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My wife and I are going to retire someday, someday a long time from now but still, it never hurts to plan.

We are going to move when we retire, because it is expensive here.

My wife says we can't go anywhere where
1. owning a snowblower is the norm
2. we are more than 6 hours from a beach - big lake or ocean
3. tornadoes hit frequently
4. hurricanes are not uncommon

I says we can't go anywhere where
1. it's considered part of the bible belt
2. it is inside the Texas state border
3. Heat over 100 in the summer is the norm
4. the ground moves on you (earthquakes)

So... got any suggestions?
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BeyondMonopoly wrote:
My wife and I are going to retire someday, someday a long time from now but still, it never hurts to plan.

We are going to move when we retire, because it is expensive here.

My wife says we can't go anywhere where
1. owning a snowblower is the norm
2. we are more than 6 hours from a beach - big lake or ocean
3. tornadoes hit frequently
4. hurricanes are not uncommon

I says we can't go anywhere where
1. it's considered part of the bible belt
2. it is inside the Texas state border
3. Heat over 100 in the summer is the norm
4. the ground moves on you (earthquakes)

So... got any suggestions?


Yes, yes, yes, yes... Earthquakes? Nope nevermind.

Your list is pretty dang restrictive. In fact, I don't know any place in the United States that is on the coast, less than 100 degrees during the summer, with few hurricanes, no earthquakes, and doesn't snow. If you're willing to budge on any one of those then you're in business. Good luck with that.
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Northern Arizona, near Lake Powell?
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Yes, yes, yes, yes... Earthquakes? Nope nevermind.

Your list is pretty dang restrictive. In fact, I don't know any place in the United States that is on the coast, less than 100 degrees during the summer, with few hurricanes, no earthquakes, and doesn't snow. If you're willing to budge on any one of those then you're in business. Good luck with that.


6 hours is a pretty long way... Pittsburgh is 6 hours from the Atlantic ocean but is hardly "on the coast". And it can snow, just not so much that everybody automatically buys a snowblower when they move there.

I'm thinking around Cincinnati/Dayton or somewhere near Gettysburg PA.
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Northern Arizona, near Lake Powell?

Oh, that's a pretty area, and it's close to Vegas.

How hot is it there in the summers?
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BeyondMonopoly wrote:
I'm thinking around Cincinnati/Dayton or somewhere near Gettysburg PA.


I'm near Cincy.

1. owning a snowblower is the norm - snow falls greater than six inches are pretty rare
2. we are more than 6 hours from a beach - big lake or ocean - you can get to Lake Erie in five hours. There are several nice lakes with beaches in the area.
3. tornadoes hit frequently - We get the occasional tornado but nothing like you see in the great plains
4. hurricanes are not uncommon - the aftermath of a hurricane hit a few years ago and it was a freak occurance


1. it's considered part of the bible belt - while we are conservative we are not part of the bible belt.
2. it is inside the Texas state border - two days drive to Texas
3. Heat over 100 in the summer is the norm - summer temps usually hit the mid to high 90's and we have high humidity
4. the ground moves on you (earthquakes) - earthquakes are quite rare
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My suggestion is - stay where you are. I've been to Rockland. Nice place.
We love living in Nova Scotia. Primarily rural, slow paced, beautiful scenery, completely surrounded with beaches. Rarely gets above +25c in summer, nor below -15c (with no wind chill taken into account).
We travel. We figure you have to have a place to call home anyway, so why not here. However, we spend a lot of time travelling - somewhere warm in the winter (Southern U.S., Australia, etc.) In the summer, we either stay local, tour Europe or travel in the northern U.S.
Bottom line for us is - retirement means travelling.
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Sounds like coastal Oregon to me...
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BeyondMonopoly wrote:
My wife and I are going to retire someday, someday a long time from now but still, it never hurts to plan.

We are going to move when we retire, because it is expensive here.

