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Old 10-03-2011, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Like many, I'm tired of seeing these "Best Places to Retire" annual lists written up by leading mainstream money magazines, with recommendations that seem pretty far-fetched to me.

I also see a lot of assumptions about places that may not be true across the board--such as California and New England are unaffordable. As some point out, in specific places some things are pricey and other things are not, balancing out the question of "affordability."

Many things are more objective, such as quality of medical facilities, things to do for seniors, kinds of housing available.

The one thing that is definitely subjective is "affordability." What is easily affordable for one may not be easily, or at all, affordable for another.

IMO, the best recommendations are from those on the ground, those actually living in or at least knowing a place very well firsthand.

If we were to stick to 5 simple questions, based on your living there (current or recently) how would you rate your recommendation for where to grow old? (Please don't list where not to.)

1. Niceness of the area, aesthetically
2. Driveability (traffic factor, distance factor)
3. Ease in access to basics: supermarket, library, P.O., stores, entertainment
4. Quality of medical facilities and senior living options
5. Affordable (all things considered, all kinds of taxes) for retirees of modest income, say $50K or under/year

Looking forward to responses.
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:06 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Ain't agonna do it. Likes it jist fine the way it is. Don't want a buncha outta state furriners comin' in an' ruinin' the place.
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Old 10-03-2011, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Ain't agonna do it. Likes it jist fine the way it is. Don't want a buncha outta state furriners comin' in an' ruinin' the place.
Haha, why did I know you would say that??

OK, at least tell why you chose the place you did, even if you don't tell us where.
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:34 PM
 
Location: California Mountains
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If we were to stick to 5 simple questions, based on your living there (current or recently) how would you rate your recommendation for where to grow old? (Please don't list where not to.)

1. Niceness of the area, aesthetically
2. Driveability (traffic factor, distance factor)
3. Ease in access to basics: supermarket, library, P.O., stores, entertainment
4. Quality of medical facilities and senior living options
5. Affordable (all things considered, all kinds of taxes) for retirees of modest income, say $50K or under/year
Should we add pleasant climate to the list? Because I could easily rank the town where we live right now high on all the questions, but we're going to move because the high humidity prevents us to enjoy the outdoor 4 or 5 months out of the year.

I know that the same climate is viewed differently by different people, but I dare to say the very cold, very hot, very dry, very wet, or very humid climate probably wouldn't rate very high on many people's lists.

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Old 10-03-2011, 03:39 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Haha, why did I know you would say that??

OK, at least tell why you chose the place you did, even if you don't tell us where.
I fell in love with the area back in 1959 at the age of 13 when we were driving Route 66 during a change of station. My wife spent seven years here, about 40 miles from where we now live, back in the 70s as a hippie, organic farmer also raising chickens and rabbits. She spoke of it often and missed the area a lot. Never thought she'd ever get back. Guess I showed her!

Once we decided to retire ABC - Anywhere but California - we began about five years of research for the right spot. We wanted a reasonable cost of living, four distinct seasons with none being too terribly harsh, a small town atmosphere, someplace unapologetically and unabashedly patriotic whose people embodied those traits that made this country strong in the first place - self-reliant, individualistic, neighborly, hospitable and strong - preferably a place with a part-time, citizen legislature that was actually representative of the electorate they were to serve. In other words, we wanted to move back to America!

We found it, moved to it and haven't had a moment of regret or remorse. This is home and we'll live here, die here and be interred here in a veterans cemetery when the time comes, surrounded by soldiers from every war dating back to 1776. An old soldier and the daughter, daughter-in-law and wife of old soldiers can't ask for anything more.
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Old 10-03-2011, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Ain't agonna do it. Likes it jist fine the way it is. Don't want a buncha outta state furriners comin' in an' ruinin' the place.
Well, you've already said in previous posts where you live, although not the specific town you're in or near, if I recall correctly. Besides, any speaker of French, as I am, will take about one second to decipher your location below your join date in the upper right.

On a more serious note, I'm glad you've found a location so well suited to your wants and needs as detailed in a post subsequent to the one I quoted above. I wish I could import some aspects of your location to Los Angeles, which I love too much to leave.
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Old 10-03-2011, 05:37 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Well, you've already said in previous posts where you live, although not the specific town you're in or near, if I recall correctly. Besides, any speaker of French, as I am, will take about one second to decipher your location below your join date in the upper right.

On a more serious note, I'm glad you've found a location so well suited to your wants and needs as detailed in a post subsequent to the one I quoted above. I wish I could import some aspects of your location to Los Angeles, which I love too much to leave.
Obviously not a secret but no need to "publish" exactly where. It meets our needs and we (not just us) welcome any who love it for what it is and don't care to "import" outside influences and society into it.

Glad you love where you are. That's all that counts!
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Old 10-03-2011, 05:57 PM
 
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I live in the Kansas City Metro Area (Johnson County, KS; here is my take; and I added climate and crime:

1. Niceness of the area, aesthetically I'm in the burbs more than the 'city' and our area is very nice; well maintained; no graffiti or trash on sides of roads. We have rolling hills and scenery is pleasing.

2. Driveability (traffic factor, distance factor) Traffic gets congested in downtown KC; but in the burbs there's not a problem; easy to find your way around; short commute times. And being retired now, I plan my travels around the area when most are at work.

3. Ease in access to basics: supermarket, library, P.O., stores, entertainment Same as noted in #2, doesn't take long to get to these places.

4. Quality of medical facilities and senior living options Medical facilities are excellent. Many senior complexes; however, per my finances, most are not affordable; a few very low cost units are available.

5. Affordable (all things considered, all kinds of taxes) for retirees of modest income, say $50K or under/year Housing is pretty affordable if compared to many other areas of the country; but taxes are steep in this area.

6. Climate: Spring/Fall are beautiful with enjoyable temps. Summer: hot and humid (by KS standards). Winter: worst is usually January and February; temps can get sub-zero (wind chill); this area unfortunately gets ice most winters but the main roads are maintained.

We get sufficient rain to keep things nice and green (except for winter of course). Have lived here over 17 yrs. and have not seen a tornado, and hope I never do.

7. Crime: Downtown Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS have higher crime rates than the burbs. I feel very safe in my area (I'm about 9 miles SW of KCMO).
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:26 PM
 
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Default best places to retire..affordability,niceness, scenery

Hi,
I too am a New England girl.. really, if you look at the beauty in New England, and then wrap it up and bring it into the countryside of Virginia..
and then compare the two here's what you get: genuinely friendly people in VA..less stress, even MORE beautiful scenery for longer stretches, faaaar less sprawl, more cows & horses (if you like to see that along the way to the mall), alive & well arts, theater, and all of those things you love to do with the added benefit of safety, but mostly it those low, low taxes.. yes, excellent hospitals, and less snowstorms.. Spring arrives two weeks earlier..but summer is about the same as CT, or MA.. Its just so pretty!
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:41 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Hi,
I too am a New England girl.. really, if you look at the beauty in New England, and then wrap it up and bring it into the countryside of Virginia..
and then compare the two here's what you get: genuinely friendly people in VA..less stress, even MORE beautiful scenery for longer stretches, faaaar less sprawl, more cows & horses (if you like to see that along the way to the mall), alive & well arts, theater, and all of those things you love to do with the added benefit of safety, but mostly it those low, low taxes.. yes, excellent hospitals, and less snowstorms.. Spring arrives two weeks earlier..but summer is about the same as CT, or MA.. Its just so pretty!
Having lived there twice, I love Virginia. In fact, my oldest daughter was born there. But what I didn't love when considering retirement locations were overall costs, taxes and VEPCO!
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