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Old 10-17-2011, 06:12 PM
 
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No offense, but why woudn't you know about crime in New Bern? Isn't that something that most would look into if they were considering New Bern as a retirement spot?

For a bit of a reality check, the city where we currently live has an annual crime average of 15. New Bern is around 450. These averages are based on statistics collected and figured by the FBI. Thefts, robberies and burglaries are extremely high in New Bern.

Yes, there is crime in every city, but why choose one that is over the national average? Feeling safe and being safe are two entirely different things. People in New Bern can put their heads in the sand and pretend it doesn't exisit - but crime exists there big time.
I read about the terrible crime rate in Bern, then Where to Retire came today and Bern is a featured city/town. What!?
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:15 PM
 
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That's a very good summary for much of our nation! Someone else was saying that the way people cope is to stay inside as much as possible during whichever season is extreme where you live, and that's also a very good summary for much of our nation. But here's my thought on that:

If you are outside during hot and humid weather you are totally miserable, and there is nothing that can be done about it. but if you are outside during the cold and snow, properly dressed, you are not miserable at all. What a difference! Sure, coping with the snow is a hassle, but it doesn't really take that long to install or remove snow chains on the two drive wheels, and I know because I've done it. A lot depends on your attitude towards it. I vote with not being miserable. I never could understand living in Florida year round, and I would perceive hurrying from air-conditioned house to air-conditioned car to air-conditioned office/store/restaurant as like being in prison. And I know because I've done it during extended visits to southern Louisiana in July and August and during shorter visits to Florida.
I offer a challenge.

Come here by the first of November at the latest and spend the winter. You will be required to keep my driveway and side walks clear anytime it snows. You cannot leave until May first.

Let's find out just how easy you really think winter is...
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Texas
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What is unfortunate is that one of the nicest climates you can find is NEw Mexico. Because of the high elevation, many of its cities have very moderate weather in the summer, but are not all that cold in the winter. Unfortunately, many of the areas have crime problems, and the taxes are not friendly toward retirees with modest incomes. Health care is kinda borderline also. The Lubbock, Texas hospitals are frequently used by New Mexico residents. Canine Castle, you might check out Ruidoso and Roswell, NM. They might be closer to what you're looking for. The other area that's nice is eastern Tenn. or western NC. Mild winters and summers.
I have looked into Ruidoso, Cloudcroft, and even Timberon. But, the crime in NM is high on the list of states. There is just so much to consider that if I move again when I retire, I'd like it to be pretty much perfect to my standards.

I've also checked out the areas of TN and NC of which you speak, but I came to discover they're getting way too populated for me.

Thanks so much for your comments.
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Texas
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We live in North Florida, and our summers are long and brutal. On the other hand, we never have to shovel snow, or drive in snow, or deal in any other way with snow.


We deal with the summer heat and humidity the same way northerners deal with winter: we don't go out in it unless we absolutely have to.


When I once complained about the summer heat and humidity, someone told me, "If the weather here were perfect, you wouldn't be able to afford to live here!"


I think you have to decide which you hate less: snowy winters or hot summers. I prefer the snowy winters (I'm a native Pennsylvanian), but DH prefers the hot summers, so that's why we live in Florida.
I've never done it, but I have no doubt shoveling snow would be much more fun than mowing the lawn, etc. in the horrid heat. I absolutely despise yard work from about May (sometimes even in April) to most of October. Geez. It was even 88 degrees today, but is supposed to be in the 40s tomorrow a.m. with highs in the 70s. It's still warm, but it's definitely an improvement.

I couldn't live in Florida. You're sweet to live there because DH likes it better. You'd think there were a happy medium between PA and FL.
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:44 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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...shoveling snow would be much more fun than mowing the lawn<-- the first time each season? maybe

You'd think there were a happy medium between PA and FL.
There is; but it requires leaving each for about 5 months a year.
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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Cannine C> I hear where you're coming from. Next year my wife and I are going to do more checking on the Tulsa OK area. Tax friendly for seniors; its hot and humid in summer but it doesn't last as long as in Texas. Lots of recreational opportunities, golf, plenty of nice lakes, in OK and Arkansas, hunting, fishing. Great scenery, and once you get out of the cities. That area is not heavily populated at all. Same goes for southern MO. Very sparsely populated in much of it. You might like Mountain Home Ark. Affordable housing, hour and 1/2 to Springfield MO for health care. Not a redneck town at all. Lots of retirees from the midwest, and a huge lake. They do get some winter storms there. Might be too cold for someone native to Texas but the winter weather should be similar to what you'd find in western NC.
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:03 AM
 
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I've never done it, but I have no doubt shoveling snow would be much more fun than mowing the lawn, etc. in the horrid heat. I absolutely despise yard work from about May (sometimes even in April) to most of October. Geez. It was even 88 degrees today, but is supposed to be in the 40s tomorrow a.m. with highs in the 70s. It's still warm, but it's definitely an improvement.

I couldn't live in Florida. You're sweet to live there because DH likes it better. You'd think there were a happy medium between PA and FL.
You can go out and mow early morning or later evening when it's not so hot. That was my solution this summer when we spent a great portion of it with 100 + heat index.

Do that with the snow and you're just colder...
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:04 AM
 
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We live in North Florida, and our summers are long and brutal. On the other hand, we never have to shovel snow, or drive in snow, or deal in any other way with snow.


We deal with the summer heat and humidity the same way northerners deal with winter: we don't go out in it unless we absolutely have to.


When I once complained about the summer heat and humidity, someone told me, "If the weather here were perfect, you wouldn't be able to afford to live here!"


I think you have to decide which you hate less: snowy winters or hot summers. I prefer the snowy winters (I'm a native Pennsylvanian), but DH prefers the hot summers, so that's why we live in Florida.
You sound like us. Mrs. Tek prefers winter to our summers also. Of course she doesn't move snow or mow, so....
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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No offense, but why woudn't you know about crime in New Bern? Isn't that something that most would look into if they were considering New Bern as a retirement spot?

For a bit of a reality check, the city where we currently live has an annual crime average of 15. New Bern is around 450. These averages are based on statistics collected and figured by the FBI. Thefts, robberies and burglaries are extremely high in New Bern.

Yes, there is crime in every city, but why choose one that is over the national average? Feeling safe and being safe are two entirely different things. People in New Bern can put their heads in the sand and pretend it doesn't exisit - but crime exists there big time.
Any stats on meth? I know parts of the Midwest are high on this (haha, just realized my great pun ).
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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I offer a challenge.

Come here by the first of November at the latest and spend the winter. You will be required to keep my driveway and side walks clear anytime it snows. You cannot leave until May first.

Let's find out just how easy you really think winter is...
Haha, good challenge!!!
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