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Unread 03-19-2012, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Default Stay in Minnesota, or relocate to....

For people that have lived in other areas, I would appreciate other metro areas that you think compare favorably to the Twin Cities.

I've lived here for 17 years, my sons are now college age so I'm thinking this might be the time to start thinking about a move. I moved here from Illinois so that is the only other area I have any experience with. I would like somewhere with a comparable cost of living or slightly higher (I will be downsizing), winters are ok but I'm trying to get away from subzero temps.

I'm not even sure where or how to start.

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Unread 03-19-2012, 11:58 AM
 
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Unread 03-19-2012, 12:09 PM
 
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If you want to keep some sort of a winter, what about places like Omaha, Nebraska, Cedar Rapids or Des Moines, Iowa? They would offer a shorter winter, not as brutal winter temps, similar costs of living (less actually) but still have some good amenities like good medical care, largish cities, relatively close to other major metros either by a car ride or a quick flight. Denver is a good suggestion as well.

If you are ok leaving winter behind, what about South Carolina? The cost of living in SC is next to nothing compared to here, the area around Myrtle Beach looks a LOT like northern MN with the pine forests, etc. Summers get warm and humid but no where near as bad as Georgia and Florida. You will see snow every once in a while but nothing major usually.

Another area we talked about living when we retire would be Washington, DC. Cost of living there, however is MUCH higher, but downsizing might offset that some. Living in the far out suburbs (an hour or so away) will give you a cost of living close to what you find here though. This assuming you won't need to commute to DC for work.
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Unread 03-19-2012, 01:23 PM
 
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I'd look into the mountain areas of New Mexico (Angel Fire) but don't tell anyone else about it.
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Unread 03-20-2012, 04:14 AM
 
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There are so many variables. What size city/community are you looking for? What are your interests? What activities would you like to be able to engage in? Are you going to be looking for work? if so, in what industry? Is traffic an issue for you, or not? Is a major airport closeby important?

Cities that come to mind without knowing more Austin (but it is HOT); Charlotte/Raleigh; areas of Virginia; Northern California - Sacramento.
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Unread 03-20-2012, 07:32 AM
 
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I'd start by considering the variables StilltheSame laid out -- what kind of place do you want? And I think the airport question could well be a big one; life will be easier if you have relatively easy access to an airport, especially since you still will have kids in other areas (who will presumably come to visit you and vice-versa).

There are so many potentially nice places out there, so have fun picking just one! Savannah, Georgia is great (although you'll be swapping out cold winters for hot summers), there are a bunch of nice California beach cities that, while expensive, might not be so bad since you're downsizing, other places in Colorado (Denver has been suggested, but there are also cities like Colorado Springs to consider); in a similar western vein, I've always been partial to some of the New Mexico cities (even Santa Fe is relatively affordable). I'll also second some of the Virginia suggestions; there are some beautiful locations popular with retirees like Williamsburg, parts of the Shenandoah Valley, etc. (although expect some potential major culture shock coming from the Midwest). If you want a bigger city, Philadelphia is GREAT (as are some of its surrounding smaller towns/cities) and surprisingly affordable. You still get winters, but they're nothing like here. I don't know your tastes, but retiring somewhere like Center City Philadelphia would be a great lifestyle.
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Unread 03-20-2012, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Mahtomedi, MN
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For people that have lived in other areas, I would appreciate other metro areas that you think compare favorably to the Twin Cities.

I've lived here for 17 years, my sons are now college age so I'm thinking this might be the time to start thinking about a move. I moved here from Illinois so that is the only other area I have any experience with. I would like somewhere with a comparable cost of living or slightly higher (I will be downsizing), winters are ok but I'm trying to get away from subzero temps.

I'm not even sure where or how to start.
We are looking at a lot of areas as our next home. It is a situation where I care more about things other than work and job market, so it leaves a lot of potential options. Looking at cost of living, tax burden and climate as big considerations. At the moment it looks good for South Carolina coastal areas and some other areas near mountains like Ashville, NC. Lot of California is amazing, but too cost is too high to consider seriously. Not a fan of the dessert, but would consider Sante Fe, Boise, Salt Lake, and some areas of Colorado and Montana. Texas in general is not my thing except Austin seems pretty nice.
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Unread 03-20-2012, 10:31 AM
 
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We are looking at a lot of areas as our next home. It is a situation where I care more about things other than work and job market, so it leaves a lot of potential options. Looking at cost of living, tax burden and climate as big considerations. At the moment it looks good for South Carolina coastal areas and some other areas near mountains like Ashville, NC. Lot of California is amazing, but too cost is too high to consider seriously. Not a fan of the dessert, but would consider Sante Fe, Boise, Salt Lake, and some areas of Colorado and Montana. Texas in general is not my thing except Austin seems pretty nice.
May want to look over the border from Ashville in eastern TN where they don't have a state income tax.
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Unread 03-20-2012, 10:34 AM
 
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There are so many variables. What size city/community are you looking for? What are your interests? What activities would you like to be able to engage in? Are you going to be looking for work? if so, in what industry? Is traffic an issue for you, or not? Is a major airport closeby important?

Cities that come to mind without knowing more Austin (but it is HOT); Charlotte/Raleigh; areas of Virginia; Northern California - Sacramento.

Size city - medium to large size city (minimum of 250,000 people I think). I moved from suburban Chicago so I'm ok with big cities too.

Interests - museums, sports.

Activities - bicycling, hiking, walking. Must be pet friendly. I have an 80 lb lab currently and can't see myself without a dog.

Work- IT as a business intelligence specialist.

Traffic - ideally would like to be able to take public transportation but drive currently. Drive under 1 hour each way would be a strong preference.

Airport - I would like to be within an hour or so to a major airport, both for visiting my kids and my extended family.
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Unread 03-20-2012, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Mahtomedi, MN
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May want to look over the border from Ashville in eastern TN where they don't have a state income tax.
Yes - I did look at that as well. NC is a bit higher tax than SC and TN for sure. I use total tax vs just income tax. It gets a little tricky sorting it out because it often can be true that no income tax means higher property tax. Cost of your house really can make it sway in terms of what truly is lowest cost for your individual situation.
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