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Old 10-21-2009, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Manchester, NH
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some states support certain industries better than others. When you retire, you're free to move about.
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Old 10-21-2009, 11:11 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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It has a lot to do with schools and jobs. Many of the retirement friendly areas lack these qualities.
Not to mention retirees drive up the cost of living, so it is difficult to get by on a salary in those places.

Basically any idiot can work as a toll-booth operator in NYC or DC for 50 years, and retire down here and buy a big upper-middle class house.
Ding!
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:13 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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If people have their heart set on one city, I can see why it might be hard for them to live there if that city's not good for their career. But I was thinking more along the lines of wanting to live in a general region. If you like a certain region, there has to be somewhere in that region that would be right for your career.
Regions vary.

For example, I love the Pacific Northwest, always have, always will. But there are parts of it I could never see myself living in. My Denver job took me to Spokane, WA for a bit, and I ended up loving it. I'm sure I could have moved to Seattle or Portland (without my job, in lieu of moving back to Denver with it) when our business in Spokane dried up, but I don't think I'd want to live in Seattle or Portland.

I'm paying for previous stupid mistakes (debt). I've gotta pay my bills. I couldn't have found another job in Spokane that pays me what I get paid in Denver. Once I don't have as many bills to pay, I'll be able to move back to the place I love.

I've realized that life is too short to live in a place you don't love.
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:28 AM
 
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Actually some older people retire to bigger cities as they are more convenient to live in independently rather than small places.
Yes, and I'm very encouraged to hear this. Makes so much sense!
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Probably cause they are not too bright and like farm animals have been raised and trained for one thing, to work a job and make someone else rich instead of living their life making heaven on earth
Hmmm, well I can read and write and add and everything and don't eat hay, but I do have to make a living. I've remained where I am because my job is in a large city and I have to remain within commuting distance, and I have a very bright daughter that I wanted to have a good education and exposure to a wider range of cultures and experiences. Once I retire, I no longer need to do that and my choices of places to live will expand.

I stayed where I was because I like the NY metro area to work in. I'm not making anyone else rich because I work for a public agency.

Also--where I was living when I began to work is not the same 30 years later. The area went from semi-rural to affluent suburb in a matter of two decades.

This is merely reality for me. I realize there are some who thrive smugly on making snap judgements about everyone else, but I thrive on throwing reality out to counter it from time to time. My reasons are my own, but I'm sure each person has theirs. Friends and family are probably included in those reasons as well.
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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If people have their heart set on one city, I can see why it might be hard for them to live there if that city's not good for their career. But I was thinking more along the lines of wanting to live in a general region. If you like a certain region, there has to be somewhere in that region that would be right for your career.
Hmm, or maybe not. I work in public transportation...that doesn't exist everywhere.

Time is also a factor. It was exciting to commute to the city when I was 20. Now I am 51 and it's not so exciting, but I make a decent salary, have the best health insurance in the nation, lots of vacation time and a public retirement plan.

I probably wouldn't move that far away, although down the shore would be my first choice. However, I'd like to travel and see other places in the US that I haven't seen. It would probably be difficult for me to move too far out of the NY metro area, because I am one of those people who gets impatient with a slow pace and find it very rude.

But you never know. Sometimes we in the NY metro area have a bizarre concept of what the rest of the country is like, lol. A few years ago I was reading in the NY Times about an interesting art exhibit that would be coming to the city in a few weeks but was currently in St. Louis...my immediate reaction was, "Wow, they have an art gallery in St. Louis???"

I guess I do need to travel, huh? Four years and counting....
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Old 10-22-2009, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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But you never know. Sometimes we in the NY metro area have a bizarre concept of what the rest of the country is like, lol. A few years ago I was reading in the NY Times about an interesting art exhibit that would be coming to the city in a few weeks but was currently in St. Louis...my immediate reaction was, "Wow, they have an art gallery in St. Louis???"

I guess I do need to travel, huh? Four years and counting....
This reminds me of that famous "New Yorker" cover.

http://images.google.com/url?source=...t6kqyjhPPtNT1A
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:55 PM
 
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Sometimes we in the NY metro area have a bizarre concept of what the rest of the country is like, lol. A few years ago I was reading in the NY Times about an interesting art exhibit that would be coming to the city in a few weeks but was currently in St. Louis...my immediate reaction was, "Wow, they have an art gallery in St. Louis???"
Yes, you DO need to travel. There is life outside of your beloved sacrosanct little island of NYC. You people really DO need to grow up. I've been there and lived there and it's one of the most hideous places to try and earn a living ever. Nice to visit, but living in that cesspool is horrible. You are so wrapped up in yourselves "up there."

It's little wonder people think what they do of NYC.
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Old 10-22-2009, 09:06 PM
 
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Yes, you DO need to travel. There is life outside of your beloved sacrosanct little island of NYC. You people really DO need to grow up. I've been there and lived there and it's one of the most hideous places to try and earn a living ever. Nice to visit, but living in that cesspool is horrible. You are so wrapped up in yourselves "up there."

It's little wonder people think what they do of NYC.
wow way to take a tiny jab and turn it into a huge insult back.

why don't people live where they love until they retire? because some people are just silly.
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Old 10-22-2009, 10:06 PM
 
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Yes, you DO need to travel. There is life outside of your beloved sacrosanct little island of NYC. You people really DO need to grow up. I've been there and lived there and it's one of the most hideous places to try and earn a living ever. Nice to visit, but living in that cesspool is horrible. You are so wrapped up in yourselves "up there."

It's little wonder people think what they do of NYC.
I agree that the reverse provincialism of many New Yorkers can be irritating, but at least MQeen admits it. Gotta give her credit for honesty. And at least she gets it that she's less informed about the rest of the world than she could be, which is more than can be said for many with limited exposure to the world outside of NYC.
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