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Old 05-07-2014, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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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.
I did not read your link before responding, so I apologize for that. I was talking about prisons in general.
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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I read this article. My guess is that this article and study were done by people who were not even close to 60. Most of my relatives in Wis. are planning retirements in which they spend a large part of the winter someplace else warmer. There's no doubt in my mind, cold weather and long winters are harder on you as you age.
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:44 AM
 
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> This has to be the worst list of best places to retire ever.

What we need is a list of the worst lists of the best places to retire.
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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I just remembered this morning a factor that probably skews this survey into meaninglessness. There are a large number of RVer's that full time. South Dakota is one of the most popular states to register in. Residency requirements are not the severe, and taxes are very low. So they register as residents there, but live mostly someplace else in their RV. Part year in Florida, Calif, Az, Texas etc. RV parks in these states fill up in winter, and clear out by May 1st or so.
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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I just remembered this morning a factor that probably skews this survey into meaninglessness. There are a large number of RVer's that full time. South Dakota is one of the most popular states to register in. Residency requirements are not the severe, and taxes are very low. So they register as residents there, but live mostly someplace else in their RV. Part year in Florida, Calif, Az, Texas etc. RV parks in these states fill up in winter, and clear out by May 1st or so.
My ex-wife and her husband are doing this exact thing. Their "official" residency is a mail box in some nondescript building somewhere in SD and they have been traveling for about 10 years now. They absolutely love the lifestyle. They are finally putting some roots down and are building a home in the boonies of NW AZ.
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Old 05-10-2014, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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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.
If you like, you can Google the states that tax SS and pensions, and also the list of states without income taxes. That would be a good place to start.

Most of these articles aren't all that helpful. An MSN Money article recently ranked states for retirees based on the states' unemployment levels, and job opportunities for seniors. Go figure.
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Old 05-10-2014, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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I just remembered this morning a factor that probably skews this survey into meaninglessness. There are a large number of RVer's that full time. South Dakota is one of the most popular states to register in. Residency requirements are not the severe, and taxes are very low. So they register as residents there, but live mostly someplace else in their RV. Part year in Florida, Calif, Az, Texas etc. RV parks in these states fill up in winter, and clear out by May 1st or so.
Like you say, quite a few folks do that. South Dakota has no state income tax.
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Old 05-10-2014, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Haiku
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Like you say, quite a few folks do that. South Dakota has no state income tax.
State income tax is only one of many taxes. If they aren't taxing income, it will come at you in some other way - sales tax, gasoline, property, excise, vehicle, etc.
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Old 05-10-2014, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Haiku
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Haha, well we moved from a state in the middle of the pack (Washington, at #22) to one of the worst - Hawaii at #46. Yeah, Hawaii is expensive but I never shovel snow, I go surfing every morning (without a wet suit), my wardrobe has two things in it - shorts and T-shirts, and we have a huge year-around garden. I have no regrets going to one of the worst "ranked" states.
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Old 05-10-2014, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Haha, well we moved from a state in the middle of the pack (Washington, at #22) to one of the worst - Hawaii at #46. Yeah, Hawaii is expensive but I never shovel snow, I go surfing every morning (without a wet suit), my wardrobe has two things in it - shorts and T-shirts, and we have a huge year-around garden. I have no regrets going to one of the worst "ranked" states.
What a great example of how people's priorities vary. Most people would probably steer clear of Hawaii because it is one of the most expensive states in the nation. But you like surfing and you have found an excellent fit for yourselves in several different ways. Congratulations.
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