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Old 03-04-2016, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I wonder if there is data on where people who relocate for retirement actually go? I would imagine the movement would be heavily out of the severe winter belt and into somewhat warmer climates as well as out of high cost of living areas and into lower cost of living areas.

If we could know statistically which states people are actually choosing to move to, then those states would be, by popular opinion, the "top" states to retire to.

So Florida would probably be in the top 10 - at least I would think so. And New York State and California would be in the bottom 10 (?), the latter because of cost of living.

Those of us who have seen a lot of these lists of retirement locations, be they cities or states, may well find them amusing in their inanity, as I do for all the reasons already given by other posters to this thread.
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Old 03-04-2016, 05:31 AM
 
Location: RVA
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The more useful information might be where are retirees moving FROM TO, not just TO. I see quite a few from the Northeast retiring in VA. Yet many here want to retire to SC. It may just be that a fair percentage of people, once they are no longer tied to their location because of their job, automatically think that they want a better climate/COL/amenities/adventure relative to where they are, but not necessarily for the cheapest/warmest/most different etc. These "Best or Worst" surveys are just eye fluff compilations rearranging statistics for a desired result. Someone used to a congested urban lifestyle is going to feel fish out of water ala "City Slickers" In Wyoming or Nebraska, and visa versa. If family binds you to a location, that trumps other decisions. Your income and sources skew the findings based on taxes. Take them all with a grain of salt, and add them to the list of "information filed" for future reference. We've said it many times, the best location is where you are the happiest, not the cheapest, or someone elses idea of best weather, etc.
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Old 03-04-2016, 05:35 AM
 
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Best place to retire is where YOU are happy. Whether it is financially suitable, culture, friends, weather, family, healthcare, etc. The most important factor is that you are happy where you live. Not where some statistics tell you that you should be happy.
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Old 03-04-2016, 05:40 AM
 
Location: RVA
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Beat you to it by 4 minutes...hehehe
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Old 03-04-2016, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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I wonder if there is data on where people who relocate for retirement actually go? I would imagine the movement would be heavily out of the severe winter belt and into somewhat warmer climates as well as out of high cost of living areas and into lower cost of living areas.

If we could know statistically which states people are actually choosing to move to, then those states would be, by popular opinion, the "top" states to retire to.

So Florida would probably be in the top 10 - at least I would think so. And New York State and California would be in the bottom 10 (?), the latter because of cost of living.

Those of us who have seen a lot of these lists of retirement locations, be they cities or states, may well find them amusing in their inanity, as I do for all the reasons already given by other posters to this thread.


I completely agree with you but since John piqued our ire I will weigh in again. The lists are good for getting to a region to begin to look. They should however should only be used as a starting point. As folks here have said it isn't the state that should make your decision (at least no entirely). You may be part of a state but you live in a community.
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Old 03-04-2016, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Florida
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I love the State where I am retired! Is it on the list? No.

Perhaps I need counseling. For I believe that living in South Dakota would be a harsh existence. Money is not everything. Been there. The Black Hills and Walls Drugs plus the weather does not entice me away from Tahoe or Yosemite.
Most of these lists take other things into account than weather. For instance South Dakota most likely made the list because there is no State income tax and population is low meaning cheap real estate. These are important considerations for those on a low budget in retirement. For instance in Madison you can get a house for $30k. Its barely an hour from Sioux Falls.
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Old 03-04-2016, 06:24 AM
 
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Interesting article:
Most retirees stay put, but those who move head here
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Old 03-04-2016, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Long Island
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VA sounds good to me. Coastal, still close enough to my home state for visits, and most importantly, not a nowhere state.
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Old 03-04-2016, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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The more useful information might be where are retirees moving FROM TO, not just TO. I see quite a few from the Northeast retiring in VA. Yet many here want to retire to SC.
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VA sounds good to me. Coastal, still close enough to my home state for visits, and most importantly, not a nowhere state.
While I have no desire to live in the East, VA would be the most appealing to me of the southern states. I've traveled there for my work several times and liked it much better than TN, SC, or GA (other states where I travel). It may be more expensive but has to be less expensive than the Northeast as long as you stay away from the DC area. And it seems like a good compromise between overly hot and overly cold weather and a fairly progressive state. So I've always wondered why VA does not get more discussion on CD as a retirement location although Perryinva writes that there are many retiring there. Perhaps it is too similar to NC which is less expensive and has more coastline.
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Old 03-04-2016, 12:05 PM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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While I have no desire to live in the East, VA would be the most appealing to me of the southern states. I've traveled there for my work several times and liked it much better than TN, SC, or GA (other states where I travel). It may be more expensive but has to be less expensive than the Northeast as long as you stay away from the DC area. And it seems like a good compromise between overly hot and overly cold weather and a fairly progressive state. So I've always wondered why VA does not get more discussion on CD as a retirement location although Perryinva writes that there are many retiring there. Perhaps it is too similar to NC which is less expensive and has more coastline.
Maybe I'm missing something, but again I don't see the advantage of one 'state' over another. I live in a border city and I see no difference in my quality of life just because I'm on the 'less progressive' TN side of the state line. My coworkers living in VA have pretty much the same kind of life that I do, except they get to complain more about gov't taxes and fees.

PS take all these lists, reports, etc. with a huge grain of salt. Just looked at an yet another report (AARP this time) that says Bristol VA regional air quality is great, scores in the top third, while stating that Bristol TN regional air quality is terrible, scoring in the bottom third. This, for one small city that straddles the state line, it is beyond ridiculous.

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