Moving to Sequim is not just for retirees, but young families and singles. Why move to Sequim from California? That’s not hard to answer. California was the dream of the west for decades, but not anymore according to many who are escaping. Hundreds of thousands are leaving the Golden State.
For Mike Reilly, “. . . years of rising taxes, dead-end schools, unchecked illegal immigration and clogged traffic have robbed the Golden State of its allure. You see wages go down and the cost of living go up,” Reilly said. His property taxes will be $1,300 in Colorado, down from $4,300 on his three-bedroom house in Nipomo, about 80 miles up the coast from Santa Barbara. “The number of people leaving for another state outstripped the number moving in from another state during the year ending on July 1, 2008. California lost a net total of 144,000 people during that period â€” more than any other state, according to census estimates. That is about equal to the population of Syracuse, N.Y.” Barry Hartz, also from California said, “”The saddest thing I saw was the escalation of home prices to the point our kids, when they got married, could not live in the community where they lived and grew up. Some people call that progress.” [See Go East Young Man]
Sequim’s low crime, sparse traffic, friendly community, low property taxes and reasonably priced real estate makes it a haven these days. Of course, the rain shadow helps make this a sunny place to live with more gorgeous water views than almost anywhere you could life in the U.S.
Last Updated on September 15, 2013 by Chuck Marunde