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Old 05-06-2014, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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The main issue I have with this story is that it does not address whether the "top 10 states" tax social security and pensions. For me, that's far more important than sales and other taxes and I couldn't care less about crime.
That info has been published in other "top 10" lists. It's pretty easy to find through Google. What one has to do is take all of these lists with a grain of salt, and then to aggregate them before deciding anything.
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Old 05-06-2014, 09:55 AM
 
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With that in mind, the state tourism department may want to add to its "Virginia is for lovers" slogan with another sobriquet: "Virginia is for retirees, too."
Pleanty of negatives, to go around. I don't get too excited about the "lists" which are published. The winners/losers seem to change yearly and someone who makes a retirement move decision based on such things alone does so foolishly, IMO.
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Old 05-06-2014, 11:37 AM
 
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Any criteria that put S Dakota in the #1 spot to retire has absolutely no basis in reality. Not only is it cold as **** in winter, winter lasts 9 months. Last frost (the date at which you have a 50/50 chance of not having a frost any later than) is June 30 - first frost (again, 50/50 chance of it not being any earlier than that) is Oct 1.

Frosts can and do occur later and earlier at either end. MUCH later/earlier at times.

Somehow the idea of having to shovel snow and scrape ice and scatter salt for 9 months out of the year in my dotage is less than exciting ...
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Old 05-06-2014, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Seattle Area
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Utah came in #3. It was an act of sure brilliance on my part buying our retirement home in St. George.

Well, maybe not, for those who don't like Utah.
I'd venture a guess that it's more about the Mormon church and followers than the state itself.
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Old 05-06-2014, 01:11 PM
 
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I've researched and visited Virginia quite a few times looking for retirement friendly places and it was my #1 choice, but it's definitely not affordable for the average retiree. Roanoke is the only area somewhat lower COL but I'm not that much of a country girl. It's fine if you have two people with a generous government pension (nothing personal meant), seems most retirees are moving to Williamsburg area, which is pretty pricey.

I'm getting the feeling that the image of a retiree today isn't very accurate at all, they think we'll either move to the middle of nowhere or we are so rich we can live anywhere,

I read an article this week that "room mates" are a growing housing option for alot of baby boomers and older because people can't afford a place of their own anymore....
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Old 05-06-2014, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Another silly list. Out of the top ten states, all are very lightly populated states (except CO) either in the Mountain West or Great Plains. Many of these states have very little in the way of scenery and have harsh climates. They're far from major metros, airports are often small and expensive to fly out of, little in the way of culture/sports/etc - I lived in IA for a year and I had to go to Kansas City (three hours away, but I never liked it) or Minneapolis (four hours away and much nicer) for the "big city" things.

If you like extremely rural and cheap living and don't mind the cold, these states are OK. If I wanted rural, reasonably cheap, with more natural beauty and closer to cities, I'd choose Maine in a heartbeat over Nebraska.
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Old 05-06-2014, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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Oh well, the list was good for a laugh. Just how California, at #28, managed to end up in mid pack was a real hoot. Guess that good climate pushes the numbers up. On most best of or worst of surveys and ratings, the no longer so Golden State contends for the very bottom spots. Yes, there are places in the huge state that are still relatively afordable and quite pleasant and safe. That's the good part. The bad part is that no matter how remote or isolated you are, it is still California, and the long hand of the dolts in Sacramento that have grossly mismanaged the state for decades still reach out and firmly grasp you.
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Old 05-06-2014, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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This has to be the worst list of best places to retire ever. I think I would prefer one of these: The Best Places to Go to Prison Lots of security, little or no cost, decent medical care, lots of activities.

My first choice would probably be Morgantown, WV; second choice, the one near San Francisco.
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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This has to be the worst list of best places to retire ever. I think I would prefer one of these: The Best Places to Go to Prison Lots of security, little or no cost, decent medical care, lots of activities.

My first choice would probably be Morgantown, WV; second choice, the one near San Francisco.
I realize you were making a point with a tongue-in-cheek method, but the medical care in many prisons is quite deplorable, assaults are common despite the numerous guards, and the range of "activities" is rather limited. A destitute homeless person may well prefer prison, where at least he in out of the rain and gets fed three times a day.
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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I realize you were making a point with a tongue-in-cheek method, but the medical care in many prisons is quite deplorable, assaults are common despite the numerous guards, and the range of "activities" is rather limited. A destitute homeless person may well prefer prison, where at least he in out of the rain and gets fed three times a day.
Hmm, these particular facilities are for the rich and famous. Think Bernie Madoff, Martha Stewart, etc. The medical care is as good as the Average Joe would get in his local community and there is a wide variety of activities. I wouldn't be able to walk out the door whenever I felt like it, but living in the Dakotas would be restrictive for me, as well. Maybe I could move to one of those states when I'm through with living. Just a thought.

Note: I value freedom, so yes, to a certain extent my post was tongue-in-cheek.
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