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Old 01-13-2012, 01:16 PM   #41
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They left Arkansas off the list of the Ten Best states. No doubt the people who already live there are very happy about that!
They didn't publish a list of the ten best states............
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How could Illinois be #2 on the "worst states to retire in" list? I mean..... after all..... it is such a pretty color of blue. Doesn't that make it just.... well..... perfect?
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There are some states I will always avoid. Arkansas is one. West Virginia is another. Also NJ and most of Mississippi. Uncertain about OK, but wary.
This is good news. One less person wants to make WV another overcrowded overtaxed megalopolis.
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I have lived for the past 7 years in a place where most people are the polar opposite of who I am and I still managed to meet wonderful people and be very happy here.
I've moved 32 times in my life, been in 29 countries and 41 states; less than many but, a good sampling. My experience has been that how well I get along with the people in various places is more about me than them. I'm not saying I like them all or would consider retiring in all (or even most) of those places. But, the clear lesson to me over the years is that, at an individual level, we're all a lot more similar than different.
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This is good news. One less person wants to make WV another overcrowded overtaxed megalopolis.
Glad to oblige, Walt.
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I have lived in 14 different states and visited another 33. The only states I haven't seen are Louisiana, Mississippi and Nebraska. Of all these places, I prefer my current home in Connecticut, where I plan to stay for the rest of my days.
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I enjoyed my years in Baton Rouge, Gumby. I visited Connecticut off and on many years ago. Not a bad place, but Louisiana is close to my heart.
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... but Louisiana is close to my heart.
Gumbo in the veins, eh?
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I have lived in 14 different states and visited another 33.
OK, I'll chime in on this one.
I've spent time (anywhere from a few days to a few years) in all of the 50 states, and from a few weeks to a few years in eight other countries.

If you asked me where "the best place to retire" would be, I seriously doubt if I could narrow my list down to fewer than a "top 20".

But I can easily get a dose of any of my favorites by simply taking a vacation trip whenever I like. That's one of the absolute best things about ER, as I see it.
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I've spent time (anywhere from a few days to a few years) in all of the 50 states, and from a few weeks to a few years in eight other countries.

If you asked me where "the best place to retire" would be, I seriously doubt if I could narrow my list down to fewer than a "top 20".
I can relate. My past jobs took me to various length visits in about 50% of the US states and to about 25% of the world's countries. During my stays it was my favorite "past time hobby" to try to understand everyday challenges to live in the area, and dream if I could actually live enjoyable life in the country or state I was visiting. With some flexibility to choose the location within the area the answer was "YES, I could make it work, and it would actually be fun" 100% of the time. Well, I did not have an opportunity to travel most of Africa or most of the arctic areas of the world, so those might have lowered my success rate a bit.
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Best states for DW and I to retire in:
#1 North Carolina
#2 Virginia
#10 Indiana

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any other (not that we don't like others, but they're all too cold & snowy/icy in winter, hot/humid in summer, dry (water rationing likely), rural, costly, fiscally troubled, liberal, far from major body of water, hurricanes, tornados, other seemingly irrational reasons or ignorance, etc.)

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Best states for DW and I to retire in:
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I've been to North Carolina (many times). Already got the best thing they had to offer (DW ), and don't see the value of returning to live there.
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We drew a line across the country along the Mason-Dixon line. Nothing north, too much cold and snow. Drew another line down the Mississippi River. Nothing west, too far from family. The far south, too hot and humid. Settled on North or South Carolina. Found the Upstate of South Carolina. Tucked into the foothills of the Blue Ridge. Great climate, seasons, wild areas, and the beach is an easy drive. Taxes and cost of living are great. (Although anything compared to Chicago area would most likely be great.) Here we are living happily ever after.
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But I can easily get a dose of any of my favorites by simply taking a vacation trip whenever I like. That's one of the absolute best things about ER, as I see it.
I've also made it to all 50 states, about 25 countries, and 4 continents, including roughly 20 major Caribbean islands on both cruises and land trips.

I would have a tough time picking a single spot. As I near ER, I'm thinking along the lines of doing some extended trips, say 4-6 weeks, some to places I haven't been, some to places I'd like to see more of. Maybe once I get some of that out of my system I'll consider a move, but I don't anticipate an immediate change.
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Geez, guys,

I am only looking for a place to land that I can afford and nobody shoots at me. That rules out many parts of the Home of the Rich and the Land of the Slave.
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Geez, guys,

I am only looking for a place to land that I can afford and nobody shoots at me. That rules out many parts of the Home of the Rich and the Land of the Slave.
Haven't you noticed? People like and get along with everyone, except their siblings of course.

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Haven't you noticed? People like and get along with everyone, except their siblings of course.

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Makes me think of the many times people have told me that they "like all kinds of music".

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I was sorry to see Maine on the list; we have ties to the state and it is on our semi-short list.
I didn't read the article, but have read many like it, and Maine usually ranks up there with states to avoid because of the high taxes. Never-the-less, it was always on my short-list as well, and I still check property for sale on at least a weekly basis (there is still affordable waterfront property if you go far enough north), and it probably among the most beautiful places I have ever been.
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OK, I'll chime in on this one.
I've spent time (anywhere from a few days to a few years) in all of the 50 states, and from a few weeks to a few years in eight other countries.

If you asked me where "the best place to retire" would be, I seriously doubt if I could narrow my list down to fewer than a "top 20".

But I can easily get a dose of any of my favorites by simply taking a vacation trip whenever I like. That's one of the absolute best things about ER, as I see it.
I have pretty much settled into that opinion as well - I absolutely love my house and property in the rural part of New England, but Jan Feb and early March the weather is absolutely brutal. Once the youngest goes away to college, or at least is old enough to move out or be home for a longtime alone, we will do the snowbird thing - to the Bahamas and places further south in the carribean. That'll make life easier for those cold months for sure.
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