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View Poll Results: Where would you retire to?
Florida 17 22.37%
Arizona 14 18.42%
California 34 44.74%
Texas 11 14.47%
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 07:29 AM   #1
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Best state to spend retirement: FL vs. CA vs. AZ vs. TX

You are going to buy a retirement home in the south. Where should you pick? Florida vs. California vs. Arizona vs.Texas
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 07:43 AM   #2
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Arizona, no Earthquakes, no Hurricanes, Cheaper than both Florida, and California
Close to California, the Grand Canyon, Mexico, Las Vegas, sunier than any other state.
etc, etc, etc
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 07:57 AM   #3
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I would say Florida. Still has fun activities to do on beaches and stuff with a reasonably priced lifestyle, where as in California you may have to spend most of your retirement, just to live comfortably, but not as hot as Arizona.
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 11:10 AM   #4
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Florida, I'd be afraid of hurricaines (depending where in the state I lived), I'd choose California or Arizona, where it's nice and sunny.
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 03:59 PM   #5
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northern california
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 05:27 PM   #6
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For the place that is generally the most affordable and least stressful would say Arizona would be the most relaxing retirement destination out of those.
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 06:12 PM   #7
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CA - better for 'prime' living
AZ - no beaches, many golf courses, HOT
TX - no thanks
FL - beaches, condos, palm trees, quiet areas, golf courses, caribbean cruise hub, affordable...the ideal retirement state

What about Hawaii?
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 06:38 PM   #8
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What about Hawaii?
Ridiculously expensive
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 06:49 PM   #9
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You'd have to have a whole lot of money saved up to retire to either California of Florida these days. Arizona is probably the best for a retiree (wouldn't want to be living there as a 20-something though).
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 08:28 PM   #10
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Florida. Hainan Island (China) is a nice place then.
well, I didn't think too much about when I get retired now, I need to make more money now.
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 08:37 PM   #11
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Though not mentioned above, I would prefer to retire in Australia or in British Columbia(Vancouver Island).
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 10:09 PM   #12
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Definitely California.. I think Santa Barbara is the ideal place to spend the life after the retirement
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 10:29 PM   #13
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Arizona definely. Its hot, sunny, and beautiful. Its also right next door to Las Vegas, California, and Mexico.
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Old June 24th, 2005, 05:34 AM   #14
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Old June 26th, 2005, 06:53 AM   #15
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Of those definately Florida...
Lots of Florida retirees are moving to the mountains of N. carolina and North Georgia now. They are called Half-Backs....half back to NY I guess. Alot of them like the milder weather but can still get 4 seasons.
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Old June 26th, 2005, 08:29 AM   #16
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Booyashako
CA - better for 'prime' living
AZ - no beaches, many golf courses, HOT
TX - no thanks
FL - beaches, condos, palm trees, quiet areas, golf courses, caribbean cruise hub, affordable...the ideal retirement state

What about Hawaii?

CA has many beaches, condos, palm trees, quiet areas. Not exactly the right spot to start a caribbean cruise, and the affordability may be in question...

Ideal for the rich retired person I suppose...who may or may not like a cruise to mexico or hawaii.
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Old June 26th, 2005, 08:55 AM   #17
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^I'm well aware of what Cali has to offer, that's the reason why I love that state to death. The problem is that Cali is too darn expensive to live and retire in. I'm assuming that I won't retire a millionaire and selling my home and cashing in my RRSP's won't even be enough to buy me a two bedroom condo there...So I can settle for Florida - Southern California plus greener grass minus the mountains.
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Old June 26th, 2005, 10:23 PM   #18
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Hmm, I don't know, my grandfather lives in FL so I'll go with that.
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Old June 27th, 2005, 11:39 AM   #19
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Florida is where people go to die.
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Old June 30th, 2005, 05:37 PM   #20
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If saving money is important, retire in Texas. Arizona has good scenery. Florida has a world-class city in Miami. But California has everything - good and bad. If you can afford it, that is.
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