Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-16-2015, 11:31 PM   #101
Dryer sheet aficionado
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 33
Just a note to say that I was looking at those lists by Bankrate and others rating retirement cities and states, and Boise, Idaho, was listed as one of the best. Also, Phoenix and Tucson were listed as very favorable. (I was only looking at the USA). I believe Honolulu was also listed as one of the top places, also North Dakota (don't remember why, since, because of the snow, I personally would not consider that one!).
Thanks for all the interesting replies. I too would probably not want snow.
__________________

__________________
Eileen is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 05-17-2015, 09:04 AM   #102
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
freebird5825's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: East Nowhere, 43N Latitude, NY
Posts: 9,017
1. Where are you living? upstate NY, just east of Syracuse

2. Is there snow? December - early April with a few surprise light flurries to end of April

3. why do you love your location?
PROS: open spaces interspersed with forests, plenty of natural lakes, inexpensive docking at a local lake for my boat, Adirondack state park close by as a day trip getaway destination, clean air, little traffic, 4 season weather variety, access to rural mom-n-pop industry (cheese, produce, meats, labor and trades), low crime, slower pace of life, no earthquakes, no tornadoes, no hurricanes, no floods, no smog, few bugs and snakes, no bears or mountain lions or alligators or pythons running amok in populated areas
CONS: not much culture close by, small town mindsets, lived here 30 years but sometimes treated like an "outsider" by generational locals, limited music and entertainment venues close by, medium level of welfare and social services dependent population, 3 prisons located within 30 miles.

4. Is it expensive (taxes, etc.) housing costs, etc. - low housing prices, rural district school and property taxes (versus urban), high state gasoline and county sales taxes (8.75%), food prices average, low costs for services (contractors, repair, snowplowing)
__________________

__________________
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
freebird5825 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2015, 10:42 AM   #103
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Helen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Portland
Posts: 1,339
Quote:
  1. Where are you living? (state)
  2. Is there snow?
  3. why do you love your location?
  4. Is it expensive (taxes, etc.) housing costs, etc.
1. Portland, OR

2. We usually get snow, but it doesn't stick around long. I don't own a snow shovel. We get a lot of overcast days in the winter and drizzle/rain.

3. It is absolutely gorgeous in every direction (there are mountains, ocean beaches, the Columbia River Gorge, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, deserts, rain forests.) The hiking and backpacking are fantastic and the beauty can bring a person to tears. And I love Portland; the restaurants are excellent and not too expensive, mass transit is excellent, it's quirky and there is always something going on.

4. I relocated from Boston 25 years ago so it doesn't seem expensive comparatively. We bought our house at the bottom of the housing crash in 2011 for $365k and I think our first year's property tax was close to $5k. Our income tax rate goes as high as 9%. We have no sales tax.

I am enjoying reading the responses to the OP.
__________________
Helen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2015, 10:44 AM   #104
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 420
Quote:
Originally Posted by moneymama View Post
hi!
I cannot believe the wealth of information I learn from this website. I always thought Florida was the plan for our retirement.....however, you all post amazing things about your location.

my questions are:
  1. Where are you living? (state)
  2. Is there snow? lol -- hoping never to see snow again when I retire
  3. why do you love your location?
  4. Is it expensive (taxes, etc.) housing costs, etc.
TN, the Carolinas and Georgia are sounding pretty good right now....

thank you all for your input
1)Forsyth County Georgia outside of Johns Creek with a Cumming Mailing address. Also a home in Hiawasse Ga where we spend a lot of time
in the summer.
2)Just moved 26 miles from Atlanta (Dekalb Co.) where there was no snow
but they actually get a little here. The winters in this part of GA are usually
very short.
3) Yes so far. Close to Lake Chatuge where we have a house and w/in 1 hour
of where the Grand children live
4) Cheap. Was paying $5200 in Atlanta with an est. of $7500 for this yr as
homes values were taking off. Will pay $2800 here and about $700 when
I reach 65 . Feel like we are out in the country but close to everything.
Can buy a real nice house in the mid $300's that is cheap for us but that
is coming from Atl.

At one time we though of moving to FL but spending a lot of the winter in Fl works for us. We about 8 hrs of actual driving from
our area (Clearwater Dunedin area of FL)
__________________
SJ1_ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2015, 12:11 PM   #105
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Brat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 5,913
Quote:
Originally Posted by Helen View Post
1. Portland, OR

Our income tax rate goes as high as 9%. We have no sales tax.

I am enjoying reading the responses to the OP.
9% is the top marginal rate. When DH & I were both working I budgeted 6%. Lots of deductions for seniors. As always download the state tax return and take it for a spin to see your personal bite.

