Fred,I'm not sure what kind of income you all plan to have, but if it is comparable to what you will make in the suburbs of Chicago then I would be pretty sure that your dollar will go much, much farther in the Louisville area.From the limited job searching that I have done at this point, the salary seems to be in the ballpark as to what I am making now. Looking at a few "cost of living" calculators, it gave me an idea of how far a specific salary would go.You can get acreage within 20 to 25 minutes to the city--closer if you want to locate in Southern Indiana. Unfortunately, Louisville can't offer the big exposure stuff like the Bears or the Cubs. But you can enjoy going to things like Louisville Bat games or UofL basketball/football games without spending an arm an a leg.As I mentioned to Tom, I am currently 65 miles away from work so I am not opposed to being out a little ways. The searching we have done online seems to indicate that there are some nice properties with acreage outside the Louisville area. I had not really considered Southern Indiana but that is an interesting idea.As for the Cubs, that would be a good thing as I am a Sox fan. But if you cannot get the Cubs, you certainly cannot get the Sox. Doh! But I am sure that I can learn to live without or renew my satellite service.I know a lot of programmers and they all seem to make a pretty decent living. I think that they talk a lot about "brain drain" which means they wish that more experienced people would not move to bigger cities.Lol, I am looking to do the exact opposite as I think it would be nice to get away from the bigger city. For the last 5+ years, I have been doing Java programming with Documentum and noticed that Humana is in Louisville and is a Documentum customer. It would be great to transition right into another job doing exactly what I am doing now.I live in the suburbs so I don't have any acreage, but I would love to someday. If I was looking, I would look in Southern Indiana, or in KY in Spencer or Shelby County where there is a relatively new lake. Oldham County is a popular place, but of course, popular means higher priced.Thanks for the feedback, it really helps! Right now my DW has not settled on the Louisville area as now she is exploring Tennessee. She really hasn't isolated any specific area yet but she has the itch to move out of the state and get a nice piece of property somewhere.I don't know if anyone here would know this, but if you have acres of property, are there any restrictions on things like riding motorbikes? One reason we would like a nice big piece of property is so our kids can ride their off-road bikes on our land, but I am not sure if that would even be permitted.Again, thanks for the additional information and suggestions!dt
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