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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 01-29-2008, 01:33 PM
 
Location: VA
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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?
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Old 01-29-2008, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Both coasts
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Consider suburbs of Seattle for good living standards & larger than average Chinese enclaves. (Vancouver, Canada 2.5 hours north has huge Asian populations & nice living standards too but it's in another country so not sure about retirement options)
Las Vegas will also fulfill some of the concerns you listed, although life may be similar to CA which may be good or bad.

Now that I see your poll...Olympia, WA is a pleasant small city south of Seattle. Of those options I'd recommend that place. Forget about Tampa, FL if they want to be around alot of Asians. It is not at all a "retirement haven" as people always initially think.

If they like the South, they should consider the northeastern suburbs of Atlanta or certan areas of Houston or Dallas if they are concerned about the size of the Asian-American community (although far smaller than on the West Coast). Austin has a great reputation though, too for good living standards.
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Old 01-29-2008, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Have they looked at Sun City or Sun City West in Arizona. It doesnt get much more gray-haired than that. lol Not many Chinese people at all though.
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Old 01-29-2008, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Iowa, Des Moines Metro
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Olympia, WA would actually be a good option I think. Obviously it's not a real popular one like somewhere in AZ, or FL ... but I think it would be nice for someone who is getting older because there is no extreme weather.
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Old 01-29-2008, 02:08 PM
 
Location: VA
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Have they looked at Sun City or Sun City West in Arizona. It doesnt get much more gray-haired than that. lol Not many Chinese people at all though.
That's in the Phoenix area right? After spending 2 years at ASU, I kinda steered them away from anything near Phoenix or Arizona in general.

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Forget about Tampa, FL if they want to be around alot of Asians. It is not at all a "retirement haven" as people always initially think.
I'm curious, what's the real deal on Tampa. I've read several publications who proclaim it as the best city for retirement.
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Old 01-29-2008, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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That's in the Phoenix area right? After spending 2 years at ASU, I kinda steered them away from anything near Phoenix or Arizona in general.
Yes, theyre in the Valley. But since you dont want them living there.... .... Id go with Tampa on your list (warm year round, lots to do, etc).
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Old 01-29-2008, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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Do NOT come to Florida!
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Old 01-29-2008, 03:13 PM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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Old 01-29-2008, 03:25 PM
 
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Consider suburbs of Seattle for good living standards & larger than average Chinese enclaves. (Vancouver, Canada 2.5 hours north has huge Asian populations & nice living standards too but it's in another country so not sure about retirement options)
Las Vegas will also fulfill some of the concerns you listed, although life may be similar to CA which may be good or bad.

Now that I see your poll...Olympia, WA is a pleasant small city south of Seattle. Of those options I'd recommend that place. Forget about Tampa, FL if they want to be around alot of Asians. It is not at all a "retirement haven" as people always initially think.

If they like the South, they should consider the northeastern suburbs of Atlanta or certan areas of Houston or Dallas if they are concerned about the size of the Asian-American community (although far smaller than on the West Coast). Austin has a great reputation though, too for good living standards.
I have to agree Tampa definitely does not have a large Asian populace.
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Old 01-29-2008, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Both coasts
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I'm curious, what's the real deal on Tampa. I've read several publications who proclaim it as the best city for retirement.
You'll see what I mean if you go to Tampa. If your parents are set on a hotspot retirement place, I'd think San Diego would be a better bet.

And Olympia, WA actually has more going on for it than people may think. It's the state capital, about 1 to 1.5 hours from Seattle depending on traffic, lots of greenery & scenery, the weather is wet but overall mild, and has a decent size Asian American populace
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