We thought we would analyze what we most liked and disliked about the various regions of the country. Keep in mind we are not giving this as an absolute analysis of what is ‘the best’, but rather what was most suitable for us and most to our taste. Our taste may not be your taste, so please, if we don’t love your region as much as you do, do cut us some slack. Many thanks!
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Dividing the country into regions can be challenging, as there is some overlap and a few large states that seemed to be their own region. As such, we are going to go with the regions that were suggested to us by a combination of Wikipedia and the opinions of people we spoke to on the road.
The Northeast includes all of the New England states, along with Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware. This region was highly populated, including several of the most densely populated states in the country. For instance, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania are in the top 10 of the most densely populated states. The weather was better than England, but not quite as much as we would prefer. This region was also very expensive by American standards. The high cost of living compared to the rest of the country makes this region an unlikely choice for us, as one of the reasons we came here is for our money to go further. A plus for it, however, is that several airports have direct flights to the UK.
It is very historic compared to the rest of the country. There were parts that looked the most like England of anywhere we went. Many of the locals tended to love where they lived, which is a plus. We want to live somewhere that the locals feel good about. Much of it is on the coast, which means most people are relatively near beaches; this is also a plus. People were more reserved than much of the rest of the country, which is for the most part neutral, though it could make plugging into a new community harder.
Like much of the east of the country, it was a giant forest where houses, roads or beaches weren’t present.
Our favorite city in the Northeast was Providence, Rhode Island, as people there were friendly and the drivers were more considerate. It was also more affordable than most of its neighbors and seemed to have a slower pace of life.
Runner up for best part of the region goes to Delaware, though no one town stood out. Delaware had lovely Atlantic beaches and lower prices (often due to lower taxes) than much of the rest of the region.
Honorable mention goes to Vermont. It is beautiful and well worth visiting on holiday, though it didn’t seem viable unless we wanted to buy and run a hotel. That said, the people of Vermont were extremely welcoming and they take good care of their lovely state.