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Old 01-01-2016, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Amongst the AZ Cactus
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Not trying to be a jerk, but spent 3 months in Phx and hated it. Portland has gotten very expensive. But Phx might have some cheap rentals left, have not checked recently. May-Sept closest thing to Hell on Earth.
You're not at all a jerk. Yes, the low desert summers are hot, no doubt. I thrive in it but it's not for everyone. I wither in "cold".....anything below 55F.

If you're looking for "not cold" winters though as an important criteria, you're looking at the southern part of the US for the most part which usually comes with hot summers, humid or not humid. The climates with more moderate winter/summer temps are for the most part out of your price point.

 
Old 01-01-2016, 10:03 PM
 
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Maybe near Gainesville, FL or Tallahassee? Both are huge university towns (Tallahassee has a few unis and is also the state capital.) There must be inexpensive small apartments for the students--but it could be noisy. There would be things to do (such as free lectures and some free classes) that might be fun for you. Both cities will have teaching hospitals for the medical students and some affordable bus services. Both U of FL and Florida State are party schools and football crazy more or less, but I am sure there are quiet parts of town out of earshot.
I came back in to add that any flagship state university in the 50 states probably has affordable housing nearby and all that I've listed above. If the cost of housing in the Florida towns is too high, try a lower cost region where there is a state university located. I've been to the University of Alabama campus and it's in the middle of nowhere but was a very friendly campus and I imagine the housing costs would be low in Tuscaloosa.
Thanks for your thoughtful reply. May have to rent a room & trouble with college towns is that not many kids want to share housing with an old guy-they are looking for other students. Also many of these towns hard to find single ladies in my age group. But I'll take a look at the two in Fla you mentioned.
 
Old 01-01-2016, 10:09 PM
 
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You're not at all a jerk. Yes, the low desert summers are hot, no doubt. I thrive in it but it's not for everyone. I wither in "cold".....anything below 55F.

If you're looking for "not cold" winters though as an important criteria, you're looking at the southern part of the US for the most part which usually comes with hot summers, humid or not humid. The climates with more moderate winter/summer temps are for the most part out of your price point.
You're correct. Most cities even in the sunbelt have cheaper, often substandard housing (don't need fancy, just clean and safe). Problem is paying hotel rates while one searches. Thanks & I might have to reconsider Phx.
 
Old 01-02-2016, 12:35 AM
 
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Neither Phoenix or Houston seem to be cities which offer much for public transportation. Try Portland, Or.

Except that rents have necessarily skyrocketed and you'll be hard pressed to find a ROOM for $400 a month.
 
Old 01-02-2016, 01:47 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Retired human services professional, returning to U.S. from Philippines cuz my Medicare is no good here. I am poor due to health problem (but I am not stupid, uneducated,nor low class) In researching there are very few places I can afford to rent even a room in USA. I need helpful suggestions from smart people here. To be brief, I need to find a medium to large city with the following: 1) abundance of studio apt or room rentals no more than $400/mo in tenant friendly city 2) not cold winters,if things go bad I don't want to freeze to death 3) good public transport-would rather not get a car. 4) Singles dances where I can meet 40-60 year old ladies 5) Quality doctors who accept Medicare with good access to specialists. Thanks.
You're in serious need of a reality check. $400 isn't going to get you squat in the US. You'll be lucky to get a stall in a barn in the middle of Nebraska. You're not going to find anything in that price range near public transportation. You want quality doctors at Medicare reimbursement rates. A lot of doctors are no longer accepting new Medicare patients. You are over 65, you have no money, you have no house and you don't have a car. Now, I'm not a woman, but I've done my fair share of dating and I can tell you women are looking for healthy men who are financially stable. If all you are looking for is a dance, you should be all right, but don't expect it to go any further than that. I'm a realist, so I'm just laying out for you. It isn't what you want to hear, but I'm just being straight forward and honest with you.
 
