Where Should I Retire?: I want year-round outdoor living — dry summers and no snow — on $4,000 a month. Where should I retire?

by | Aug 27, 2022 | Stock Market

Dear MarketWatch,  I’m a single 54-year-old female looking to retire in the next 10 years, but looking to move to my future retirement spot during the next two years. I love dry summer weather, hiking, biking, water sports, year-round outdoor living. I don’t like cold, snowy winters, unless I’m driving there to ski!

I like to be close enough (within a couple of hours) to art and culture, but on a daily basis I’d like close access to trails and lakes. I don’t want to be too secluded but also don’t want to be packed into a subdivision.  My monthly retirement budget will be around $3,500-$4,000. I’ll also have money from the sale of my house. Any recommendations?  Thanks, Alice  Dear Alice, Moving to your retirement spot well in advance of actually retiring sounds like a dream, especially if, as I hope, you’ll be able to telecommute to your current job. No snow, no summer rains — or even much humidity? That pretty much rules out the eastern half of the U.S., though you might want to look in western North Carolina (here’s one option) and eastern Tennessee (no state income taxes) if you’re willing to compromise a bit.  Otherwise, let’s head out west.. You’ll find some of our most awe-inspiring national parks there and so much public land to play in. You don’t want to be fenced in, so push beyond city limits in t …

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