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Kansas City, MO 5 7.81%
Tampa, FL 12 18.75%
Austin, TX 12 18.75%
Olympia, WA 20 31.25%
Other (please specify) 15 23.44%
Voters: 64. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-29-2008, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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You would also need to know if your parents would be interested in living in the type of climate that the Northwest has. Believe me climate is important when its the type that exists here. I know I have been ready to jump a plane out of here all week, Between the snow, rain, sleet, hail and wind, its getting old this year and there is at least 3 more monts or so of rain and gloom.
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Old 03-29-2008, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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That gets my vote... When we lived there the 'ladies-night-out' was a monthly trip to Hong Kong, Shanghai, or Beijing, occasionally Bangkok... & it sure beats Olympia !!

but... If you have to live in US (why?)... I was in Las Vegas today and they have a pretty big China Town, and pretty good Asian connections and cheap flights to most places,

I would look at Portland too, they have some direct flights, and it is a heck of a lot easier to get to the airport than Oly. but... State income tax with a low threshold for retirees.
Vancouver, Wa is just a short bit away from Portland on the map, and Wa has no income tax. They do have a sales tax, but Portland does not. If money were a consideration, live in Vancouver and make all your big purchases in Portland.
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Old 03-29-2008, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Default Taxation of Federal Pensions

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Mississippi
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Old 03-30-2008, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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If you google 'retirement living', and go into the site, you will find on the first column, third item down, taxes by state.

Although you should always check witht the actual state's site, this is the most inclusive listing I have found for comparing the various taxes and income exemptions, state by state.
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Old 03-30-2008, 11:24 AM
 
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I know more than a few people who find the grey, long season in the PNW increasingly intolerable. The only answer has been to move away.
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Old 03-30-2008, 04:08 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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I think that is what is a little off-putting about Portland. I would love it in the spring & summer, but not so sure about the long cold rainy winters.
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Old 03-30-2008, 05:19 PM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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I think that is what is a little off-putting about Portland. I would love it in the spring & summer, but not so sure about the long cold rainy winters.
Do test live there in Dec-Feb for a month or so to see what it is really like. That's what I intend to do. Every time I've spent a week there in winter, the sun came out at least once.
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Old 04-01-2008, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Western Hoosierland
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Unfortunately I still have 20-30 years left before I can think even think about retirement, but my father has 3 months left before he retires from the Post Office after 20 years.

Both my parents have also decided to move out California, I'm trying to help narrow down their choices, so which of these cities do you think would be suited towards retirees? Why did they choose a large or even a city to retire in some might ask? It's because they don't really feel comfortable living in an area without a good sized Chinese community, and real estate prices in these areas are affordable from what we've seen.

And are there any other places we should look into?
i woud HIGHLY recommend the westside of the indianapolis,indiana the retirement communities there have been nationally recognized for their efforts to help the elderly
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Old 04-01-2008, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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I know more than a few people who find the grey, long season in the PNW increasingly intolerable. The only answer has been to move away.
Have people tried full spectrum lighting, or at least those new, greener, fluorescents? Oh, and taking vitamins A&D to replace the lack of sunshine.

There are even 'light boxes' sold for people with seasonal affective disorder. I think you need exposure for only a few minutes per day.

Of course, this may help you but not everyone else.
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Old 04-03-2008, 09:34 PM
 
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I am wondering why Olympia, Washington is so popular vs. Eugene, Oregon? Has anyone spent time or lived in Eugene?

It is supposedly fabulous.
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