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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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My wife and I are planning to retire 2022. We presently live in CT in the Fairfield County area. We are leaning toward South Carolina possible in the Aiken area or nearby. We are a mixed interracially couple ( I am White and Jewish - Spouse is African American and Southern Baptist) and our priority is an area where we would feel comfortable and welcome. Looking for feedback or suggestions cities , towns, etc. We are just in the thinking phase at this time - Thanks

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Judging by the names on almost every political yard sign and bumper sticker and the volume of confederate flags in highway convenience stores, I would recommend NOT South Carolina.
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sound perfect to me.  God ,guns, liberty what more could a person ask for. 

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We lived in Aiken 4 years we loved it there. We are in South Dakota near our oldest son currently. We will return to Aiken after COVID   There are lots of retired people there We enjoyed the numerous outside activities   We had horses  back in Maryland it’s great for that. Golf and the Aiken Center for the arts  is great. Also the Albrecht  center for animal welfare is terrific 

Good luck

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We are also a mixed interracial couple and we’ve been married 48 years.  I am prior military and we’ve lived in the West, Pacific Northwest, Midwest, and South areas of USA, not to mention places overseas.  We’ve found the Midwest, Bellevue & Papillion NE, to be the most comfortable and accepting. We’ve been here now for 30 years, longer than any other place.  The winters are cold, summers are hot, and the taxes are high, but there is truth in the State’s slogan, “The Good Life”.

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Kansas City Missouri 

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This is close to family.

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Hawaii

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DO YOU LIVE THERE NOW?  Ive always wanted to go there but I hear it is ultra expensive. I wonder what area you live in and how long you have been there.  Also, do you miss the states?

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Just recently retired and have lived all my life in Arizona even though I was born in Oklahoma on the Comanche Reservation. Have worked all over the West Coast and Southwest. Have been thinking about moving to South Carolina or Scotland/England. 

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Why do you want to leave Arizona? I mean, other than the fact that it's so hot and water is going to be drying up.  I love visiting there but it seems unsustainable ( and I'm saying that at age 66!)

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Just remember, today we have the COVD virus. yes we have the vaccine, but what about next year, and the next and the next, God willing. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is not promised, so all we REALLY REALLY have is NOW. Im not saying throw away all of your earthly possessions and go sit on a hill, waiting for death, no. Just be mindful of the times and the seasons. How much time do we REALLY have?

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i dont even want to wait for retirement; i want it today while im living. Life is far more uncertain these days than ever before, so whatever you want out of life, go for it NOW, TODAY!! Don't Wait and dont let ANYBODY talk you out of it either.

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tx or tn

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Orlando, Florida

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Any Blue Zone since I’m living on a boat.

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I’m already retired, me and my wife live in Charlotte NC. We own our own house. 

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Hi, DonaldR789130 & Wife.

My name is Kathy, I'm 69 years old, and for whatever reason I've always said that I was going to retire in Charlotte. I've never been there, I don't know anyone there, and I no longer have family or professional reasons to stay in Massachusetts. But I do have reasons to leave MA in particular and the Northeast in general; I can no longer afford the upkeep of an old 1,500 square foot house on my own or afford to live in the Northeast on my Social Security and medical bills.

I now have the opportunity to relocate to Charlotte I've been doing a lot of research about NC, SC, and other states suggested to me such as Florida, Texas, and the Midwest, but NC still sounds like what I'd like to live out the remainder of my years. I don't have funds available to travel to areas to help me with my decision but I'm relying on my research and input from other people who I've found who have either grown up in SC or know others who live there. The one negative that everyone mentions is the hot, humid summers. But, especially to a New Englander, there are the milder winters that are appealing.

I'm wondering if you'd be willing to give me some insight into places to relocate to. I have some places that seem to have what I'm looking for; I've decided I'd rather live in an apartment, possibly in an active senior community. Some towns I'm interested in are Cary, Raleigh/Durham, Chapel Hill, and of course Charlotte. Can you give me any insight in any of these areas? I'd appreciate your input, either negative or positive, to help me decide.  

Thanks!

