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Old 08-04-2017, 02:15 PM
 
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I don't believe anyone can choose a place to live based on any of these lists. Where you live depends on each ones needs and wants, whether it be financial, climate or interests. The place where you retire will be somewhere that makes you happy, not statistically rated.
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Old 08-04-2017, 03:40 PM
 
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Hmmmm....after reading entire list, half of these locations "rank low on the Milken Institute list of successful aging." Now how can that be? And wouldn't want to live in 80% of these state suggestions. Guess every criteria is different. Back to the drawing board...

I wouldn't want to live in 100% of them!
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Old 08-04-2017, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Ugh....26 click-thrus ?!?!?! No Thanks.

I've seen enough of these lists to know the usual suspects. Once I rule out the bad winters and the high COL areas -- We're happy where we are.
I quit after four clicks. I doubt if Tampa is on the list even though it seems the entire country has selected it to retire to,
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Old 08-05-2017, 05:45 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I wouldn't want to live in 100% of them!
and how many of them have you visited for any length of time or at all? That is like saying, I would never live in NO Cal when I know nothing about the place. There are a lot of people from CA, all over the state that choose to retire right here in NWA. People who visit for the first time are in awe of what all we have and the true natural beauty of the region. BTW, I will add, if I were moving back to CA, I would live in No Ca. I can say that because I really do know what it is like. The worst part of living in CA is the arrogance of some people and of course the government, but that is a different topic altogether.
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Old 08-05-2017, 08:58 AM
 
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Most of these places are definitely "out of the way." You'd think the Forbes readership would be more oriented toward big metro areas.

But OMG... houses for 150 or 160k??
For retirement? Hell no. I don't know any upcoming retirees that want to live ANYWHERE near a city.
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Old 08-05-2017, 09:13 AM
 
Location: S.W. Florida
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I clicked on the first 8 and that was enough for me. I just hope there are fewer people retiring to Florida. It is way too crowded here during season now,making it difficult to get around. Plus, the entire vibe changes here once the snowbirds arrive. Seems everyone brings their "up north" attitudes with them, which doesn't mesh too well, if you know what I mean.
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Old 08-05-2017, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Fargo??? Good Lord.
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Old 08-05-2017, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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[mod note] Too much wandering 'off topic'. Multiple complaints. Please constrain discussion to the Forbes web article. [/mod note]
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:29 AM
 
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and how many of them have you visited for any length of time or at all? That is like saying, I would never live in NO Cal when I know nothing about the place. There are a lot of people from CA, all over the state that choose to retire right here in NWA. People who visit for the first time are in awe of what all we have and the true natural beauty of the region. BTW, I will add, if I were moving back to CA, I would live in No Ca. I can say that because I really do know what it is like. The worst part of living in CA is the arrogance of some people and of course the government, but that is a different topic altogether.
I have actually been to many of them. Peoria, AZ would be the closest but there are mucg better areas in the Phoenix area to live. So, no thank you. I have a very specific want list and a very specific "no f'ing way" way list, so I'm very secure in my wants/needs. A large city/metro area is a must and pretty much anything east of Denver (except urban Nashville and NYC) is on the second list. If I were to go smaller town, then mid to southern France would work.
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Old 08-07-2017, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Most of these places are definitely "out of the way." You'd think the Forbes readership would be more oriented toward big metro areas.

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For retirement? Hell no. I don't know any upcoming retirees that want to live ANYWHERE near a city.

There is certainly nothing wrong with a preference for rural/small town living in retirement - we all have our preferences. But I am curious to know what milieu you live in where not ANY of your friends/acquaintances who are "upcoming retirees" want to live "anywhere near a city"? I found that statement surprising, hence my question.


Notice I am not attempting to start a debate about the pros and cons of urban versus small town living, as I am aware of most of them on both sides.


But truly, it is interesting that so many of the 25 places on the Forbes list are pretty small population-wise, ranging from 8,000 people in Brevard, South Carolina on up to 30,000 or so (which I would still consider small). Other places on the list are considerably larger, of course, making for a wide variety. I imagine the Forbes people feel that these smaller places offer better values as to the cost of living, which makes sense because housing costs are probably the biggest single factor in cost of living.
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