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Old 11-25-2016, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I am not sure how many towns in Maine even have websites. I know our newspaper has no web presence. I have had a google 'alert' service running every week for the past 4 years to see if there is ever any web presence of our town.

It takes a level of urban population-density before they will show your town on a road map. We got our first stop sign last year. When you go to the towns to the either side of us, there are no signs with our town name saying how many miles and whatnot. This is how most towns in Maine are. It is mostly small towns.

Listing the towns of Maine by population-density we are up close to the level of urban-ness where they would do some of those things.
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Old 11-26-2016, 05:24 AM
 
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I am not sure how many towns in Maine even have websites. I know our newspaper has no web presence. I have had a google 'alert' service running every week for the past 4 years to see if there is ever any web presence of our town.

It takes a level of urban population-density before they will show your town on a road map. We got our first stop sign last year. When you go to the towns to the either side of us, there are no signs with our town name saying how many miles and whatnot. This is how most towns in Maine are. It is mostly small towns.

Listing the towns of Maine by population-density we are up close to the level of urban-ness where they would do some of those things.
Why do you keep discussing Maine in a thread about retiring in California? And if you want to discuss Maine, I met a gal last night at the local NHL hockey game visiting here for the holiday who was beside herself with joy at seeing all the good looking men we have here. A direct quote: "I live in rural Maine. It is been months since I've seen a good-looking man." 😳 Bless her heart.
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Old 11-26-2016, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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Why do you keep discussing Maine in a thread about retiring in California? And if you want to discuss Maine, I met a gal last night at the local NHL hockey game visiting here for the holiday who was beside herself with joy at seeing all the good looking men we have here. A direct quote: "I live in rural Maine. It is been months since I've seen a good-looking man." 😳 Bless her heart.
Thanks. All the tax comparison comments on this thread aren't helpful to me -- the OP -- but, whatever maybe they are interesting to others.....
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Old 11-26-2016, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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Yes California has lots and lots of really good looking women and it's warm here for much longer than almost anyplace else so they wear their summer clothes. In a lot of states 3/4 of the year all you see is their face.

The trouble is its really expensive, constantly going up taxes. We are going to get a new governor soon and Katy Bar The Door only avowed Communists are running. Cuba looks good when they get in and we already have a 2/3 majority Democrats in the house and senate so they can pass all the tax increases and other really stupid laws to cost you money and really aggravate you.
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Old 11-26-2016, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Living rent free in your head
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We are going to get a new governor soon and Katy Bar The Door only avowed Communists are running. .
wow...just wow.
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Old 11-26-2016, 09:04 PM
 
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While many of our friends are moving or planning on moving out of California on retiring, mostly for the COL, we chose to relocate in California. I've traveled all over the country and can't imagine living anywhere but California. I retired last year and just moved from the bay area to San Diego. Of the three largest metropolitan areas, it's the least expensive, so we'll be able to enjoy even nicer world class weather, plus a $400 monthly reduction in my health insurance cost.

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Old 11-27-2016, 03:54 AM
 
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Too expensive for normal retirees.
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Old 11-27-2016, 08:58 AM
 
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Too expensive for normal retirees.

What exactly is a "normal" retiree????
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Old 11-27-2016, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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What exactly is a "normal" retiree????
https://www.newretirement.com/retire...to-your-plans/

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... The average retirement income is probably a lot less than you think. As surprising as it might sound, the average Americanís retirement income is barely over $1,500 per month or about $18,000 annually, according to...


The Average American Has This Much Retirement Income. How Do You Compare? -- The Motley Fool

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... Social Security, with 43.3 million of them getting an average retirement benefit of $1,298.98 a month.


https://smartasset.com/retirement/av...irement-income

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... In general, single people depend more heavily on Social Security checks than do married people. In 2014, the average monthly retirement income from Social Security was $1,294. Thatís just $15,528 per year in Social Security benefits.


Considering that 47% of American adults do not pay Income Taxes because they simply do not have AGIs high enough to pay Income Taxes. It is not about college degrees, as some elitists would have you to think.
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Old 11-27-2016, 09:55 AM
 
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I always find these discussion interesting in that I know a wide range of people in the SF Bay Area...

Many, as Mom does, do nicely on Social Security... Dad worked until he passed away and Mom's adjusted Social Security is 24k annually plus another 3k annually from her IRA

There isn't anything she wants to do where money is an issue... the eldest daughter of a farm family she is very capable and no nonsense.

Her 3k annual IRA is enough to cover her property tax and car insurance...

I bought an older and smaller home in her neighborhood and pay about 6x the property tax she pays...

Prop 13 makes it possible for those of modest means to remain in their family homes... which is a large part of the how and why Prop 13 came into being.

My advice to the original posters is to crack the housing nut and go from there... housing is the make or break decision for most when considering California.

Know a few retired that moved to California... for all it was to be closer to family already living here.

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