Boise has snow but no more than Spokane.
__________________
Duck bjorn.
Brat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2015, 02:59 PM   #106
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
redduck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: yonder
Posts: 2,052
Quote:
Originally Posted by msrhoda View Post
...so much to do, community theatre, inexpensive entertainment, some of the best churches in the country...
Churches are ranked? What are the rankings based on?
__________________
Carpe cōleī
redduck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2015, 09:50 PM   #107
Dryer sheet wannabe
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 13
Live in Maui in the winter, Washington state (Columbia River Gorge) in the summer.

No Snow either place while we are there.

I like to surf, and Maui is great for that. My wife is an artist and both Hawaii and Washington have lots of great stuff to paint.

Maui is very expensive. Washington state is cheap.
__________________
TwoByFour is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2015, 08:43 AM   #108
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
travelover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 9,874
Quote:
Originally Posted by redduck View Post
Churches are ranked? What are the rankings based on?
I think that they are ranked on the percentage of members who actually enter Heaven, upon dying.
__________________
Yes, I have achieved work / life balance.
travelover is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2015, 08:46 AM   #109
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Mulligan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 7,369
Quote:
Originally Posted by travelover View Post
I think that they are ranked on the percentage of members who actually enter Heaven, upon dying.

Finally.... Someone actually typed it! Any other ranking would be totally immaterial wouldn't it?


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
__________________
Mulligan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2015, 09:34 AM   #110
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Ed_The_Gypsy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: the City of Subdued Excitement
Posts: 5,292
1. Washington State.
2. Very little where we live, but cloudy and light rain common.
3. We grew up here, but after living and visiting many other places including in Europe, never saw anywhere else that suited us better. What is left of family is within a few hundred miles of us but that was not an issue. We have ocean, mountains large and small, desert not far, Seattle and Vancouver, BC nearby, very moderate weather, great scenery, no varmints and no income tax. Also inexpensive for us. When we lived in Chicago, we always figured these were the folks who were not smart enough to stay on the wagon train. Also, top notch health care. Shopping is so good, shoppers down from Canada (Welcome to 'the Lower Mainland!') crowd the stores. Where we are has amusements enough for us. Be aware that WA State is hostile to small business (despite their vigorous protestations).
4. Housing not bad. $300k will buy a nice little house in town but will be less in the county. RE taxes about $2,800 on $330,000 house. Sales taxes a little over 8% (TANSTAAFL).

Sent from my SM-G900V using Early Retirement Forum mobile app
__________________
my bumpersticker:
"I am not in a hurry.
I am retired.
And I don't care how big your truck is."
Ed_The_Gypsy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2015, 10:11 AM   #111
Full time employment: Posting here.
Jack_Pine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 834
Quote:
Originally Posted by pmichele461 View Post
Currently living in Wisconsin. Hope to eventually move further north, to UP Michigan.

Yes!! We have snow, and we love it!!

Love most everything about Wisconsin [MOD EDIT]. Low crime, best public radio in the country, natural scenery, festivals, Lake Michigan, and great people.

Home prices are low, property taxes are high. General cost of living is low. 5% state sales tax.
It truly is the best public radio in the country.
__________________
The Constitution. It's not just a good idea...it's the law.
Jack_Pine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2015, 10:33 AM   #112
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 434
Quote:
Originally Posted by martyp View Post
Where are you living?

San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Is there snow?

No. Maybe once every couple of years in the high elevations. Snow is about 5 hrs away in the Sierra's when we are not having a drought. Otherwise we have seasonal rain. It is supposed to rain between Oct - April.

why do you love your location?

It is physically beautiful. You can choose your climate from cool summers to blistering hot summers. Tons of cultural activities. Great restaurants. Wine country, etc. Great universities and all the activities they support. Easy to get to parks near and far.

Is it expensive (taxes, etc.) housing costs, etc.

Yes. It is very expensive to move here from somewhere else. One of the highest housing costs in the nation. It only works for me because I've lived here all my adult life and my finances and retirement were built around this cost of living.
+1. We live on the Peninsula and have no intention of moving. We've looked around with the idea of moving to a less expensive area, however, there is no area that meets all of our criteria. A few years ago, I found a web site where you enter all of your criteria and guess what...yup, the SF Bay Area met them all .
__________________
TrvlBug is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2015, 12:32 PM   #113
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Mulligan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 7,369
Quote:
Originally Posted by TrvlBug View Post
+1. We live on the Peninsula and have no intention of moving. We've looked around with the idea of moving to a less expensive area, however, there is no area that meets all of our criteria. A few years ago, I found a web site where you enter all of your criteria and guess what...yup, the SF Bay Area met them all .

I have no desire at all to live in that area. I feel better about myself stating it that way than using the truth.... That being I have never considered it because I am not wealthy enough to consider locating there and may actually like it if I had the money!


