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Old 06-13-2019, 02:53 PM
Location: Florida
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I have yet to find one of these publications that fits my budget, tastes or climate preference. They could be printed in Chinese and be just as meaningful to me.
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Old 06-13-2019, 03:47 PM
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I think the key things are access to good medical care and proximity to family. For some retirees, priorities will be different - they may want more cultural activities, or a more temperate climate, or nonstop flights to exotic international destinations.

For some retirees with lots of friends but whose kids have moved away they may need to decide between staying where they are or moving closer to kids/grandkids - generally people are happier/healthier near their friends, but friends die, too, and it gets harder to travel should you become an older/more frail senior.

What can be nice about retirement is that you don't have to worry about the job market where you live, which opens up many more possibilities of pleasant or interesting places that may not have strong or diverse economies.
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Old 06-14-2019, 06:28 AM
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I'm seriously considering eastern Tennessee also...love the Smoky Mountains. I don't like heavy traffic so it will be a less populated town in that general area. I'm also considering Wyoming. I love the west and open plains. The only issue is I will have to deal with winters...but that's when I'll travel.

4 years until I retire. I have some time to watch the housing market. I will be taking several week long trips to explore and figure it out. I'll be going in winter and summer to be sure I know what to expect.

My sister lives in Florida and wants me down there...but I don't think I could deal with the traffic and summer heat...and flat land. Love some rolling hills and mountains.

We will see what the future brings...
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Old 06-15-2019, 08:45 PM
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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I'm thinking about moving too Crossville Tennessee from Cookeville Tennessee because it's not so crowded and cost of living might be cheaper.
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Old 06-17-2019, 11:26 AM
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I moved to Arizona from Minnesota because of the snow and ice. It was almost like waking up one day and realizing I no longer had to put up with it.

I've been here a year and a half and do like the town I'm in but haven't explored enough. I do love Arizona.

I'm planning on checking out other places in the state as I'd never been here and the research I've been doing on the state has opened my eyes to other possibilities.

I'll take the time to investigate and see what's there. I didn't realize that not all of Arizona is boiling hot like I thought it was. I used to scoff when people said, but it's a dry heat. After all, heat is heat, right?

Uh, no. There were/are times in Minnesota during the summer where you can hardly breathe because of the humidity. I have not experienced anything like that here. Actually, outside of last September, I haven't been overly hot.
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Old 06-17-2019, 07:18 PM
Location: USA
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Somewhere over the Rainbow
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Old 06-17-2019, 09:33 PM
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Meo, you might want to check out Prescott!
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Old 06-18-2019, 04:38 AM
Location: Colorado Springs
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My observation: Many retire to a place to be close to family. I've known several friends who have moved near grandchildren.

I'm trying real hard to avoid that.

Plane tickets are cheap. Living near San Francisco is not.
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:36 AM
Location: Central CT, sometimes NH.
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Originally Posted by marcandme View Post
I have never understood how New Hampshire makes the best places to retire list. New Hampshire has very cold winters, snow and ice, and high property taxes. I do love it in the summer though.
Property taxes in NH vary wildly. There are several places where property taxes are very reasonable. The communities with the highest property taxes generally are in the southern areas near the Massachusetts border. I know many people from other northeastern states that have retired in New Hampshire because they like the northeastern climate but find the fact that New Hampshire has no income tax and no sales tax more attractive than surrounding states.
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:44 AM
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We chose TX because my family is here. We decided to live in the same area everyone was already in so it made it pretty easy to narrow down.
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