gotten expensive, but if you can find something I think it's a great choice. You can take a ferry to Victoria, Canada, from Port Angeles.
I've lived in the Tri Cities in Eastern Washington, and my grandparents lived in a city called Ellensburg, also on the east side. What Nicole said is true. The weather is extreme there and water can be scarce. It wouldn't be my first choice, but some people are ok with those challenges and limiting factors.
A lot of counties in western Washington are still surprisingly rural, and cheap compared to the rest of the state. Lewis, Cowlitz, Clark, and Grays Harbor are all counties I'm familiar with that I think can be a great choice. If you get lucky you might get property that's not a terribly far drive to Olympia or even Portland.
Marshall Peters wrote:For your own sake, Check out Arkansas. North central has a great growing climate. Doesn't get too cold and there are plenty of rivers, natural springs and streams. Plus, lots of acreage with homes for sale at very decent prices