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Old 11-13-2015, 05:01 PM
 
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I am a 55 year old widow, who retired due to cancer. I am healthy now, but want to be close to a bigger city with good health care, etc. I am looking to live in a smaller town, but I will be by myself and coming from southeast Michigan outside of Detroit, a culture I want to be far away from. I was hoping to relocate in the area of the Tennessee/Virginia or the Tennessee/North Caolina border. I do like cooler summer temps.

I would be grateful for any advice I could get. I am hesitant to relocate completely by myself. Any thoughts ?? Thanks to all in advance.
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:42 PM
 
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Is there any reason you're specifically looking at the TN/VA/NC border areas? How about the TN/GA or TN/AL border areas? That would allow you to have Chattanooga and Huntsville as nearby options for larger cities with good medical care.
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:46 PM
 
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The mountains of NC, GA, and Tennessee would all work. Asheville is a favorite but has become crowded and expensive.
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:48 PM
 
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The mountains of NC, GA, and Tennessee would all work. Asheville is a favorite but has become crowded and expensive.
Then I'd definitely check out areas near Chattanooga and Huntsville. Perhaps the Tri-Cities area of TN/VA would work for you also. Travelers Rest, SC or other towns between Asheville and Greenville, SC are worth looking into as well.
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Old 11-13-2015, 06:25 PM
 
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She wants cooler summer temps so that means the NW corner of NC. Possibly Mountain City TN but that is isolated. Still some winding roads to get to medical help in Johnson City. Don't know about insurance networks crossing state lines, either.

Another option is Crossville TN which is at 1900' elevation on the Cumberland plateau. Big retirement area with a hospital. Or Monterrey which is a small town with easy interstate access to Cookeville which has a very good hospital.
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Old 11-13-2015, 07:16 PM
 
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I am very grateful for your responses. Truthfully, I don't know the best place to go, I am praying for God's direction. Being a young widow and overcoming cancer, I have concerns about being by myself. I really don't want to be in a hot, humid area so that was the reason I was thinking the Tennessee/Virginia border area. If anyone can suggest a better location I am open to those who have more knowledge. Once I get a few ideas I was going to travel to Tennessee to check it out. I have been there before in the Tullahoma/winchester area and loved Tennessee. After returning to Michigan it has been even more difficult to live in the Detroit culture. I want to live the rest of my life in a place like Tennessee. I thank you all very much for your time and assistance. I know God has a Plan and I know He will send someone in my path to help me make the best decision. Many many thanks !!
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Old 11-13-2015, 07:40 PM
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The tri-cities area has a cooler climate than much of the rest of TN(Bristol has an elevation of almost 1800 ft) along with a population of almost 500k. It won't be as cool as MI, but it is a lot less humid than many other places in the southeast
You are welcome to visit us on the forum to look through older posts and ask questions
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Old 11-13-2015, 10:56 PM
 
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Stay towards the mountains for less humidity.
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Old 11-14-2015, 02:20 AM
 
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The tri-cities area has a cooler climate than much of the rest of TN(Bristol has an elevation of almost 1800 ft) along with a population of almost 500k. It won't be as cool as MI, but it is a lot less humid than many other places in the southeast
You are welcome to visit us on the forum to look through older posts and ask questions
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Most of Tennessee is humid and warm. This post about Bristol is correct however, but really the coolest summers in the South are over in North Carolina, as they have an even higher elevation. Look at Ashville, bigger town with high elevation and cool summers. You will not find a climate like that anywhere else south of the Mason Dixon line. Of course it will be warmer than Michigan but still cool by Southern standards.
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Old 11-14-2015, 06:44 AM
 
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Asheville would be an an excellent option for you. It's not becoming crowded as the city population is at a mere 80,000 people and has plenty of road infrastructure in/around town to keep traffic moving. It's growth is somewhat limited by geography and preservation so the odds of explosive growth happening is pretty much nil. Asheville has attracted a fair number of retirees and in such offers a good deal of social groups/activities and unlike many areas with less transient populations is friendly and easier to make connections minus the lack of existing cliques generally speaking. There is excellent and easily accessible medical care available at Mission Hospital also. UNC-Asheville (an excellent public liberal arts college) offers an amazing program for seniors you might find interesting. For just $70 a year you get access to all kinds of programs/events and stay active.

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