10 tips for picking a place to retire

Use these strategies to find your ideal retirement spot.

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Jan 31, 2014 9:04PM
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Has Justin Beiber been deported yet?
Jan 31, 2014 8:18PM
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There are other concerns.  Crime is a big issue.    Not just the weather but the nasty little critters that go with it.  Mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches, fire ants, ticks, chiggers and scorpions.   Did I mention rattlesnakes, copperheads, cotton mouths and coral snakes?  
Jan 31, 2014 11:39PM
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I haven't been able to find a steady job since I retired from the Navy. I was up to get a job at the base I worked at, but those jobs were cut. Then I found out those friendly interviewers, when asking me about my assignments in Afghanistan were automatically X'ing me off their list for employment, I spent another 5 years living in an expensive city where all I was doing was spending my savings to keep afloat.  This is our country where our government "black-balled" returning veterans as terrorists and so very few employers want to hire vets. So I moved out into the country where I could live on my retirement pay alone and hopefully once in a while, find odd jobs. Now, thanks to a "grateful" government and a "thankful" nation, I can no longer count on cost-of-living increases - I guess the government thinks I am leeching off of them because I spent 20 years risking my life for freedom and free trade.  Where I am living, I am lucky if I can find a part-time job that will give me an extra $500 a month... if I am lucky.   
Feb 1, 2014 1:15AM
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     WHY ARE YOU SO WORRIED ABOUT WHERE WE LIVE.  HOW ABOUT THINGS LIKE DEPORTING JUSTIN BIEBER, RAISE SOCIAL SECURITY 6%, OR ENFORCING THE LAWS THE GOVERNMENT MAKES AND IF NOT THEN TAKE THEM OFF THE BOOKS.
Feb 3, 2014 4:56AM
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Nice to see that MSN considers all of it's readers Idiots.  If you are contemplating retirement, all of these items are already on your radar.  These are already things you are researching for various states and countries.

How about an article that gives you CURRENT & FACTUAL info?  Like a sampling of state v state or US vs other countries?  Guess that involves too much time and effort.

Feb 3, 2014 10:09AM
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Here is a Tip don't retire to Delaware.
Feb 3, 2014 11:55AM
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simple, if the area is full of liberals and run by democrats then dont move there . you wont be able to do anything fun or even pay the taxes they inflict upon the people. 
Jan 31, 2014 10:07PM
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Easy way is to get a map of The USA,and close your eyes and throw a dart Where it land you go don't cheat OK  If you land in a cemetery you get a second chance.
Feb 3, 2014 1:15PM
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I think the most costly thing I could do as a retired person is pick up and move somewhere else.  Here I have a home, a family, good health care that I have used for over 30 years, etc. -- why would I want to leave all this for parts unknown?  I have done my share of traveling as a younger person, as well as engage in "golf" (my favorite sports - hunting, fishing, photography, etc.)  Now, I am ready to settle down and LIVE - do what I want when I want, enjoy my wife, family and friends.  For me, THIS, is the place to retire!!!
Feb 3, 2014 2:42PM
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 Best to pick a state were your in laws don't live.You will be a lot more at peace. Good Day
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A lot of American retirees are enjoying their retirement life in countries like Panama,Costa Rica,Dominican Republic among other Latin American countries instead of retiring right here in the U.S. the exchange rates from U.S. dollars to their currencies is really attractive.in Dominican Republic,for instance,you get $42 pesos for just $1 dollar.Think it over and plan your retirement life.  
Feb 3, 2014 1:28PM
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I found a place in view of a golf course, I have a river that flows in front of the property and the cost are low. I just have to get use to the noise of traffic going over the top of me, and may have to move to higher ground during the rainy season.
Feb 3, 2014 2:36PM
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The best way is pack all your stuff in your car, go out and see the world until you tire of it or your car breaks down...... then make your retirement home there at the end of the trail.
Feb 3, 2014 10:36AM
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a day without a buzz,

is like a day that never was........LGP  STP

Feb 9, 2014 8:55PM
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Cross New Jersey off your retirement list - too expensive!
Feb 9, 2014 2:17PM
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Certainly where there is no snow BUT nowhere near Justin Beiber! A RED state if possible and NO wage tax!
Feb 12, 2014 12:58PM
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Just pick a place you like.  Just remember nothing stays the same.  In time your contemporaries die off, your health changes or you decide you just don't like where you are anymore.
Move.  If you're not already in a box you're not required to stay in one place.
Feb 9, 2014 5:53PM
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Interesting map (pictured) I always thought North Carolina was North of South Carolina...
Feb 12, 2014 8:28AM
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The list pretty much describes SW Florida with one exception; Aim for proximity to family and friends. But then again, most of my family and friends come down to visit...often!


The only other one would be employment opportunities, but if you are not looking for full time high pay then SW Florida is fine. Not much in the way of industry down here for that other than, i.e; medical, transportation, government, stadiums, parks, education, etc..

Feb 25, 2014 2:07PM
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I think Wilmington,NC is a great town people are friendly you near the water,and it so peacefull.Another choice is Hilton Head S,C (especially if you like tennis) and one more if I may Charlston,SC. Great food ,and friendly people a classy town. Good hunting.
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