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Where do you want to live when you retire?

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It is reported about 10,000 baby boomers retire daily.

Some of them want stay home where they are.

Some want to move to other place to enjoy their retirement.

Do you want retire and stay where you are?

Or do you want move to a community where you can make friends and share commen interests?

 

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I thought it was going to be where I'm at now, Arizona but life events changed my mind so now I'm going to Tennessee in less than 2 years.  Looking at Knoxville are along the Smokies. Being retired military and soon to be retired federal government employee, Tennessee is tax friendly and just a beautiful State. I can be near water and mountains as well as trees and greenery.  Any advice?

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Be aware that Tennessee taxes EVERYTHING, fromgroceries to clothing. It's a hefty one too.

 

I'd check into some of the smaller towns near Knoxville (Knoxville traffic is crazy!).  

Strawberry Plains is a nice suburb quite close.

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I'm confused about your Taxes everything statement.  The information I received does speak about sales tax Thats the consumables you mention(most states do)  Where I am in Arizona, its 9%. Property tax too but here too.  

But wjhen I see:

No State tax

IRAs, 401a, private and public pension Not taxed

Tennessee gives tax break on property tax for 65, disabled, veterans (me). 

 

If you are only talking sales tax.....I can accept that

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I knew about sales tax but my retirement money was not as bad as where I'm at and other states. I have a 9% here on sales tax so use to it. Thanks about recommendation as I had been looking at oakridge area. I'll look at strawberry plains.

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We are looking to move from CT to New Hampshire -- no state income tax on retirement income, NO sales tax.  While you pay property tax (around $6K/year on a small/med home), it's still considerably lower than what people have posted for other states.  At 6K per year for property tax, no state income tax or sales tax, I see us being ahead by about 10K per annum.

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Check out the Tri-Cities - Johnson City/Kingsport/Bristol, TN - close enough to VA to save (alot) on sales tax only 1-1/2 hours to Knoxville or Gatlinburg or Asheville or Roanoke; 6 hours to Charleston SC and the ocean/6 hours to Wash.DC.  Good medical/King University/ETSU/good community college.  Barter Theater/ Good festivals/NASCAR

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Thank you, this is great getting all this input. Being close to VA is important. I have a variety of interests so it all sounds great. 

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I would love to live in the poorest town along the Apachanian Trail in the mountains.

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You might want to check out our community, On Top Of The World in Ocala, Florida. We have about all that you are looking for. We're here almost two years and love it here.....
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I am so spoiled with a high expectation for my dream forever home.  I want the best of all worlds --small town ambiance, rural connections, and big city amenities.  Oh, and I don't want to leave CA.  'From the mountains, from the deserts, to the sea' (anyone remember news anchor Jerry Dumphy?), I have lots of options but I will have to do some serious negotiating and additional savings mojo to get what I want. This kind of Fantasy ain't cheap.  LOL/sigh...

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We had hoped for Arkansas. But, we have lived in south central Florida for 12 years now and plan to stay, due to grandkids here. I am retired, but husband hopes to keep working for awhile. We don't miss the snow and cold in our home state of Illinois. We have humidity and hurricanes, though. Lots of interesting places in our country!

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Where in Arkansas?  We live in Mountain Home.  

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Heber Springs(Little Red River) But, we're staying in FL due to grandchildren. Mountain Home is nice-we went there once. 

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Next year we plan on moving to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, or that vicinity.

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Stockton Mo 65785

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I want to live where the women are friendly and the law leaves you alone.

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To amcoffiebean:  Got  your message through AARP email.  Sorry but I wouldn't even know how to find a private message and unfortunately I wasn't the person who wrote of Georgia.  I would not go that far South.  I'm a four seasons person so NC would be the furthest south I'd go to live.

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LogicsHere, so very sorry I will double check to see who received the PM. Was trying to reach eb65614617 who posted about the GA area we are interested in.
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I am staying in my house because it is comfortable and close to my grandkids!

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The answer is simple: MEXICO. My wife and I are proud to be among the estimated 1 million + US expatriates who have chosen to live in Mexico. The cost of living is significantly better and friends tell us how expensive and impossible it is to live a decent retirement in the US. Despite news reports on cartels and violence, we feel safer here than we did in the United States. The current administration's policies are mean-spirited and immigration matters handled in an inhumane way. One of our best life decisions was to retire to Mexico.

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I want to live in Camas, Washington to be near my kids and grandkids. I hope to find an affordable condo on one level.

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I want to live near my kids and grandkids, so it will be in Camas, Washington. 

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Scottsdale, Arizona is lovely for a solid 9 months - bit HOT in the other 3 months...but with the Grand Canyon (North and South Rim), Prescott, Sedona, Cottonwood, Flagstaff and all of the lovely mountain areas - 5000 feet or so... plenty of places to escape the heat and go fishing.  Definitely will remain in Scottsdale...but, may size down the home a bit.      

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I retired in Hawaii but my daughter wanted to go someplace else.  She scouted around and decided, why not Las Vegas, Nevada.  We have sunshine, great weather, not humid, and only 4 or 5 months of cold, well, it would be cold to us(40-50) since living in Hawaii.  It's super hot 3 months and the house will be inviting.

Our family could come and stay with us.  Even friends could stop by as they go gambling and see the shows.  Actually Nevada is the 9th island of Hawaii.  Food is inexpensive and just about anything else.  Oh, the Dollar Store will blow you away!

so, we packed up and moved to Las Vegas.  We've been here 6 months.  I'm loving it!  It's all how you look at the place you moved- share your Aloha!  Share your compassion.  When, people asked me why did you move from Hawaii to Las Vegas?  Because it's Paradise!

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Right now my current home is the best place for retirement.  I'm within walking distance of a grocery store, drug store, 5 banks and a number of restaurants.  The senior center may not be the most sophisticated but it works.  I know my way around so I can get to the places I want to go to either by driving, bus, train or taxi.  When I'm no longer able to drive I am considering selling my apartment and moving to an Over 55 community in Arden, NC if it is still in existence that is.  I don't want anyone to have to deal with selling my place should something happen to me.  Why NC?  The cost of living is considerably less than it is here in NY and the only way I could achieve a similar area is to move further north and that I WON'T do.  The place I'm looking at has a great activity schedule, good apartment layouts and I think would be a great fit for me when the time comes to sell.

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Conway, SC. Very low property taxes and my wife hates the cold NJ winters.

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For quite a while it's been Ireland I'd like to head to. But I'm only 28% Irish and that isn't enough to get me in! Housing costs are high.  I have been told it's difficult for an American to settle there --I have no idea if this is true.

I'm trynig to make contact with some ex-pat communities in Ireland and Portugal.

Portugal would be a completely different life from everything I've known and that sounds wonderful! To have one last great adventure.

Anyone know anything about retiring to Portugal?

I'm in Iowa now,and bless the nice peoople here, but I want something more exciting. I'm from Chicago and would go back in a minute--if I could afford it.

 

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I love Michigan summers. As a 30 year construction worker, the winters seem longer than I like now. Retirement is around the corner and New Mexico or Arizona would be ideal in the wintertime. I kinda want the best of both worlds.  Tax free pension state would be my choice to live when retired. 

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My wife and I are retired and live in New Jersey. We have sold our home and renting while we decide where we want to move. The choices are either stay in New Jersey or move to Pennsylvania. Each state has it's pros and cons, however, we need some definite info on which state overall is the best for retirees. We do not want to move to Pa. and when we get here find that, overall, it isn't any cheaper than NJ. Can anyone help?

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Move...make new friends...discover new places...
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