Old 01-02-2016, 04:39 AM
 
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You're in serious need of a reality check. $400 isn't going to get you squat in the US. You'll be lucky to get a stall in a barn in the middle of Nebraska. You're not going to find anything in that price range near public transportation. You want quality doctors at Medicare reimbursement rates. A lot of doctors are no longer accepting new Medicare patients. You are over 65, you have no money, you have no house and you don't have a car. Now, I'm not a woman, but I've done my fair share of dating and I can tell you women are looking for healthy men who are financially stable. If all you are looking for is a dance, you should be all right, but don't expect it to go any further than that. I'm a realist, so I'm just laying out for you. It isn't what you want to hear, but I'm just being straight forward and honest with you.
Bingo! It would be nice if people just looked for stellar qualities in potential mates, things like character, intelligence, and sense of humor. But most want/demand physical qualities such as a youthful and attractive physical appearance, as well as fiscal stability to the point of being wealthy or at least comfortable. You want women (much) younger than you---but what do you have to offer them? Some may accept a dance with you, but not a dating/romantic relationship (I'm still amazed how, in 2016, women still expect to be wined and dined on dates, but that's another thread! And yes, I'm female, but I still don't get it.) Most women who meet your criteria will view you as just wanting "a nurse with a purse." I would love to be without a car and understand that desire. But in terms of attracting women, most will not view a guy without a car in a positive way (thinking you are too poor to have one, have DUIs where your license was taken away, too old to drive, etc.).

Good luck on your move back to the US and having a fulfilling life. To do that, keep your mind and heart open to all sorts of people, including women who may not be any younger or healthier or wealthier than you, but still may have something to offer in terms of companionship, friendship, and even romance.
 
Old 01-02-2016, 05:17 AM
 
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You're in serious need of a reality check. $400 isn't going to get you squat in the US. You'll be lucky to get a stall in a barn in the middle of Nebraska. You're not going to find anything in that price range near public transportation. You want quality doctors at Medicare reimbursement rates. A lot of doctors are no longer accepting new Medicare patients. You are over 65, you have no money, you have no house and you don't have a car. Now, I'm not a woman, but I've done my fair share of dating and I can tell you women are looking for healthy men who are financially stable. If all you are looking for is a dance, you should be all right, but don't expect it to go any further than that. I'm a realist, so I'm just laying out for you. It isn't what you want to hear, but I'm just being straight forward and honest with you.
you're mostly right, but there are still several cities in the US where I can rent a studio or a room for 400,but u won't find them online where prices are inflated & most are either terrible places to live with the good ones in colder climes. As far as women goes I've had good luck at dances even when I was not a big spender. My last g/f from Latin America dated me when I met her on my bicycle. She paid half for most dates and took me to Disneyworld on her dime. Not all women are materialistic and shallow even in the US, where many are.
 
Old 01-02-2016, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Rosa’s Cantina
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I invite you to consider El Paso. COL was one of my criteria. I have only been here 3 months so hardly an expert but I just looked through room shares on Craigslist and there are many 400 or less. The weather, so far, has been wonderful. Generally speaking, the people are very nice. Violent crime is very low. There aren't bums and beggars everywhere (like I experienced on my research trip to Phoenix!) Even though the population is 80% Mexican Hispanic ( a plus for those of us wanting to sharpen our Spanish skills) it will not impact your ability to conduct your affairs. English is well spoken by most). I can't speak to the dating scene yet but I have enjoyed my first few months. Good luck on your search!
 
Old 01-02-2016, 10:00 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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You should probably decide which state you want and then find a room to share. You have to be a state resident to qualify for subsidized housing in that state (as far as I know.) Sounds like subsidized housing will be your future but you have to establish residence and then get on the waiting lists. You could also apply for section 8 housing which might give you a nicer place to rent, often outside of an apartment building and in a small house or apartment in a house.

I think you'll do fine in the Finding-A-Woman-Department because there are more older women out there than older men. Stay within your own age group and you'll find a lot of women who do not judge men according to how much money they have or whether or not they have a car.
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Old 01-02-2016, 11:39 AM
 
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Retired human services professional, returning to U.S. from Philippines cuz my Medicare is no good here. I am poor due to health problem (but I am not stupid, uneducated,nor low class) In researching there are very few places I can afford to rent even a room in USA. I need helpful suggestions from smart people here. To be brief, I need to find a medium to large city with the following: 1) abundance of studio apt or room rentals no more than $400/mo in tenant friendly city 2) not cold winters,if things go bad I don't want to freeze to death 3) good public transport-would rather not get a car. 4) Singles dances where I can meet 40-60 year old ladies 5) Quality doctors who accept Medicare with good access to specialists. Thanks.
Maybe you don't need a big city.

For what you are looking for a small town might have what you need. I know ours has a very nice brand new income based apartment complex.

It is not huge, maybe 50 units altogether. But it is within walking distance of our small town grocery store, convenience store and even an open air bar that has nightly music and even live bands on the weekends.

Most of the doctors here take Medicare. The hospital is 10 miles away, but there is senior citizen transport system that takes people to their appointments. You could even probably hire someone to take you.

If you are a vet, the county DAV office takes people to their appointments in the city - San Antonio.

You can probably find similar situations in small towns close to Phoenix. Which would be a great choice too.
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