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Old 05-17-2007, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Here's a list of retirement value towns from Warren Bland, author and geographer:

Hot Springs, Ark.
Winston-Salem, N. C.
Fayetteville, Ark.
Bowling Green, Ky.
Lawrence, Kan.
Columbia, Mo.
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Gainesville, Fla.
San Antonio, Texas
Colorado Springs, Colo.

I think it's interesting that this list has a couple of major metropolitan areas in Pittsburgh and San Antonio, and that the middle of the country is well-represented by Arkansas, Kentucky, Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado.

College towns are plentiful as the homes of the University of Arkansas, University of Kansas, University of Missouri, University of Florida and others are found on this list.
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Old 05-17-2007, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Bayside, NY
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What does he mean by value towns?
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Value towns-getting a good buy for your money. Now I'm not sure about the prices in all those places. I kind of thought Colorado Springs and Gainsville might be higher than average. It is an interesting list though. Most of those places would be afforable.

I wish they had included some places farther west as that's where I'm looking at. Oh well I've probably already looked at most of the possibilities.
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Old 05-18-2007, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Here's a quote from an article on RealEstateJournal.com on this topic: "To rank the towns, Bland uses 12 criteria: landscape, climate, quality of life, cost of living, transportation, retail services, health care, community services, cultural activities, recreational activities, work/volunteer activities and crime."

For a definition of "value", particular emphasis seems to be given to cost of living as it relates to quality of life.
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Old 05-18-2007, 01:57 PM
 
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St. George, Utah seems to make a lot of "best places to retire" lists. But it's far from being a "value town" so I can see why it's not on that list.

Yes, not any places in the west coast states or adjacent states ...pacific time zone states.


Thanks.

--'rocco
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Old 05-19-2007, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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Don't know all these towns, but Pittsburgh does fit the criteria--except perhaps for climate and retail services. It has fair to good transportation, excellent health care, many community services, abundant cultural activities, is very affordable, and seems to be sufficiently positioned for recreational, work and volunteer activities.

I would love to see a scale of these 12.

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Here's a quote from an article on RealEstateJournal.com on this topic: "To rank the towns, Bland uses 12 criteria: landscape, climate, quality of life, cost of living, transportation, retail services, health care, community services, cultural activities, recreational activities, work/volunteer activities and crime."

For a definition of "value", particular emphasis seems to be given to cost of living as it relates to quality of life.
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Old 08-18-2007, 03:21 PM
 
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How does Anderson, South Carolina compare with north carolina as far as cost of living for retired couple on fixed income.????
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Old 08-19-2007, 04:55 AM
 
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Default Climate?

Um, interesting. If 'climate' is one of the criteria items, then I would vote against all of the cities listed. They all have either severe winters and/or are right smack in 'tornado alley'.

I am being realistic though, because if one wants the "primo" climate (mild winters, no tornados) then one is going to pay top dollar to live there. And I agree that no place is 'perfect'...no matter what the cost.
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Old 08-19-2007, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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abcdef. NC was a tad higher on my tax chart than S.C. You might want to check some cost of living comparisons online. There are some very good ones.
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Old 08-19-2007, 01:05 PM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Interesting, but I have no wish to live on the other side of the Rocky Mountains ever again.
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