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View Poll Results: Best, most afffordable small city to retire to....
Boise ID 6 6.19%
Spokane WA 6 6.19%
Roanoke VA 9 9.28%
Ocala FL 11 11.34%
Fayettville AR 10 10.31%
Sebring FL 4 4.12%
Charleston WV 1 1.03%
Athens OH 3 3.09%
Asheville NC 18 18.56%
Branson MO 2 2.06%
Rapid City SD 6 6.19%
Greenville SC 21 21.65%
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Old 03-28-2015, 03:52 PM
 
Location: where you sip the tea of the breasts of the spinsters of Utica
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How about Bend, Oregon? Housing is fairly cheap outside of town. Gorgeous scenery and outdoor recreation just a few minutes away by car.

I don't know about medical care there, but if you have Medicare it shouldn't be a problem, there should be some sort of hospital there.

There's a Bend sub-forum around here somewhere.
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Old 03-28-2015, 04:12 PM
 
Location: where you sip the tea of the breasts of the spinsters of Utica
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How about Bend, Oregon? Housing is fairly cheap outside of town. .....
There's a Bend sub-forum around here somewhere.
Ooops, scratch that off the list. I just went there and apparently Bend is now as expensive as Seattle.
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Old 03-28-2015, 06:08 PM
 
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Bend is very expensive, and very remote, with no VA medical center anywhere close, one would have to drive a couple hours to Roseburg OR. OR is expensive all across the board I think, with the exception of a few undesirable small towns closer to the Idaho Border in eastern OR.
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Old 03-28-2015, 06:23 PM
 
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Could be, but here is one article I read about FL electric companies...

Ten years of fast-rising electric rates reveal Duke Energy Florida is not competitive | Tampa Bay Times
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Old 03-28-2015, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Actually Roseburg, OR is worth considering. Housing is relatively inexpensive because of the implosion of forest products, they have a VA facility. It isn't far from Eugene for serious shopping. Moderate climate.
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Old 03-28-2015, 07:16 PM
 
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Ocala, Fl is the worst choice of the above listed for a variety of reasons. Several areas were built up for the retirees, over 30 years ago. They are maintained by the owner/developers with an iron hand. Re-sale is very difficult once a buyer "finds" out.

Employment in Ocala, for those that are in the work force is very difficult to find beyond service jobs, which remain at best p/t wages. When, unemployment is high and remains that way in a town for more than 30 yrs, it is not a safe bet, that one will not be affected by the crime that exists.

Silver Springs Shores originally built for the retiring seniors, 30 yrs ago is now a active crime scene. The horse people insist that wages be kept low, just as Disney does the same in Orl. area. Ck out crime reports before moving to any area, as that affects the quality of life that one does exist in. Hospitals are also a major factor, as one ages. For many hospitals are not the caring facilities that they should be for all ages.
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Old 03-28-2015, 09:36 PM
 
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Did you look at Harrisonburg VA?? I have passed through it and looked like a small and scenic town.. Or some small tourist towns like Aspen, Ouray etc in Colorado???
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Old 03-29-2015, 01:17 AM
 
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The original poster wanted some acreage and had a budget of something like $240k. That would X out every tourist town in Colorado, and certainly Aspen or Ouray.
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Old 03-29-2015, 02:14 AM
 
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It would also x out Roseburg OR, which is not cheap, especially when searching for a decent home on acreage. Nor is anywhere in western OR, for my price range with a few acres. I have looked there many times online. I have read that Ocala is getting worse, crime wise.
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Old 03-29-2015, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Yes, it can be a challenge and I suppose that is why you haven't moved since the beginning of last year when you created a poll asking this same question.

**************Looking for advice on what small, and desirable place to retire to...

That thread garnered almost 300 back-and-forth posts between you and others trying to give you their suggestions and recommendations, most of which you dismissed for one reason or another. I hope you have better luck with your search this year.
I note one difference in the two threads (besides the specific towns listed); that is that his acceptable price level has gone up from $175K to $240K, a good move in the direction of realism.
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