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Old 11-04-2012, 08:18 AM
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We spent a winter in Tuscon to "try it out," & had a hard time with the inversions. I was a runner then & it felt like I was smelling everyone's cooking in an inversion cloud.

Of course, that was only one winter & it could have been a fluke.

We left Tuscon for Colorado. We have since spent 15 years in Alaska, then retired to Montana but are preparing for a move back to good ol' Colorado!

Good luck with your decisions!
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:29 PM
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In the Rocky Mountain West, there are essentially two conflicting issues that confront retirees. For any relatively specialized medical services one will need, the person needs to be in or near a metro area. Period. So, unless one is ready to travel considerable distances to get that kind of treatment, that means being in one of the metro "blobs" (insert: Phoenix, Denver, Salt Lake City, Colorado Springs, etc.). Problem is, those metro areas also have a lot of the cost, crime, traffic, auto dependency, and crowding issues that many retirees have had to endure their entire lives and would like to escape. That means looking at the rural areas--but then there is the medical conundrum and the fact that many rural areas in this region have relatively high real estate costs, often relatively high costs for food and fuel, and almost no decent employment opportunities for retirees who want to (or, increasingly, have to) work to supplement their retirement income.

It is for these reasons that I consider the Rocky Mountain West as a place that is going to get increasingly "retiree-hostile" in the years ahead. My plan was originally to spend my entire upcoming retirement living in a smal town in the Rocky Mountain region (a region in which I've spent my whole life), but I'm also making a "Plan B" to be able to relocate elsewhere if this region becomes economically hostile enough to make extended retirement here impossible--a situation that I fear is becoming more likely.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:35 PM
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Retirees from the high cost areas find most of the Front Range affordable, with plenty of good medical options, and with lots of Wal-Marts where they can work as greeters.
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