Hello from Washington DC. Thinking of moving to VT

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Hi Everyone,
I'm a contractor living in DC for now. I hate it, and I want to move on after my contract is up.

Hoping to learn about VT and the area. I hear it is great for hunting AND for tech sector jobs. Anyone have anything to share about it?
 

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Hello,
Welcome to the forum, I don't know too much about Vermont in either hunting or Tech but I wanted to say welcome to Hunting Chat! I am going to school right now and am pursuing a computer science degree myself! Hope you find what you are looking for!
 

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Hi Everyone,
I'm a contractor living in DC for now. I hate it, and I want to move on after my contract is up.

Hoping to learn about VT and the area. I hear it is great for hunting AND for tech sector jobs. Anyone have anything to share about it?
Vermont is great for many things, but I wouldn't call it great for Tech sector at all. Can you be more specific in what type of tech you're interested in?
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome Lion! Computer Science is definitely the way to go these days! Best of luck in your studies :)

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Interesting you say that . I've read a lot of articles that suggest Vermont is experiencing a tech boom. Check it out here too. I work in IT.
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome Lion! Computer Science is definitely the way to go these days! Best of luck in your studies :)

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Interesting you say that . I've read a lot of articles that suggest Vermont is experiencing a tech boom. Check it out here too. I work in IT.
I work in/around IT myself and there are some great companies to work for in your industry here, just not a lot of them. In the long run, we're doing a great job of attracting the alternative energy companies. However, keep in mind, one of the things that makes Vermont great, is that we don't have a lot of big business. It makes for high taxes and only a few high paying IT jobs, but it also means its still a rural state with a lot of open land. However, we have plenty of broadband access now. I work for a NH company, and all my customers are in Ohio, while I sit in my Vermont basement all day.

There will be more jobs, lower taxes, and higher salaries in NH, MA and CT, but those benefits come with a price. Its a compromise.
 

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I work in/around IT myself and there are some great companies to work for in your industry here, just not a lot of them. In the long run, we're doing a great job of attracting the alternative energy companies. However, keep in mind, one of the things that makes Vermont great, is that we don't have a lot of big business. It makes for high taxes and only a few high paying IT jobs, but it also means its still a rural state with a lot of open land. However, we have plenty of broadband access now. I work for a NH company, and all my customers are in Ohio, while I sit in my Vermont basement all day.

There will be more jobs, lower taxes, and higher salaries in NH, MA and CT, but those benefits come with a price. Its a compromise.
Hm. Would you say that your income is above or below the VT average? Right now I am pulling in around 55k per year which includes overtime. (Somehow I managed to get an hourly job lol)

Do you work for an MSP or something? I should probably look at prices of houses or something in the area to get an idea of how much I should need to make.

Maybe I am not being real with myself though..I have expensive tastes. I want a house with geothermal HVAC and Solar panels. I'm getting a Tesla Model 3. I want a bigass workshop. Hmm.
 

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What is giving you a Vermont focus?
Well for one it would still be within a reasonable drive to my parents. The growing tech sector. Nature! And good natured people. I think it is beautiful there too.

Here's what I am not sure about though: The cold (maybe? It does concern me a bit.) I have also heard that food is expensive?
 

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Well for one it would still be within a reasonable drive to my parents. The growing tech sector. Nature! And good natured people. I think it is beautiful there too.

Here's what I am not sure about though: The cold (maybe? It does concern me a bit.) I have also heard that food is expensive?
Where are your parents at? Yes, December through March are quite cold.
 

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If your in the computer science field and you want to be in the northeast. I would suggest being within an hour of Boston or New York city. New York would have the larger more dense deer and probably turkey populations.
 

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Welcome StuartHunts,

I grew up in Vermont and moved to Manassas for a short time. I don't want to talk you out of anything, but you're in for sticker shock if you move to Vermont. Vermont is a expensive place to live when compared to career opportunities. Quality of life issues are great, with a lot of open areas, but you'll probably see more deer driving to work around DC then you will see in a whole season in VT. Personally, I prefer to hunt Vermont to Northern VA, but "it aint easy".

I would suggest that you do a salary calculator between the areas and then look at the salary ranges in the employment adds.

Good luck!
 

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Welcome StuartHunts,

I grew up in Vermont and moved to Manassas for a short time. I don't want to talk you out of anything, but you're in for sticker shock if you move to Vermont. Vermont is a expensive place to live when compared to career opportunities. Quality of life issues are great, with a lot of open areas, but you'll probably see more deer driving to work around DC then you will see in a whole season in VT. Personally, I prefer to hunt Vermont to Northern VA, but "it aint easy".

I would suggest that you do a salary calculator between the areas and then look at the salary ranges in the employment adds.

Good luck!
Thanks for the advice, I'll take it to heart. I'll do a calculator comparison for sure.

Upstate is an economic wasteland with high taxes? no thanks lol
 

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I've worked in IT in Vermont for a while now. I haven't had any trouble finding work, but the salaries can leave much to be desired as a lot of the companies out here are small startups. As VTRidges said, the cost of living is pretty high as far as rent/taxes goes. Essentially if you can find a job at a company that will fairly compensate you then you'll be all set. All that aside, Vermont is a wonderful place to live.
 
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