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Old 12-01-2018, 06:30 PM   #1
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Another Best Places to Retire List

Supposed to be the best 20, but the list includes 30 cities. Nashville is No. 1 on the list.

I wonder how they come up with these lists. And I wonder more how #26 Brevard, North Carolina can have 3,108 doctors per capita.

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Old 12-01-2018, 06:40 PM   #2
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"There is a rural feel to the town"

I've been to Apache Junction but am wondering if the author of this article has.

Here is a screen shot from Google Maps. Rural feel? The bulk of the town is RV parks.

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"There is a rural feel to the town"



I've been to Apache Junction but am wondering if the author of this article has.



Here is a screen shot from Google Maps. Rural feel? The bulk of the town is RV parks.


I agree. I’ve been there several times. Lots of RV parks. And inexpensive housing. I think housing prices must be a driving force in putting together these lists.
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A lot of nice, flattering pictures of towns, but for Bellingham (on a bay and up against mountains) they show a pic of a Linens & Things parking lot?
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I agree. I’ve been there several times. Lots of RV parks. And inexpensive housing. I think housing prices must be a driving force in putting together these lists.
I think you're right. Sticking with Arizona, I think one can find some communities with a lot more character than Apache Junction. While I didn't check housing prices, I spent some time in Payson earlier this year and thought it was a charming little town.
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It's a bogus article on some non-significant website (probably putting a virus on my computer). For example on Reno it says, "This small city is almost next to Las Vegas, but it has all its charm, without the chaos that Vegas involves."

Almost next to Las Vegas? Isn't it 400 miles or so!? Otherwise really accurate. Lol.
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The articles read as if they were written by an AI bot.

Hey, retire to beautiful Fargo, North Dakota. Ya, right.
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I think you're right. Sticking with Arizona, I think one can find some communities with a lot more character than Apache Junction.
Been Phoenix area residents now for 40+ years. Poor AJ - it has been the butt-end of jokes in these parts for as long as I can remember.
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Complete with the picture of the happy retired couple on the beach.
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I used to hike out in Apache Junction. Park ranger always warned me to make sure all my valuables left in the car were out of sight and everything was locked down.
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The articles read as if they were written by an AI bot.

Hey, retire to beautiful Fargo, North Dakota. Ya, right.
I've been in Fargo since Thursday. Have not seen the sun shine yest. Cold, overcast, and windy, but well above zero (a big plus). Looking forward to getting back to the Charlotte area on Tuesday.
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These generic lists are hit and miss because the selection criteria may not match your own, some lists don't even disclose the criteria they used. Better for each of us to just do an online quiz entering our wants and needs and looking at the resultant list.
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Most of the towns seem like nice places to retire. But I have family in Abilene so have spent some time there and am always amazed when Abilene makes it on these lists.
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Yes Reno and Vegas are 400 miles apart.
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Portland Maine is #7.

We have friends living in Portland. That city's Cost-Of-Living is 3X to 4X higher than rural Maine where we settled down.

Maine has over 3,000 miles of coast line, so if living on the coast is important there are many places to consider.
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It’s usually cheaper to live in a rural area. I did it once when young. Never again as we don’t want long drives, enjoy walking places and enjoy all the amenities of city living.
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Fargo, ND.

Really?

Why don't they ever show some winter pictures?
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There are many great places to live on this list--better than most best place to live lists.

My hometown happens to be Nashville at #1. I would love to live there if it wasn't so fast growing and downright expensive on housing. But it's the counties 30-50 miles out of town that are really attractive.

There's a very small town called Leiper's Fork outside of Franklin that's homes are beyond incredible and manicured lawns are 20-40 acres. It's so lovely that Justin Timberlake moved there from California and brought his whole touring operation with him. Neighbors are Vince and Amy, the Judds, Nicole and Keith and many other music and movie stars.

As far as the list of great cities to live in, the colder climates and the Midwest produce too much cabin fever in their long winters, and they're not for me.
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Fargo, ND.

Really?

Why don't they ever show some winter pictures?
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I used to hike out in Apache Junction. Park ranger always warned me to make sure all my valuables left in the car were out of sight and everything was locked down.
Sooooo...... it's like Illinois? Only we have to "lock down" while sitting in the car at traffic signals to avoid getting robbed or car-jacked. It is what it is.......
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