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Take it from someone living here in Oklahoma that it may be the cheapest state to live in, but that is also because the wages are the cheapest! I have been a Registered Nurse in this state for more than 10 years and the nurses here are paid peanuts for what we deal with! After 10 years I don't make anymore than the new graduates coming out of school! I just love what I do so I stick with it. I have actually had patients tell me "You Nurses make so much money!" My Response to them is "NOT IN OKLAHOMA!" I know Wal-mart assistant Managers here in Oklahoma that make more money than the Registered Nurses!
All of these States are a good place to live, except for the fact that paying taxes on everything you buy is not included, all you give is a general cost of living but fail to list house taxes, or any other taxes which will eat into your income which for most retirees is a fixed income, unless they have other means of income, which many don't.
It seems you like those in Washington cater to the more than middle class of retired people, or did you even think about this fact when you did your so called cost of living and left the hidden user fees out and retirees will not know what is in the 'Cost of LIving' proposal, as Pelosi did with Obamacare with all of it's hidden taxes, and user fees which are not to be considered as taxes, but fees for not using Obamacare which most can't afford even with so called vouchers from the Federal Government who have taxed the middle class for more money to cover this plan, and dead beats who don't want to work, and I am not addressing the illegal Mexicans, but all of those who love Obama money, (and very stupidly voted him back for a second term to finish his destructive plan for America as they have posted repeatedly on video on You tube).
So when publishing something like this article it might behoove you to do it in depth, and cover it for all retirees and not just the select among them, this is only a suggestion from a retired man of 71 on a fixed income with my wife and disabled and can not go back to work where I have always netted $150,000.00 to $160.000.00 yearly for the past 40 plus, and due to a winning battle with Terminal Cancer, and other medical problems have lost all our retirement funds, so the question is this 'How' on a fixed income as many of us have can we use the States or retirement locations you mention and pay the unmentioned taxes?
I only asked the question, and made a suggestion oh your research, that would include all retirees and not just the select amongst us!
TAXPAYER 1:What you`re not smart enough to figure is most poor people don`t vote.
Overall only about 50% of people vote.We wouldn`t have so much corporate welfare
and tax breaks for the rich if the middle class voted 80% or 90%.
Also, some states are really big, and there may be a substantial difference between parts of the same state. For instance, Inland California and Coastal California are different worlds in terms of livability, and in Washington State there is a wild disparity between the east shore of the Puget Sound and the rest of the state, and a substantial disparity within that high living cost area between the North, South and Eastern (all directions relative to Seattle) sections as well.
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