I live in a constant state of ecstacy!
Wyoming - it has the least number of people.
less crowds.. my thinking too
SHUT UP don't tell the secret damnit!
I live in rural Alabama. There is low crime rate and plenty of outdoors stuff with rivers and lakes everywhere. The weather is technically temperate even though we have some cold and some hot. Where I live, I can get to one major city - Atlanta - pretty quick. And I can get to three midmajor cities - Birmingham, Chattanooga and Huntsville - pretty quick. If I have my way, I'll live in this same house for the rest of my life. :)
Alabama isn't inland. Well, a big percentage is - but the southern end is part of the Gulf of Mexico.
California, arguably the best surf. But given your cost of living thing, Oregon
I always liked the idea of living in Vermont, though I have only been once so someone who's actually from there might feel differently.
I live in New Jersey, and there's a nice abundance of local produce and artisan food goods, though I don't know if I'd say it's the most desirable.
Texas has job growth,low cost of living and has many many different areas of it that could appeal to you.Texas also is considered a low tax state.
I moved from Orange County to Seattle but it is only slightly less expensive but no where near as crowded.We do not have state income tax and we also have very clean air to breath and the best water in the nation.Tons of outdoor stuff too.