Great topic and lots of helpful info on here. I, too, live in Texas and really like it. I love how 2A friendly it is, although I know there are states like AZ that are even more 2A friendly. But like others have said, it is quickly becoming more and more expensive, especially land and the housing market.
Having grown up in a military family, I don’t really have a “hometown” and have moved around all my life. Longest time I’ve ever lived in one state has been Texas, with Florida being second. So I’m used to sweating in the heat and humidity and used to mosquitoes bites, but will never get used to chigger bites and poison ivy, which the DFW area has a lot of!
Interesting how the OP’s list of states is similar to one I might make - they all have cooler, drier climates and great scenery. Also interesting to hear from Arizonans on here about the nuclear fallout and cancer risk associated with northern AZ. Good to know. I was thinking of northern AZ mainly because I assumed it has a cooler climate than the southern portion of AZ. I’ve lived in the Imperial Valley of CA, about an hour West of Yuma. Beautiful desert scenery and perfect Spring, Fall and Winter weather. But the summers were brutal. It may have been a dry heat, but 120* high temps just feel like you opened the oven door! A/C units and car radiators constantly failed under extreme heat like that. I don’t know if the rest of southern AZ is like that, but I never got used to that kind of life and death heat during the summers I spent in that desert heat just West of Yuma.
Montana looks beautiful, just don’t know if I’m tough enough for its winters. Same with Alaska. Colorado also looks and sounds like a great state, but other than the few visits I’ve had there, I don’t know how expensive it is to live there nor am I too sure about its laws concerning 2A.