Relocating to Wisconsin, need some help!!!!!!!!!! - page 2
We (myself, husband and 2 kids, 4,7) are thinking of relocating to wisconsin. We have done some reasearch online with housing, cost of living, schools, and so on and so on. I have checked about some... Read More
Nov 17, '04Occupation: Infantryman OIF, RN, EMT-B Specialty: SICU-MICU,Radiology,ER ; Joined: Nov '04; Posts: 210; Likes: 4I have lived in Western Wisconsin I have to say that is some of the prettiest country Ive been in with its rolling hills, well kept farms, and lakes.
People in the Midwest are different (Im from CA) but I dont know if I would call them rude. I did at first and still get frustrated with them. I think now that it has to do more with the original culture when people first settled here, and the harsh climate.
I can say they are not friendly like people in CA. Perhaps thats because many ppl in CA are from elsewhere and therefore have to be more outgoing. It is much easier to move from group to group in CA. In WI it will take years to be fully accepted into social circles.
I couldnt imagine why you'd move here to escape the weather in Pittsburgh.
One thing you might have considered is moving to the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota. That way you could work in minneapolis and make decent money in a beautiful hospital like Abbott or U of M, and live for cheap in a town like hudson with only a half an hour commute.
The st Croix and mississippi rivers would be at your feet-
Dec 3, '04Occupation: Patient Education Specialty: 7 year(s) of experience in LDRP; Education ; Joined: Mar '01; Posts: 7,470; Likes: 56I live in Wisconsin in the Milwaukee area but did live in Las Vegas for a while. I was born in Wisconsin.
It's interesting reading all the perspectives of WI natives from these posts.
I've never lived in Madison, but I too here it's a wonderful city with alot to do and yes, is a wealth of liberal thought among a state generally known to be conservative. I actually don't mind the city of Milwaukee, it's a big-small city with alot of things to do, is near the lakefront and is bustling during the summer months with street festivals, free jazz concerts and live bands nearly every weekend. Winter tends to be quieter but there are still things like ice-skating, horse and carriage rides in the city. Certain parts of the city are rich in cultural history, like our "Little Mexico" section and our Third Ward area which is where primarily the Italians settled.
One thing I don't like about the state is the winter weather. It's cold and gray most of the time. Summer can be gorgeous but it doesn't last long. We only seem to have two seasons: summer and winter. Spring is basically non-existant and fall sticks around for maybe a weekend.
Wisconsin does have some of the more beautiful landscape that I've seen, especially in the La Crosse/Eau Claire area.
Dec 7, '04Joined: Jul '04; Posts: 2I dont -live- in Wisconsin as of yet, i have been there several times though and plan to move there myself, it's so beautiful on the east!!! Kenosha is such a wonderful city!!
Dec 11, '04Occupation: Registered Nurse on a busy surgical floor Specialty: Med/Surg ; From: US ; Joined: Jan '04; Posts: 167; Likes: 14I live in Wisconsin. In a village named Johnson Creek. We are right between Madison and Milwaukee. There are not more than 1800 people in the village but we have a pretty nice school system. Very good student to teacher ratio. Feel free to email me with any questions regarding the area as I am a transplant too. My family is actually from PA too. My grandparents still live in Warren, but I do have some family in the Penn Hills area of Pittsburgh. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec 17, '04Joined: Jun '03; Posts: 14That way you could work in minneapolis and make decent money in a beautiful hospital like Abbott or U of M, and live for cheap in a town like hudson with only a half an hour commute.
Dec 18, '04Joined: Apr '04; Posts: 488; Likes: 85Agree with Heather. Hudson USED to be affordable, like 15 years ago. Now, good luck.
As for people being rude around here, I find that fascinating. Case in point, while on the West Coast I dared raise my voice (i.e. "Stop it NOW or we are LEAVING THIS MINUTE!") to my child for blatant, willful misbehavior in a store and was caught in a barrage of disapproving looks and one person had the gall to chide me on my parenting skills. Overall, I think this area is a more conservative part of the country that doesn't necessarily jive with the "being so open-minded that your brains fall out" kind of mentality.
Dec 30, '04Occupation: Infantryman OIF, RN, EMT-B Specialty: SICU-MICU,Radiology,ER ; Joined: Nov '04; Posts: 210; Likes: 4Quote from CardioHeatherI guess thats all a matter of perspective. Ive lived in eau claire and the west coast. Ive looked at housing in the twin cities and hudson, as well as other places in the nation.Hudson is NOT cheap.
Hudson in cheap-
Jan 30, '05Occupation: RN Joined: Jan '05; Posts: 1Quote from lildebbieI'm from WI all my life. I love it. Ilove to travel and visit other areas. Loved Colorado but just couldn't leave. Schools are great here. Would not reccomend Milwaukee School System but there are plenty of great schools on the outskirts of Milwaukee. Milwaukee itself is a wonderful place but more pleasant to live in the surrounding areas. I actually live inbetween Madison and Milwaukee and love it here. My son absolutely Froedtert our Trauma center and teaching hospital and it is listed in one of the top ten places to work!We (myself, husband and 2 kids, 4,7) are thinking of relocating to wisconsin. We have done some reasearch online with housing, cost of living, schools, and so on and so on. I have checked about some jobs and the prospects look good. what you read though is not always what is true. I could use some help from nurses or people that actually live there. We were looking in the Madison (surrounding ) areas as well as milwaukee and its surrounding areas. Any and all help and info would we greatly appreciated.
Just a little background. We live 35 miles outside pittsburgh and we are just tired of the TAXES, weather, roads, job market(especially for husband), people, cost of living(keeps getting worse), I could go on and on. We have never been to wisconsin however while searching on places to possibly go we were just getting a feel about the state. Plus my husband has 2 favorite football teams, the steelers and the packers.
The most important thing to us though is Schools. My son will be in 2nd grade and daughter starting kindergarten. My son was Honor roll for 1st grade and received a couple of awards in math and reading(he is a nerd like his father, lol). We just do not want him to lose focus and be in a school district that is below average. Any info would greatly be appreciated. Also if anyone knows if kindergarten is full day or half day as in our district now it is full day, which I think is much better as the children learn more.
Thanks in advance for any and all help!!!!!!!!!!
Jun 2, '09Joined: May '09; Posts: 20; Likes: 11I have lived in WI all my life. It has it's ups and downs like any other state. The taxes are high. The school system for jr and high school are not so good. You need to be on the teachers and the school all the time. I hate winter and it seems to last forever. I do not know why I stay except it is where my family is expecially my new grandbaby. The job market is very slim. good luck
Jun 3, '09Occupation: E.R. R.N. Specialty: E.R. ; From: US ; Joined: Oct '07; Posts: 170; Likes: 61The education in Sun Prairie was very good. I transferred to the South Eastern part of the state and was ahead of the other students. I have lived in Sun Prairie and the South Eastern part of the state. I also go to nursing school in Milwaukee. I much prefer the Madison area due to the accessibility of things. I would not recommend the rural communities if you don't like to commute when u want to go shopping or other daily activities.