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Old 01-17-2016, 01:58 PM
 
Location: The South
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I'm proud to be down near the bottom.
Different strokes for different folks.
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Old 01-17-2016, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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I'm not proud that my state is near the bottom but did note that New Mexico and Texas had high levels of wellbeing despite below ranked low overall. Guess the sunshine makes up for some of the other stuff.
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Old 01-17-2016, 02:09 PM
 
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Im retiring in Texas if I ever retire.I know it aint for everybody.
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Old 01-17-2016, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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You have to consider the source. The typical Politico reader is going to be a well-educated liberal/progressive Caucasian. Ranked by tax burden, you'll have a whole different ranking. Same goes for climate, health care, retirees, etc. There are dozens of state rankings. Take your pick.
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Old 01-17-2016, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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Im retiring in Texas if I ever retire.I know it aint for everybody.

Kind of depends on what part of TX, doesn't it?

I lived in Tyler for a year. Seemed OK to me. Had some very bad luck with promised job not being there once I got there; serious disagreement with a family member which caused a big rift.
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Old 01-17-2016, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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I am retired and living in Vermont. Lived in New Hampshire before Vermont and love both. Definitely not for everyone as winters are long and cold *but* after 40 years in NYC and victim of multiple crimes, I am happy to be in a much safer environment. Great access to health care and social services. All my relatives are from Scandinavian countries and never had the option of retiring to a warmer climate, so maybe I inherited their tolerance for cold lol :-)

Summers are glorious and this picture is what I have to put up with come fall (Lake Willoughby)
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Old 01-17-2016, 05:13 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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You have to consider the source. The typical Politico reader is going to be a well-educated liberal/progressive Caucasian. Ranked by tax burden, you'll have a whole different ranking. Same goes for climate, health care, retirees, etc. There are dozens of state rankings. Take your pick.
The problem I have with tax burden rankings is they tend to be based on the highest income brackets. Example: doesn't help me to know the top tax rate of a state when my income puts me at the lowest or next-to-lowest rate.

BTW, the audience of Politico has nothing to do with the sources of information they pulled from. The sources were pretty nonpolitical.
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Old 01-17-2016, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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I hope the people who can't think for themselves read this and take it to heart.

Then maybe everybody and their brother will stop saying "we're thinking of moving to Tennessee, what's it like?"

TN came in at 45 and that works for me

Well first off that ranking is completely irrelevant because none of the criteria is what I am looking for in a state. if you want to live in MA number 6 in the list. Come here pay me 400k for my home (a very nice home in a very nice neighborhood) and you can pay the $7200 a year property taxes. Then watch them raise it again next year.

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That's pretty narrow minded. Good schools attract better jobs and better educated parents. In turn that means less crime, better property values and better health care. As a retiree, these are useless to you?

As for your narrow minded point that is not true either. In fact the point everyone was looking at a state alone as a criteria is absolutely wrong. I can tell you that first I do look at the state where my income will work best as well as the weather I want to deal with. Then I will find a location in that state that fits me.
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Old 01-17-2016, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Seattle Area
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Not necessarily related. If one's concern is low crime rate, low property taxes, lower cost but good health care, there are stats for those things. One wouldn't look for good schools high rating and then assume the others will follow suit. They might. They might not. For example, in an area that has a high % of older people, the schools may well not be rated highly. But the crime stats will be low (old people commit fewer crimes), lower property taxes (for the not so good schools), and plentiful health care (since there's a built in volume of patients in the older people there).

I look at property tax rate, cost of living %, cost of health care.
You missed the point...Nobody said they were guaranteed. But to say you don't care about these things because you are retired is basic ignorance, as is defending it. Nobody lives in a bubble. #overthinking
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Old 01-17-2016, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Rankings based on education, health and wealth. As a retiree this listing IMO is useless.
Indeed.

You'd think for retirees, rankings would be based on

1] weather
2] access to Medicaid
3] access to Medicare
4] wait times for medical in general
5] doctors per thousand population
6] specialists per thousand population
7] access to hospitals and other medical
8] over-55 population
9] amenities for the over-55 population
10] transportation



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If someone is considering a place to move they should visit it for an extended period.
Not always practical, but several short visits should suffice.

Taking Friday off on a long weekend to visit a place can help narrow down the possibilities rather quickly.

It never fails to amaze me how many people move sight unseen to a new place, then whine incessantly that it doesn't meet their expectations.
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