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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

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Old 08-02-2017, 11:48 PM
 
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Looking to leave Seattle once house sells. I am retired and single. Looking for a nice city, decent nature, friendly people, good dating scene. Good food. Affordable rents. Where would you choose out of the cities I have in my poll and why. Thanks
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Old 08-02-2017, 11:53 PM
 
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Yea I don't know about Truckee....too small. Reno, know nothing about Reno.
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Old 08-03-2017, 05:48 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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My DH and I retired to a smaller community and love it. It's a metro of about 100K located about 1.25 hours from two larger metros (Savannah and Jacksonville). It's a more manageable day-to-day existence than Atlanta (although we kept a small place there for accessibility to good medical care), but has enough amenities to keep us interested and a lower cost of living.
One great perk about retirement in Georgia is that you can attend college at no cost when you turn 62. Come January, I'll be matriculating again.

A Senior Citizen Guide for College: Georgia

As for your list, I chose Spokane; I find it a clean, livable city that is located near Lake Coeur d'Alene, one of my favorite parts of the country.
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Old 08-03-2017, 06:19 AM
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Location: Ontario
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Las Cruces, New Mexico

From your strange list.....Missoula, MT
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Old 08-03-2017, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Center City
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I retired to Philadelphia. If forced to pick one from the list, Portland, ME gets the nod. We actually consider Portland for a while, but its small size and isolation took it out of the running.
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Old 08-03-2017, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Austell, Georgia
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Of the cities listed Tampa would be my pick.
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Old 08-03-2017, 09:21 AM
 
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tampa
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Old 08-03-2017, 10:59 AM
 
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What is considered to be affordable in this context?
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Old 08-03-2017, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Mars City
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None of the above.
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Old 08-03-2017, 02:43 PM
 
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I voted Pittsburgh.

You're coming from Seattle, and I don't know whether you're originally from there, but if there by choice in any sense, you probably want somewhere that is not going to be excessively hot.

I also considered that maybe already being in a larger city, perhaps you would want to be somewhere smaller, but still with a good urban fabric, walkable, and plenty of things going on (sports, culture, food, events, etc.) Pittsburgh has a beautiful historic core, and has fantastic high culture (perhaps even on par with that in Seattle)

It is a big enough city in the core (can even feel bigger than Seattle in some sections), but yet you can probably live in a suburb within 20 minutes that probably offers more solitude/peace than many places within 20 minutes of Seattle.

It is very affordable compared to most any city on this list. For example, I believe the median housing costs in the metro are around 150K still for a SFH.

The climate will be somewhat familiar (Pittsburgh can get very grey with air coming in from multiple different areas of country,, mountains, etc.). It's also moderately cooler than Seattle in winter (not a huge difference though), but Pittsburgh probably has a nicer stretch during the summer, where it is consistently sunny, and perhaps slightly warmer (low 80s). Perhaps a bit humid, but not bad, and you can beat the humidity/heat waves in Appalachian ranges about an hour from downtown.

Pittsburgh has a reasonably sized airport, with a number of destinations (even seasonal Europe and year round Iceland trips), and has a number of west coast destinations (not Seattle), but not too difficult to get there either.

Nature wise, an hour to the south of Pittsburgh is the Appalachian Mountains (not the western mountains in terms of grandeur, but they have their own beauty and charm, can incredibly feel almost like a temperate rainforest at times). 2 hours north is Presque Isle and Lake Erie.

It's not for everyone, but it's what I would pick out of these.
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