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Strongest FIRE / Mustachian communities in the US?
Old 04-24-2020, 01:12 PM   #1
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Strongest FIRE / Mustachian communities in the US?

Where are the places in the US with the strongest FIRE communities (and similarly the best CoL / QoL conditions to support them)? I've seen lots of talk of northern and western Colorado, but not much chatter about other locales.

Any strong communities in northern California?

The Pacific Northwest?

The Mid-Atlantic?

Hawaii?
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Old 04-24-2020, 01:14 PM   #2
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Old 04-24-2020, 01:27 PM   #3
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Physical FIRE communities don't exist in the real world, at least not to my knowledge. I can't see any group of FIRE-minded people agreeing on any specific location or even any geographic region to put down stakes - too darned independent.
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Certainly not around here where I live. Unless more people than I am aware of are stealthy like me
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Old 04-24-2020, 01:39 PM   #5
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You might google up Co-housing communities. They tend to be inhabited by LBYM minded folks (and also left-leaning professionals).
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Old 04-24-2020, 02:05 PM   #6
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I understand that Texas is a terrible place to FIRE.
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Somehow our little no outlet street (in Texas) is mostly populated with retired couples many of whom FIRE’d before 60. It wasn’t planned but it’s been nice to socialize with neighbors with similar lifestyles. At least it was before the virus. ��
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I've read good things about Bend, OR.
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Old 04-24-2020, 04:23 PM   #9
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QoL is so subjective. Some people are happy in super low CoL places largely because that's what they're used to. Others (myself included) would rather live in a high CoL place (with a paid off house). For me - temperate weather (low humidity, moderate climate) is important. For others a QoL decision might be based on how close family is. High quality of life is such a subjective thing.

now CoL is objective - there are plenty of lists out there for low cost of living places to retire.
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I understand that Texas is a terrible place to FIRE.
I agree. PLEASE, do not retire in Texas!!!
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I agree. PLEASE, do not retire in Texas!!!
And Arizona is nothing but snakes and scorpions!
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There are many early and very early retirees in The Villages, FL.

The CoL is low and there is so much to do for free that the “Entertainment” cost is low as well.

What is super surprising in today’s Covid world is that we only have 72 cases out of 120k people. One theory being bounced around is that even though the average age is a risk factor the population is healthier than most for their age.

Will be interesting to see how many actually had it if antibody testing becomes prevalent.
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There are many early and very early retirees in The Villages, FL.

The CoL is low and there is so much to do for free that the “Entertainment” cost is low as well.

What is super surprising in today’s Covid world is that we only have 72 cases out of 120k people. One theory being bounced around is that even though the average age is a risk factor the population is healthier than most for their age.

Will be interesting to see how many actually had it if antibody testing becomes prevalent.
The Villages stats could be interesting over time.
Do any of the 72 folks wear gold shoes?
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And Arizona is nothing but snakes and scorpions!


And Heat, oh my...

It’s in the high 90’s this week, could hit 105 next. And this is still the cool season...
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And Arizona is nothing but snakes and scorpions!
To be fair, there are also javelinas....and coyotes...and feral burros.

(Disclosure...I love Arizona.)
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Agree, do not retire in Arizona. We have so many venomous creatures; brown recluses, gila monsters, mojave green rattlesnakes (look that one up), etc., that survival day-to-day is tenuous at best.
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Agree, do not retire in Arizona. We have so many venomous creatures; brown recluses, gila monsters, mojave green rattlesnakes (look that one up), etc., that survival day-to-day to tenuous at best.
Yup...Arizona is fierce....why, it's almost 1/50th as dangerous as Australia.
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