Unfortunately in the western states, grass and mild winters normally do not go together.
If your husband is willing to learn xeriscaping, Sierra Vista Arizona is a really nice place to live. Low humidity, high elevation so the temperature
is normally up to 20 degrees lower than Pheonix in the summer. Decent economy. Tons and tons of outdoor beauty and places to go and photograph. I
would have retired there except our grandchildren were in another state. But grass, well, no.
Oregon, especially Coos Bay is cool to cold the majority of the year. We have relatives there.
Seattle is way way too depressingly rainy, mild yes, but overcast and rainy and cool to cold most of the year, all the way down the coast until you
get past Monterrey California, then the drought means no grass anymore.
So I think you need to decide which is more important, grass or climate.
To get grass in the west you are in cool to cold areas.
To get mild winters in the west, well most, except for Texas, are going for xeriscaping.
Actually Texas has no state income tax - homes have grass lawns - then you have to decide city - town - or suburb.
Round rock Texas is a nice suburb of Austin. It has humidity but not consistently awful humidity like coastal areas of the south.
Austin is a nice city but the worst traffic problems I have ever encountered, even topping NYC in my opinion.
To get away from humidity you need to stay away from all coastal areas in the south.
Dallas/Ft Worth is booming and the homes have lots of grass, but again I'd stick with a suburb town and stay out of the city proper.
Colorado is outrageously expensive for the most part, beautiful if you don't mind living on a tight budget for the beauty, but it has really really
bad winters. Also if you are a conservative, you will be wildly outnumbered.
If I could go back and live anywhere in the US and had lots and lots of money, it would be Hawaii, but you have to take Colorado's expensive and
multiply it by 2-3 times. Plus high state taxes and lousy economy, but a thriving need for landscaping.
Actually Alabama has a thriving economy in the Madison/Huntsville area. A mild winter, lots and lots of grass and a huge need for landscaping
businesses. Local legend says there are more PhD's and Engineers in Huntsville than anywhere else in the nation. Taxes are ok, property very
affordable, plenty of work for an RN and a very good economy. It is not a hick town by any stretch of the imagination, it is a touch of
sophistication in a state whose reputation is not sophistication.
However, if you are a liberal, well let's just say you will be wildly outnumbered.
Tennessee is really nice but the economy is struggling. Nashville is grassy and very nice and no state income tax. Good working place for RN, but
economy stagnant and having some trouble. Winters are fairly mild but can be snowy.
Where have I lived or have relatives and visited regularly?
Central Texas - San Antonio/Austin and I35 corridor Dallas/Ft Worth - fit your criteria
New Mexico - just no - dry dry dry and fairly bleak
Arizona - only high elevations towns, but no grass
East and West Texas - just no for different reasons
California - not now for sure
Colorado - expensive and super liberal
Kansas/Nebraska and north - rotten winters
Washington State - if you like gloom and rain
Oregon - cool to cold and damp most of the time
Arkansas/Louisiana/Mississippi - just yuck in my opinion
Florida is not in the west but many places come close to what you want
Tennessee and Northern Alabama - come close to what you want
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