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Old 09-03-2011, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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Midland, Tx. There's nothing there??? Tulsa would probably be good as would Columbus, In. Both are pretty low cost of living with recreational activities available low taxes and housing cost. Casper WY is good if you like being close to the Rockies, but the housing cost is a lot more.
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Old 09-03-2011, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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It is tempting to move to some place cheap in retirement, but the reality is, if you ever want to see your family and old friends again, you will spend at least a few thousand if not more on travel to go back to see them. So while a place that has $700/yr property taxes makes me sit up and take notice, if I add in the travel to see family I'm right back to where I started with what I pay now for property taxes--very near family and old friends. Sometimes I think it's a no-win situation for those who move to save money.
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:18 PM
 
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It is tempting to move to some place cheap in retirement, but the reality is, if you ever want to see your family and old friends again, you will spend at least a few thousand if not more on travel to go back to see them. So while a place that has $700/yr property taxes makes me sit up and take notice, if I add in the travel to see family I'm right back to where I started with what I pay now for property taxes--very near family and old friends. Sometimes I think it's a no-win situation for those who move to save money.
Move to a place they want to visit! Las Vegas for example.
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Not everyone likes Vegas. I was there once and I hated it. The best thing was the Hoover Dam tour.
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Old 09-04-2011, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Move to a place they want to visit! Las Vegas for example.
How many times a year is your grown kid, esp if s/he has a family, going to come visit you, realistically? Unless wealthy, very few can afford a several-thousand mile trip (maybe with kids in tow) more than once a year. How many times are your best friends from "back home" going to visit, per year, really? The only realism is making new friends and talking with family via electronics. Which is fine, and what many who move would rather do. On the other hand, I have heard folks who moved far away saying that they see their kids now more often than when they lived several towns away. If you want to be happy and secure in your move, you have to know your own relatives and friends well enough to have the correct expectations.
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:51 AM
 
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When we lived in So FL, we had many visitors--family and friends. Since we moved to ATL, they don't visit nearly as often. Of course, we are older now and don't encourage it like we used to. Too much work!!!
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Old 09-05-2011, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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for what it's worth (for those of us who are still searching), AARP Magazine came out this month with 10 affordable places to retire:

Winchester, VA
Portland Maine
Gainesville, GA
Wenatchee, WA
Tulsa, OK
Cheyenne, WY
Columbus, Indiana
Ithaca, NY
Harrisburg, PA
Midland, TX

Anyone have any thoughts or experiences with these places?
Obviously this list was concocted by some Journalism intern who has never been to any of these places. Total garbage
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:37 PM
 
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Houston, TX is very affordable also.
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:30 AM
 
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Place lists don't seem to consider car dependence.
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:11 AM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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Move to a place they want to visit! Las Vegas for example.
I can't think of a place that I would dislike more than living in Las Vegas - it is the armpit of the US.
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