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Old 08-28-2016, 05:58 PM
 
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As my husband & I get close to retirement, I wonder if there has been progress made on ethnic diversity in retirement communities. I Googled the subject, and came up with very little. I'd like an ethnically diverse retirement community. If you know of any, I'd love the information!
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Old 08-28-2016, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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On a personal level, no, I wouldn't want to retire in a diverse community. I prefer being around people of similar views and life experiences.

As someone from small town Tennessee who has also lived in Midwestern cities, I couldn't be more out of place in a fast paced, coastal, urban environment.
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Old 08-29-2016, 08:42 AM
 
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I wonder how many of the ethnomasochistic whites posting here have experienced ghetto "culture" up front, in their face. I certainly got my fill of it growing up in Baltimore City.
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:17 AM
 
Location: WA
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On a personal level, no, I wouldn't want to retire in a diverse community. I prefer being around people of similar views and life experiences.
It is natural and normal that people tend to associate with people like themselves. All races, nationalities, economic levels etc. have done that when given a choice simply because it is comfortable. As much as the people in government want diversification for other people (not their neighborhoods) it is not a natural inclination and it is questionable that it leads to better communities.

I have lived in various environments and now that I have a choice I live in one where I have much in common with most of the people.
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:32 AM
 
Location: California
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It is natural and normal that people tend to associate with people like themselves. All races, nationalities, economic levels etc. have done that when given a choice simply because it is comfortable. As much as the people in government want diversification for other people (not their neighborhoods) it is not a natural inclination and it is questionable that it leads to better communities.

I have lived in various environments and now that I have a choice I live in one where I have much in common with most of the people.


Well said!
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Old 08-29-2016, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Seattle/Dahlonega
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Do you want to retire to an ethnically diverse community?


No I don't and I shouldn't have to feel guilty nor defend myself because of it.
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Old 08-29-2016, 10:21 AM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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I read somewhere that most retirement communities are not ethnically diverse. In fact most people who move into a retirement community are White. I visit relatives in retirement communities in Arizona and Florida and are shocked to see mostly white people in States where a good percentage of people are minority.

I wonder if many retirees have decided that they want to move to a community closer to what they experienced in the the 1940s, 50s and 60s before America changed demographically. Is that why so many retirement communities are white dominated?
None of them noticed because our generation was not taught that you need to be concerned about diversity. We just live. Personally I am so tired of hearing about race from people who don't even know what is in the constitution or the history books. They know about political correctness and calling people racist and bigots and that is ALL they know. Who wants to live around people like that?
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Old 08-29-2016, 10:22 AM
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Location: North Monterey County
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I suspect that when it comes time to be admitted to an assisted living center it won't make a difference....

However, we have lived in Utah the past 26 years.... we are chompin' at the bit to return to a more "normal" diverse population. And diverse in more ways than race.

The segregation of retirees really is not a great thing. I love programs that have daycare for kids and daycare for elders combined.

It's so easy to lose perspective when you're surrounded by people who are just like you.
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Old 08-29-2016, 12:14 PM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Yes. I'd prefer diversity in gender, age, race. I'd much rather live in a neighborhood with a variety of people - even annoying teenagers - than a retirement enclave of old folks, even though I am one myself.
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Old 08-29-2016, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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As my husband & I get close to retirement, I wonder if there has been progress made on ethnic diversity in retirement communities. I Googled the subject, and came up with very little. I'd like an ethnically diverse retirement community. If you know of any, I'd love the information!

It's not really a matter of progress. Caucasians are simply much more likely pack up and move to a retirement community. Others are much more likely to remain in their own communities, even if they have the means to move. Their comfort zone is with their community, and not with a bunch of Caucasians thousands of miles from their home.
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