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Old 06-25-2013, 01:31 PM
 
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I've been researching places to retire all over the country and have been interested in Indiana for awhile now. Here's what I'm looking for and it seems Indiana has most of it, tell me your thoughts pro or con

Lower cost of living
Four seasons (but not extreme)
Low traffic
Good shopping available
Pro sports
Medical care
Beautiful scenery - trees, lakes close by
Conservative politics
Easy going lifestyle
Enough stuff to do to keep it interesting
Good apartments
Great colleges


I've sent away for brochures, etc. and of course they make it sound like paradise. But it seems that Indiana does meet my "wish list" do a large extent. I assume I would probably live close to Indy at least at first until I get to know the areas better. Indiana being "flat" would be a huge change for me, but if it meets my needs, then I could adjust, but I am a person that needs to have natural beauty around me. But I'm pretty much a suburb lover.
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Old 06-25-2013, 03:21 PM
 
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Where do you live now?
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Indiana
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Indiana would tick all of the boxes on your list. Southern Indiana (Bloomington,Nashville,etc.) is quite pretty with rolling hills. That area is also fairly close to Indy for pro sports,shopping and so on.
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:01 PM
 
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I've been researching places to retire all over the country and have been interested in Indiana for awhile now. Here's what I'm looking for and it seems Indiana has most of it, tell me your thoughts pro or con

Lower cost of living
Four seasons (but not extreme)
Low traffic
Good shopping available
Pro sports
Medical care
Beautiful scenery - trees, lakes close by
Conservative politics
Easy going lifestyle
Enough stuff to do to keep it interesting
Good apartements
Great colleges


I've sent away for brochures, etc. and of course they make it sound like paradise. But it seems that Indiana does meet my "wish list" do a large extent. I assume I would probably live close to Indy at least at first until I get to know the areas better. Indiana being "flat" would be a huge change for me, but if it meets my needs, then I could adjust, but I am a person that needs to have natural beauty around me. But I'm pretty much a suburb lover.
Central indiana is flat. South is hills, north is dunes. Bloomington is a great retirement. You could also look at say porter county in da region. Indiana dunes address is pc but stretches from gary all the way towards michigan city. Close to lake michigan (you will pay though), less than an hour from chicago. You can drive or gop on the south shore and not worry about a car. Very few beaches allow pets though. Small sliver of the lakeshore and gary's lake street beach beach are the ones that offer it if you have pets. Central indiana is indy dominated and has its plus and minuses.
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:33 PM
 
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SoCal...can't afford to stay here in retirement. I was raised in Western NY State.
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:57 PM
 
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I think Indiana meets most of your requirements. Except, the seasons are extreme. You'll see temps from 20 degrees in the gray of winter to 95+ humidity in summer. The further south you go (bottom 1/3 of state) the less snow you'll have. Up north (the flat areas) you'll have more blustery winds.

Obviously, getting everything on your list will be difficult, but I would also check out tn and ky.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in Indiana
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Indiana winters(especially southern Indiana) are milder than western NY and if you look into TN, keep in mind that summers are going to be hotter and more humid. Indiana weather may feel extreme compared to SoCal, but then again, so will most other states.
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Old 06-29-2013, 02:23 PM
 
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Funny that someone from Knoxville is recommending Southern Indiana as I(A Southern Indiana'er) would recommend Eastern Tennessee.

I have family in Eastern Tennessee and honestly the summers aren't any hotter and humid then Southern Indiana. The spring and fall come a month earlier and last a month later down there. There first 2 winters down there it didn't snow once. Last winter I know was pretty bad but the lifetimers said they hadn't got that much snow in a long time. It doesn't help that when it snows in Tennessee people freak and stay inside for a month.

I personally hate Indiana weather and that's why I'm leaving. It's not consistent at all and a lot of the time it's cloudy. I swear it's felt like 3 straight months of cloudy days before.

Bloomington is a good place to live though. I will give Bloomington that. And the area around Bloomington is pretty.
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Old 06-29-2013, 03:18 PM
 
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There are many retirees here in Columbus and I know several who like to retire in Bloomington for the proximity to Indianapolis as well as all the cultural and sports available in Bloomington.
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Old 06-29-2013, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Indiana
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Funny that someone from Knoxville is recommending Southern Indiana as I(A Southern Indiana'er) would recommend Eastern Tennessee.

I have family in Eastern Tennessee and honestly the summers aren't any hotter and humid then Southern Indiana. The spring and fall come a month earlier and last a month later down there. There first 2 winters down there it didn't snow once. Last winter I know was pretty bad but the lifetimers said they hadn't got that much snow in a long time. It doesn't help that when it snows in Tennessee people freak and stay inside for a month.

I personally hate Indiana weather and that's why I'm leaving. It's not consistent at all and a lot of the time it's cloudy. I swear it's felt like 3 straight months of cloudy days before.

Bloomington is a good place to live though. I will give Bloomington that. And the area around Bloomington is pretty.
Its a funny world isn't it. In the end, it all comes down to personal preference. The OP may love Eastern TN.

I have been in Knoxville for about a year, we are moving back to Indiana this summer. I don't find TN weather to be much of an improvement over Indiana. Yes, it doesn't snow as much, but I found the gray, chill drizzle that constitutes a Knoxville winter to be much worse than snow. It rains an unbelievable amount here.

We do agree on one point, Bloomington is a great place to live and would be a fantastic place to retire.
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