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Old 09-16-2011, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I think it all depends on what you want to do with your retirement.

If you want a town or city that has lots of things to do and places to go that are cheap or directed towards seniors, or you want a place where you can live in an active-lifestyle retirement community, or you want to get away from snow and ice, you'll make your determinations on that. And there's nothing wrong with that... but saying that this-town-or-that is number 1, or number 6, or number 25, is misleading. It's about goals and opinions, nothing more.

We retired to a place that is rural; we wanted a big property where we could do as we pleased and raise what we wanted. We wanted a political and social atmosphere that had a 'mind yer own biznez' attitude. We didn't care about entertainment or having places to go that accepted our AARP cards for discounts. We wanted to be personally satisfied in what we did and what we accomplished as well as what we sought as goals. Oh, yeah, and we were tired of 6 weeks of winter and the rest of the year humd heat; we wanted a place where we could have a fire in the woodstove every night from October to May if we wanted, where snow was, if not a constant, at least pretty common in the winter, and where we had four seasons, open skies, and - silence.

While Nebraska may not ever make any lists for those who want involvement, excitement, and long hot endless summers, it suits us just fine. Oh, and it is verrry cheap to live here, compared to the South!
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:03 PM
 
Location: State of Superior
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I think it all depends on what you want to do with your retirement.

If you want a town or city that has lots of things to do and places to go that are cheap or directed towards seniors, or you want a place where you can live in an active-lifestyle retirement community, or you want to get away from snow and ice, you'll make your determinations on that. And there's nothing wrong with that... but saying that this-town-or-that is number 1, or number 6, or number 25, is misleading. It's about goals and opinions, nothing more.

We retired to a place that is rural; we wanted a big property where we could do as we pleased and raise what we wanted. We wanted a political and social atmosphere that had a 'mind yer own biznez' attitude. We didn't care about entertainment or having places to go that accepted our AARP cards for discounts. We wanted to be personally satisfied in what we did and what we accomplished as well as what we sought as goals. Oh, yeah, and we were tired of 6 weeks of winter and the rest of the year humd heat; we wanted a place where we could have a fire in the woodstove every night from October to May if we wanted, where snow was, if not a constant, at least pretty common in the winter, and where we had four seasons, open skies, and - silence.

While Nebraska may not ever make any lists for those who want involvement, excitement, and long hot endless summers, it suits us just fine. Oh, and it is verrry cheap to live here, compared to the South!
Good for you., you have found what you want, that's great. However , Nebraska is a part of the Great Plains, and is subject to extremes in weather , winter and summer.... I know , I lived in Iowa 21 years. Way too hot/ humid in summer and way to cold in winter , with few trees and lakes to temper the climate.
There IS a measure for best places to retire, read the info on how they come to the conclusions.. I think it is fair for the majority of the population.
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:07 PM
 
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But the measure is often weighted like any other hundreds of list. I in fact had never seen your town on any list not is it really one of the vast numbers often sited. if you like it great ;but one a top 25? Not o any of the list that measure by where people retired are moving to.There are litterly thousand sof popualr retiremnet areas now days and some having thousnads move in a year.
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Old 09-17-2011, 07:56 AM
 
Location: State of Superior
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But the measure is often weighted like any other hundreds of list. I in fact had never seen your town on any list not is it really one of the vast numbers often sited. if you like it great ;but one a top 25? Not o any of the list that measure by where people retired are moving to.There are litterly thousand sof popualr retiremnet areas now days and some having thousnads move in a year.
I guess you do not get out much.... Marquette has quite a following on City-data alone. have you not been reading ? fact is , the City has won so many awards in the last few years , that, I can not see why it is not on your radar...strange. ( If you watch the weather alone, Marquette is often highlighted)... Ether way , I think few of us who live here would like to think everyone does not want to come here, except to leave their money on Winter week-ends and summer vacations. ... Its just fine now as it is, with maybe a few more jobs and a stronger diverse business model.
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I guess you do not get out much.... Marquette has quite a following on City-data alone. have you not been reading ? fact is , the City has won so many awards in the last few years , that, I can not see why it is not on your radar...strange. ( If you watch the weather alone, Marquette is often highlighted)... Ether way , I think few of us who live here would like to think everyone does not want to come here, except to leave their money on Winter week-ends and summer vacations. ... Its just fine now as it is, with maybe a few more jobs and a stronger diverse business model.
Are you getting paid by the Marquette Chamber of Commerce? I have no doubt that Marquette is a nice place to live. It is a small city like many small cities in the United States. But you have spent enormous time and energy trying to elevate it to some sort of unique status. Out of all the many cities of approximately the same size, how could Marquette possibly be on people's radar in the overall national scheme of things?

I am reminded of the millenia-long general belief in a geocentric universe, a belief which Copericus played a large role in beginning to reverse. Since we are here, on Earth, it must be the immovable center of everything, and everything must revolve around us. Well, you are there in Marquette, and it seems you have adopted the view that everything revolves around your small city.
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:36 AM
 
Location: State of Superior
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Are you getting paid by the Marquette Chamber of Commerce? I have no doubt that Marquette is a nice place to live. It is a small city like many small cities in the United States. But you have spent enormous time and energy trying to elevate it to some sort of unique status. Out of all the many cities of approximately the same size, how could Marquette possibly be on people's radar in the overall national scheme of things?

