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Old 10-07-2011, 06:08 PM   #41
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Boise?
A daughter and a brother of mine lived in Boise. My wife and I visited there often. Nice university with a great football program (if you can stand the blue turf), low crime, low cost of living (as far as I could tell), close to recreation and scenery, fairly mild winters. Not too bad of a place.

As indicated by others, the ideal retirement location is so personal--where the grandkids live, where the recreation that you enjoy is found, where there's a compatible lifestyle, where your sports teams are located, and so forth--that such published lists are useless.
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Funny list. In several states there is a choice I like better. In TN Clarksville? It is probably second only to Memphis in crime. the are much better places in TN than Clarksville depending upon what you are looking for.
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Funny list. In several states there is a choice I like better. In TN Clarksville? It is probably second only to Memphis in crime. the are much better places in TN than Clarksville depending upon what you are looking for.
These lists always seem to be way south of silly.
I suspect the writers are told that the nuttier you make it the more discussion it will generate.. and it works
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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
I've got to agree, what were they smoking? My Dad went to school at Michigan Tech in Houghton. The stop signs have to shovel off the during the winter otherwise they will be buried in snow. There are no cities close by and not much to do for entertainment (IMO). Also, to me, the restaurant food in the UP is really bad. I can not imagine that this area would be appealing to many people.
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I posted earlier about The Villages FL. Well this week we are finally moving from MD to FL. We are both excited and nervous as we have never lived outside of the Baltimore area. Friday we will begin our two day trek with our two cats.
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I posted earlier about The Villages FL. Well this week we are finally moving from MD to FL. We are both excited and nervous as we have never lived outside of the Baltimore area. Friday we will begin our two day trek with our two cats.
Have a nice move.
Hope you'll share some details (and pictures of course) of this major transition.
The Villages pop on my radar every so often..
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I did extensive research on about 100 retirement communities, visited 7, and when I got to The Villages Fl, I stopped looking and bought a home. Best decision ever. The reality far exceeds the marketing hype.
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Hmmm - diferent strokes for different folks - are you a four season, two season warm, indoor or outdoor, etc.

Take my Sister - married to a mining engineer - experienced a wide range of climes, small and middle size towns - some near larger cities. Retired to 'God's Country' near the Olympic National Forest - the rainforest part not Sequim(a retirement hot spot). Duh?

Both raised in the ole PacNW and I lived in greater Portland, Seattle, Denver, Huntsville Al, New Orleans.

Kansas City? Pssst - don't tell anyone about Tonganoxie.

heh heh heh - After 18 years of ER I plan to settle down and pick a 'regular retirement spot' from one of these lists. Say in ? 12 yrs when I get to 80.

I'm sure someone will still be generating best place lists even then.
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Best places to retire? Where no one else wants to retire. And I'm there.
Me, too. Pretty good so far (no Katrina2 this year, anyway...)
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The best place for me is right here. We live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and I thank God every day for this gift (except when it is over 100 in the summertime). My family is all here. I was born and raised in CA/Ore. I wouldn't fit in anywhere else.

We bought property in the 1970's when it was cheap, and just hung on. I live on acreage near a small town that is full of cultural events, artists, humor, celebration, organic farmers, and even has its own community radio station. I can walk down the street and see a friend from 5 years ago; our conversation takes up where we left off.

I guess California/Oregon is just part of me - as is the Mid-west or East part of other people. I think a crucial key to happiness is to be rooted where I am.

I am a bit relieved when we are missing from those lists of "best place to retire," etc.
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I wonder how much the housing market has been impeding retirees' plans to move to their "best place to retire". Maybe when it has recovered, there will be a massive exodus/reshuffling of retirees around the country to various retirement destinations.

Who knows what those locations might be, though. Will Florida and Las Vegas boom with crowds of new residents once again? I have no idea.
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I posted earlier about The Villages FL. Well this week we are finally moving from MD to FL. We are both excited and nervous as we have never lived outside of the Baltimore area. Friday we will begin our two day trek with our two cats.
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We have friends who retired there and like it. DW and I have also considered The Villages.

Would be interested in seeing posts from you on how your transition goes and how you like the community.

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Lo and behold, my town (Conway, AR) IS on the list...and here I am...intent on retiring elsewhere.

