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Old 10-15-2017, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Don't know about the tax burdens overall but Pennsylvania is definitely not liberal. I disagree with a previous poster on that. Only certain urban areas are liberal. There are large chunks of rural area throughout central PA that are conservative. People have homes on 3 acres with chickens and horses and whatnot and raise vegetables and do quilting, church activities, etc. I know many people who are thinking of retiring to central PA. Harrisburg and Carlisle are very close. Harrisburg has an airport and you aren't too far from the Philadelphia airport. There are topnotch medical centers in Harrisburg and Hershey area. Carlisle has lots of shopping centers and some cultural events.
I strongly agree. My brother, a devout Christian, lives in one of the areas described above. He goes to Hershey Medical for the major stuff and to York for routine medical care. As noted, there is also a VA medical center nearby in Lebanon. Rural communities on the East Coast tend to run conservative. Since OP stated he grew up in the Tidewater are of VA, I think he knows that.

A did a quick search on Trulia and found this:
https://www.trulia.com/property/3274...sburg-PA-17019

Not a perfect match of course, but a more diligent search would probably reveal a few winners.
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Old 10-15-2017, 11:21 AM
 
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Yep, that's the plan. Once Tennessee is taken over, Kentucky is next on the list and then maybe they will be heading out to Oklahoma or Kansas. You never know when they might be coming to your town. Resistance is futile!.
I know...because you've posted that before ...verbatim. That's how I found out.
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Old 10-15-2017, 11:23 AM
 
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Really? Turning this into a liberal bashing discussion? Taxes maybe higher in liberal areas, but they also have higher quality of living. You get what you pay for. Kansas conservative policies have destroyed the state economy, so conservative policies don't work out better.
I suggest you re-read the original post.

Also, MY post. I assume you aren't at ALL familiar with the description and terminology I used on housing or you would see that I presented a BALANCED suggestion.

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Old 10-15-2017, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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Re: Pennsylvania - is there a nice-sized town on the northeast side of PA that offers good shopping, small town activities (festivals, farmers market) and near a good medical center? My son lives in Liverpool NY and I would love to be within a couple of hours of him but would also love the low taxes of PA.
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Old 10-15-2017, 11:30 AM
 
Location: North West Arkansas (zone 6b)
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remember that PA is very large. The western portions touch WV and OH and you should be able to find something affordable that matches your criteria in that tri state area that is near pittsburgh PA.
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Old 10-15-2017, 11:31 AM
 
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Don't know about the tax burdens overall but Pennsylvania is definitely not liberal. I disagree with a previous poster on that. Only certain urban areas are liberal. There are large chunks of rural area throughout central PA that are conservative. People have homes on 3 acres with chickens and horses and whatnot and raise vegetables and do quilting, church activities, etc. I know many people who are thinking of retiring to central PA. Harrisburg and Carlisle are very close. Harrisburg has an airport and you aren't too far from the Philadelphia airport. There are topnotch medical centers in Harrisburg and Hershey area. Carlisle has lots of shopping centers and some cultural events.
I agree with you on PA. I'm from Philly (Bucks County) and worked in Pittsburgh for years and you'll never find nicer people than in Pittsburgh.

The access to top notch medical and dentistry is great. Not sure about the cost of living in the places you mentioned but it's easily researched.
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Old 10-15-2017, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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First, you should decide if you are looking for lowest cost of living, closest to a VA/Government hospital, or lowest taxes. These are three different things. If you are looking at this from an ideological bent (I don't want the dirty guvmint to get my money) then obviously taxes are the important thing. But since as a veteran you are dependent on taxpayer funded healthcare, make sure you don't shoot yourself in the foot. You might save 100 bucks a year in taxes but get a lot worse healthcare.

I live in Seattle, full of "tax and spend liberals". I've done tax comparisons and we actually have a lower tax burden than most of the "cheap" midwest and Texas. Things are a bit lower in the deep South, but you don't want humidity. So even though this place is run by liberals, I'm actually paying lower taxes than I would in a cheaper area of the country.

Look at the overall situation, don't just focus on taxes due to distaste for government. You don't want to cut off your nose to spite your face.
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Old 10-15-2017, 11:45 AM
 
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I suggest you re-read the original post.

Also, MY post. I assume you aren't at ALL familiar with the description and terminology I used on housing or you would see that I presented a BALANCED suggestion.
Oh wait. I just reviewed your posting history. Hilarious ironic criticism, thanks.
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Old 10-15-2017, 12:23 PM
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Location: Middle Tennessee
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I know...because you've posted that before ...verbatim. That's how I found out.
I just like to remind you
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Old 10-15-2017, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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My wife and I are planning to retire, on a budget, and we are looking for the state with:

1) No state income Tax
2) Lowest Sales Tax
3) Lowest Property Tax

Or the best combination of the three.
It is well worth the effort to spend a lot of time chewing over your options on this topic.

I am a military retiree, with a pension of $1480/month.

We bought two parcels of land in Maine. One for $350/acre the other for $900/acre. A total of 150 acres of forest with 1/4 mile of riverfrontage.

Property taxes on our land run $1.05/acre. 150 acres of forest cost us roughly $157.50/year.

Our house is 2400 sq ft, 3 bdrm and it is taxed $600/year.

Military pensions are not taxed in Maine. Besides even with our farm income, we do not earn enough taxable income to pay any income taxes, State or Federal.

Our region is very rural. We do a little organic farming and sell produce at a Farmer's Market.

About every week Zillow sends me updates on homes in our area on the market for $25k - $40k. Sometimes they will have a few acres.

Maine is the oldest state, with the highest percentage of retirees of any state.
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