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Old 09-16-2011, 09:19 AM
 
Location: State of Superior
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Money mag. has once again labeled Marquette, Mi as a best Place to retire. So far Marquette is in the top 25. It is unclear how they rank the retirement cities, but , I thought everyone on this forum should know about Marquette. I have retired here 4 years ago , and , love it! The City has won many awards these last 10 years. It just keeps getting better. Strangely , for Michigan , our home values have not dropped and I see very few forecloses
Food does cost a bit more , as does gas, but that is offset by the overall cost of living.. A great place to retire..
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I have no reason to doubt anything you wrote, but I know that for some people the amount of snow and ice would be disqualifying. But in a way, the snow and ice work in your favor by eliminating a number of potential retirees; that way, Marquette does not become overcrowded and high demand does not push housing costs up too much. The basic, and related, downside to the wonderful California weather is the number of people who have arrived to enjoy it full time. Sometimes I wish it would rain during the Rose Bowl Parade, but then I think of all the band and drill team kids who have worked so hard and come from so far and I realize I can't wish for that!

Glad you like it in Marquette so much.
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:32 AM
 
Location: State of Superior
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I have no reason to doubt anything you wrote, but I know that for some people the amount of snow and ice would be disqualifying. But in a way, the snow and ice work in your favor by eliminating a number of potential retirees; that way, Marquette does not become overcrowded and high demand does not push housing costs up too much. The basic, and related, downside to the wonderful California weather is the number of people who have arrived to enjoy it full time. Sometimes I wish it would rain during the Rose Bowl Parade, but then I think of all the band and drill team kids who have worked so hard and come from so far and I realize I can't wish for that!

Glad you like it in Marquette so much.
I was just told that Marquette ranked # 1 on the list of the top 25.
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Old 09-16-2011, 11:21 AM
 
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There are so many of these list with so varied criteria that it seems as if you have a list of the month now days. I suspect as areas promote more with boomers retiring it will only get worse. Not saying Marqutte is a nice town but I suspect that weather limits its appeal as a retirement location to many.

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Old 09-16-2011, 11:57 AM
 
Location: State of Superior
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Its actually a big deal these days. As more and more people retire, in good health , and are still active, they may not like the idea of the Sun City lifestyle anymore. A place to go to die not to live.
The other thing is I saw what happened in Brevard, NC. a few years ago when it made number 1 on the Money Mag. list.... retires came in droves , and the town doubled in size almost over night ! Now , keep in mind , Brevard is at 3,000 feet plus elevation it gets very cold in winter , and snow is common anytime. The Blue Ridge areas are famous for extreme winter weather due to the elevation , and they catch all the bad stuff coming out of the S. Western Mtns. I know , I lived in the Blue Ridge for 18 years. I remember 3 foot of snow over night, Ice storms, and deep spikes in temps., even 30 below sometimes. Its quite rare to be less than 15 in Marquette, since I have lived here.
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:27 PM
 
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But you have to rememeber who retired to NC;it was people looking for less cold overall from the northern states and less expense.Its the same when Florida became basically the location for northern retirees. Basic location type have not change that much in what retirees are looking for .Its certainly obvious not colder weather unless they can afford to winter in Florida ;for instances.The vast majority who move from one cold climate to another in retirement actually moved pretty short distances for better location really or a wish to return home near family.
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:45 PM
 
Location: State of Superior
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Well I understand what you say , and in the old school it makes a lot of sense. However , you may not have seen the UP , especially Marquette, Several of my requirements were. Not having to run a AC unit year round, in fact maybe never. Very low crime , Lower costs of living and affordable home prices. Also, quality of air, water , and just the environment in general. Good medical care was also high on my list., besides , I actually like being around young people. Its very depressing living in Florida, Been there done that , for 5 years.
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:45 PM
 
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:55 PM
 
Location: State of Superior
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Interesting read. Finally there are more people moving out of Florida than are moving in. I always knew that day would come, it was just when, and the timing..... I was a halfback, but I was in my 40s at the time , so I guess it does not count. The Blue Ridge was a far better place to live than anywhere in Florida period
My return to my bucket list from long ago to the UP, was a long time coming. Only wish I had done it sooner..
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Old 09-16-2011, 03:37 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Marquette is undeniably beautiful but likely plagued with hordes of mosquitos in the summer and upwards of 40 inches of snow at any one time in the winter is not enticing to me.
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