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Old 10-06-2017, 09:34 PM
 
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We looked in Florida. Seriously looked. Kept right on driving. No thanks.
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Old 10-06-2017, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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How did South Dakota get to be ranked number 3 and North Dakota falls to 38?! Except for the no state income tax of South Dakota I do not see a huge difference between these states.

And how is Hawaii ranked 47th?! It is a top ten place to retire if one can afford it. I think that list is senseless.

Money can be a big factor. If you don't have a minimum of 800K for a house, you'll be living without insulation , A/C and might just be single wall construction.

Lack of amenities like museums and such. Large homeless populations living at the beaches you want to visit. Lack of medical services (what decent doctor wants to live with insanely high overhead and insurance?). Oh you want to travel? Let's start with 2k for you and a spouse to just leave the island....

Hawaii is amazing, and horrible. I both can't wait to leave, and will miss it when I'm gone.
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Old 10-06-2017, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Kennett Square, PA
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As far as affordability goes...You could not pay me enough to live in ten of the top fifteen states. These people have never set foot in 90% of these places and sit in a cubicle playing with numbers Many of the factors they use are meaningless to the average person heading into retirement.
Could not pay you enough for Colorado (5)? For South Carolina (7)? For Nevada (8)? For Delaware (9)? for Arizona (12)? and for PA (11)? which is my state and beautiful if a bit expensive for me.

Seems as though there are worse things in life than moving to any ONE of these states. The ones listed about seem like a pretty wide and appealing sampling to me. And the "average' person heading into retirement would NOT consider healthcare and cost of living to be "meaningless" factors.
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Old 10-07-2017, 04:44 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Money can be a big factor. If you don't have a minimum of 800K for a house, you'll be living without insulation , A/C and might just be single wall construction.

Lack of amenities like museums and such. Large homeless populations living at the beaches you want to visit. Lack of medical services (what decent doctor wants to live with insanely high overhead and insurance?). Oh you want to travel? Let's start with 2k for you and a spouse to just leave the island....

Hawaii is amazing, and horrible. I both can't wait to leave, and will miss it when I'm gone.
I totally concur. I did look at rents (on line only) in Honolulu and they were not that expensive but..... much of the other aspects such as getting on and off the island is expensive. If you never want to leave and can find a small shack to live in and grow macadamia nuts there is not much to do. It is basically a great place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there.
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Old 10-07-2017, 05:27 AM
 
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The "Methodology" section describes the weights and metrics used in estimating "Quality of life." Reading through them, I didn't find them inappropriate at all. They cover a good range of things that tend to be important to retirees. My problem with them is that they can't possibly apply universally across all areas of a state. I'm in the process of relocating to Northern Virginia as an example, but that and Southwestern Virginia might as well be on different planets.
Bada Bing, so very true. The health care ranking for NC is a perfect example. If non Medicaid with good insurance the Raleigh Triangle is great for health care. Other parts of the state horrendous.
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Old 10-07-2017, 06:26 AM
 
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I'm curious about this since having a major hospital close by keeps coming up. How far is too far from a major hospital, 5 miles, 20 miles, 35 miles?
It seems to me, if you live across town in a large city from a major hospital, it could take you as long to get there due to traffic as it does living in a more rural area but 20 miles away. Is this thinking warped?
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Old 10-07-2017, 06:54 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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No one has mentioned one major characteristic of Florida, although I'm not sure if it's a plus or a minus: In Florida, the cars in front of you appear to be driven by headless people.

No they're not - they are driven by Q-tips!
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Old 10-07-2017, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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I totally concur. I did look at rents (on line only) in Honolulu and they were not that expensive but..... much of the other aspects such as getting on and off the island is expensive. If you never want to leave and can find a small shack to live in and grow macadamia nuts there is not much to do. It is basically a great place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there.
Hawaii's rents are right behind NYC and SF.

You are smart though, visiting is the way to go!
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Old 10-07-2017, 08:53 AM
 
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More than a little surprised NY was rated #1 for Quality of Life...
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Old 10-07-2017, 08:59 AM
 
Location: North West Arkansas (zone 6b)
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Top four choices are: Florida, Wyoming, South Dakota and Iowa. Four States that I would never want to live in. Just visit Wyoming in the winter. I kept seeing gates on the major highways. Asking what they were for, I was told the highways are closed during winter storms and you have to wait out the storm at some gas station or restaurant. Could be hours or days.
i have a coworker that lives in Iowa and telecommutes for work. She told me that rush hour is her and another car on the road and everyone in town knew who she was when she moved in.

Sounds like an interesting place.... for witness relocation
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