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Old 11-12-2006, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Looking at retiring in three years. I've lived in Phoenix for over 20 years and can't wait to leave. I have a 21 and a 17 year old, both girls who will be coming with my husband and I. We want to live somewhere that has low crime, around 150,00 people, good jobs for my girls, LOW taxes, low housing market, green with mild winters and very low illegals. Have been looking at this forum and Springfield, MO sounds good.

Any other places you would recommend??? It's a big move and want to make sure it's the right move.
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Old 11-15-2006, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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Asheville, NC is very nice. It's in the mountains, but only gets about 16" of snow (no extreme tempetures) . Summers are heavenly. Springs and falls are even better. Only 4 hours from the beach. The city of Asheville is a little expensive, but the surrounding communities are very affordable. You might even be able to get some acreage. The topography is very beautiful with the Blue Ridge Pkwy. running through town. Nice and sunny most of the time. Good luck in your search!!!
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Old 11-15-2006, 09:03 AM
 
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Hi. How about the humidity in Asheville N.C.? How bad is the humidity there?
If you move from say Arizona we are really used to sun almost all the time, and of course we have that low humidity almost all year.
I was looking at tennessee, but most likely we will stay in Arizona.
I recall visiting the Williamsburg Virginia area in October/November and was just about sick with the high humidity.
The places that are really nice in the summer are places we can not afford to live!
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Old 11-15-2006, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Concord, NC
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Williamsburg is near the ocean, so that's why the humidity is higher. Asheville's in the mountains and has very reasonable humidity, especially in the summer. I live in the Charlotte area and love it here. Don't plan on ever leaving. But if I were to move anywhere else, it would be Asheville. It's just an awesome area.
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Old 03-21-2007, 10:54 PM
 
Location: KENTUCKY
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Hi Heaton.

Sun City here. But moving to KY. next Monday. Like you we can't wait to get out of here. Arizona is getting toooo expensive and scary.

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Old 03-22-2007, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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We spent part of two vacations checking out Asheville as a possible retirement place. The crime in Asheville itself is very high - about double the national avrage - car jacking, shooting, burglaries, murders, car thefts, assaults - unbelievable! Much of the city is not nice - I can't imagine living in the city itself and as a retired person, I would not want to venture into that place on my own.

You would think that Asheville has great air quality but it does not - below average.

We checked out several surrounding towns - all expensive and typical of many places in the south - you have to go through ugly parts of town to get to the nice areas (something we don't want to do).

Extremes of weather - it gets very hot, very humid in the summer and very cold in the winter - nice in the fall and spring - typical of the south. They are having very nice weather right now, but we have been there when it was miserably hot and miserably cold - there are extremes of weather there.

Overall, we were not impressed - we loved Biltmore Estate and The Grove Park Inn where we stayed, but it is not the place for us.
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Old 03-22-2007, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Asheville, NC

Average Daily Highs (over a 29 year period)

January - 45.9
February - 50.0
March - 57.7
April - 66.5
May - 73.5
June - 80.0
July - 83.3
August - 81.7
September - 76.0
October - 67.1
November - 57.4
December - 49.3

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Old 03-22-2007, 10:04 PM
 
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Have you thought of Florence Alabama, or the Muscle Shoals area of Alabama. It is called the Tenessee Valley because it is far north as you can get, Very pretty area with lots of water and very mild winters. Very low crime and low cost of living plus the houses are very reasonable.
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Old 03-23-2007, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Wherever my feet take me
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Default Heaton and tucsoncitydweller

I understand the humidity issue-- it can be a deal killer if you're used to years of dry dry dry. Green = rain = humidity. Everything is a trade off in one way or another.

tucsoncitydweller, you might want to look at New Mexico: Silver City and Las Cruces come to mind, and Albuquerque has the most wonderful summers. If you don't need big city services, look at Walla Walla, Washington; population around 30,000; the area is on the upswing as Washington's wine country, at the confluence of 3 rivers; still affordable and no state income tax.

Heaton, Springfield, MO is as you think it is. I spent several weeks there during early summer a few years ago and liked it, though it was growing like crazy at the time. And it's close enough to Branson for entertainment. The humidity might get to you, though, in the summertime.

You might also look at Springfield/Eugene, Oregon. Beautiful, green, cooler than the southeast states. Salem, OR is also a possibility that might fit your list of wants. Also look at Charleston, South Carolina and Tallahassee, Florida.

Have you guys looked at the Carson Valley area in Northern Nevada? Or, a bit more obscure (and not so green), are the smallish but thoroughly pleasant cities of Redding, Red Bluff and Chico in northern California. Worth a look see, anyway...
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Old 03-25-2007, 12:11 AM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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Looking at retiring in three years. I've lived in Phoenix for over 20 years and can't wait to leave. I have a 21 and a 17 year old, both girls who will be coming with my husband and I. We want to live somewhere that has low crime, around 150,00 people, good jobs for my girls, LOW taxes, low housing market, green with mild winters and very low illegals. Have been looking at this forum and Springfield, MO sounds good.

Any other places you would recommend??? It's a big move and want to make sure it's the right move.
You may want to check out Oklahoma. We've been to eastern OK and it's absolutely beautiful there. Tulsa is a nice city with their beautiful gardens and flowers and awesome museums. The eastern border of OK is at the foothills of the Ozarks and is so pretty. We got to see the trees just as they were turning last autumn. Grove is the cutest town that is built around a lake. It's probably one of the most expensive places in OK, but it's still very reasonable compared to a lot of the country. They normally have very mild winters with very little snow, but this was a freak year and they had quite a snowfall. If you check out the real estate or apartment costs in OK, you'll be so surprised. The cost of living there is even lower then it is up here in So. Dak.

Also, the people are very friendly there. It's like stepping back in time where people will chat with you even if they've never seen you before. And talk about courteous drivers~we were amazed at how people would slow down to let us turn over or how respectful they are to each other. Either they are normally that nice or they figured, "Get out of the way! Those fools from So. Dak. have no idea where they're going."
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