My wife says we can't go anywhere where
1. owning a snowblower is the norm
2. we are more than 6 hours from a beach - big lake or ocean
3. tornadoes hit frequently
4. hurricanes are not uncommon

I says we can't go anywhere where
1. it's considered part of the bible belt
2. it is inside the Texas state border
3. Heat over 100 in the summer is the norm
4. the ground moves on you (earthquakes)

So... got any suggestions?

Uh, earthquakes in San Diego are rare. In fact, I've been here for 8 years, and there has only been a single earthquake that I would consider something worth remembering.

*edit* Meant to say, SD would work for all 8 of your requirements, other than occasional quakes - and I do mean occasional.
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Landstander wrote:
BeyondMonopoly wrote:
My wife and I are going to retire someday, someday a long time from now but still, it never hurts to plan.

We are going to move when we retire, because it is expensive here.

My wife says we can't go anywhere where
1. owning a snowblower is the norm
2. we are more than 6 hours from a beach - big lake or ocean
3. tornadoes hit frequently
4. hurricanes are not uncommon

I says we can't go anywhere where
1. it's considered part of the bible belt
2. it is inside the Texas state border
3. Heat over 100 in the summer is the norm
4. the ground moves on you (earthquakes)

So... got any suggestions?

Uh, earthquakes in San Diego are rare. In fact, I've been here for 8 years, and there has only been a single earthquake that I would consider something worth remembering.

*edit* Meant to say, SD would work for all 8 of your requirements, other than occasional quakes - and I do mean occasional.


This is fair. That's the one ding on the list that he mentioned. But I don't feel that I've lived here long enough (4.5 years) to be a judge of how bad earthquakes are here. I think that I know the one earthquake that you're talking about and it was pretty mild to say the least. A little bit of shaking in the house, but not enough to knock anything off of shelves.

It passes every other requirement with flying colors.
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BeyondMonopoly wrote:
So... got any suggestions?


Besides the heat thing (but its not that bad) and snakes, spiders, sharks and drop bears I would suggest Australia.
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Sounds like coastal Oregon to me...
Except for the quake issue. True, our quakes are rare; but there's a good chance that we'll get a huge one in the next 50 years. And by "huge" I mean "the biggest quake ever to hit a densely populated area huge."
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Spielfreak wrote:
Sounds like coastal Oregon to me...



+1 and he didn't say anything about volcanos.
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We need to work together on this, Dave.

Sheryl wants to retire to a place where it's warm and allergies aren't a problem.

I want to be near gamers. You and Noreen qualify!

Maybe if we view this as an optimization puzzle, we can make everyone happy.
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BeyondMonopoly wrote:
My wife and I are going to retire someday, someday a long time from now but still, it never hurts to plan.

We are going to move when we retire, because it is expensive here.

My wife says we can't go anywhere where
1. owning a snowblower is the norm
2. we are more than 6 hours from a beach - big lake or ocean
3. tornadoes hit frequently
4. hurricanes are not uncommon

I says we can't go anywhere where
1. it's considered part of the bible belt
2. it is inside the Texas state border
3. Heat over 100 in the summer is the norm
4. the ground moves on you (earthquakes)

So... got any suggestions?
Australia!
So long as 100 degrees is measured our way, that is.
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Florida. It really isn't as hot as people think here.
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Florida. It really isn't as hot as people think here.


But hurricanes are common...
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At least with a hurricane you get plenty of advance notice that allows you to prepare.
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Mundane wrote:
BeyondMonopoly wrote:
I'm thinking around Cincinnati/Dayton or somewhere near Gettysburg PA.


I'm near Cincy.

1. it's considered part of the bible belt - while we are conservative we are not part of the bible belt.

Not so sure about that—they don't call the Cincy area "O-tucky" for nothing.
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thermogimp wrote:
Landstander wrote:
BeyondMonopoly wrote:
My wife and I are going to retire someday, someday a long time from now but still, it never hurts to plan.

