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Old 08-11-2019, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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I currently live in central Indiana (moved here from the Chicago burbs after getting married). Had kids, got divorced, kids are now in college and I want OUT. I have hated living here since I became single. I have been a victim of the "at will" labor law. I lost not one, but two different high-paying jobs due to this (at no fault of my own). It really turned me off because I had to learn quickly that hard work, loyalty, meeting goals, etc didn't matter if one person's ego had an issue with me, or if I didn't fit in "politically". Okay, I digress... back on topic.

After the job loss, and the resulting mindset, I have struggled financially and am losing my home. As strange as this may sound - I am grateful. I needed a swift kick in the behind to motivate me to do what I've wanted to do for a very long time - MOVE.

I am an over thinker and over-analyzer. I have read so many articles, blogs, posts, etc. in trying to figure out where to move to. And I'm really stumped. I am not close to many family members and do not have any friends outside of Indiana.

I used to be pro city and anti country, but it appears I've done a 180 on that. As I approach 50, I no longer am the social butterfly, nor am I interested in dating or the nightlife that cities cater to. What I seek now is quiet, simple, peaceful life.

I no longer have an interest in a career (per previous comments), but know that I obviously have to work to live. But I do not have expensive tastes any longer. As a matter of fact, I'd almost be happy living in a run-down cabin that I could fix up (I love remodeling and DIY stuff). Although, I am high maintenance when it comes to modern conveniences, ie Internet, mobile service, etc. Also, I am very hot blooded and cannot stand being hot, so I have to have A/C (for the safety of anyone near me, it's best to keep me from getting hot). Speaking of being hot, it's even worse if it's humid, so humidity is my worst enemy.

I also refuse to use a hole in the ground as my bathroom. Gross. (I am a bit of a girly-girl in that regard).

Lastly, I hate, hate, HATE spiders. I believe it's full-blown aracnophobia in my case. So, wooded is fine, but I don't want to be too close. I also have my dogs (that are now my family) and don't want them to become prey to some predetor in the woods.

So, with all of that babbling and randomness done, here is what I would like to find. I'm not expecting to find everything, but if I can get something that gets close, I will be a happy camper.

- Low humidity
- Four seasons
- Affordable housing (the older, the better. Fixer uppers are perfect)
- I'm not political, but probably a state that is middle-of-the-road or maybe a little more blue than red
- Small towns/villages near cities (for shopping, etc)
- Low humidity
- Lakes and oceans are a plus (love water views)
- Friendly people
- Spiderless
- Low humidity
- A great place to retire
- Decent jobs with decent pay (not talking about careers - just jobs)
- Low humidity
- Animal friendly

And in case I forgot to mention it - low humidity.

If you're a traveler, or someone who has lived in many different states, I would love your input, suggestions, thoughts, opinions, etc.

So far I've looked at most NE states (NY, ME, NH, VT, CT, PA, MA, etc). I've also looked at WI, MN, ID, ND. I haven't looked a whole lot on the west coast. I did live two years in Salida Colorado as a child and did love it, but when I look at housing there, I don't find much. Seems much more expensive the further west I look.

So, let's have it. What do you recommend? I'm looking forward to getting to read your ideas, as I'm completely overwhelmed and can't even think about it any more.
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Old 08-11-2019, 03:08 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
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So what's your budget and would you look to rent or buy?

If you don't mind snow, Rochester, NY or Buffalo, NY come to mind. If not NY, then the Grand Rapids, MI, or Madison, WI areas. These are all reasonably inexpensive for the most part, have 4 seasons, decent job areas, and lake/water views.

But, those areas all have humid summers. And the snow piling up every winter, as you get older, may be too much.

For cooler summers with low humidity, you might want to try out west. These cities mostly have sunny summers and mostly sunny winters. Think Flagstaff, AZ, Sedona, AZ, Santa Fe, NM, or Salt Lake City, UT. All great retirement spots too.

