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Old 12-07-2016, 11:03 AM
 
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I guess maybe I should move back to the Upper Midwest. MN, WI, IA, SD and ND all in the top ten. My wife hates the cold, however.
Hawaii is #1, but who can afford it?
I wonder if all the folks on this forum who retired to Tennessee or Arkansas would dispute these findings?
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Old 12-07-2016, 12:11 PM
 
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I would consider moving to New Hampshire. But I have never visited. I love cold snowy weather and it's a blue state politically.
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Old 12-07-2016, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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The article strikes me as idiotic. Since a retiree has a free hand in terms of where to live, with no job-related demands, why live in the snow belt? I mean, if you like to ski, fine, move to ID, somewhere like that. But MN for a retirement destination? Frostbite Falls? You gotta be kiddin' me!

Different states offer different political and physical climates. What suits Peter probably does not work so hot for Paul.
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Old 12-07-2016, 01:11 PM
 
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The article strikes me as idiotic. Since a retiree has a free hand in terms of where to live, with no job-related demands, why live in the snow belt? I mean, if you like to ski, fine, move to ID, somewhere like that. But MN for a retirement destination? Frostbite Falls? You gotta be kiddin' me!

Different states offer different political and physical climates. What suits Peter probably does not work so hot for Paul.


A good number of my neighbors winter here in Arizona and spend most of the year in Minnesota.

Their major motivation for remaining up north is to live near their families. However, there are advantages to Minnesota - far better health care is available, especially in the Twin Cities and far better senior services are available.
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Old 12-07-2016, 02:20 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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I wonder if all the folks on this forum who retired to Tennessee or Arkansas would dispute these findings?
We live in Missouri just five miles as the crow flies from the Arkansas border. Is that close enough?

We moved from the left coast in retirement and love it here in the Ozarks. It's not about a list of "happy" states. It's about personal preference. In that regard, "Yes!" I would dispute those or any number of lists regarding retirement venues of which there are too many to count, none of which we relied upon. Rather, we relied on personal, past experiences. We encourage others to do the same.
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Old 12-07-2016, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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I moved to Colorado FROM Arkansas after I retired. If I could afford it I would move back in a heart beat. I hate it here.
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Old 12-07-2016, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Eastern Tennessee
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Nearly 2 years ago I started researching where I wanted to retire to.

Before ever even looking at States, I sat down with my wife and we made lists (his and hers) of WHAT we wanted to do in retirement and what other factors were important (shopping, Dr, dentist, family proximity -- everyone has their own set of preferences) and then we ranked them most to least important.

THEN we set about looking at places that allowed us to most closely match our preferences list.

Then we set about checking out taxes, real estate prices, COL in general, weather etc.

My list included golf, fishing, hiking and 'activities' (poker night, wood shop...)
My wife's included proximity to her family, indoor and outdoor pool, 'activities' and clubs and (of course) shopping

For us the fit wasn't so much about the 'State" itself as it was the place inside that State and for us that place was/is Tellico Village in Tennessee.

I guess what I'm trying to say is "it is more about WHAT makes you happy than WHERE makes you happy"

PS the moving van comes tomorrow
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Old 12-07-2016, 02:43 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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I moved to Colorado FROM Arkansas after I retired. If I could afford it I would move back in a heart beat. I hate it here.
Can't say as I blame you. It's about 9 in Denver right now and 37 in SW MO/NW AR.
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Old 12-07-2016, 02:50 PM
 
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Just pack up your happiness and take it with you to any state you want. Happiness is portable. My late father-in-law lived in Ohio and whenever something bad happened in the world he'd say, "That can't happen here." And he believed it, thus he was happy. He was in denial but he was happy. We've lived in four states, they all give me blissful memories and they've left lines on my forehead as well.
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Old 12-07-2016, 03:16 PM
 
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We live in Missouri just five miles as the crow flies from the Arkansas border. Is that close enough?

We moved from the left coast in retirement and love it here in the Ozarks. It's not about a list of "happy" states. It's about personal preference. In that regard, "Yes!" I would dispute those or any number of lists regarding retirement venues of which there are too many to count, none of which we relied upon. Rather, we relied on personal, past experiences. We encourage others to do the same.
I have met quite a few people who have retired in Arkansas and are very satisfied with it.
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