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Old 07-31-2023, 08:05 PM
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New Hampshire.

No airline hubs, so you’ll commute. Worth it for NH.

NYC has United, Delta, Jet Blue, etc. Do it.

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SLC proper isn’t bad. Not Mormon anymore either (they decamped. “LDS flight”. SLC is about 5 years behind Austin. Take it or leave it as you prefer. But we’re one mayor election cycle from formal permanent “homeless” (drug addict) “camping” (vagrants) in all the nice public parks. The surrounding areas aren’t there….yet. Either way, bring your wallet).

All the recent (and prolific!) gang art/tagging in my upscale and expensive SLC neighborhood is, uh, not LDS. Good stuff, because only a fool would suggest otherwise.

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Old 08-08-2023, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by FoundIt
I've been flying overseas for 10+ years and finally coming home to fly for a regional and then eventually a major. No kids yet but my foreign wife and I plan on starting soon. I need some advice or just examples on where to live to get a good quality of life, good for kids.

Priorities are friendly community, low crime/homelessness and walkability would be nice as my wife hates driving. Prefer relaxed suburban or rural living. Mountains, beaches, places to hike or ride mountain bikes are all pluses.

What's the coolest place you've heard of someone commuting from? Or driving into base from? Where would you move to if you could easily pull up stakes and work for any airline? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated: I've got a list of places going but nothing is really impressing the wife too much so far, and she's getting nervous about moving to the US.
Based off of coming from New Zealand and your desire for beaches/mountains, etc I’d recommend the Pacific Northwest. Similar climate and terrain to where you currently are. Politically, it goes from Portland on one extreme to most towns east of the Cascades being pretty conservative. Seattle has Alaska and Delta, Spokane isn’t a domicile for anyone, but relatively easy to commute out of. Lots of other towns that would work as well. Look at Couer d’Alene to get most of what you asked for.
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If you're looking to minimize taxes I've chatted with a pilot who lives just above the Oregon/Washington state line. 20 minutes to PDX. Washington has no income tax, and Oregon has no sales tax. They cross the bridge into Oregon for their big shopping trips.
Double check this because my info is from 10-15 years or so ago.
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Originally Posted by AirBear
If you're looking to minimize taxes I've chatted with a pilot who lives just above the Oregon/Washington state line. 20 minutes to PDX. Washington has no income tax, and Oregon has no sales tax. They cross the bridge into Oregon for their big shopping trips.
Double check this because my info is from 10-15 years or so ago.
Still accurate. There is a good reason for Vancouver, Wa being a pilot ghetto.
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Old 08-09-2023, 02:52 PM
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Gary, Indiana
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Old 08-09-2023, 03:10 PM
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Gary, Indiana
Not Louisiana, Paris, France, New York or Rome?
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Originally Posted by tnkrdrvr
Still accurate. There is a good reason for Vancouver, Wa being a pilot ghetto.
Like most places, you have to be careful of the neighborhoods. But I would agree. Vancouver, or some towns in and around. Live in WA. Big shopping in Portland. Watch out for far left wing crazies.
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Originally Posted by TransWorld
Like most places, you have to be careful of the neighborhoods. But I would agree. Vancouver, or some towns in and around. Live in WA. Big shopping in Portland. Watch out for far left wing crazies.
I was just out there for a race at Washougal.

If we had a PDX pilot base I'd move there in a heartbeat.
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Old 08-10-2023, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by AirBear
If you're looking to minimize taxes I've chatted with a pilot who lives just above the Oregon/Washington state line. 20 minutes to PDX. Washington has no income tax, and Oregon has no sales tax. They cross the bridge into Oregon for their big shopping trips.
Double check this because my info is from 10-15 years or so ago.
I don't remember the details, but supposedly there were a couple of Big-D pilots who went to prison for tax evasion playing the "I work in X, but live in Y" game with the IRS many years ago. (MSP vs. Michigan? Long time ago).

May be apocryphal. Pilots gossip more than pre-teen girls.

Consult with your tax professional before you make a base/home state decision because of a 2% income tax advantage.
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Originally Posted by DeltaboundRedux
I don't remember the details, but supposedly there were a couple of Big-D pilots who went to prison for tax evasion playing the "I work in X, but live in Y" game with the IRS many years ago. (MSP vs. Michigan? Long time ago).

May be apocryphal. Pilots gossip more than pre-teen girls.

Consult with your tax professional before you make a base/home state decision because of a 2% income tax advantage.
The Vancouver thing is real because you actually live in WA state. Just so happens there's a town with tax free shopping across the border, even the most totalitarian states cannot require that you stay home and shop in state (they would if they could, but constitution and all that). I know plenty of people who live there, for that reason (presumably they generally like PNW too, as opposed to FL or LAS).

Even PDX based pilots don't have to pay OR tax because the vast majority of their flying leaves the state. Probably 100% for mainline AS.

That said, if you play fast and loose with residency for tax evasion purposes, yes you can go to jail. CA has tax agents snooping through the garbage cans of LAX/SFO based pilots in Henderson NV, looking for evidence of residency or lack thereof.
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