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I lived in the Raleigh area for a year full time and a few years part time and it was the most boring place I ever lived, and I have lived all over the country. Friends would visit and there was nothing for them to do that you can't find anywhere. In Cary, there are barely any hotels, it is so uninteresting. Everything is new and bland. As a New Englander, I found summers miserable and never went outside from May to October except to get to my car. It is also not cheap; I had trouble qualifying for rentals and I could not afford to buy in a decent area (I also did not want an HOA, which is virtually impossible to find), so I moved away, to a place within walking distance of the ocean. I'll admit I am spoiled by having mostly lived in popular tourist destinations, like Maine, DC and Williamsburg, which are much more full of events and attractions, not to mention scenery and history. I know lots of people like it in the Triangle area, but I really don't know why. Many of my contemporaries- older adults- have kids and grandkids there because of the specific job market, and moved there to be near them. I am 3 hours from mine now but live in such a cool place, they come here all the time, so I see them as much as I should! This is all just my opinion of course!

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North Carolina is a beautiful state - temperature to my mind is just perfect... it's green year round, and it can get cold in the winter, but only for a little while and hot in the summer, for a little while... but I always thought of it as having extended springs and summers.  We lived in Charlotte for 12 years (we live in CA now, and I'm really nostalgic about my time in NC), and my son went to NC State in Raleigh for 4+ years, and we have visited Chapel Hill.   There are absolutely beautiful places in each area. In Charlotte it would snow about once every 5 years, Raleigh I think was a little bit colder and got a tiny bit more snow than Charlotte. These areas continue to grow at a rapid pace.  Charlotte being more central has easy access to the Appalachian mountains, Atlanta, WV - they have things like the National White Water center, many greenway trails and parks, but is located in a relatively flat area.  Raleigh and Chapel hill seemed to be a lot more mountainy and foresty. Chapel Hill struck me as very charming, particularly in the university area - lots of beautiful buildings and well manicured lawns.

If you want to consider Charlotte and live in an apartment, there are probably 2 areas to consider  - 1) down town Charlotte - they've done a beautiful job of developing it, there are little parks, a baseball stadium, several museums, and lots of restaurants 2) Cornelius - this is out by Lake Norman, and they have some retirement type communities near the lake.   Raleigh and Chapel Hill I think are a bit more spread out, so you'd have to look to someone else to provide insights.    Hope that helps.

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By a twist of fate my wife and I will end up retiring in Tucson, Arizonian and very happy about that. We had started screening potential places (both US and abroad) about 6 years ago. We would take a trip out to the prospective location for a weeks’ worth of quick wandering. Texas and North Carolina were top of the list for local, Belize for abroad. Then a job offer from a Tucson based company dragged us out. Very pleased. We had been tracking Tucson but wasn’t at the top. It fits a lot of our needs; retirement friendly (moderate taxes, no taxes on SS), good culture, excellent health services, and a very outdoor centric environment. Dessert living has its adjustments, however high-altitude mountains nearby provide get away. So very happy here, I also have the benefit of long-time part-time work which I enjoy.SunriseSunrise

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We love visiting  Puerto Rico It’s a beautiful island. The food the beaches the people but not sure how affordable it will be. 

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Germany.

 

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Retired 2 years ago. Now contemplating more seriously a move from Sarasota, Florida, where I was job-transferred to in 2009, to my wife's home of Canada. Either Alberta or British Columbia.

 

Neither of us care for the demographics here. This is definitely a seniors' area. Predominately white, while we are a mixed couple of sorts (I have often felt concern for my wife). I enjoy mixing with people of all stripes.

 

The warm weather is nice but then gets to be too hot. We like hiking in various places around here but it is too hot for that for 8 months of the year. I also miss the change in seasons. Neither of us have family within 1,000 miles of here.

 

The general political and economic conditions here in Florida and in the US are worrisome as well. 

I figure I don't have too many more good years remaining and I'd like to be making better use of them (whatever that means, ha).

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Hi FredSmif,

 

My wife and I retired to Vancouver, British Columbia a few years ago.  It is a bit expensive in the city, but less so if you head outside a bit.  The USD/CAD exchange rate definitely works in your favour to stretch your pension, social security, etc.  

 

There are seasons, and this time of year (April - October) are expecially beautiful.  The winters can be rainy on the coast.  

 

Vancouver is one of the most diverse cities in the world, even more so than San Francisco, who likes to boast about their diversity.  

 

And if Vancouver is not to your liking, there is great skiing to the east (Whistler), and lots of nice little towns and islands all around. 

 

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Broward County Florida 

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I want to live in Ellenwood, GA when I 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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