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Old 06-20-2016, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Sparta, TN
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I'm from the Chicago area and miss it greatly. Only moved due to my husband retiring. We've lived in the middle of nowhere twice (Virginia and TN) and now it's my turn to make a choice of where to live. My sister lives in Lexington as well as my nephew. My sister and her husband LOVE it but my nephew can't wait to leave (I know the reasons for this). However, as I'm tired of moving but want to live by my sister in Lexington and this would be my retirement home. Any pros/cons would be appreciated. I still have to work about 5-7 more years - how is the job market as well? Thanks for any input.
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Old 06-20-2016, 02:52 PM
 
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I'm from the Chicago area and miss it greatly. Only moved due to my husband retiring. We've lived in the middle of nowhere twice (Virginia and TN) and now it's my turn to make a choice of where to live. My sister lives in Lexington as well as my nephew. My sister and her husband LOVE it but my nephew can't wait to leave (I know the reasons for this). However, as I'm tired of moving but want to live by my sister in Lexington and this would be my retirement home. Any pros/cons would be appreciated. I still have to work about 5-7 more years - how is the job market as well? Thanks for any input.
I'm sure I'll be involved in this thread a bit more later but a couple of things right off the bat. I'll state my honest opinion and that is the job market is DECENT. Not great but not awful. The largest employer in Lexington is the university and I think it's the best place to work in town.

Another pro would be that Lexington is NOT the middle of nowhere. There's a little bit here for everyone, in my opinion.

I'll also add in that I just returned from Chicago and made it to the south side in 5 hours. So there's that. Close proximity.
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Old 06-20-2016, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
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I'm from the Chicago area and miss it greatly. Only moved due to my husband retiring. We've lived in the middle of nowhere twice (Virginia and TN) and now it's my turn to make a choice of where to live. My sister lives in Lexington as well as my nephew. My sister and her husband LOVE it but my nephew can't wait to leave (I know the reasons for this). However, as I'm tired of moving but want to live by my sister in Lexington and this would be my retirement home. Any pros/cons would be appreciated. I still have to work about 5-7 more years - how is the job market as well? Thanks for any input.
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Yes, the job market is pretty good in Lexington - ....a lot depends on your occupation or career choices.

Jobs, Employment in Lexington, KY | Indeed.com

I don't know the exact details, but I know that in general Kentucky doesn't tax retirement pay.

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In Kentucky you can go to college for free if you are over 65 (if there is room in the classes)...My dad who had of-course went to college when he was younger, did this after he retired, and he loved it! He said it helped keep him sharp!

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Old 06-21-2016, 11:35 AM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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You'd like Lexington a lot more than Sparta TN. It's a small / mid sized city with very low crime (homicide rate around 4 per 100k), just about every major chain store or restaurant, and a highly educated population. It's just over an hour to Louisville or Cincinnati and 5/6 to Chicago.
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Old 06-22-2016, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Sparta, TN
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Thanks everyone. I agree that I'd like Lexington more than Sparta, TN. I go about every other month and love it. It has a lot more to offer. Only problem I'm having now is the cost of living is higher, homes cost more, etc. but I'm not giving up yet!
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Old 06-22-2016, 03:54 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Lexington is getting pricier, you might look in Nicholasville or Georgetown for cheaper houses
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Old 06-27-2016, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Sparta, TN
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Lexington is getting pricier, you might look in Nicholasville or Georgetown for cheaper houses
You're not kidding! Realtors are having a hard time finding properties for me in Lexington
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