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Old 10-06-2011, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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I would like to live in the Bay Area of California but it would cost me, at least, $3K more than Arizona costs me. I can afford it but find myself unwilling to. Until then Sierra Vista AZ is quite comfortable for me.
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Old 10-06-2011, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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The general area of south-central Washington meets most of your requirements, WA has no income tax, property taxes are not terrible out in the country, overall cost of living is not bad, power rates are better than average. Yakima is actually turning into somewhat of a retirement Mecca with a good medical complex (on the north-west side of town, that is).

The weather is warm to hot in summer, frequently with weeks of no rain, but irrigation water is available from the several large rivers. Asthetically, if you really have to have a lot of green in your surroundings, it's not going to work for you, but if you can appreciate the steppe for what it is, well, I like it. In the country you are somewhat dependent on your own transportation, but being a car guy anyway I am OK with this, and I can get a lot of use out of a cheap old car.

The winter can be a bit foggy and dreary, but not usually a lot of snow. We heat with wood, there is a lot of good fruit wood available if you collect the prunings from orchards.

Any climate from beach to mountain is available with a 3 hour drive or so.

Since we are already here, I don't see any real reason to go elsewhere to retire.
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Old 10-06-2011, 04:16 PM
 
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If that's true, which I don't think it is, there's a good reason!
Look at the cost of living index for Texas.
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Old 10-06-2011, 04:18 PM
 
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There are maybe 5 states in the US that I would not choose to live, and Texas is one of them. That may be unfair, as I've only been there once, to Dallas. The politics are not my style, in general, and the climate not for me either. On the other hand, TexasUser, can you refer to the list in the OP and give some reasons why Texas may be a good fit for some folks?
I have lived in Texas for almost 8 years now. Everything is cheap here.

Rent, food, gas, entertainment, etc.
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Old 10-06-2011, 04:19 PM
 
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I would like to live in the Bay Area of California but it would cost me, at least, $3K more than Arizona costs me. I can afford it but find myself unwilling to. Until then Sierra Vista AZ is quite comfortable for me.
Lol, Bay Area is where I want to retire like you and we discussed this before.

There are cheaper places in CA though, just don't live in the city.
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Old 10-06-2011, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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There are parts of Texas that I would definitely consider, mostly in West Texas though, as I really prefer a dry climate. But, yeah, Texas has a favorable business and tax climate, for the most part the Code of the West prevails, people stay out of your business if you don't bother them first.

Texas is really too big to look at as just one location though, TU, do you have any specific areas that you think would be a good retirement spot?

As a general comment though - having a low cost of living is as much about how well the person adapts to an area as it is about having say a low cost for electricity. One does not generally think about the Big Apple as a low-cost retirement possibility, but if you can find a small, rent-controlled apartment, and are OK with not owning property, not owning a car, and not owning more "stuff" than will go into that glorified walk-in closet of an apartment, one could do it. At least "in principle".
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Old 10-06-2011, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Texas is really too big to look at as just one location though.
Very true. That's what I was thinking about California when I read your sentence which I quoted, especially the affordability part. Everybody thinks California is horrendously expensive, and certain parts of it are, such as the San Francisco Bay area and parts of the Los Angeles area. Anyplace right near the ocean is likely to be expensive too because of supply and demand; that's where a lot of people would like to live. But if you get away from the city centers housing becomes much more reasonable. Lots of California is rural.
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Old 10-06-2011, 06:32 PM
 
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I don't want to retire in Texas but if you want very low cost of living then Houston and Suburbs. I am sure you can find other areas that are just as cheap though. Houston is also the headquarters of medical help. There is a Medical center here and people like to retire there.

Electricity is not that expensive. Lot of providers to pick from.



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There are parts of Texas that I would definitely consider, mostly in West Texas though, as I really prefer a dry climate. But, yeah, Texas has a favorable business and tax climate, for the most part the Code of the West prevails, people stay out of your business if you don't bother them first.

Texas is really too big to look at as just one location though, TU, do you have any specific areas that you think would be a good retirement spot?

As a general comment though - having a low cost of living is as much about how well the person adapts to an area as it is about having say a low cost for electricity. One does not generally think about the Big Apple as a low-cost retirement possibility, but if you can find a small, rent-controlled apartment, and are OK with not owning property, not owning a car, and not owning more "stuff" than will go into that glorified walk-in closet of an apartment, one could do it. At least "in principle".
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Old 10-06-2011, 06:34 PM
 
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Very true. That's what I was thinking about California when I read your sentence which I quoted, especially the affordability part. Everybody thinks California is horrendously expensive, and certain parts of it are, such as the San Francisco Bay area and parts of the Los Angeles area. Anyplace right near the ocean is likely to be expensive too because of supply and demand; that's where a lot of people would like to live. But if you get away from the city centers housing becomes much more reasonable. Lots of California is rural.
Which CA cities have very low cost of living?
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Old 10-06-2011, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Lol, Bay Area is where I want to retire like you and we discussed this before.

There are cheaper places in CA though, just don't live in the city.
Then we get back to Walkability, can I live without a car
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