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So, fully remote people - where in the US should I work from?

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I mean if your only goal is cost minimization, sure. There is a lot more to consider than just cost of living though.

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I would argue southeast WI, because of the proximity to major cities/amenities + nature, cost of living/housing, and speculative/defensive in regards to climate change - water's right there, temp is more moderate than the south, less extreme than the coasts. You can live like a king for $350k and be less than 90 minutes from downtown Chicago and less than 45 from downtown Milwaukee, less than 1 hr from two international airports, and less than 30 min from camping/hiking. If you don't care about the cities as much, Minnesota and Michigan are probably even better. Madison WI is a little pricier, while making Minneapolis a little easier to reach and Chicago a bit harder. Any of the other small cities north of Madison are great too, like Wausau, Stevens Point, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Appleton, and Green Bay.

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A lot of people would not consider a 90 minute commute into the heart of downtown SF, NYC, or LA as "the middle of nowhere", and it's certainly far more expensive than paying for that privilege in the part of WI which has that honor w/r/t Chicago. Kenosha in particular has a population of about 100k, and Kenosha + Racine Counties (next to the north; Milwaukee is after that) totals about 365k. Infrastructure is there too - I-94 is now 8 lanes from Milwaukee to the IL state line and beyond.

The beauty of remote work is that you don't need to pick just one place. You could spend spring/summer/fall in an exciting but cold city like NYC or Chicago, and then move to LA, Miami or maybe Houston for a warm winter. More broadly, focus on what you want. Optimizing for cost of living or natural beauty are valid. But if you're young, single, and want to meet people, date, party and do trendy things for a while, there's absolutely nothing wrong with picking NYC. Expensive, but there's no better place to be young, single and outgoing. Maybe Chicago or Miami to still enjoy being young and single, but be more cost conscious or weather conscious. But if all you want out of life is supplied by a walmart and apartment with wifi, then any random place in a low col area will do.

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Hawaii

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Florida or Texas

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New Mexico- LCOL and lots to do.

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Portland (real one) Burlington is pretty cool too.

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Canada

Other way around

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