We are going to move when we retire, because it is expensive here.

My wife says we can't go anywhere where
1. owning a snowblower is the norm
2. we are more than 6 hours from a beach - big lake or ocean
3. tornadoes hit frequently
4. hurricanes are not uncommon

I says we can't go anywhere where
1. it's considered part of the bible belt
2. it is inside the Texas state border
3. Heat over 100 in the summer is the norm
4. the ground moves on you (earthquakes)

So... got any suggestions?

Uh, earthquakes in San Diego are rare. In fact, I've been here for 8 years, and there has only been a single earthquake that I would consider something worth remembering.

*edit* Meant to say, SD would work for all 8 of your requirements, other than occasional quakes - and I do mean occasional.


This is fair. That's the one ding on the list that he mentioned. But I don't feel that I've lived here long enough (4.5 years) to be a judge of how bad earthquakes are here. I think that I know the one earthquake that you're talking about and it was pretty mild to say the least. A little bit of shaking in the house, but not enough to knock anything off of shelves.

It passes every other requirement with flying colors.


Well, except for the "expensive" thing - if the OP thinks Rockville is expensive, just try San Diego! My wife and I considered the same thing (went on vacation to SD two summers ago - had a great time), but when we checked out the property values - Oi! And yes, I know that Rockville is not cheap (I used to work in Silver Spring MD).
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Outer Banks, North Carolina.

You can dodge hurricanes pretty easily.
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robigo wrote:
Mundane wrote:
BeyondMonopoly wrote:
I'm thinking around Cincinnati/Dayton or somewhere near Gettysburg PA.


I'm near Cincy.

1. it's considered part of the bible belt - while we are conservative we are not part of the bible belt.

Not so sure about that—they don't call the Cincy area "O-tucky" for nothing.


What is O-tucky? I have never heard that term.

I agree with Mundane - it's conservative here, but not bible belt conservative. Housing is affordable. We're really not very close to a beach though.
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desertfox2004 wrote:
thermogimp wrote:
Landstander wrote:
BeyondMonopoly wrote:
My wife and I are going to retire someday, someday a long time from now but still, it never hurts to plan.

We are going to move when we retire, because it is expensive here.

My wife says we can't go anywhere where
1. owning a snowblower is the norm
2. we are more than 6 hours from a beach - big lake or ocean
3. tornadoes hit frequently
4. hurricanes are not uncommon

I says we can't go anywhere where
1. it's considered part of the bible belt
2. it is inside the Texas state border
3. Heat over 100 in the summer is the norm
4. the ground moves on you (earthquakes)

So... got any suggestions?

Uh, earthquakes in San Diego are rare. In fact, I've been here for 8 years, and there has only been a single earthquake that I would consider something worth remembering.

*edit* Meant to say, SD would work for all 8 of your requirements, other than occasional quakes - and I do mean occasional.


This is fair. That's the one ding on the list that he mentioned. But I don't feel that I've lived here long enough (4.5 years) to be a judge of how bad earthquakes are here. I think that I know the one earthquake that you're talking about and it was pretty mild to say the least. A little bit of shaking in the house, but not enough to knock anything off of shelves.

It passes every other requirement with flying colors.


Well, except for the "expensive" thing - if the OP thinks Rockville is expensive, just try San Diego! My wife and I considered the same thing (went on vacation to SD two summers ago - had a great time), but when we checked out the property values - Oi! And yes, I know that Rockville is not cheap (I used to work in Silver Spring MD).

Yeah, I'm blind. I was looking at the 8 conditions, none of which said anything about cost of living. There are places in SD county that aren't too expensive, but are more expensive than Rockville (I lived in Greenbelt over the summer).
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I've lived in Florida for 25 years and never been in a hurricane (I have been in a storm that was close to a hurricane.) It probably helped that I was moved from Florida 10 days before Charley came through.
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