There are a lot of assumptions to be raised between the two factions. One group will shut their doors and lock themselves inside all day and talk about how great their lives are. While the other group will spend all day outside in the favorite hangout spots. There are a lot of factors that make one lifestyle more appealing than the other. In many cases, it’s the weather that makes a big difference between which lifestyle is more desirable.
For example, in Wisconsin, it is very possible to live in the Northern regions for a good 6 months out of the year without fear of death outside. But when the winter time comes, you either need to leave or have a very effective shelter to survive the elements. A shelter comes in very handy for the winter. But, then you face problems such as “Cabin Fever”. Can you weather the psychological devastation that develops from being shut inside to escape deadly cold weather?
So, really, the home dwellers fall into more of their settled lifestyles of sticking around their properties. Although, some will choose to move to warmer locations. This is most likely what Indians did in the Midwest. You would have found Indians migrating with the birds to escape the deadly winters of Wisconsin. How far south should they go? Well, it can still snow as far down south as northern Louisiana. But, moving straight south does make a difference. I noticed that there was about a 10 degree difference between cold and warm from Eau Claire to Milwaukee.
I drove 6 hours to Milwaukee in the winter and it was warmer by about 10 degrees in December. It stayed in the upper 20s, while Eau Claire was lower in the upper teens. There is certainly a difference in temps within the state. Being homeless would make more sense as being more of a long range traveller to escape the colder northern areas of Wisconsin.
When I suffered through the cold winters in Wisconsin, it was an awful experience both in home and out of home. I don’t think that the Home Dwellers were that much happier than me inside their homes. Many were still experiencing the chill of the Artic blasts through cracks and pores in their homes. I sewed extremely thick layers of clothing to battle the elements. I felt better about my energy consumption spending. I only used enough energy to keep myself warm. I never ran my car to get warm. It didn’t make any sense to me. Why should a person heat up a whole house just to keep themselves warm? This idea feels like a environmental disaster to me, especially with a growing population.
Anyways, after watching the weather patterns of the west coast, I noticed that it remains a little more stable than Wisconsin. It can still get cool in the winter, but not deadly cold. However, for the Northwest US to be survivable in the winter you need to have ways of keeping the rain from falling on you. The rain is a blessing because it keeps the air warmer than you find in Wisconsin, but you can get very soggy too, which isn’t exactly desirable.
A house can develop a lot of bad mold problems real quick in Washington and Oregon. Breathing in that mold is an awful experience that can wreck havoc on your health. You have to be willing to spend the money to fight the mold if you want your home to be habitable. This certainly takes money. With this, the homeless have an advantage, because the open air can deal with mold issues a little better.