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View Poll Results: What place would you consider retiring to?
Boise Idaho 9 9.89%
Missoula MT 8 8.79%
Spokane WA 10 10.99%
Tampa FL 37 40.66%
Louisville KY 9 9.89%
Cinncinatti OH 8 8.79%
Albany NY 5 5.49%
Portland ME 13 14.29%
Idaho Falls ID 4 4.40%
Rochester NY 3 3.30%
Rochester MN 2 2.20%
Sioux Falls SD 2 2.20%
Madison WI 13 14.29%
Charleston WV 2 2.20%
Pittsburgh PA 19 20.88%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 91. You may not vote on this poll

Old 08-03-2017, 02:51 PM
Location: Atlanta
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From that list, easily Tampa.

Warm, sun, green and water.
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Old 08-03-2017, 04:45 PM
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So basically this poll is between Tampa and a bunch of places with cold winters.............
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Old 08-03-2017, 05:31 PM
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I don't mind the winter season at all.
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Old 08-03-2017, 05:33 PM
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I don't mind the winter season. I would actually be worried about living somewhere like Tampa thats scolding hot all year around. More then weather...I'm more interested in other aspects of a place.
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Old 08-03-2017, 08:47 PM
Location: Miami-Jax
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Interesting list. You are likely more comfortable with a different kind of environment than I am. But since you asked...

Assuming I was splitting time between multiple cities like I plan to do personally, I'd do Tampa Oct-May and Portland Jun-Sept.
If it must be just one city then probably Tampa or Pittsburgh, with Louisville a wild card cause I don't know it too well.

Reasoning? I think Portland, ME is an awesome place in the summertime and interesting enough to spend 3-4 months each year. Tampa is very familiar for me, it's relaxing, probably as low COL as any city on this list, and clearly the best winter weather. Pittsburgh as an overall city is my favorite on this list, but I don't know if I'd want to be that adventurous (that is very few friends in the area and a bit isolated from my network) in my retirement. Still it's alluring.
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Old 08-03-2017, 10:28 PM
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I been out west for years....and Im not used to rough ghetto like areas, as Seattle hardly has any. I've been afraid to venture away from the Pacific Northwest to be honest. But I'm thinking I may want a change. I also have an in interest in Bloomington Indiana, if anyone has ever live there. I'm just confused on where to go I just want a totally new experience. So I guess I'm all over the map. Tampa st. Pete Clearwater seems like a really congested and booming area.... But the area is getting rather expensive where places like louisville-kentucky are cheap. I've been reading some pretty good things about Louisville Kentucky lately it's a city on the upward incline. And also has some very cheap rent prices. So I'm trying to combine safety, some natural beauty, affordability, good food and friendly people all in a nutshell. Problem with lot of the Pacific Northwest cities like Missoula Seattle and Boise is thst they are all getting very expensive. Also food in the Pacific Northwest is not very good. But anyway I am struggling on the possibilities...
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Old 08-03-2017, 10:30 PM
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Madison Wisconsin seems like a pretty cool City but it's pretty expensive because it's it college town. I've heard some people say it's a larger version of Bloomington Indiana.
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Old 08-03-2017, 10:52 PM
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None of the above for me, but of the ones you listed, I would probably pick one of the Rochesters or Pittsburgh. Cincinnati, Louisville, Tampa, or Madison would probably also work. A lot of people don't factor medical care into retirement plans, and it is good to be near a good, large hospital with lots of specialists. I've known a few couples that ended up moving from remote mountain and beach areas that they retired to as they ended up developing significant health issues a few years after retiring. If you are having to drive far to see a specialist, it gets old really quick.
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Old 08-03-2017, 11:15 PM
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Yea I can understand that. I use the VA, so I wouldn't want to be too far from a VA medical center. I read a lot up on Tampa, and it seems like I read a lot of Florida haters, who once lived there, but were glad to leave. Rochester MN has the mayo clinic, seems like a nice clean small city. Pretty flat though. Surprised there is no love for Louisville Kentucky. Seems like its booming, good sized population/city, probably has some great eats too..and cheap rents for a city its size. Seattle is out of control, the housing rents/costs is now utterly ridiculous.
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Old 08-04-2017, 06:42 AM
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Bear in mind probably 3/4 of the people who voted for Tampa probably voted as such because they personally don't like winters. Since you don't mind winter I wouldn't be so quick to look at this poll and think "Whoa! Tampa must be super rad awesome!"

As a homer I voted for Pittsburgh. It had a great VA medical system and UPMC is on the cutting edge of medical research and treatment. The city has only a few "ghetto areas", and they are easily avoidable since you seem to be concerned about that. The city has become much more expensive in the past several years but it still average by national standards and is much cheaper than Seattle. We have four distinct seasons here. I don't find our winters to be too harsh here, but our winters are consistently cloudy, which can be depressing. Regular visits to Phipps Conservatory and the tropical rooms at the National Aviary can stave off those cloudy winter blues, though. Mass transit is free for seniors.
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