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Old 09-29-2017, 08:19 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Just depends on what you want. I retired to a "city" of 250k metro after living in the San Francisco Bay area, but now am going to try out the Phoenix Metro this winter with thoughts of making it permanent there.
I'll be very interested in how you feel after going through next summer, I toy with the same notion sometimes but I don't do well in weather extremes.

The only "smaller town/rural area" I think I could handle would be a university small city near a larger metro area, I enjoy nature & views but I also get bored if I can't walk somewhere where there is some sort of "buzz" of folks doing things, a bit of culture, grocery stores, a park.

My brother & sil built a nice house near a small lake in rural PA for weekends & vacations & I can tell now after 5-6 years he is getting bored with the reality of rural life: a lot of out of work or retired people with nothing to do but fish, go to Walmart & drink a lot. His plan was to retire there & sell the big suburban house for a pile, last time I talked to the sil she complained that she "had no friends" up there.

For all the talk of how expensive it is here... & it can be, I spend less than $700/mo in property taxes & housing fees combined (mortgage paid off) for an apartment, I go out to eat often at small ethnic eateries - Mexican, Thai, Peruvian, Italian (run by local folks from those countries) & typically spend under $30 for dinner/drink/tip. NYS doesn't tax my SS & mostly I walk almost everywhere or take mass transit which is typically around $40/mo. So no car expenses ( monthly + down payments/fuel/repairs/insurance) unless I decide once in a while to rent for a day or 2, happens rarely. Huge savings doing that & I think it's healthier as well.

I might end up snowbirding & not moving to the SW, NYC finally has good Mexican food now.
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Old 09-29-2017, 08:46 PM
 
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I was fantasizing today that it might be fun to live in the city closest to us, ditch the car and save that money. Would be nice to walk all over and have our medical care right there, along with lots of cultural attractions. Then I remembered how much rents go for in said city, not to mention how much homes cost. The idea of living there went right out the window. Still think it would be great, if we could afford it. I just don't see that happening.
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Old 09-29-2017, 09:27 PM
 
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I grew up in rural New England. Educated at a snooty old school institution in Boston (Cambridge actually). Took my first job in NYC. Moved around a lot, then settled in Sf Bay Area. All urban, but still thought I was rural at heart, until....

A few years back, I had family reasons to relocate to rural New England.

What a disaster. Back in the Bay Area, but will probably relocate to a condo in Boston when the big dogs are gone. Just cannot ever do rural again.
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Old 09-30-2017, 01:56 AM
 
Location: Washington State
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I'm about to retire in the coming months. I prefer big cities (which tend to be more expensive) and wife prefers rural with property (which tend to be boring IMO). We decided on a metro area just under 300,000 population so there are decent restaurants and shopping and traffic isn't bad. We are 3+ hours (in good weather) from Seattle and our grandkids and we visit them regularly.

Like Burkmere, we are considering at least wintering in Phoenix/Scottsdale.
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Old 09-30-2017, 02:59 AM
 
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we thought we would like to retire to the pocono's in pa where we had a 2nd home .

but as nice as the area was , once we thought with our retirement hats on these rural areas lack way to much .

specialists were few

medical facilities were limited

no public transportation if we couldn't drive as we aged .

nothing to do all winter

the summers were getting boring after 5 years of part time life .

if i wanted to work a bit only low paying jobs existed .

the list went on and on and it turned out everything that would become important we already had right here in queens in nyc where we live . so we sold it .
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Old 09-30-2017, 04:12 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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Lol we moved to a small town while raising our kids but always knew we would be returning to a big city. I'm from NYC and my late husband was a Philadelphian.

Love where I live in Philly. I do want to be a snow bird but I'll a city gal
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Old 09-30-2017, 08:33 AM
 
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Upon retirement, my wife and I sold the house on Long Island and took off in an RV. We expected to find a beautiful area to live in out West with much lower costs of living. We found many areas of great beauty with good weather and low costs. We also decided that was not going to suffice. We are now retired back on Long Island. We live within 1 mile of a major university and attend Osher Lifelong Learning programs with over 1000 other retirees. We take courses and help teach courses on photography, writing, the arts and other areas of learning. I have specialized in photography and now painting. My wife is a trained artist who has also become an accomplished poet and is writing children's books. We have a circle of friends who are committed to learning and accomplishment and help inspire us. I have another group of friends who are outdoors oriented and enjoy archery and other sports. We travel in our RV often for months at a time. We have visited many spectacular parts of the country but the idea of moving away from our suburban area has long since faded away.


In addition to the quality of life issues, we also realized that healthcare is a major concern. I have watched my sister and others have great difficulty coping with medical issues when they have lived in more remote areas or even smaller cities. When a major health issue arises it is important to have appropriate care nearby. Sure care might be available hundreds of miles away but that can be difficult when treatment and recovery issues go on for months.
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Old 09-30-2017, 08:33 AM
 
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The way my saving is going, I am moving back to the projects.
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Old 09-30-2017, 08:34 AM
 
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In addition to the quality of life issues, we also realized that healthcare is a major concern. I have watched my sister and others have great difficulty coping with medical issues when they have lived in more remote areas or even smaller cities. When a major health issue arises it is important to have appropriate care nearby. Sure care might be available hundreds of miles away but that can be difficult when treatment and recovery issues go on for months.
So true. Ain't nothin like a big city hospital.
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Old 09-30-2017, 08:41 AM
 
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Lived on Long Island our entire lives and retired to Naples, Florida. We like that Naples has a lot of restaurants, stores and beautiful beaches. We also enjoy the summers here. Although some people feel it's too busy, we like that. We would be miserable if we lived in a rural community. To each their own!


Before we retired someone we knew that had already retired said to ask ourselves, "what would we do all day in retirement?". As you look at possible retirement places, ask yourself that question. Rural is beautiful, but what would you do all day? If you have a positive answer to that question, then rural is for you! If not, then it may be city life for you!
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