Hey all - any thought here would be appreciated …
My dh and I are considering the possibility of moving out of NJ to Vermont. We both love it there for many reasons, and would gladly welcome a move out of state. The area we live in now is rural, near a few small cities, and although you would think otherwise, it is not as quaint and laidback as it would seem. The cities are small, but with all the problems of bigger cities - our teen pregnancy rate is ridiculously high, crime rate is high, the schools terrible. I don’t feel unsafe where we are, but I question whether this is an area I want to raise our children. We can’t afford private school, and the catholic school we were planning to send the kids to looks like it is int he middle of the ghetto - THAT doesn’t feel safe to me.
On the other hand, our family is here, and my dh business (a nursery - so it’s not like we can pick up the farm!) are here.
I think my biggest reason for considering a move is that while there are plenty of things ANYWHERE I would want to protect my kids from, (and I don’t want them protected from [I]everything[/I]) there seems like there are [I]less[/I] in other areas, and more of a feeling of community than what we have here.
So my question is this - to help me better figure out what I am looking for - If you liked where you grew up, where you raise or raised children, what did you like about it, and why?