- Aug 26, 2011
Nashville? Vandy culture and a little bit of music entertainment? You got it made guy. But again, if you ever decide to trade up to that cabin in the pristine plains of South Dakota, let me know and maybe we can work out a time-share arrangement.Tennessee is actually booming as a retirement destination. Great healthcare, no income tax, lowest cost of living in the US (except for Oklahoma), super low utility rates, nice yet inexpensive housing options, plenty of cultural and educational opportunities if you settle near a city like Nashville, etc. I've been visiting my son there for years and I'm sold. Retiring later this year and moving South! My SS and 401K checks will go a lot further down there, plus my new house in Nashville (now one of the world's top tourist destinations) will let me trade out homes for travel all over the world. Throw in the facts that I'm a country music and barbecue fan, and that my alma mater (Missouri) now plays in the SEC so I'll be able to see some games without fling half way across the country, and you've got a done deal! (And BTW, friends have already booked my guest bedroom and living room couch for next year's Final Four!)
I know this may be too hard for a Husky Fan to deal with, but you "can" root for more than 1 team.I retired at the end of last November and started planning a move to be near my family in New Mexico. We finally arrived, after months of stress in arranging everything, a few days ago. It is absolutely gorgeous but too early to comment overall. Our household goods don't even arrive until Monday. Meanwhile, my brother says I should start rooting for the UNM Lobos (no relation to Rebecca, of course). I laughed and told him that no person or place is going to change my devotion to the UConn Huskies.
As I mentioned in one post earlier, I chose DirecTv because it has SNY and thus our beloved National Champs.
Southern states are ranked fairly highly in this format, and that is largely based on their perceived better climate, and lower tax burden. Climate is a matter of personal preference.: having spent 15 years in KY and VA, I have no desire to live in a place warmer and muggier than that. So, whereas the list values Louisianna's climate highly, I would hate it. More objectively, the relatively lower tax burden of the southern states has an undisclosed cost. Southern states have a lower tax burden largely because they spend less - a lot less - on education. (They also give large tax-breaks to auto companies to lure them out of the "rust belt", taking jobs from Michigan, Ohio, etc.). When you look at mortality rates, obesity rates, smoking, etc., southern states are also unhealthier than the rest of the country. So, cheaper than the rest of the country - but also not as educated, and unhealthier.
Numbers running? Well, that may be another way to fund those retirement years.Look, if you have the money, CT is a fine place. I do, however, have many friends who just can't afford the cost of living here, so they go elswhere. You have to run the numbers.
Just the way it is.