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Old 05-20-2019, 07:39 PM
 
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I'm from southern CA (Poway, in San Diego county), husband is from central Florida. We both hated where we grew up and ran away from those places at very early ages like our heads were on fire. We're not 100% sure where we're going to end up in retirement (which is right around the corner), but I know for certain it won't be southern CA or anywhere in FL. Both are non-negotiable. LOL.
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Old 05-20-2019, 07:46 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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NO thank whatever deity you happen to endorse, I didn't. That would have been absolute misery. I never liked the place/state I grew up in (CA) and couldn't wait to leave it behind. I had a very long standing desire to live where I do now and it took about half my career to achieve it. I'm not leaving unless someone knocks me on the head and drags me out by the heels.
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Nope. Born in Virginia, my parents moved to a town on the Mississippi in Illinois where I grew up, went to college in Iowa, moved back to the town where I grew up Illinois, then back to Virginia, a few years in Connecticut, down to North Carolina, back to a western suburb of Chicago in Illinois, and now I'm retired in South Carolina. I love it here, and have no desire to move back to Illinois.
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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I'm newly retired in the same city where I attended college and the same state where I spent my teen years. That sounds boring but my career involved lots of travel so I was able to visit other parts of the country. As a child, my family moved every year or two for my dad's job until we landed in New Mexico when I was 13 so I consider this home. But I have no family here as my siblings have moved to other states and I would like to be closer to them. So I'll be moving to the Pacific Northwest in the next year or two. I consider it an adventure and if it doesn't work out, I can always move back to New Mexico.
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Did you retire in the same state or even the same town that you grew up in? If you didn't, how did you end up where you landed?

I lived in many states growing up and when I retired, I moved to a place I never lived before. We used to come here when I was a kid and I fell in love with it back then. And it had been calling me all my life. When I told people I was moving here, they asked if I had a job or if I knew people. When I said no to both questions, they asked me why I was moving here. I gave them the strangest answer: "Because I WANT to!" Never regretted it.


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Not even close to where I grew up, nearly 2800 miles away from my roots. We ended up in the metro Sacramento, CA area due to our trying to help out our mentally handicapped adult daughter. We originally planned to retire to the Minneapolis area, but their programs for handicapped adults changed significantly just before we were going to make the move. So after doing some research we ultimately ended up in Sacramento.

Kind of strange retiring to such an expensive area, but it has worked out OK. Fortunately I had some trips out to Sacramento during my work career, so I wasn't completely unfamiliar with the area.
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Retired in Malibu/La Quinta/Flagstaff
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Born in Los Angeles (seventh generation), raised in Los Angeles, lived in Los Angeles, and worked for the city of Los Angeles. Still here for the time being.
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Old 05-21-2019, 11:25 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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No -- I was born and raised in a city & suburbs. I went to college in a small town and was hooked. I lived in a small town for over 35 years and retired there but after about 13 years of retirement, I moved to the high desert 1000 miles away. It is a bigger community in general but I live on the fringe with only one close neighbor (not counting jackrabbits, coyotes and roadrunners).

I recently took a trip back to my home city and stayed long enough for my old allergies to return and now I'm back home in the desert with my new allergies kicked in as well -- you can't go home again.
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Old 05-21-2019, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Did you retire in the same state or even the same town that you grew up in? If you didn't, how did you end up where you landed?

I lived in many states growing up and when I retired, I moved to a place I never lived before. We used to come here when I was a kid and I fell in love with it back then. And it had been calling me all my life. When I told people I was moving here, they asked if I had a job or if I knew people. When I said no to both questions, they asked me why I was moving here. I gave them the strangest answer: "Because I WANT to!" Never regretted it.


Cat

I didn't exactly grow up here but it's been home for 74 years and I've lived here, off and on, my whole life. I knew I'd spend my "last days" here and, this time, I've been back 14 years so far. I was born 100 miles south of here but hate big cities so I live where my heart is, and always has been.
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Old 05-21-2019, 04:38 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I grew up in the Bay Area and have no desire to leave. One reason is that I have roots here. Most of my family and friends are here. The other reason is that I think San Francisco is a great place to be retired. Cost of living is quite reasonable since the house is paid for and our property taxes are relatively low compared to other states thanks to Proposition 13. (Property taxes are based on the sale price of the house, not its current value, and can only be raised about 1% a year.) Having easy access to shopping, transportation, cultural events and world-class health care is a tremendous advantage when you're retired, so I'm not going anywhere.
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Old 05-21-2019, 05:10 PM
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Location: North Monterey County
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No. Born in Wisconsin, I left 43 years ago for California where I lived for 15 years. Met my husband and married him and then moved to Utah for the last 28 years.

Retired in California in semi rural Monterey County.

I would, however, like my ashes to reside back in Wisconsin when I am gone.
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