Let's say I can telecommute and do not need to show up anywhere
Where should I live, tax wise?
All I really want is fast internet, least amount of interaction with dumb Americans, and a winter that's milder than Michigan. The rest of the world is shit compared to the US so I might as well stay here
I do like lakes but I can live without them
If you plan to own your home look at property tax rates too.
Can someone explain U.S property taxes to me. Live in Australia and I just pay a quarterly fee the same as every other house regardless of value for services.
Is that percentage based off house price? What's it cover?
States have some sovereignty in themselves and have the power to fund themselves through taxes of their own making. It works differently from state to state. In California the tax rate for properties sold after 1979 is set by constitutional law at 1% the price of a home at its most recent purchase. In some other states the tax valuation is reassessed according to the current local property market.
There is no federal property tax or sales tax though states commonly fund themselves this way.
>if I build my own place how does the state value it?
An appraiser comes by and makes a judgement based on the land, the improvements you've made to it and comparable properties in your immediate vicinity.
>I don't really like living in the States as it is
Door's right there.
>and paying taxes to fund your wars upsets me
State taxes don't fund the military, the federal income tax funds it in part (the rest being covered by federal debt). You'll be funding them wherever you go.
Where are you from?
Speaking of internet connection...
I spend $100 a month for 105 mb download in Atlanta. When I speedtest, I'm only reaching speeds of 40 mb (plugged in) and 10mb wireless, so Comcast is screwing me.
If I drop down to 60 mb and save $50 a month, I won't get lower speeds than this, right?
it's not like I'm on a special cable that costs $100 to access.
This. Texan here, taxes are low af and pay is pretty good. Depending on where you live in Texas, it can snow in Winter but don't expect it too often. Summer can be pretty hot, usually 90-100 but you get used to it and AC is cheap. Considering what you want, I'd say checking out the capital, Austin might be worth a shot. Its got the Colorado River running right through downtown but it's dammed in some places creating "lakes" (pic related). Internet here is pretty good, downtown area has Google Fiber (1000mbps) and its expanding to the outskirts of the city and even the suburbs very quickly. Taxes are a bit higher if you live in the hills (Westlake), but they're not too bad, and you dont have to live in Westlake. Finally, shit is cheap here. I pay $1.70 a gallon for gas. Anyways, its a nice city with not too many "dumb Americans" as it has that techy, kind of silicon valley vibe, with Apple having an HQ here, Google has offices, etc. Worth checking out.
Shit yeah. I'm from Arizona (North Phoenix, Scottsdale is the next suburb over) but go to school in California. The lifestyle you can buy in Phoenix is so, so much fucking better than what you can get in California unless you're ultra wealthy (like, >$500,000 income).
If you're making $100k in Phoenix/Scottsdale, to buy the equivalent lifestyle anywhere desirable in California (LA or San Diego and near the coast) you'd need to be making at minimum double that, maybe triple. I don't plan on ever living in California until I'm making hundreds of thousands a year. It's just not worth draining that much money just into living expenses like rent and food. Not to mention the massive income tax and property tax. Sure it's only 0.6%, but a 2 bedroom ultra basic shack costs half a million dollars.
Yeah, pretty much that. All the perks but no annoying ass Californians to deal with on a daily basis, taxes and rent are like any other place in Texas, the whole state having no income tax and fairly low property tax. Also its not always 10,000 degrees. Texas always being hot is a meme, its like 60 degrees right now.
Another thing. I say good things about Austin, this does not apply to all cities in Texas.
Houston - Shit, literally 0 trees
Dallas - Shit, Detroit but a bit more money and a bit less crime
Fort Worth - Shit, its pretty much the same city as Dallas, look how close they are on a map
El Paso - Shit + Illegal Immigrants
Port Arthur/Beaumont - Shit
Amarillo (and every other town in the "panhandle", the northernmost rectangle sticking out of Texas) - Shit unless you're into really small towns and cowboys
Brownsville - Shit, El Paso but farther south
Note that those rankings are for living in the city, and may not be 100% accurate. Houston is nice to visit because of a massive ass airport that flies pretty much everywhere in the world for super cheap. Most Texans use that airport. Houston also has a big ass medical district, there's literally doctors, surgeons, and specialists for everything. Dallas and Houston will also probably be visited if you want to buy a car or something, Houston being a port that gets in so many cars and Dallas just being very large. Dallas isn't that bad to visit, but I wouldn't live there. Where I would live:
Pretty much any town in the " hill country " (central Texas)
Running out of characters here, if you wanna know more just ask I can answer in another post.
I can think of 3 stores that actually participated in that shit off the top of my head.
There are many other grocery stores besides Randalls and Trader Joes and only hippies go to Whole Foods, its good food but overpriced.
Also, Austin isn't full of hipsters and liberals. UT Campus is full of hipsters. Due to the proximity, people seem to consider UT Campus Austin, as it does overlap with a section of downtown. But pretty much everything in that section is chain stores like CVS and chain restaurants, you know, stuff that's scattered around the entire city and suburbs and you don't need to go to that area to go to a CVS. Unless you are at UT.
Another thing, if you wanna go to Randalls/Trader Joes, they just give you a paper bag instead of a plastic one. Its not the end of the world. Oh no my bag is brown and slightly more durable than plastic. Sure the idea is kind of ridiculous, but there's nothing wrong with the bags they give instead of plastic.
Yeah well people who are not super narrow minded and actually visit places will soon discover that this is a rather retarded standpoint. Not saying that Bulgaria is the shit, but everyone could use a bit of cultivation.
I go to school in San Luis Obispo and they enacted a law a few years ago banning plastic bags and (I believe) adding a tax for any bags stores have to provide when you're checking out, to encourage the use of reusable bags. Every single store in the entire county just handed out free reusable bags for months afterword, and everybody adapted pretty quickly.
It's really not that big of a deal to bring your bags in with you. Plus reusable bags are way the fuck stronger and bigger than plastic grocery bags, so bringing groceries in from the car takes less time.