Originally Posted by stinkfinger
PC, I don't know how you got the impression that there are plenty of jobs in the CDA area. Well let me rephrase that, there are jobs, if you are in the medical field. Before everyone says I have no idea what I am talking about, I'll give you some history. My wife and I moved here last spring. We moved only after she had a job offer. She is a PA. She makes decent money. We bought before we came. I searched for 4 months for employment before even getting a interview. No I was not picky, I applied for virtually all work that I was qualified for, including very remedial labor. I was/am a ASE master technician. I have no desire to work as a mechanic anymore. Most jobs out here pay very little. Some examples; cabelas $9.00/hr, landscaping $7-11/hr with experience, firefighters start at 36k for kootenai fire, smaller departments are $9.25/hr, police officers 19.15/hr. Some people choose to commute to spokane because the wages are higher.
So, I am just trying to tell everyone the grass is not always greener, there always is some sort of compromise. With all that said, I haveno desire to move back to california. Life has been awesome out here, but very different. Not everyone assimilates to the way things are here. Best advice, come with a job secured and plenty of cash.
I posted in another thread, but it was just in the Statesman that Idaho has the lowest wages of any state. It doesn't have the lowest income because so many Idaho households have 2 full time jobs.
We love it here as well, but pay very careful attention to wages, and what the median house price is for the area, NOT for what you are used to as a Californian. The median home price is the price median local jobs will support.
Do not move here with a big debt load...