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Old 04-26-2018, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Hi Forum,

New to here.... Trying to see if my research and what some people have already done... Match/exceed their expectations OR Fell Way Short?

Here is my scenario:
I'll try and be as brief as possible.

I currently Live & Work in Massachusetts.
I'm getting to the point where retirement should be a focal point in my life.
I'm getting too old to deal with New England winters... I like snow, Just not the 2 - 3 Feet of it.

From my researching, I came across Saint George UT.

It appears to have a lot of what I believe would make for an enjoyable retirement.

#1 - Lower Tax Burden (My Annual Property Tax here runs $5K+ ).
#2 - Better overall climate (your 3 inches of snow, compared to my 3 feet).
#3 - Saint George seems to have more going for it..... Than my area here in MA.

Any feedback would greatly be appreciated.

LookingToUtah
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Old 04-26-2018, 09:21 PM
 
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Taxes are lower much lower thanks to a Republican controlled state and local government and low regulation.

Snow is very limited but heat is a plenty 118 I think is the record but winter is mild still need a coat though normally

Different things to do here biking, golf, shooting, pickle ball, hiking but we are basicly on an island closest big city is Vegas about 120 miles away can get cabin fever for some.

Sun River is a nice retirement area in St George also mesquite Nevada tends to be popular with with the 55+ crowd zero state income tax there sun city in mesquite is very nice also.
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Old 04-26-2018, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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It would be helpful if you had specific questions we could answer for you.
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Old 04-27-2018, 09:48 AM
 
Location: SLC
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Taxes are lower much lower thanks to a Republican controlled state and local government and low regulation.
Utah's state tax burden ranking for 2017 is 29. All the states surrounding it have lower tax burden ranking - including CO, AZ, NV - which offer comparable warm climate. I definitely do not find Utah to be a low regulation state. Whether it is alcohol availability and taxes (Republican control doesn't seem to help there), medical marijuana, right to die - there is plenty of regulation, more as you deviate from the predominant religion.

OP -

Move to St George, by all means. But - visit in the Summer, spend some time there to know what you are getting into. That obviously goes for any place you are considering seriously.
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Old 04-28-2018, 08:44 AM
 
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As compared to places like Mass. or Ca. Tax is low is what I'm referencing however I hope we can get much lower in that area smaller government the better IMO. But in areas like personal protection and gun rights were in the top five if only we could get constitutional carry hopefully this year. Also some little things like being able to ride a motorcycle without a helmet (I don't ride and would wear one if I did) but people are free to decide that if they like. Also little things being able to ride in the back of a pickup are nice where other states dont allow this. Utah is definitely a great state though I just hope people who do move here from places like California dont try to bring some of the same issues and ideology that caused them to leave their home state here.
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Old 04-28-2018, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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556

TY for the couple of posts.... Gives a reasonable view of the area w/o me having to be there, "Yet".

I do see myself planning a vacation out in that area & surrounding.
Just nice getting some "positive" feedback.

Thanks to ALL who replied.
Take Care

LookingToUtah
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Old 05-02-2018, 09:04 PM
 
Location: DFW Texas
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Hi Forum,

New to here.... Trying to see if my research and what some people have already done... Match/exceed their expectations OR Fell Way Short?

Here is my scenario:
I'll try and be as brief as possible.

I currently Live & Work in Massachusetts.
I'm getting to the point where retirement should be a focal point in my life.
I'm getting too old to deal with New England winters... I like snow, Just not the 2 - 3 Feet of it.

From my researching, I came across Saint George UT.

It appears to have a lot of what I believe would make for an enjoyable retirement.

#1 - Lower Tax Burden (My Annual Property Tax here runs $5K+ ).
#2 - Better overall climate (your 3 inches of snow, compared to my 3 feet).
#3 - Saint George seems to have more going for it..... Than my area here in MA.

Any feedback would greatly be appreciated.

LookingToUtah
While I cannot specifically help here I am also researching this area among a few other western states and wanted to come in here and give props to 556poor for proving me some very useful and knowledgeable information on this area. You'll get some valuable insight with him! Don't be afraid to ask questions! I know I wasn't and I'm long-winded...
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Old 05-12-2019, 02:19 PM
 
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We bought a 2nd home for retirement in St. George, Utah - that was 2005. We love it then, we love it now. Friendly people, clean air, beautiful surroundings, great hiking, and fantastic healthcare. Taxes are higher than NV and AZ - but that's fine. It's very hot in the Summer.
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Old 05-12-2019, 05:51 PM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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As compared to places like Mass. or Ca. Tax is low is what I'm referencing however I hope we can get much lower in that area smaller government the better IMO. But in areas like personal protection and gun rights were in the top five if only we could get constitutional carry hopefully this year. Also some little things like being able to ride a motorcycle without a helmet (I don't ride and would wear one if I did) but people are free to decide that if they like. Also little things being able to ride in the back of a pickup are nice where other states dont allow this. Utah is definitely a great state though I just hope people who do move here from places like California dont try to bring some of the same issues and ideology that caused them to leave their home state here.
These are all "freedom to ....( do whatever) rather than "freedom from ... (whatever). In general those in the NE are far more concerned about the "freedoms from," such as freedom from having the environment destroyed, freedom from gun toting rednecks, freedom from bankruptcy from medical expenses, freedom from criminally misanthropic diesel truck drivers belching black soot on Prius drivers, etc etc.


So, to the OP, do consider what's important to you. If you have even the slightest progressive leanings then don't even contemplate St George. FWIW, my wife and I retired ex New Yorkers. We looked at St George and quickly dismissed it for those reasons. Also because it's too hot in summer to really do anything outside. And finally because we like food and all you'll find in St George is chain restaurants (and Utah sets a very low bar for what's good food anyway, sorry to say).
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Old 05-13-2019, 08:38 AM
 
Location: SLC
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I agree with kletter1mann! Different strokes for different folks. I'd not be tempted to live in St George - too hot, no cultural or culinary offerings or diversity, limited health care offerings.
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