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Old 01-29-2008, 10:01 AM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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We looked at a few retirement communities and decided to pass on them, simply because I want to be around a more diverse population - kids, teens, adults, retired adults. I'd prefer to live amongst a mix of people, although, since I live in Oregon, that's kinda hard to do. My father was in a very upscale retirement development, and when I'd visit the discussions in the "clubhouse" generally centered around death, illness, money and ungrateful children. I think, in part, because it's what people viewed as their "commonality."
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Old 01-29-2008, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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The last place I would ever want to live, regardless of how old I was, or the ethnicity of my neighbors, would be a "retirement community".
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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The last place I would ever want to live, regardless of how old I was, or the ethnicity of my neighbors, would be a "retirement community".
have to agree with you on that one..but..to each his own
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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For what it's worth, most of you know I spent the past year visiting a number of retirement communities. I was apprehensive about visiting places in the south, but I did not encounter any racism whatsoever in the retirement villages (I did have a racial incident with some teenage boys in North Carolina who cut me off while driving near Lake Norman. They were not southerners, however--they had distinctive NJ accents).
I'm pretty good at noticing how salesmen "size me up" and I feel comfortable saying that the only color anyone cared about was how much green I had in my bank account. Now I should also point out that I made a good impression becuase I am a well groomed woman who speaks with a pleasant voice and is clearly well educated. If you come in looking like a thug, you might get a different reaction--no matter what race you are.

Finally, the places I visited had a majority of white residents, but I did not feel I would be the sole non-white person. Perhaps this is more of an issue in the north--in the southern states the population of retirement villages seemed to be about as diverse as the population of the town they were in. I visited places in Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida, both Caorlinas, and Georgia before finally buying a place in Georgia in December.

And what is a distinct NJ accent? There are several depending on where in the state you live!! Many NY accents also intermingle!
Now if you had said there were Jersey plates on their car I would give that statement more creedence.
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Old 01-29-2008, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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LOL, you have a point. And having an accent doesn't mean you aren't a southerner--you could have an accent left over from childhood.
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Old 01-29-2008, 04:58 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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Now I should also point out that I made a good impression becuase I am a well groomed woman who speaks with a pleasant voice

normie, you are a woman ???!!! I had pictured you as a bookish quiet guy with glasses. It just shows you how wrong any impressions can be . And, I am glad to know that about the retirement communities in the south ; that's where it's nice & warm anyway .
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Old 01-29-2008, 06:32 PM
 
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Now I should also point out that I made a good impression becuase I am a well groomed woman who speaks with a pleasant voice

normie, you are a woman ???!!! I had pictured you as a bookish quiet guy with glasses. It just shows you how wrong any impressions can be . And, I am glad to know that about the retirement communities in the south ; that's where it's nice & warm anyway .
Normie, as I said previously and will say again your post is right on. I must also say that I also cosidered you to be a bookish male with glasses. Just shows how truly diverse we all are.
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Old 01-29-2008, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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According to the Bureau of the Census, the United States is 80.1% White, almost identical to the state of Florida which is 80.2% White. You can check the racial population of individual states, counties & cities here:

U.S. Bureau of the Census - State and County QuickFacts
Something does not add up here. If the country is 81% white, how can there be about 10% of blacks and 12% of Hispanics not to mention all the other categories? That would be over 100%
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Something does not add up here. If the country is 81% white, how can there be about 10% of blacks and 12% of Hispanics not to mention all the other categories? That would be over 100%
A Hispanic can be of White, Black or Asian racial ancestry.

White - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

Black or African American - A person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.

Asian - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent.

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Old 01-29-2008, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Yes and there are lots of mixed race people out there. Now back to the main question. No I don't care if the place I retired is ethnically diverse or not. I would pick a place to retire for other reasons. I don't think I'm ready for a retirement community yet.
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