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View Poll Results: Best place for my retirenement years?
Fayettville, AR 4 8.89%
Branson, MO 3 6.67%
Lousiville, KY 0 0%
Boise, ID 3 6.67%
Asheville, NC 7 15.56%
Saint Augustine, FL 6 13.33%
Tri-cities TN 5 11.11%
Lexington, KY 3 6.67%
Sioux Falls, SD 2 4.44%
Rapid City, SD 1 2.22%
Ocala, FL 6 13.33%
Morgantown, WV 0 0%
Lewiston, ID 1 2.22%
Spokane, WA 2 4.44%
Bloomington, IN 4 8.89%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 45. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-17-2014, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Arkansas would give me a 100 percent property tax exemption, plus no personal property tax on cars, and low utility rates....on paper, it nearly looks the best on paper, plus its beautiful in NWA, trouble is the tornadoes.
... and droughts.
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Perhaps the Roanoke, VA area might suit you. There is plenty of property that is rural in Roanoke county and several surrounding counties as well but not very far from the city.

There is a VA hospital in Salem, which is next to Roanoke City, but I don't know how large a facility it is.

Low incidence of natural disasters and winters are not overly long or bad.

Best wishes for finding just the right place to retire.
I second Salem, nice small college town with VA hosp, great public library, neat little downtown, reasonably priced homes in nice n'hoods, adjacent to the small city of Roanoke (arts, farmers mkts, etc).
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:21 PM
 
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never even heard of salem VA till now.....think I read up on Roanoke a time ago, and read there were some crime issues...not sure though....I will read more up on that area of VA. Please keep helping me with ideas and vote on the polls too....thank you
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Crime in Roanoke is nothing compared to northeast TN.
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:19 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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Yea what troubles me about Maine are those long, snowy winters. Along with high utility rates and high heating costs....unless I guess I lived way up in northern Maine, which simply might be a tad too isolated. NW Arkansas has some lovely nature, great affordable houses for sale, ...and beauty, and some neat smaller cities though. But I am concerned about tornadoes there. Seems like Colorado is drying up and the front range getting overly congested and crowded. Rapid City, is nice, but lousy housing stock with low inventory, and higher then should be, real estate prices. I heard the tri cities of TN do not like outsiders, especially northerners. Read that Tucson is pretty with the mountains, but rough with the crime and run down areas, and hotter then hell itself, and never rains. Boise has gotten too expensive thanks to the transplants over time. Ada country assessed home values jumped up by 22% this year as well. Making property taxes higher.
We live in SW MO just five miles from the AR border. The Ozarks are beautiful and the costs of living and property are low. Tornadoes are a factor but where we live on the shore of Table Rock Lake has never taken a direct hit. Tornadoes have come close in 1954, 1991 and 2012 - from 10 to 32 miles away - but so far, so good. We're not concerned. Winters are relatively mild.
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:14 PM
 
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yea I been to Branson looking at homes about 9 months ago....nice place, gorgeous area....but Arkansas would give me full 100 percent property tax exemption, I just never made it down to Fayetteville to check it out...what I do know is that trying to find a house with a basement is near impossible anywhere in NWA, which surprised me, cause it is also prone to tornadoes. Saw some stuff on the drought conditions in AR,...didn't know.

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Old 06-18-2014, 08:15 PM
 
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I sure wish the housing prices were cheaper out around Boise or up in N Idaho, cause that is really I would really like to relocate to,...but the housing prices, with no acreage, have gone up too much in recent years for my budget.
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Old 01-19-2015, 12:25 AM
 
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Citrus county Florida. Plenty of vets for company, too. Good house well under your budget.
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Old 01-20-2015, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Check out Prescott, AZ. Has a VA , 4 seasons, low crime, low tax, and beautiful scenery. Also 2 hours to major city if you need one.
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Old 01-20-2015, 09:15 PM
 
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anybody have experience living in the rural areas outside of Lexington? Like in Berea? Just saw that Branson MO, has a crime rating of 0 out of a 100, on a particular website, that is the worst rating I have seen yet, compared to anywhere else in the USA, surprised me.
I think crime rates can be misleading. To get the true picture, imo you have to talk to locals.

For example, there was a shooting in my town today which is pretty rare. But it was in a part of town I would never go. The majority of crime happens in that part of town.

That's true for a lot of places. The crime happens in a part of town you would never venture into anyway.
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