Review of Rhode Island, Rhode Island


BEAUTIFUL BUT EXPENSIVE
Star Rating - 6/6/2015
RHODE ISLAND HAS BEAUTIFUL OCEAN BEACHES, OUTSTANDING COLONIAL ARCHECTURE AND GREAT NATURAL BEAUTY OUTSIDE THE MAJOR METROPOLITAN AREAS. WITHIN THE CITIES, WELL-KEPT PARKS AND MILES OF BIKE PATHS TRAVERSE THE STATE. HOUSING PRICES RANGE FROM MODERATE TO ASTRONOMICAL. THE SERIOUS CAVEATS FOR ANYONE CONSIDERING A MOVE TO R.I. ARE OPPRESSIVE TAXES, FEES, AND SURCHARGES ON MOST COMMODITIES; SPENDING BY THE LEGISLATURE SEEMS DONE BY A GROUP OF DRUNKEN SAILORS RESIDING IN THE STATE HOUSE. SEVERAL POLITICIANS HAVE BEEN CONVICTED IN FEDERAL COURT FOR TAKING BRIBES AND MISHANDLING PUBLIC FUNDS AND THE PRIOR SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE IS NOW AWAITING SENTENCING. MANY LIFELONG RESIDENTS HAVE LEFT THE STATE OUT OF DISGUST AND BECAUSE THEY CANNOT AFFORD TO LIVE HERE IN THEIR RETIREMENT. . .ALL THIS BEING SAID, IF ONE CAN GET BY FINANCIALLY, R.I. IS A BUCOLIC FEAST FOR THE SENSES IN THE COUNTRY AND SUBURBAN AREAS AND THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WILL SPRING TO YOUR AID IF YOU MEET WITH UNEXPECTED DIFFICULTIES.
Jim | North Scituate, RI
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A bit late, but for what it is worth... I grew up in RI - 43 years there. Moved to South Carolina 18 years ago and never looked back. I still keep in touch with many of my friends there, and some have visited on their vacations. We don't miss the high taxes or the politics in RI. If you are looking for a good place to work or retire, check out the Greenville/Spartanburg, SC area. Business is booming and the taxes are low. Got kids? Clemson U is one of the best colleges, known throughout the US. USC Upstate (Spartanburg) is good also. There are too many good things to put in this reply. Quick example of the lower cost of living - compare your gas prices today (11/26/2015) to ours. 2.09 (yours) vs. 1.81 (ours) per gallon. The difference? Tax. The people here accept northerners as long as you don't tell them "That's not how we did it up north.". We don't care. I count myself among the southerners now. It is a better way of life. We all make decisions on where we live. SC has better weather, great beaches and skiing in the mountains. Check it out! Dave
Dave | Simpsonville, SC | Report Abuse
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