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Old 01-25-2008, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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I just decided to come to Wisconsin from Northeast Illinois, didn't give much thought if there would be singles or younger retirees around. I'm 60 and just really wanted away from the congestion, crowds, expense of Illinois. People said stay away from Wisc. as they tax heavily but I feel like I get something in return for the tax dollars.

I have family in Iowa and Upper Michigan so I did not want to leave the Midwest and I really like the 4 seasons and I'm crazy about Lake Michigan.

I did check out other states, sort of thought of Florida as maybe a 50/50 deal but then decided nope, too much trouble expense maintaining two places. I checked out the Where to Retire Magazine but it leaned towards higher end areas and I don't have that kind of money. I'm happy in Wisconsin, I live in a small Cape Cod house in an area with a mix of people, young families, in between folks and some in their 70s and 80s. I can walk to the grocery, bank, restaurants, drug store, hardware store, its great, which is what I was looking for basically.
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Old 01-26-2008, 06:31 AM
 
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Good for you. Isn't it really all about what works for you instead of what might be the prevailing sentiments of others?

p.s. Northeast Illinois? Isn't that sometimes also referred to as "Chicago"?
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Old 01-26-2008, 05:02 PM
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Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Wink Retired singles

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It amazes me--with all the work I have done on the net--that I cannot find out which cities have the most single retirees. Not the old 80 year old geezers like in Florida, but the 55-70 y.o. types. I know many are single, but there is not one study that I can find that tells me where they are moving to when they move. Does anyone else have any information on this?
Check out The Villages in FL. One of our clients - age 60 - moved there part time - became full time real fast - absolutely, absolutely loves it. We are just jealous listening to her. Disney for adults over 55. She is 60, belongs to book groups, bunco groups, gardening, etc. She is single. Lots and lots of friends.
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Old 01-27-2008, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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If you want to get an idea of the singles life in a Florida retirement community, check out the movie "The Boynton Beach Club." Now remember, this is a movie, not a documentary. But, the director's mother lives in the Boynton Beach community and several people who live there served as consultants... so it has a touch of reality.
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Old 01-27-2008, 10:54 AM
 
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I was researching some data and found 75% plan on moving to either the west or the south for warmth.
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Old 01-27-2008, 03:12 PM
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Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Smile The Villages/Retired singles

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If you want to get an idea of the singles life in a Florida retirement community, check out the movie "The Boynton Beach Club." Now remember, this is a movie, not a documentary. But, the director's mother lives in the Boynton Beach community and several people who live there served as consultants... so it has a touch of reality.
The Villages vs. The Boynton Beach Club: Our take - The Villages' mix is a lot of Midwest types, some upstate NY, PA, Ohio, etc. vs Boynton Beach which is more NYC or Long Island types. Have visited The Villages; have clients there - we live close to Boynton Beach. Lots of diff types in Boynton!
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Old 01-28-2008, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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There are websites that tell the median age of people living in a particular town or city. That should be a clue.

For example, the median age in my town is 45.7 but the national median age is 37.6. The numbers were updated October 2007. That says, my town has a lot of older people living here. Whether they are retired, I don't know.

The median age is when you line up all of the people in the town by age, it's the age of the person in the middle which is not the same as the mean/average.

The median age in Boca Raton, Florida is 43.4. My town is older (residents' age) than Boca Raton.
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:21 AM
 
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Having lived 40 years in south Florida prior to my move out west, I miss the warm winters and ocean breeze; therefore, I'm seeking a coastal Florida city where a single retiree would find the best lifestyle. There seem to be a lot of choices which would be expensive to check-out in person. That's why I love this forum!

Where ARE the retired singles moving to??????????
Can you handle the Coachella Valley...that is, the desert valley that contains Palm Springs and its attached communities? There seem to be a lot of retirees there and it's bone dry...no humidity. Winters are out of this world, I'm almost sure, but 3 months of summer can be tough. I am sure there are lots of retired singles there. I grew up in LA and people seem to retire or have a 2nd home there. If not that area, how about Chico/Paradise in the northern part of the state. Not as happening, but it attracts people who are winding down in life.
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Old 01-29-2008, 09:43 AM
 
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There are websites that tell the median age of people living in a particular town or city. That should be a clue.

For example, the median age in my town is 45.7 but the national median age is 37.6. The numbers were updated October 2007. That says, my town has a lot of older people living here. Whether they are retired, I don't know.

The median age is when you line up all of the people in the town by age, it's the age of the person in the middle which is not the same as the mean/average.

The median age in Boca Raton, Florida is 43.4. My town is older (residents' age) than Boca Raton.
I've always been curious. What is the "average" median age for a place that is neither too old nor too young? This way, I can use that as a frame of reference in the future. It would be a good thing to know.
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Old 01-29-2008, 05:02 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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I would say that depends upon your own perspective. To my daughter who is 18 , an old community would be people in their 40s. To my grandmother, those would be kids.
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