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Old 06-17-2016, 07:35 AM   #21
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Hickory, North Carolina
Morganton, North Carolina
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Fredericksburg, Texas
Paris, Tennessee
Page, Arizona
Walla Walla, Washington
Bisbee, Arizona
Marble Falls, Texas
Wimberley, Texas
Kerrville, Texas
Moab, Utah
Green Valley, Arizona
Paradise, California
Aiken, South Carolina
Cherokee Village, Arkansas
Mountain Home/Bull Shoals, Arkansas
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
Berea, Kentucky
Guntersville, Alabama
Gainesville, Georgia
Clarksdale, Mississippi
Holiday Island, Arkansas
Heber Springs-Greers Ferry Lake, Arkansas
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Old 06-17-2016, 07:46 AM   #22
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Look up cities that you know first... to get a basis for comparison, then put in any location that may be interesting. The profiles of some retirement locations may differ widely from other nearby locations.

As an example, our retirement home is less than 90 miles away from a totally different socio economic and lifestyle class. Zip 60540 and 61354.

While the availability of hospitals, stores, retaurants, and all general services are virtually the same, the median household income is $106K in the former, and $46K in the latter. Obviously, a major factor for some. In our Florida community, the same kind of differentials apply, within an even closer geographic area.

Time spent in researching the information on that website can help in making a good fit for you, in the place where you may live out your life.

re: the "Find your spot"... maybe not so much... When I put in a low house cost price, the first recommended location was Palo Alto CA., where the home cost was shown as $1.4 Million. Champagne taste on a beer budget.
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Old 06-17-2016, 07:52 AM   #23
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I think you missed this part of the original post:.
you are correct. I only paid attention to my bias on the list. After a more objective consideration I will recommend Grand Junction Colorado.



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Old 06-17-2016, 12:15 PM   #24
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Pittsburgh, PA? No tax on SS, pensions or IRA/401ks. Cheap houses. Good medical.
Would not like the winter there.
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I will be considering this exact question after RE next year. The original criteria in this thread work well for me. I have thought about the area around the Smokeys. College towns have culture and economic stability.
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Old 06-17-2016, 03:41 PM   #26
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I'd like to retire somewhere in the US with a reasonable cost of living, where the houses are far enough apart that I don't need to see my neighbors if I choose not to, and where it's not too hot and not too cold. I'd also love to see mountains out my window - but that's just dreaming.
ever been to the Olympic peninsula?
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Old 06-17-2016, 03:42 PM   #27
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Fredericksburg, Texas
Marble Falls, Texas
Wimberley, Texas
Kerrville, Texas
ah, the myth of the Texas hill country - it's hot as heck in the summer and every bug that bites lives there
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ah, the myth of the Texas hill country - it's hot as heck in the summer and every bug that bites lives there
Mythinformation kills - or at least stings and itches. Current heat index reads 109F.
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Mythinformation kills - or at least stings and itches. Current heat index reads 109F.
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Hickory, North Carolina
Morganton, North Carolina
Hickory is right next to Morganton, and close to Boone which would get a strong vote from me too. Morganton is not bad either, only about 20 miles from Asheville, which has lots of arts and entertainment to offer. Three very good choices. I'd probably go with Morganton based on easy access to Asheville.
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Most of the list is very valid. And I just about always disagree with every such list posted in magazines and online.

But Clarksdale, Mississippi--an armpit of the world with the #2 poorest county in the U.S. to the north? And Gainesville, GA--where English is a second language?
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This is the thread where I don't trumpet how nice it is to retire where we retired.

This Eagles song lyric captures my philosophy:

"You call someplace paradise, kiss it goodbye..."
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Mythinformation kills - or at least stings and itches. Current heat index reads 109F.

Yuck. Id rather stay up here with a little snow than that heat.
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Yuck. Id rather stay up here with a little snow than that heat.
that's why I moved - living on the gulf coast for 40 years was tough

I prefer cold steppe climates myself. We've been here for 5 years now and have found our FRP.
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Tennessee has an income tax on dividends and interest @ 6%, no other income. So that kills it for me.
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Old 06-23-2016, 02:41 PM   #37
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It's called the Hal income tax. It is being phased out over the next few years. Google it for specifics as it might not be an issue for you.
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Pittsburgh, PA? No tax on SS, pensions or IRA/401ks. Cheap houses. Good medical.
Would not like the winter there.
Mild, they only get about 40 inches of snow a year.
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