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Old 09-18-2011, 02:02 PM   #21
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Happy to see South Carolina make the list but Columbia? Charleston, Myrtle Beach or the Greenville areas are better choices imho.
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Old 09-18-2011, 03:14 PM   #22
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I could handle Boise or at least a suburb of Boise
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Weatherford TX? Uh, no thanks. And seeing that now has me discounting the entire list!
Weatherford TX? Seriously? Was that on the list? OMG!
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In my last visit, I found the Boise area to be pretty neat. But I also noticed their summers to be almost as hot as deep south TX, with the sun even brighter (how is that possible - the ultra-low humidity?) and I have a feeling the winters are much, much worse.
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:08 PM   #25
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I spent a year at the air base close to Marquette, MI in 1970. It is a beautiful town. I wonder what the person that did this list was smoking when he listed Marquette as number one. My wife is from that area and no way would she ever go back. The summers are short (July-August) but they are nice. The winters are long and COLD and way to much snow for me. I have never been so glad to leave the Marquette area in my life. Oldtrig
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#18 Lawrence KS. I have actually been there along with about 1/3 of the other places.
I can't remember anything about the place except that it is evidently a good place to be in the event of a nuclear exchange. See The Day After.

I must say none of those places inspire me to give up Hawaii's weather to move .
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Weatherford TX? Seriously? Was that on the list? OMG!
Yup...seems you've been there.
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I think Weatherford is really growing and being near Dallas/FW probably helps. We have friends there who liked it when it was more rural, but now say that it's becoming a bedroom community of the Metroplex. It still doesn't appeal to me though.
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#18 Lawrence KS. I have actually been there along with about 1/3 of the other places.
I can't remember anything about the place except that it is evidently a good place to be in the event of a nuclear exchange. See The Day After.

I must say none of those places inspire me to give up Hawaii's weather to move .
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Is that William Burroughs?

Lawrence KS is a nice college town, and I think when looking for cheap but reasonably interesting places to live it should be fine.

Although, as some one helpfully pointed out, it isn't NYC or San Francisco. Who knew?

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Is that William Burroughs?

Lawrence KS is a nice college town, and I think when looking for cheap but reasonably interesting places to live it should be fine.

Although, as some one helpfully pointed out, it isn't NYC or San Francisco. Who knew?

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Yup. That is Burroughs. Lawrence is a nice town. I have family in central Kansas and find it a refreshing change from the DC area. We're planning a trip out there in a couple of weeks.
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This guy liked Lawrence.
Hey, if you're stoned most of the time, anyplace could be at the top of the list.
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I must say none of those places inspire me to give up Hawaii's weather to move .
The state analyzed the census data and came up with a "startling" conclusion:
Report: Hawaii has nation's most-expensive rent, houses - Pacific Business News
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Very interesting that there isn't even one California town on the list. Probably put off by the cost of living here.
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Best "Place" to retire?

To our RV, traveling the US and Canada, satisfying our wanderlust.

At the same time we'll be taking notes on 'the best place for us' should we decide one day that we want a more traditional residence.
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:42 PM   #36
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Yea, can't really take a list about retirement places serious if it doesn't include even one location in California.

There's a reason there are so many homeless in California, ever seen a bum living under a bridge in North Dakota in February? Heck, I BBQ wearing shorts and flip flops in February!! The climate is just so nice in California compared to just about anywhere else. I've lived all over while in the military. I'll never understand how anyone would tolerate high humidity in the summer of the south or the bone chilling temperatures of the winters of the north.
I'd rather be a homeless bum in California than live in those kinds of conditions ever again.
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I could handle Boise or at least a suburb of Boise
My wife's folks retired there. Nice. Sorta like Carson City, Nevada; flat, sorta desert, not too cold or hot, little snow, and very low taxes. I think they told me a brand new pick up truck was something like $75 for two years of DMV registration. I'm paying over $500 a year for a 5 year old truck in California.

They have REAL gas too. 90% of the land is Federal forest. If you don't like people, Idaho is great!

Nice airport, college football team, parks, roads, etc. I go visit them and I'd retire there myself, if they didn't live there. As family, they suck and I'd rather not live anywhere near 'em.
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Yeah, #12!
I've spent about 30 days in Huntsville in the last decade and I never seem to be able to find a decent place to run from my hotel. It's either busy streets or no sidewalk or shoulder. I did run to the university campus a couple times but I recall that I had to cross a busy expressway with no pedestrian route to get there.
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