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Old 08-29-2011, 08:26 AM   #41
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Naw, here in Hawaii we get our stuff from the same place all you guys get your stuff: China.

Of course the ship stops here first.
Bigger, better "Dollar Stores" I bet..
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Old 10-05-2011, 06:32 AM   #42
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We're sort of dealing with this too, as we've decided we don't want to take any more hellish Texas summers than we have to. I work from home completely, and can go wherever there is a telephone and broadband Internet, but the problem I'm running into is the following:

Mild climate (with 4 seasons, a little snow is okay but no heavy snow or 100+ weather), moderate tax burden, scenic, affordable housing prices -- pick any three.
We live in Koxville, TN, which will satisfy all four criteria.

Mile climate, no state income tax, smokies next door, affordable housing, vibrant downtown if that interests you, an a university.
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:42 AM   #43
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I've read good things about Pittsburgh too. But it's a good idea to rent thru a winter first. Having lived in Ohio and Indiana for 29 years of my life, about the same latitude, winters can be awful. Annual snowfall for Pittsburgh is about 30 inches, some years will be less, but some more. A white Christmas is nice, but after that it gets old really fast. By March or sooner every winter I often ask myself 'why the hell do we live here?'

Summers can get warm too, but it's relatively nice here during summer. We had two days last week with high's below 80F, wonderful. And I spent years 3 years in Dallas and 4 in San Antonio so I know Texas weather. Texas has been brutally hot and dry (water restrictions?) this year.

After extensive research I have found the city with the best climate in the USA, it's Santa Barbara CA. Too bad the cost of living, politics, etc. are beyond my tolerance for pain.
I had always thought most studies said San Diego had the best climate in the U.S.?
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:37 AM   #44
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My original "Retirement Plan" was to put the snow thrower in the back of the pickup truck and drive south until people started asking what that machine was for. Unfortunately DW didn't want to move that far from family and she would have been very unhappy had we done that.

So my second thought about it was "Well, I'll be retired and then I won't have to go out in it anyway so it won't matter" and that worked for a while.

At the moment DW's closest sister is thinking about either WV to be closer to her kids, or SC. SIL wants WV, her hubby wants SC for golf. So I told DW that if they move to SC it'll take about a half ounce of arm-twisting pressure to get me to pack up and move to SC if that's what she wants to do.

So much of "where to retire" is dependent on the people involved. I cannot fathom why anyone would inflict upon themselves the noise, congestion, and high costs of New York City, but ~8 million people apparently see something worthwhile there since they live there. Likewise those people would go nuts in WV. Some people love snow. I'd be content if the only snow I ever saw again was in pictures.

Toying around with the idea of where to move and being completely disgusted with Washington, DC area traffic, I looked on the Census Bureau's site to find out what state had the lowest population per square mile. That's Montana (or was it North Dakota? I forget). Then I looked at NOAA's climate conditions for that state and saw there is a good reason so few people live there. Presumably most of the others died from freezing. Um, no thanks.

So one has to look at a variety of factors.
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Old 10-05-2011, 11:41 PM   #45
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Toying around with the idea of where to move and being completely disgusted with Washington, DC area traffic, I looked on the Census Bureau's site to find out what state had the lowest population per square mile. That's Montana (or was it North Dakota? I forget). Then I looked at NOAA's climate conditions for that state and saw there is a good reason so few people live there. Presumably most of the others died from freezing. Um, no thanks.
Walt, why not give Nodak a call? His former home is up for sale. It's very peaceful in ND and it's a dry cold!
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