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Old 03-08-2015, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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Do you have a job that makes a relocation to Shenandoah, Clarinda & Red Oak necessary?
Those 3 towns have been on a general downward trend in population for decades with only brief interruptions in that trend such as during the 1970's.
Some small towns in Iowa are doing better than others at maintaining or even growing but unfortunately those 3 are not at all among them.
Is another specific set of locations or a different region of the state possible for you?
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Old 03-09-2015, 02:24 AM
 
Location: Stephenville, Texas
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Do you have a job that makes a relocation to Shenandoah, Clarinda & Red Oak necessary?
Those 3 towns have been on a general downward trend in population for decades with only brief interruptions in that trend such as during the 1970's.
Some small towns in Iowa are doing better than others at maintaining or even growing but unfortunately those 3 are not at all among them.
Is another specific set of locations or a different region of the state possible for you?
I am open to suggestions of other small towns, but prefer the southern half of the state. This possible move would be for retirement in the next 4-6 years. My main reason for choosing southwest Iowa was the close driving distance to Omaha, Lincoln, and KC.

My plan would be to buy an old (early 1900's era) home to restore and live.

Could someone expound on why you feel people in this area are not very accepting of newcomers? I find that difficult to understand, as my hometown is growing and welcomes new residents. (My hometown is a town of 20,000 in Texas.)
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Old 05-25-2015, 04:59 AM
 
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I am open to suggestions of other small towns, but prefer the southern half of the state. This possible move would be for retirement in the next 4-6 years. My main reason for choosing southwest Iowa was the close driving distance to Omaha, Lincoln, and KC.
I've said this before, but it is something to keep in mind: Iowa isn't a kind state to retirees. The state income tax is relatively high - 3% higher than Nebraska. Utilities are high. Property taxes - dollar for dollar - are probably the equal of what they are in Texas and Texas has no income tax. Iowa is a medicaid expansion state, which means that if you are a retiree on medicare you are going to be competing with a lot more people for the limited number of CMS slots available at any clinic. Although there are pockets of really good quality medical care around Des Moines and Iowa City, the southern 2 or 3 counties of the- state west to east - aren't very populated and you'll have to travel a bit if you need to see a specialist.

If you're looking for proximity to Omaha or Lincoln (both of which have large medical centers), you'd fare far better in Nebraska.
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