As for areas that are spiderless, you got me there. I think everywhere in the US has em. Maybe not super high elevations....
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Old 08-11-2019, 03:16 PM
 
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- Low humidity
- Four seasons
- Affordable housing (the older, the better. Fixer uppers are perfect)
- I'm not political, but probably a state that is middle-of-the-road or maybe a little more blue than red
- Small towns/villages near cities (for shopping, etc)
- Low humidity
- Lakes and oceans are a plus (love water views)
- Friendly people
- Spiderless
- Low humidity
- A great place to retire
- Decent jobs with decent pay (not talking about careers - just jobs)
- Low humidity
- Animal friendly
Houston or Miami (just kidding)

Colorado Springs: Extremely dry, no bugs, four seasons... but no water except for the Tri Lakes near Monument. Close to Denver for big stuff.
Maybe even the Manitou Springs area near Colorado Springs. Sort of culturally hippyish. Beautiful, right at the base of Pikes Peak and only ten minutes from downtown COS.
Probably lots of dudes since it is a military community, lots of engineers and other defense contractor types.
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Old 08-11-2019, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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Default NO Humidity??

If you do not want Humidity then you just eliminated most places East of the Rocky Mountains. Everywhere West of the Rockies will likely be high priced. I was going to say Pensacola, FLorida but if Humidity si a problem then Kitsap County Washington is where I would direct you. It is more expensive but it is an incredibly nice place and a short ferry ride away from Seattle.
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Old 08-11-2019, 03:24 PM
 
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Albuquerque, NM would be your best bet, IMO. As of now, they're one of the few Western metros that rank well AND has a low cost of living.
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Old 08-11-2019, 04:40 PM
 
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Wilks-Barre PA
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Old 08-11-2019, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Houston or Miami (just kidding)

Colorado Springs: Extremely dry, no bugs, four seasons... but no water except for the Tri Lakes near Monument. Close to Denver for big stuff.
Maybe even the Manitou Springs area near Colorado Springs. Sort of culturally hippyish. Beautiful, right at the base of Pikes Peak and only ten minutes from downtown COS.
Probably lots of dudes since it is a military community, lots of engineers and other defense contractor types.
Colorado Springs was my first thought as well. It checks every box.
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Old 08-11-2019, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Colorado Springs is a good one, but it's getting more expensive, and there's not much water close by.

Spokane/Coeur d'Alene is another place to look.
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:31 AM
 
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So what's your budget and would you look to rent or buy?

If you don't mind snow, Rochester, NY or Buffalo, NY come to mind. If not NY, then the Grand Rapids, MI, or Madison, WI areas. These are all reasonably inexpensive for the most part, have 4 seasons, decent job areas, and lake/water views.

But, those areas all have humid summers. And the snow piling up every winter, as you get older, may be too much.

For cooler summers with low humidity, you might want to try out west. These cities mostly have sunny summers and mostly sunny winters. Think Flagstaff, AZ, Sedona, AZ, Santa Fe, NM, or Salt Lake City, UT. All great retirement spots too.

As for areas that are spiderless, you got me there. I think everywhere in the US has em. Maybe not super high elevations....
I’d add Syracuse NY in the “If you don’t mind snow” category. Places like Liverpool, Cicero(including Brewerton) and Cazenovia have lake views/access.

I was also thinking of the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph area of MI, with places like Coloma and Stevensville as small town lake view/access communities. South Bend isn’t that far away and Whirlpool has its headquarters in Benton Township outside of those 2 small cities.

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Old 08-13-2019, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Colorado is an at will employment state, if that is a concern.

Colo Spgs area has a lot of jobs in tourism, hospitality, and food service. Our minimum wage will jump to $12 next January. Tourism is big here and it tends to make people very friendly. Over half of the residents you meet will be from somewhere else.

Central Colo Spgs, its west side, and nearby Manitou are decidedly blue in voting habits. The balance of the county is solidly red.

Colo Spgs does have several military bases and a military academy in the region. Yet, the gender split is 50-50. One of the larger population segments is women 50-55. We also have a top rated liberal arts college in town (Colo Col) as well as the fastest growing college in the state (UCCS).

Water we lack. Sure there are some babbling brooks in some places. We even have two fair sized creeks running through the area. There are a number of reservoirs, a couple in town (Prospect and Quail), quite a few in the mountains nearby, and of course the Tri-Lakes area up the road a bit that one could kayak or SUP. For bigger water than that, it isn't happening outside your window. You will have to travel to get to lakes sizable enough to allow powered watercraft.

Affordable housing is getting tougher to find. Rent averages have been steadily rising and is averaging $1500+ for a 2bd/2ba. If you prefer older, it will put you in the central and western parts of the city, where some bargains can be found. However, these bargains are rarely, if ever, advertised in electronics mediums and you will need to be "boots on the ground" to find them, or have a local advocate to secure them for you.
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