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Old 08-06-2017, 10:23 AM
 
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Hi, my name is Steve. Planning to retire soon and considering Grand Junction Colorado or surrounding area. Where should I be looking and why?
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Old 08-06-2017, 11:34 AM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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There are a number of recent threads on this to search on. A big concern is medical care and the lack of options, do lots of research.
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Old 08-06-2017, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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If you really like the desert, heat and blowing wind Grand Junction is for you. Have you visited there?
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:45 AM
 
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but why ?
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:38 AM
 
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Thanks for your feed back, guys. Not a lot of positives but that why I asked. Drove thru could not stop. Medical big concern St. Mary's and Community may need to be looked at more closely. I currently live in LA lived here most my life big , crowded, hot with a lot humidity, my arthritis should due well there and cost a fortune to live here. " But why" please be more pacific. Negatives can be more truthful TKX a lot
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Old 08-12-2017, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Thanks for your feed back, guys. Not a lot of positives but that why I asked. Drove thru could not stop. Medical big concern St. Mary's and Community may need to be looked at more closely. I currently live in LA lived here most my life big , crowded, hot with a lot humidity, my arthritis should due well there and cost a fortune to live here. " But why" please be more pacific. Negatives can be more truthful TKX a lot
OP: read this thread Just moved to Grand Junction 2 mos ago
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Old 08-13-2017, 06:18 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Thanks for your feed back, guys. ... " But why ?" please be more pacific.
why Colorado? (Lots of climates are similar) including parts of NV, NM, AZ, UT, ID, WY, SD (some closer to CA)

What are your:
Interests
Hobbies
Work in retirement? / skills
VA medical eligible?
How often will you need an airport?


GJ is quite fine, a tad remote for most, and not the most desirable part of CO, but plenty nice. Certainly better for retiree that is capable, than someone needing a career that might not be there.

Also look at nearest cities. (Montrose / Gunnison / Glenwood)

Look at the medical costs for other areas with similar benefits to your health and lifestyle.
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:45 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Presume you have done your COL research, but did you include that Colorado is one of the 13 states that tax Social Security? (California does not.)
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:17 PM
 
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I thought Colorado had no state tax on retirement income up to something like $25k.
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Old 08-14-2017, 09:34 AM
 
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CO has a pension exclusion that varies based on age, amount is either $20k or $24k. CO also starts with the federal taxable income and adjusts for state related items (interest that is free of state tax, e.g.) so if none of one's social security income was taxable at the federal level it certainly will not be for CO. Taxes have so many ins and outs that making blanket statements about something being taxable may not always be accurate.






Should also point out that the exclusion is per person so a married couple would be able to exclude much more. And CO has a fairly low tax rate at only 4.625%
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