Sister Wives returns to TLC on Sunday, January 5, and since last season, there have been some big changes in the Brown family. Janelle and Kody Brown’s daughter Maddie gave birth to a baby girl, Meri’s daughter Mariah got engaged to her girlfriend and Christine’s daughter Aspyn graduated from university. But the biggest development for the Browns is their move from Las Vegas to Flagstaff, Arizona.
The big move seems like it will be a major plot point in upcoming episodes, based on the trailer for the new season. Moving to a new state causes tension between Kody Brown and his four wives, puts financial pressure on the family and puts them in front of their new neighbors. So why did the Browns choose to move in the first place?
Sister Wives: The Brown family wanted a change of pace
The Brown family originally lived in Utah. But they relocated to Las Vegas in order to escape that state’s strict anti-polygamy laws. However, after a few years in Nevada, they decided to it was time to move on.
“We are looking forward to cooler temperatures, the mountain air, scenic views and the slower lifestyle of Flagstaff,” the polygamist family told People in 2018, when they first announced their intention to move.
The family also wasn’t sure that Las Vegas was the best place to raise their kids. “Vegas has changed a lot in recent years. So we started to worry a lot more about what the kids are exposed to,” said Robyn Brown, according to In Touch Weekly.
“We needed to move out. We needed to make an adjustment. The timing was just right to get our children out of Las Vegas and bring them to a safe place,” explained Kody Brown.
In a 2019 Twitter post, Kody also said that the family was “living as exiles in Las Vegas.” While the original plan had been to move back to Utah, they eventually settled on Arizona.
Sister Wives: Did the ‘Sister Wives’ family make a mistake by moving to Arizona?
While it sounds like the Browns had some good reasons for leaving Las Vegas,The latest trailer for their show suggests that moving has created a whole new set of problems for the family.
“Financially, we’re drowning,” wife Christine says in the trailer for the new season. Her sister wife Janelle, a real estate agent, explains that she has trouble selling the family’s houses in Las Vegas. “There is no interest in the houses,” she says.
“We’re paying five mortgages with our land,” Kody Brown says during a meeting with his wives. He’s hoping to persuade them to go along with his plan to build one large house for them to share on a property they’ve purchased in Arizona. But not all women are aboard that plan. In the meantime, the family is split up into a mix of new homes they have bought and rental homes.
Aside from causing financial strain, the Browns have found that the community in Flagstaff aren’t very welcoming. Someone even called Meri and Kody’s police when they moved her into her new home. Apparently the neighbors weren’t happy that members of a multiple family were living next door.