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Mon Apr 29, 2013, 10:38 AM

Retire Here, Not There: Kansas

http://www.marketwatch.com/Story/story/print?guid=07AD4F3C-AE96-11E2-BA04-002128040CF6

With its low cost of living, solid economy, wide-open spaces, sporting options and laid-back lifestyle, Kansas can offer a compelling proposition for retirees.

For one, retiring in Kansas is easy on the pocketbook, says Jim Hanna, an Ameriprise financial adviser based in Topeka, the state capitol. The median home costs just over $111,000, significantly below the U.S. average, the cost of living is more than 12% below average, and assisted living and nursing home costs are lower than average.


I've lived here since birth and this article contains a lot of reasons why I'm never leaving. I've travelled extensively to 45 states and several foreign countries, and I've yet to find a place I'd rather live.

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Shrek Apr 2013 OP
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greymattermom May 2013 #5
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Response to Shrek (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 11:02 AM

1. I'm afraid of Toto and Dorothy

I've been through at least 30 states, but not Kansas. A lot of New Yorkers retire to warmer climates but I'm staying put.

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Response to Shrek (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 11:18 AM

2. Upstate NY will work just fine for me

Same idea.

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Mon Apr 29, 2013, 12:18 PM

3. too many RW crazies for my liking

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Response to Shrek (Original post)

Mon Apr 29, 2013, 01:05 PM

4. Earning throughout a lifetime in a low cost of living state,

limits where you can afford to retire. High cost states pay more for the same skills, and result in higher Social Security benefits later. Then you can move someplace cheaper, and be better off.

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Response to Shrek (Original post)

Mon May 13, 2013, 03:34 AM

5. hidden costs

I'm leaving Kansas to a warmer place with big trees. The cost of living is lower there. Less to heat, about the same for ac, even less. The grocery store is only half a mile from my new house. Living in Kansas with everything spread out puts lots of miles on my car. At my new house, I can take a train right to the check in counter at the airport. Try that in Kansas.

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Response to Shrek (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2013, 12:23 AM

6. For what it's worth, my sister is retiring and will be moving

 

from DC to the Kansas City area. She'll spend the first couple of months staying with our younger sister while she learns the area better -- she's visited about once a year for the last ten years or so -- and decides exactly where she wants to live.

In her case it's being closer to family that is the most important factor in her specific relocation.

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Response to Shrek (Original post)

Tue Jul 16, 2013, 09:28 AM

7. I visited Kansas the first part of this month. If I didn't have ties where I am, I'd consider

retiring there.

I like the drier air, mainly.









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