Which one would you choose…

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  1. Northern Nomad

    Northern Nomad Light Load Member

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    Thinking about some what if scenarios regarding my location and job, and where I would move to if I could. I currently live and work in the NE, and have also lived and worked (driving,) in Colorado and Alaska. I have over 10 years experience running 49 states and some of Canada, and have hauled dry van, reefer, liquid and dry bulk tank, and hauled equipment. Dry bulk and reefer are my favorite.

    Things might be changing in my future, and I’m contemplating moving to one of these 3 states. Which one would you choose, and why?

    -Wyoming

    -South Dakota

    -Nevada (northern)

    I don’t mind winters, and I hate the oppressive heat of the south. I like my solitude and open space. Regional and local work would be my first choice over OTR. I tend to lean right politically, but I hate both parties equally.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    You'd be a good fit in South Dakota.
    Popular governor running the state and no state income taxes.
     
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  4. Chieftains

    Chieftains Light Load Member

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    SD closer to the Midwest market. Decent paying loads going into ND and SD if your an O/O
     
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  5. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Road Train Member

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    Northern Nevada would be my choice.

    Reno/Sparks is a bustling area.

    Probably much easier to get home living along I-80.
     
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  6. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Road Train Member

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    Deffo SD its close to a lot of major hubs and there is always good freight for just about everything moving in and out. Taxes are cheaper then a lot of places, land is pretty, governer is decent, and property is mostly affordable.
     
  7. DUNE-T

    DUNE-T Road Train Member

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    SD is the best market for freight out of these 3 options
     
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  8. pumpkinishere

    pumpkinishere Heavy Load Member

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    Kristi Noem has a good handle on the state, she is very attractive. Plus no state taxes, beautiful place if you don’t mind the cold. Wyoming is too #### windy
     
  9. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    All three options have no state income tax. I would investigate the housing options and prices before making a choice, unless you plan on living in the truck. I turned down a job offer in northern NV because housing was almost unavailable. What might become available was expensive and low quality. That would have been near Carlin NV. WY doesn't have an excess of housing either. I'd prefer WY of the three options, simply for the low population. I'd probably focus on a good job and let that decision pick my location. It's a hard choice.
     
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  10. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    WY is windy and the venomous flying tarantulas seem to prefer to attack sleeping out of staters, according to one WY native I talked to. I hope he didn't think I was from CA. LOL
     
  11. Northern Nomad

    Northern Nomad Light Load Member

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    Thanks, everyone. I am leaning towards SD if this does happen, mainly due to the proximity to my home state. I am a company driver, and would look into either liquid or dry bulk tank first, and reefer second. I lived in Alaska for 5 years, so cold and snow are not an issue.
     
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