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Old Yesterday, 09:03 AM
JRR
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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I don't find these to be at all helpful or interesting.

One reason they are close to useless is the diversity within each State. In NY we have economically low cost areas, a number of major cities and of course NYC. These areas are all very different.
You hit the nail on the head. We could not be happier about having retired to where we are in Tennessee. But there is no way you could get me to move to West Tennessee or to one of the large cities or to one of the many rundown small towns that are throughout the state.

Trying to give a blanket good or bad for an entire state seems to be an exercise in futility.
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Old Yesterday, 09:05 AM
 
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It says the best state to retire to is South Dakota.

Um, sure.
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Old Yesterday, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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Many of these lists have some place thats freezing cold as the best place. Something thats instantly no consideration to me.
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Old Yesterday, 09:16 AM
JRR
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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It says the best state to retire to is South Dakota.

Um, sure.
Different strokes for different folks. It wouldn't be my choice, but I have a cousin who retired to Brookings SD and they could not be happier.
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Old Yesterday, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Most people don't retire to other states. Chances are their kids and grand kids are where they lived all their lives. And, to get up and move costs 8%-10% of the house you're selling. People think all of a sudden they'll get thin, happy and hemorrhoid free by moving to another state. Too many glossy brochures of fit oldsters playing golf and tennis sipping cocktails court side.
You may think you'll have this every day

But you won't have this every day.
The days of your kids living “where they have lived all their lives” is a thing of the past. Looking at all of my friends, few have kids who didn’t move to other states or countries for jobs.
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Old Yesterday, 09:27 AM
 
Location: equator
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Most people don't retire to other states. Chances are their kids and grand kids are where they lived all their lives. And, to get up and move costs 8%-10% of the house you're selling. .
Nah, it can be lots less. Our move overseas through the Panama Canal with a shipping container was only
the price of selling our used Toyota Rav4.

Nowhere near selling our property.

Has someone done a poll on who moved to another state in retirement? Surely, there must be!
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Old Yesterday, 09:30 AM
 
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It says the best state to retire to is South Dakota.

Um, sure.
Actually SD has some absolutely beautiful areas. It is low cost and has some very attractive areas for living. The winter climate is the biggest downfall.
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Old Yesterday, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Glen Burnie, Maryland
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I guess I better pack up my bags the day I retire. Otherwise, I'm doomed if I stay in Maryland. Been here my whole life and I knew it was expensive and congested but, dang! worst overall?
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Old Yesterday, 09:47 AM
 
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Actually SD has some absolutely beautiful areas. It is low cost and has some very attractive areas for living. The winter climate is the biggest downfall.
Yes, and if there are two factors I've learned from this forum about how people choose where they will retire they are cost of living, and weather.

If I had to guess, I'd say cost of living (which includes taxes) is 60% of most peoples decision and weather being the other 40%. Almost every other reason is negligible except those who want to be near kids and grandkids. Of course there is what I call the lemming factor as well where people tend to move where others do.
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Old Yesterday, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Maryland being ranked worst is not such a surprise.
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