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Old 11-19-2017, 05:19 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Try the Gulf Coast. The East Coast is getting way too blue. It's become a northern city suburb with all of the transplants. The gulf is a lot cheaper and checks all of your boxes. There is even a decent sized Vietnamese population originated by the fisherman that immigrated to the region.
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Old 11-19-2017, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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You might actually really like Redding, Ca. Not as ethnically diverse as you might like as far as cuisine, but otherwise hits all your markers.

Don't completely dismiss CA, without considering the upsides. Property tax increases are regulated to no more than 2% per year, per Prop 13. Also, CA does take care of its citizens...
Just went and checked if there were any big changes in CA that might tempt me to return...

Nope.

I guess I'll be checking out the cities in SC, FL. Savannah, GA seems like a great place, but seems to lack beaches and sailing. I know they weren't necessarily requirements on my list but they're on my mind.
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Old 11-19-2017, 08:06 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Just went and checked if there were any big changes in CA that might tempt me to return...

Nope.

I guess I'll be checking out the cities in SC, FL. Savannah, GA seems like a great place, but seems to lack beaches and sailing. I know they weren't necessarily requirements on my list but they're on my mind.
Savannah (and Georgia) does actually have beaches. Unlike SC and FL, however, they don't have beaches that are contiguous; instead, the coast is broken up into barrier islands, and many are not easily accessible to the public (this is true of the southern half of the SC coast as well). So in GA, Savannah does have Tybee Island (which is charming) and Brunswick has the Golden Isles (St. Simons, Jekyll and Sea Islands). And yes, we do have sailing; there are three marinas in the Brunswick/Golden Isles area alone.

http://www.brunswickga.org/data1/images/imagejqr2.jpg
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Old 11-19-2017, 03:11 PM
 
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Default South Texas

Take a look at Texas. Especially the Rio Grande Valley. I live in the Mcallen area. Mcallen is almost as far south as Miami, Florida. The coldest month is January with an average high of 71 and a low of 50.

The cost of living is very low. Quite a few different restaurants around. The beach (South Padre Island) is only about an hour and a half away (close enough to enjoy, but far enough away from hurricanes).

Summers are very hot but dry. Easier to take than in Florida though. I would rather endure 102 degrees in Mcallen to 86 humid degrees in Sarasota. Nevertheless, I spend part of the summer at my Michigan home.

Research it on the Internet and see what you think.
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Old 11-20-2017, 05:36 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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What about Knoxville, TN? Also might consider Huntsville AL or Columbus GA or some other southern cities that are a bit further north and closer to the Appalachians - I speak from experience when I say the most humid place I've ever lived and the most miserable summer I've ever spent was in Clemson, SC. You don't know humid till you live in either South Carolina or Louisiana.

That being said, winters are a lot milder than you'll find in PA.
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Old 11-20-2017, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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Knoxville is more humid than Clemson / Greenville SC.

https://outflux.net/weather/noaa/ind...66%3BFORID%3A9
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Old 11-21-2017, 04:34 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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[quote=Simpsonvilllian;50180814]Knoxville is more humid than Clemson / Greenville SC.

OK. But it's the heat AND humidity that's a killer in SC - the combination - for me, anyway. Knoxville isn't as hot as Clemson or Greenville, SC. And it's not as humid and hot as the coastal cities in SC (Clemson and Greenville are further inland).
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Old 11-21-2017, 04:58 AM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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Knoxville is more humid than Clemson / Greenville SC.

OK. But it's the heat AND humidity that's a killer in SC - the combination - for me, anyway. Knoxville isn't as hot as Clemson or Greenville, SC. And it's not as humid and hot as the coastal cities in SC (Clemson and Greenville are further inland).
Dewpoint matters more than relative humidity, as far as comfort.

Let's take Knoxville which has a normal high of 88 and normal dewpoint of 67 in July, which is an afternoon humidity of 49%, and Columbia which has a normal high of 93 and a normal dewpoint of 70 in July, which is an afternoon humidity of 46%

The 70 dewpoint in Columbia will feel worse than the 67 dewpoint in Knoxville. And for heat index, it would be 91 in Knoxville and 99 in Columbia, that is quite a difference!
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Old 11-21-2017, 05:13 PM
 
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My recommendation would be the Tampa Bay. I'll throw in Charleston, SC, but their cost of living isn't as attractive as it use to be.
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Old 11-22-2017, 08:32 AM
 
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I'm in Raleigh, NC. Former Northeasterner myself. I hate the cold, 80s is my perfect weather. Have also lived in Atlanta and South Florida.

Wilmington, NC will probably be a bit too cold for you during the winter, but it's a nice town. Charleston is pretty expensive. West Coast of Florida will likely yield the best options for you and the winter weather there is as close to perfect as you'll find on the East Coast. Given your budget and the fact that you don't mind doing repairs, you could check out Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda. Fort Myers may even have some options for you.
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