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Are You an Outdoors Buff Looking to Move Soon? Check Out These States

Posted by Diane Brennan on Monday, February 12th, 2018 at 6:03pm.

 

Like to cycle? Hike? Fish? Paddle? Snowmobile? Snowshoe? Bird watch? Ski? Hunt? Or just camp out and soak up Mother Nature in general?

 Are you also scoping out new places to live? If “yes” is the answer to the final question and at least one of the others, you are most likely wanting to live amidst an outdoor-recreation Mecca.

 Furthermore, you are part of an $887 billion a year recreation industry, one that employs more people than computer technology or construction. When sitting atop a ridge inhaling the lofty air around you with nothing but uninhabited space sprawling below, you will probably not give a hoot.

 However, once you start considering a move to another region of the U.S., you might want to start paying attention to outdoor-recreation statistics.

 If you love the outdoors and plan to move, you likely want to live in an area offering multiple recreational opportunities in the outdoors. Where to go? The below map we found at Allthingswaterproof.com might help you decide.

 

 

State by state, the highest percentages of outdoor aficionados reside in the following states: Montana, Idaho, North Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Washington, Colorado, Vermont and West Virginia. Roughly speaking, each of these states touts an outdoor-rec participation rate of at least 75 percent, according to an OIA National Recreation Economy Report in 2017.

By region, you can simplify the hunt for the doorstep with a view to adventure and exploration. Think in these terms: Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest and the Northeast.

As for real estate markets, you will find Washington’s upper-end home prices commensurate to the state’s recreational attraction, especially in urban zones. Seattle is among the top 10 big cities in the nation for real estate demand and prices, but some areas in the eastern, northern and Olympic Peninsula zone are more economical. Because of its topographical diversity and few natural threats, besides the occasional earthquake, Pacific Northwest real estate continues to increase in demand.

 Montana, Idaho and Wyoming are spread out and more conducive to wider ranges of real estate prices—but fewer urban options in sheer availability. They are also geographically much larger than Washington’s recreational expanse (unless you count its neighboring British Columbia—a huge, auxiliary outdoor mecca).

Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Washington, Colorado, Vermont and West Virginia. Roughly speaking, each of these states touts an outdoor-rec participation rate of at least 75 percent, according to an OIA National Recreation Economy Report in 2017.

 By region, you can simplify the hunt for the doorstep with a view to adventure and exploration. Think in these terms: Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest and the Northeast.

As for real estate markets, you will find Washington’s upper-end home prices commensurate to the state’s recreational attraction, especially in urban zones. Seattle is among the top 10 big cities in the nation for real estate demand and prices, but some areas in the eastern, northern and Olympic Peninsula zone are more economical. Because of its topographical diversity and few natural threats, besides the occasional earthquake, Pacific Northwest real estate continues to increase in demand. 

Montana, Idaho and Wyoming are spread out and more conducive to wider ranges of real estate prices—but fewer urban options in sheer availability. They are also geographically much larger than Washington’s recreational expanse (unless you count its neighboring British Columbia—a huge, auxiliary outdoor mecca).

 Colorado, the skiing state that actually offers much more than skiing, almost parallels Washington in real estate values as well as number of recreational opportunities. As for finding the home for your budget, it again depends upon how urban or remote you want to be.

 Vermont and the Northeast offer skiing and access to the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, along with plenty of nature watching in preserves and parks. Its real estate market is tight but more favorable in suburban and outlying areas.

 If you wish to find out more regarding outdoor-recreation-centered states, visit outdoorindustry.org. Then check information about each state’s real estate market online as well.

 

 

 

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