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Old Yesterday, 12:19 PM
 
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... That can help me with suggestions/ideas for my next move? I'm looking for location ideas for rural to semi-rural areas, say from West of Cleveland and a bit north of Columbus. I don't want to be in the heavy snow-belt, or too far south as I find the summers way too hot-n-humid. I have visited Salem OH/Columbiana and they seemed pretty nice, with a fairly low cost of living, but not exactly sure how the tax structure works in OH/different municipalities. I also thought near Lake Erie might be nice, with towns such as Vermilion, Huron, Sandusky, and Port Clinton on the list. That said, I wonder how summer tourism/traffic impacts your quality of life as a retiree?

It's just me, I live a very simple life, don't need a job, don't want much more than peace and quiet, some fishing and shooting to do, hiking, and not be around blighted and/or run-down depressing areas. Also greatly want to be in a friendly area that does not shun new folks, where I can make new friends, and volunteer. Thinking decent, closer rather than further medical care may be a wise consideration as well. I will probably rent at first, and having low RE taxes and low relative home costs would be nice, but not having to resort to a lousy, run-down area to save a bit of $$$. So for retirees in and of the areas I mention, how do you like it? What perhaps don't you like being retired in these areas? What areas might I explore, and what other bits of wisdom can you add for me to consider from what I have mentioned?

Moderators: I asked my questions here on the retirement forum so that the wisdom and experience of these/my people can be shared - Please don't move this to the Ohio forum... I want and appreciate this forums perspective and experience. Thank you.

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Old Yesterday, 12:53 PM
 
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... That can help me with suggestions/ideas for my next move? I'm looking for location ideas for rural to semi-rural areas, say from east of Cleveland and a bit north of Columbus. I don't want to be in the heavy snow-belt, or too far south as I find the summers way too hot-n-humid. I have visited Salem OH/Columbiana and they seemed pretty nice, with a fairly low cost of living, but not exactly sure how the tax structure works in OH/different municipalities. I also thought near Lake Erie might be nice, with towns such as Vermilion, Huron, Sandusky, and Port Clinton on the list. That said, I wonder how summer tourism/traffic impacts your quality of life as a retiree?
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All of the places that you have mentioned in your post are actually WEST of Cleveland. If you do not want to be in the heavy snow belt, why are you looking east of Cleveland where the snow is much greater?

Do you really want all of the traffic in the summer that you will get from living in a beach community?3

The problem with a lot of the wuwal and semi-rural communities in Ohio are lack of services. especially medical. Do you need to run into Cleveland or Columbus when you need a specialist?

As for the tax structure, Ohio is alright if you income is fairly low and you are not working, taxes are alright. If you will have a large income due to RMDs or if you are working, it can be much higher.
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Old Yesterday, 01:07 PM
 
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All of the places that you have mentioned in your post are actually WEST of Cleveland. If you do not want to be in the heavy snow belt, why are you looking east of Cleveland where the snow is much greater?

Do you really want all of the traffic in the summer that you will get from living in a beach community?3

The problem with a lot of the wuwal and semi-rural communities in Ohio are lack of services. especially medical. Do you need to run into Cleveland or Columbus when you need a specialist?

As for the tax structure, Ohio is alright if you income is fairly low and you are not working, taxes are alright. If you will have a large income due to RMDs or if you are working, it can be much higher.
Thanks for your thoughts, and correcting my mistake... Yes, west indeed as intended, and so corrected. The medical care question really seems a big deal in much of the country, especially if you wish to not live on top of others... I'm at the point I'd almost rather drop-dead, than have to endure much more living w/o a lot of elbow room, privacy, and peace and quiet.
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Old Yesterday, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Medina area?
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Old Yesterday, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Have you considered north central PA?


lots of what, it seems, you're looking for.
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Old Today, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Wooster, Ohio
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In addition to the federal income tax, Ohio has state and city income taxes. If you work in a city, you pay their income tax, even if you do not live there. Many school districts have income taxes; some are only on earned income, while others are on total income.

Income taxes are only a part of the total tax burden. Overall, Ohio is one of the lower cost of living states. We have no personal property tax, no estate tax, no inheritance tax.

Where I live there is about 30" of annual snowfall. It increases rapidly as you go north or east. The hills make AWD desirable here.
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Old Today, 09:55 AM
 
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You might check out the Mt. Vernon and Galion areas.

Towns along Rt. 30 -- we used to motorcycle Rt. 30.

I always thought some of those areas might be nice to retire to but alas, I moved further south to Tennessee. I still have horses and live my life outside more than in. I wanted to be sure of getting out of the long-long periods of bone chilling cold that Ohio and PA offer.
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