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
__________________
Mulligan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2015, 11:32 PM   #114
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Ed_The_Gypsy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: the City of Subdued Excitement
Posts: 5,292
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ed_The_Gypsy View Post
...no varmints....
Except for all the damn deer in the back yard and the front yard who eat the flowers.
__________________
my bumpersticker:
"I am not in a hurry.
I am retired.
And I don't care how big your truck is."
Ed_The_Gypsy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2015, 11:49 PM   #115
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 257
Quote:
Originally Posted by kcowan View Post
my questions are:
Where are you living? (state) Jalisco MX in PV
Is there snow? lol -- hoping never to see snow again when I retire: Never
why do you love your location? Weather, social activities, lots of other pursuits
Is it expensive (taxes, etc.) housing costs, etc. Cheaper than Florida or AZ

We pay no income tax. Our sales tax is 16%. Medical costs are low. Property tax is under $300.yr. Fresh fruit and vegetables are extremely cheap. So is fish and shrimp.

Beef is about half price to get a good cut. Arrachera is dirt cheap and edible if prepared right. Milk and eggs also dirt cheap. Good cheeses need to be imported (e.g. Tillamook).

That's where we're headed too


Sent from my iPhone using Early Retirement Forum
__________________
iac1003 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2015, 07:42 AM   #116
Full time employment: Posting here.
kaudrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Alexandria, Va
Posts: 941
1) northern VA - just outside of DC
2) Yes, it snows. This year was VERY cold
3) There is so much to do in DC - history, culture, restaurants, museums (free!), etc. You can be hiking within 1/2 an hour; lots of great bike trails. Mountains and ocean about 2-3 hours away. 3 airports to choose from. We won't retire here, though. I want to be closer to the ocean, and probably somewhere warmer. Traffic is a nightmare pretty much all the time.
4) Yes, it is expensive. Housing is very pricey; as are property taxes.
__________________
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less travelled by...
kaudrey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2015, 08:19 AM   #117
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Big_Hitter's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: In the fairway
Posts: 4,092
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eileen View Post
Just a note to say that I was looking at those lists by Bankrate and others rating retirement cities and states, and Boise, Idaho, was listed as one of the best.
for a reason...low crime

one of my friends doesn't lock his house or cars...even when they are out of town
__________________
Swing hard, look up
Big_Hitter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2015, 09:53 AM   #118
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 731
1. Where are you living? (state)
San Diego, CA (north/inland community of Penasquitos)


2. Is there snow?
No. The temp does dip to freeze windshields on occasion - SO cold

3. why do you love your location?
The weather, 20 minutes to the beach, 1hr to the mountains, 2hrs to the desert, 30 minutes to pretty much anywhere within the greater SD area.

The view behind my house to relax, enjoy - and to hike in right out my back gate! I am always in the PQ preserve on Sundays. Penasquitos is tucked away in a slower/quieter part of the overall city...for now.

Best listener supported jazz station, jazz8.org - voted #1 in the nation for 2014...always have this on.


Craft beer breweries galore - all close, all tasty!

Plenty of outdoor activities and open spaces, trails and parks to explore.

4. Is it expensive (taxes, etc.) housing costs, etc.
Unfortunately, yes.

Although DW and I bought into our current home new in '95 and while at the time the price seemed high, we have been smart about our finances and are in great shape compared to new buyers in the neighborhood. We pay $5200/yr in property taxes based on original value of $280K (2500 sq ft home). Comps are now in the low $800k range - so property taxes would be higher. Thank g*d - no HOA and rule Nazis!

Sales taxes are high as are the CA state income tax - although we are working on strategies to minimize them, so for us - manageable.

I do foresee us possibly relocating out of state when the boys are done with in state college.
__________________
BBQ-Nut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2015, 10:39 AM   #119
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 434
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ed_The_Gypsy View Post
Except for all the damn deer in the back yard and the front yard who eat the flowers.
Yup, and unfortunately, they don't read the Sunset book . The back yard is protected by a deer fence so i can have my roses and flowers. The front has been populated with drought tolerant, deer resistant plants, but as I mentioned, they don't read the book. Same complaints from the neighbors.
__________________
TrvlBug is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2015, 11:33 PM   #120
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Reno
Posts: 555
Quote:
Originally Posted by rec7 View Post
Sounds like a nice town a lot of people like it. I have thought about Reno, Spokane, Boise or Amarillo but not much love out there for Amarillo. Of these what do you guys think?
Personally, Amarillo is a hell-hole. Think Austin or San Marcos or the Hill country if you're considering Texas, if you can stand the summer heat. My best friend in HS is in Amarillo, and I'm semi-familiar with it.
__________________

__________________
RobLJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Can Acting in Love Help You Stay in Love? obgyn65 Other topics 20 01-26-2013 01:19 PM
You only live twice, from Japan with love Radiophilejapan Hi, I am... 8 05-24-2009 08:54 PM
location, location, location Martha Life after FIRE 20 04-27-2007 01:26 PM
IDEAL RETIREMENT LOCATION gary Life after FIRE 18 02-03-2005 09:53 AM
Simple Quiz to Find your Ideal Retirement Location Cut-Throat Life after FIRE 18 11-05-2004 12:13 AM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:58 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.