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Old 05-15-2014, 08:14 PM
 
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Alaska has perhaps the lowest taxes in the nation - no income tax and no sales tax for starters. But of course taxes are only one component of the cost of living. Heating costs will be high in winter, unless you cut your own firewood on your own land and heat with wood.
Right. The high costs of housing, groceries, utilities, medical care, and assisted living services offset the tax savings and annual dividend payout.

 
Old 05-17-2014, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Keystone State
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Where is Wisteria?
 
Old 05-17-2014, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Where is Wisteria?
She last posted on City-Data on November 12, 2013, approximately six months ago. Prior to that, she had taken a couple of years off, then returned to City-Data to blast a moderator for modifying the name of "her" thread to include the word "men". Most of those posts were taken down by management, after which Wisteria "disappeared" once again. It is possible some posters are still in touch with her via direct messages and/or email, but I am certainly not one of them.
 
Old 05-18-2014, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Where is Wisteria?
She moved to a small, affordable community in Santa Cruz, CA. Her home is only a few blocks from the beach and about five minutes from downtown. She seems to be a busy but happy lady.
 
Old 05-18-2014, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Keystone State
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She moved to a small, affordable community in Santa Cruz, CA. Her home is only a few blocks from the beach and about five minutes from downtown. She seems to be a busy but happy lady.
Cool! That sounds awesome!
 
Old 05-19-2014, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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I don't know that I will ever be able to retire but I am considering relocating from Arizona to Alaska...
My sister, (God rest her soul), was stationed on the Air Force base outside Fairbanks and when it came time to re-enlist after eight years, (two enlistments, going for the third), she wanted to stay in AK. The Air Force said that she would have to be transferred, even though there was nobody trained to perform her duties.

She said, "I don't want to leave Alaska, so I guess I won't be re-enlisting." She spent the rest of her days in Alaska and loved it. I'm pretty sure that she didn't have a very high-paying job, but seem to get along just fine. She had no complaints . . . well, other than the mosquitoes.

Sound like Alaska is something anybody can do. You might have to make some choices on what is most important to you, (what constitutes your 'standard of living'). Good luck.
 
Old 05-23-2014, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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This thread has over 700,000 views. That gotta be some sort of record or somthin'
 
Old 05-23-2014, 10:37 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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This thread has over 700,000 views. That gotta be some sort of record or somthin'
You should have seen the activity before some 'over active temporary censor' got a hold of us and clipped our ears.!! We had a really nice thing going that about 650,000 viewers had enjoyed and contributed.
 
Old 05-23-2014, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Right. The high costs of housing, groceries, utilities, medical care, and assisted living services offset the tax savings and annual dividend payout.
I really subscribe to this idea. That is why I chose the place to which I am moving in a couple of weeks. Not that the taxes are high, in fact the opposite is true but they were not a large factor in my decision. I just knew that the ever increasing COL in my present city was city was killing me in my day-to-day living and my yearly rent and utility increases no matter how frugal I tried to be once I retired. But even when I was working my salary did not keep pace with the COL. I sat at my former job for several years with no salary increases as my company continued to downsize and sift people around.

To quote the caterpillar in "Alice," "It takes all the running you can do to stay in the same place." I was exhausted from all that running.

Good places can be found everywhere that will suit one's needs. I would urge people, especially people who are looking to save on the high cost of living where they are living, to consider some more unlikely places that may not have the best of reputations because those reputations may be undeserved. That also goes for places that have sterling reputations. They might not necessarily hold up to their promises. Check it out for yourself.

I would have never known about the nice little "inner ring" suburbs of Cleveland had my friend not lived in one. Cleveland Heights and my location in it suits me very well. It has affordable housing, it is walking distance from and supermarket and some shops. It is just twenty minutes away from the Cleveland Clinic in one direction and less than a half hour from several shopping centers in another all by the same bus which is important to me because I don't drive. And the neighborhood is very nice. It's pretty. I couldn't ask for more.

All the things you mention played a much more important role than taxes in my choice of relocation.
 
Old 05-23-2014, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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She moved to a small, affordable community in Santa Cruz, CA. Her home is only a few blocks from the beach and about five minutes from downtown. She seems to be a busy but happy lady.
Thank you for the update. I am so glad to hear she is doing well. She did us a favor by beginning this dialogue. I had taken a break form posting when the controversy took place so I wasn't aware at the time that there was a problem. I have my opinions but it's water under the bridge so I will keep them to myself.

I am just glad that this thread is still going strong after such a long time. There have been so many success stories that have been added and I hope mine will be one of them. I am on my way.
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