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Old 04-01-2016, 04:18 PM
 
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The only other criteria my wife is completely horrified of snakes, and I hate them, so would prefer to avoid areas where they exist.
Don't move here.
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Old 04-01-2016, 04:24 PM
 
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Move to a high rise.
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Old 04-01-2016, 04:27 PM
 
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You would need a lot of $$$ to retire to Hawaii. It is expensive.

True enough if you want to live in a resort area. I just got back from Hilo. Housing can be a bit expensive but overall costs can be reasonable.
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Old 04-01-2016, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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I will look at South Padre Island

We only have an occasional small garter snake here.

We would like it warm enough to be able to get out and walk the majority of the year. I would rather be wearing shorts than a parka when I'm complaining about the weather.

Hawaii sounds appealing. Is it expensive to live there?
If it weren't for the no snakes requirement, I'd suggest the area around Prescott and Sedona (Arizona).

I've never been to Hawaii. I do know the Big Island is a bit cheaper than other islands, at least for housing. The big problem for us would be expensive trips back to mainland to see family. I could imagine a couple of trips each year, which would be a lot of $$.
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Old 04-01-2016, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Warm weather but no snakes = null set
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Old 04-01-2016, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Hawaii sounds appealing. Is it expensive to live there?
Hawaii is about 30% more expensive than San Francisco, it is VERY expensive and with retirement you need to think about healthcare which is crap in Hawaii.

7 most expensive states to live in the U.S.

What is your housing budget? If you can afford Hawaii, go for it. If you live comfortably in Iowa on $75,000 a year, you'd need $122,000 a year to have the same lifestyle in Hawaii.

Texas, Florida, Coastal Georgia, and Coastal South Carolina are all good choices.
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Old 04-01-2016, 08:16 PM
 
Location: North West Arkansas (zone 6b)
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I've lived in SW Florida 40 years. The only snakes I have even seen in all that time are harmless black snakes and once a pygmy rattler in an empty field. IN 40 YEARS! Now if you go down to some of the preserves you may see some snakes but they aren't going to attack you. If anything they will run from you; we don't have aggressive Black Mamba's here.
Florida python hunt bags record 102 snakes | Miami Herald
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Old 04-01-2016, 08:39 PM
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Location: Middle Tennessee
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If it weren't for the no snakes requirement, I'd suggest the area around Prescott and Sedona (Arizona).

I've never been to Hawaii. I do know the Big Island is a bit cheaper than other islands, at least for housing. The big problem for us would be expensive trips back to mainland to see family. I could imagine a couple of trips each year, which would be a lot of $$.
The Big Island also has the issues of the Coqui frogs that are spreading and VOG from the volcanoes. A lot of the more affordable housing is south of Hilo; may not have much in the way of shopping or utilities like water service (catchment systems may be used) and roads may not be paved.
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Old 04-01-2016, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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Warm weather year round equals snakes. But if you live in a subdivision, city, town, you're unlikely to see snakes very often. We have lived in the south now for over 20 years and have only seen one large poisonous snake. I was laying in the road so I drove over it several times. Dead snake.
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Old 04-01-2016, 09:21 PM
 
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Mesquite NV or Sun City, AZ
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