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Old 07-07-2014, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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Reno is high desert and not very attractive unless parched brown is your favorite color. The mountains provide a nice backdrop but it is very hot and dry there in the summer and it does get quite cold and there is some snow in the winter. It is not the place if you like cloudy, or rainy, drizzly weather. It is not what I would call an "artsy" place at all. If you like outdoor sports such as skiing or hiking, it would be a good area. My nephew lives in Reno and my niece in the Carson Valley area. The good point is that there is no income tax in Nevada and if you like casinos, well they've got that covered. It's also only about 45 minutes over the mountain to Lake Tahoe (my personal happy place).
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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... You might check out Clear Lake, CA. The summer weather is fairly mild and they do have snow for about a month in the winters. However, the winters are pretty short. It might be far enough south to get out of the endless winter drizzle and rain in Oregon and Washington.
We lived in Upper Lake, Ca for a few years. Summers are HOT there, every summer is drought. The hills are covered with dry grass and creosote brush, fires are a constant threat.


The 'drug' problem of Bangor, is because Bangor serves 2/3 of Maine as the hub for: economics, health care, shopping, etc. The drug treatment clinics that provide service for much of Maine, are located in Bangor. So it does get drug addict traffic. Which is why we may see articles about it. But it is funny to is this as being compared to many of the other cities listed. If 'problem' is defined by having treatment clinics, then, ... I would think that a far greater 'problem' would be cities with drug trafficking and arrests.
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:53 PM
 
Location: SW US
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You ever considered Nova Scotia, Canada? Healthy and clean environment there. I mean, you CAN choose somewhere outside the states.Northern France and Ireland don't sound too bad, either.
As I understand it, Canada does not welcome US retirees. It is possible to emigrate to France as a retiree with an adequate income, and probably Ireland especially with Irish ancestors.
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:56 PM
 
Location: SW US
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Wyoming is what America used to be. People are individualistic and self-reliant, primarily conservative and libertarian Republicans. State and local governent are generally less intrusive than most places. That's why so many of us here are political refugees.
So glad you put in this part at the end. Up till then I was starting to think I should consider Wyoming.
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:28 PM
 
Location: WA
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I'm very curious about the Vancouver rain situation. I love cloudy days and lack of sun doesn't bother me at all, but days of drenching rain are not appealing. I'm given to understand that the rain in Vancouver is more like a mist or drizzle--is this true? If so, are there attendant problems (cars rusting quickly, wood rotting, insects)? I'm also an odd sort, feeling very sorry for earthworms that come out after rains and die on drying sidewalks--are there worms on sidewalks everywhere?
Actually SW Washington rainfall varies with microclimates changing with elevation and proximity to mountains and rivers. Generally there are 5 months of frequent rain, 5 months of occasional rain, and 2 months of no rain. Rainfall rates are pretty low usually varying between drizzle and moderate showers... seldom are there drenching rains seen in some parts of the country. No notable moisture problems and earth worm issues are not widespread.
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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So glad you put in this part at the end. Up till then I was starting to think I should consider Wyoming.
So I take it you prefer the more intrusive kind of government? The more regulations the better?
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Old 07-07-2014, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Woodbury, MN
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I don't know if you have ever lived near Clearlake CA, but I would not call summer there mild. Today's high temp = 103. But it's a DRY heat. LOL It also does not snow there. I lived about an hour away from there for MANY years.
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We lived in Upper Lake, Ca for a few years. Summers are HOT there, every summer is drought. The hills are covered with dry grass and creosote brush, fires are a constant threat.
Thanks for setting me straight on Clear Lake, CA! I started doing research on the area as a possible retirement location years ago. The area looked nice from a distance without ever visiting in person. The lake is large, many square miles, but it is contaminated by a nearby mining operation. According to the weather sites I checked, the winters have a little snow for a month, and did not indicate the summers were that hot. The real estate price are very cheap. But in the end, it's not the right area for us. When I retire, I only want to see snow on TV from a distance.
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Old 07-07-2014, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Thanks for setting me straight on Clear Lake, CA! I started doing research on the area as a possible retirement location years ago. The area looked nice from a distance without ever visiting in person. The lake is large, many square miles, but it is contaminated by a nearby mining operation. According to the weather sites I checked, the winters have a little snow for a month, and did not indicate the summers were that hot. The real estate price are very cheap. But in the end, it's not the right area for us. When I retire, I only want to see snow on TV from a distance.
I lived in Woodland and Davis for many years, and looked at buying at the Clearlake area many times, because it's affordable. And I figured one day, Santa Rosa will grow out to that area, and the real estate values would go up.

But, no matter how cheap or the possible future value, I could not make myself like the area enough to move there. I chose to continue renting instead. That's how much I didn't like the "vibe" of that area.

It just seems really poor, and depressed. There's just something sad or almost creepy about that area. That was my take.
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Old 07-08-2014, 07:27 AM
 
Location: southwest TN
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Then you need to consider the income tax situation: Tn has no state income -- property taxes in some areas are low.

Since you said you do not want to see snow, then western TN is good - but stay closer to Nashville rather than Memphis - the humidity increases the further west you travel. Knoxville might be more to your liking but you will see snow. The thing about snow in TN is this: it comes and melts within 12-24 hours. We've had snow - and haven't even had to consider a snow shovel or even sweeping it away. This past winter was really bad - and we had one snow of about 1/2" that lasted for a full 12 hours. I'm in southern TN, only 20 min from the Mississippi border.

Consider I-40 as your dividing line n-s - if you want to stay out of the warmer and more humid weather, go north of it.
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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East Tennessee is SOMEWHAT humid in the summer. It's not bad like the deep south or Florida, but it's humid enough to make your hair frizz and it rains every few days in the evening/afternoon. I like it because it keeps everything so green, but I sweat a lot and I don't like that but it's not everyday and it's only for a couple months. We get a couple inches of snow once or twice a year and it's usually gone by the afternoon.

Another thing about Clearlake CA, it's not CLEAR. My DH's parents had a cabin there a long time ago. They sold it after the lake started having big algae blooms. Now it happens every year. It's so gross that parts of the lake can't be boated on at times because the junk fouls your prop and turns your swimsuit and hair all green. No thanks.

Listening to all your criteria, I think you should look into Ashland, OR. It's right near the CA border, it is a college town, home of a big Shakespeare festival, artsy, and has a climate that is between OR and CA. Check it out.
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