Last night as Vince and I were talking about places we might want to retire, the thought ran through my mind that I should let my blog readers determine our retirement destination. You all live all around the world so if you live somewhere that you think we would like to retire, send me the info. There are so many neat places we don’t even know about. We definitely want:
- Not too much farther north than Kansas City. A little farther might work but North Dakota is probably out! 🙂
- No farther west than OK/KS/TX.
- A state that does not tax retirement income.
- Kinda rural but not too far from decent health care facilities.
- Probably not the Gulf Coast due to home insurance costs.
- We would love to be on a lake or river that doesn’t flood.
Louisiana rates right up near the top of my list but Vince has no desire to go there. The Toledo Bend area is 3 hours north of the Gulf coast and while a bad hurricane can cause damage there, it isn’t nearly as bad as it would be living closer to the coast. Many of my cousins are in that area. Louisiana feels like home to me. In the next few years, we need to go to that area and spend a week and see if Vince could find a reason to be happy there.
A second area and a place we both agree on is the Mountain Home, AR area. We’ve spent several vacations there and I could live there.
Evansville, IN is in the running. We lived near there before and don’t mind that area. There’s good health care, enough shopping to keep most anyone, including Vince, happy. Plenty of good restaurants if we ever want to go out to eat. My favorite quilt shop is near there. I have friends just across the Ohio River in Owensboro, where we used to live. I’d vote for the Evansville area.
We had one area near Paducah, KY that we thought we had agreed to check out and then when we were doing more research, we found they have a $50 annual “sticker” fee for every car! Is $50 (or $150 because we have three vehicles) going to break us? No . . but it’s the principle. Municipalities, states, most every government entity keeps spending and taking more and more and once we saw that $50 “sticker” fee, we scratched them off the list . . purely on the principle of it. If we had our heart set on that place, we would probably have gone ahead but since we’re just in the investigation phase, that was enough for us to mark them off.
We have more than a few years left before Vince can retire but we want to nail down a place and . . it’s kinda fun to look at the options and research the area.
So, where do you recommend we consider retiring? We could be your neighbor some day! 🙂