Originally Posted by kb58
That backs up what I've been hearing. My take on it is that it's a place you retire to due to its low cost of living - assuming the cold by that age hasn't made it a no-go. Like others have said, it's a beautiful place, just not somewhere you show up needing to pay bills.
Idaho is in the top 3 places for retirees to move to, and is #1 in the west.
My wife and I are in our 30's though...no way I'd wait 10 or 20 years to have the life I wanted.
Debt is another name for the present consumption of future earnings, which you have not yet earned. If you are looking at moving to a place with lower earnings, you had better make sure you have not already consumed your future earnings based on a California salary.