Green Acres Redux: From Boston Metro to NH or RI
August 23, 2013 8:02 AM Subscribe
My husband and I live in Boston. As part of its annual employee survey, his employer is asking whether he would be willing to relocate. The most likely locations would be facilities in southern New Hampshire or northern Rhode Island. It would be theoretically possible to stay where we live and he would reverse commute to those locations, but based on past experience, it would be over an hour each way. So, if his job were moved, we might relocate—and so we turn to you, MeFi, for your perspectives on those locations and whether we’d be happy living there or nearby.
posted by Calamity Jen to work & money (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
First off—you may be able to figure out my husband’s employer and the towns in question from my ever-so-subtle hints, but we’d appreciate it if you don’t mention them in the thread. Thanks!
About us: sort of your standard-issue MeFites—we’re liberal, educated professionals, like arts and culture and food and drink, not too consumer-focused. Nesters who love to cook. We’re at the point in our lives where getting out of Boston and into a house with a yard and a garden has far more appeal than being close to a bar or a trendy restaurant. We don’t have kids or pets, though we might in the future. We’re in our mid-30s.
The RI facility is in northern Providence County. The NH facility is sort of in the middle of Hillsborough County. Each is just an office park, and we haven’t explored the area around either location.
We could theoretically live just over the border in MA for either location, but we could also end up deeper in those states (Concord, Providence, etc.). Getting out of Boston would be a big cost of living savings itself, and living in NH seems like it could be even cheaper, given taxes (though we haven’t spent much time researching their higher property taxes). We’d need a second car. I would also have to find a new job, and we haven’t done much research on the job markets in those locations.
So, northern RI and southern NH Mefites (whether you live or work there), what’s to love where you live? What do you hate? Would you recommend moving to RI/NH, or would we be happier staying safely within MA and just popping over your borders? NH, why do you not have a Whole Foods yet? If you moved from the Boston metro area, did you actually end up saving money? How’s your commute? Do you still get back to see friends in Boston? How's your internet? Are you happy?