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If You're Planning to Relocate, This Book is Excellent
on February 18, 2012
First: If you live in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Montana or most of the other northern or midwestern states, love it there, and have little desire to relocate, this book may not be useful to you. John Howells is primarily writing for people who are looking to move to states with either milder climates, seacoasts, special geographical features, or some combination of those elements. He's absolutely up front about his, and in fact a quick perusal of the table of contents reveals that Florida and California receive detailed attention as do Arizona and Texas. The Southern Coastal states from the Virginias to Georgia, the Gulf Coast states from Alabama to Louisiana and the Midsouthern Hill states including Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma are represented and another section covers the Western Mountain and Desert states, including Nevada, Mew Mexico and Utah. A pleasant surprise to this reader was the inclusion of the Pacific Northwest - Oregon and Washington -, great states for outdoors people and wine lovers. Rounding out the book is a chapter on Snowbelt States: Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Colorado and Idaho.
Enough states - and a wide enough variety of states - are covered in this book to provide the reader with lots to compare. In addition to geography and climate, Howells considers a number of other factors including safety, housing costs, social (cultural) compatibility, vibrancy of local downtown areas and so forth. I read this book cover to cover and found it to be full of insights worth pondering to anyone beginning with the question, "If I could move, where would I want to move to?"