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Old 02-19-2016, 07:36 AM
 
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So for the last year, I have been attempting to research good locations for me and my wife to retire to. Unfortunately, I'm finding the experience to be annoying and very inefficient. Often times when you visit a specific city forum and ask for advice, all you get are opinions which simply lead to one argument after another (usually led by trolls who feel they're the King of the Hill and no one's opinion matter except for theirs). I was thinking how much easier it would be if you could just check off a bunch of boxes and have a computer populate areas to narrow it down for you. Perhaps they could have categories like COL (or tax advantageous), median weather, outdoor vs city, etc. Does anyone know if there are any good sites that would let you pinpoint a location in this fashion?

Grumpy moderator reminder: Links to competing sites are not permitted. Thanks!

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Old 02-19-2016, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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If such a thing exists I hope someone will link to it for you. But I have my doubts because of the inherent complexity and difficulty of the matter. After reading posts about relocation for six years in this Retirement Forum, one thing stands out: people tend to have lists of mutually exclusive criteria. I can easily imagine a computer program responding "no matches found" to the majority of requests! Good luck.
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Old 02-19-2016, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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So for the last year, I have been attempting to research good locations for me and my wife to retire to. Unfortunately, I'm finding the experience to be annoying and very inefficient. Often times when you visit a specific city forum and ask for advice, all you get are opinions which simply lead to one argument after another (usually led by trolls who feel they're the King of the Hill and no one's opinion matter except for theirs). I was thinking how much easier it would be if you could just check off a bunch of boxes and have a computer populate areas to narrow it down for you. Perhaps they could have categories like COL (or tax advantageous), median weather, outdoor vs city, etc. Does anyone know if there are any good sites that would let you pinpoint a location in this fashion?


First my answer is no unless there are unicorns too.


Simply put as ER said there is so much complexity to the question. But there are several sites that can assist.


First try www.retirementliving.com They have good information and a fairly accurate taxes by state.


For a quick view of taxes by state go to www.taxfoundation.org That site will give you changes to tax structure updates as well.


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My suggestion is you take this advice. Make a list of things you want in your location to retire too. Create a check list because 95% of the places will not have exactly what is on your list. Also keep your current state/city/neighborhood on it as well. When you make that move you will be having to essentially start over with finding new doctors, dentists, hospital, mechanics to fix your car as well as any other support system you can think you might need. Then add that you will be moving from friends and family. If you have kids and they have kids then you are missing that too. Pick a few areas that are high on the list to visit. Go more than once. Stay some time during each season. Drive the neighborhoods to see what you see.


I tell you all of this because we have been here doing the same thing. We have been at it for 2 years and still have not decided where we will go yet. We have places on our list but.... it is still not decided.

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Old 02-19-2016, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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And the older you get, year by year, your wants, desires and must haves keep changing. This makes a decision very difficult.
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Old 02-19-2016, 12:05 PM
 
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Thanks so much to everyone who answered. It appears I came to the right place. And I agree with everyone who implied that the list is mutually exclusive (hence the comment about all it seems to do is start arguments with people). I just needed something to at least give us a little more direction so we're not flying all over the country to see places. And obviously if we can narrow it down to 2 or 3, it will allow us to do multiple trips and spend more time at each location. Thanks again, everyone!

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Old 02-19-2016, 01:03 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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We are facing that issue in the next 5-6 years. I have been compiling a spreadsheet with important data that will help us decide, and we have been visiting the various cities, currently 17 of them. For now, we are looking at being within 2 hours drive from our kids and grandkids, but in a less expensive area with less rain. The columns for each city are:

City Name
Distance from Seattle
Annual Rainfall Inches
Annual Snowfall Inches
Average Summer High
Average Winter Low
Number of Sunny Days
Elevation
Crime Index
Median Home Price

So far the median prices range from $205-436k, and we won't consider over that for retirement. Rainfall ranges from 7-57" and snow from 4-81". Amazing to see such differences within a fairly small geographic area. Where we are now, the median home is $669,000 and we get 61" of rain.
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Old 02-19-2016, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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It's useful to use a decision analysis process.

I've used this one in my work: How to use the Kepner Tregoe decision making model

It has you identifying musts, wants and potential problems.

Also, the Homepage of City-data has lots of information: http://www.city-data.com/
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Old 02-19-2016, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA, USA
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I Googled "Money Best Places to Retire" since I remembered that Money Magazine had such a tool to determine this...

Many other sites came up....

https://www.google.com/search?q=MOne...m=93&ie=UTF-8#

AARP has a tool also but you need to be a member...
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Old 02-19-2016, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Barrington
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Seems most retirees choose to stay put.
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Old 02-19-2016, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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First you have to decide what's important to you. When I started looking for a retirement home my criteria included warm weather, Second Amendment friendly, no helmet laws, relatively homogeneous population, close to a military base and a reasonable cost of living. Things like public transportation and hospitals were of no concern to me. That allowed me to narrow the search considerably.
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