I am reminded of the millenia-long general belief in a geocentric universe, a belief which Copericus played a large role in beginning to reverse. Since we are here, on Earth, it must be the immovable center of everything, and everything must revolve around us. Well, you are there in Marquette, and it seems you have adopted the view that everything revolves around your small city.
Your observation could not be further from the truth. Yes , I live here, but I have also lived in a lot of places, from the North-west-east to the south. Fact is , I lived in Highlands, NC for 18 years , and I would compare it with Marquette in the quality of life, not so much other things.
If you cast doubts on what I say , and what you have heard, then why does Marquette win so many awards?... No I do not work for the Chamber , I won't set foot in their doorway.... You need to come and visit , then you will know what I am talking about.
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Old 09-17-2011, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Good for you., you have found what you want, that's great. However , Nebraska is a part of the Great Plains, and is subject to extremes in weather , winter and summer.... I know , I lived in Iowa 21 years. Way too hot/ humid in summer and way to cold in winter , with few trees and lakes to temper the climate.
There IS a measure for best places to retire, read the info on how they come to the conclusions.. I think it is fair for the majority of the population.

Not humid here; in fact, it's usually arid. There is a big difference in 500 miles... everything from landscape to weather. Never good to generalize...

But who wants to (or is driven to) live where the "majority of the population" does? Are we those sheeple? Yuk!

Not to mention that when 'everybody' moves to a place, they change that place; economically, socially, and politically. Having been in community development for quite a few years, involved with multi-billion dollar corporations, the fact simply is - if millions of people move to a place because they believe it is 'perfect', it stops being perfect. EX. Pick any place in Florida or look at Phoenix, AZ; compare them to those places 20 years ago, and you'll see what I mean.

If you were smart enough to find the perfect place, and wanted it to remain perfect, you wouldn't make a sound, or type a word!
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Old 09-17-2011, 03:50 PM
 
Location: State of Superior
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Not humid here; in fact, it's usually arid. There is a big difference in 500 miles... everything from landscape to weather. Never good to generalize...

But who wants to (or is driven to) live where the "majority of the population" does? Are we those sheeple? Yuk!

Not to mention that when 'everybody' moves to a place, they change that place; economically, socially, and politically. Having been in community development for quite a few years, involved with multi-billion dollar corporations, the fact simply is - if millions of people move to a place because they believe it is 'perfect', it stops being perfect. EX. Pick any place in Florida or look at Phoenix, AZ; compare them to those places 20 years ago, and you'll see what I mean.

If you were smart enough to find the perfect place, and wanted it to remain perfect, you wouldn't make a sound, or type a word!
I know what you are saying. I guess again you are in western NB., and not in the corn belt part, which shares a lot of Midwest weather like Iowa. As to finding that secret place and not telling anyone, forget it., believe me they will find it; I did not vote on the CNN/Money Mag. article. I did vote last year on the best historical restoration city, most everyone in town did , and , we won! The best bike trails and the like, that came from Bicycling Magazine, I could go on , there are many more awards for Marquette. I think we could use about 10,000 more people to round out our services and need for our people. In the 90s we lost 9,000 jobs when the Airbase closed , so , its still on the road ,coming back, not quite there yet.
As to the migration thing you talk about , IE; Fl., AZ. I totally agree. These states have always been boom and bust, and always come up short in their ability to handle the hordes of people coming in. Glad that is reversing , that' s a good thing.... Finally , there IS no perfect place. Everyone wants different things and have varying priority..... The big issue comes when retirement comes around. , and , yes these awards and polls do make a difference. I recall a few years ago when Brevard, NC won the best retirement award. It was not long before prices started to grow along with the people on the roads, in the stores, everywhere. Their population doubled. Today they have it under control, but , it took a while. I lived in Highlands , NC , and at 4,000 feet was the best place I ever lived, but it was remote, very expensive and a little too small to have all the services. Kinda like Marquette, on a smaller scale.
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:58 PM
 
Location: OH
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I have a question for darstar:

So what do you do in Marquette in the winter if a person doesn't like the cold and snow? Then is it one of the best places to live? I think the cold and snow arrive in October and last until May......that would be 8 months of cold weather. I don't like cold weather and either does my achy bones. Don't get me wrong I love the beauty of Marquette, and the downtown waterfront is especially attractive to me, but the cold is just something I'm not sure I could deal with. Like you said, Ohio isn't that great either, but I think there has already been some snow flakes in the UP this year and it is only Sept.
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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I have a question for darstar:

So what do you do in Marquette in the winter if a person doesn't like the cold and snow? Then is it one of the best places to live? I think the cold and snow arrive in October and last until May......that would be 8 months of cold weather. I don't like cold weather and either does my achy bones. Don't get me wrong I love the beauty of Marquette, and the downtown waterfront is especially attractive to me, but the cold is just something I'm not sure I could deal with. Like you said, Ohio isn't that great either, but I think there has already been some snow flakes in the UP this year and it is only Sept.
I agree. I must live where I can play golf year round and no snow (except maybe a freaky dusting every few years). If not then the place gets zero consideration from me regardless of anything else.
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