It's a great town, but not what DH and I want in a retirement location...or maybe it is simply more that we want a change in locale for our new adventure.

We plan to visit The Villages this summer. I started reading Leisureville yesterday. The place holds a perverse attraction for me. I visit the Talks of the Village forum every day and check out the webcams of the two squares to check out the activity level.
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Lo and behold, my town (Conway, AR) IS on the list...and here I am...intent on retiring elsewhere.

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I am a Quaker. When I told a F/friend I was leaving to retire in New England he said:

"Its either blueberries or coconuts. Most people retire to the south where its hot, dry, humid, and generally fire like, just figuring to get it over with quickly. But Quakers, who don't actually believe in the Apocalypse and don't need to get anything over with quickly, retire to in droves northern New England and so will be remain ON-Ice forever. That is except for the few who remain in the purgatory of Pennsylvania, and who don't get either Coconuts or blueberries, and have to subsist on infernal and eternal funnel-cakes."
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As indicated by others, the ideal retirement location is so personal--where the grandkids live, where the recreation that you enjoy is found, where there's a compatible lifestyle, where your sports teams are located, and so forth--that such published lists are useless.
The same can be said about the "ideal" car. There is no such thing. People have different needs and wants.
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As determined by the editors of International Living magazine here are the best places to retire (obviously outside the US):

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The countries are rated in categories such as real estate prices, cost of living, culture, health care, special benefits for retirees, infrastructure, safety/stability and climate.
The top 14 are, in order:

Ecuador
Mexico
Panama
Spain
New Zealand
France
Uruguay
Costa Rica
Malta
Italy
Chile
Agentina
Portugal
Ireland

Top 14 retirement destinations - chicagotribune.com
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I always look at these type of lists with a skeptical eye. There are many factors with expat living that make a list like this useless without factoring personal tolerances and flexibility (or lack of).

For most of us I think the best first decision is to first ask:

1. What are you seeking really by planning to retire overseas? If it is perceived lower costs, remember that may be true only if you ( and your spouse) are willing to accept much higher convenience costs.

2. If it is for the experience and adventure - good for you! However I suggest you start with identifying a continent of preference and reviewing the common issues there before being overly concerned about a specific country on a list. For example, if central Europe how will your U.S. Dollar retirement fare in Euro-land? If South America or Asia, how patient are you with inefficiencies?

3. Don't underestimate the importance of knowing the local language. If someone tells you it is not required, don't buy it unless you want to live in somewhat isolation and forgo much of the richness of the people and culture.

4. Travel and rent first always, several month minimum in any place you are seriously considering. Use the time to seriously evaluate your personal aggravation factor, experiences with local food shopping, medical, and true security issues (on security do not believe what you read, it can easily be much better or worse than outward appearances!)

5. If either of you have any somewhat serious medical needs, don't go. Medical care is really better in the States than the majority of places in the world, including Europe or the UK.

Remember that there is a big difference between those expats living overseas for work, and those retired. The former (in fair disclosure I am one of these) have a built-in support structure, the latter do not. Big difference. Don't be discouraged, just careful!
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The best place for me is right here. We live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and I thank God every day for this gift (except when it is over 100 in the summertime). My family is all here. I was born and raised in CA/Ore. I wouldn't fit in anywhere else.

We bought property in the 1970's when it was cheap, and just hung on. I live on acreage near a small town that is full of cultural events, artists, humor, celebration, organic farmers, and even has its own community radio station. I can walk down the street and see a friend from 5 years ago; our conversation takes up where we left off.

I guess California/Oregon is just part of me - as is the Mid-west or East part of other people. I think a crucial key to happiness is to be rooted where I am.

I am a bit relieved when we are missing from those lists of "best place to retire," etc.

Ms. Antmary... I must agree with you. I also live in Northern Calif. and love it here. Most of my family lives in, and around the greater Redding area. So, I also am very rooted into this part of NorCal.

Redding is big enough to have lots of live music, bike trails, great back roads for harley riding, skiing on Mt. Shasta, water skiing/boarding on Shasta Lake. 6 rivers to our west for camping, RV'ing, and any other type of outdoor activity you're into.. Two of the largest Wildernesses in California to our north. What more does a person want in life?

We do have high taxes here in the Golden state, but I think you get what you pay for... What a great place to live and retire!



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