Next Avenue: Where’s the best place to retire? How politics is playing a role in this big life decision.

by | Mar 13, 2023 | Stock Market

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. For generations, retirees from the Midwest and Northeast have moved to sunnier climes, where they can play golf or pickleball year round and never shovel snow again. Others have swapped the suburbs for city life and easier access to art, music, theater and fine dining.

Lower taxes and proximity to grandchildren are other considerations. Recently, retirees have added another factor when deciding where to live: the political climate. While politics may not have overshadowed life decisions in years past, for some people it is now front and center. Evidence of this abounds in Facebook
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groups geared toward people who are considering pulling up stakes. Along with home prices, taxes, schools and transportation, the politics of different towns, cities and states are routinely scrutinized. For those who want more hand holding, certain relocation businesses help people parse the politics of potential new hometowns and even connect them with partisan clubs and organizations once they get there. See: I’m 50 and considering an early retirement. I want a vibrant place with moderate-left demographics where I can stretch out my savingsIncreasing tensions For Karyn Segal Robinson, 58, a retired pharmaceutical representative, politics loomed large when she and her husband, Jay, contemplated leaving Miami, their home of many years. Although Miami still leans more progressive than Florida as a whole, Robinson, a liberal, nevertheless found the recent rightward lurch in state politics “exhausting.” When discussions with friends became tense, she and Jay realized it was time to go. “We wanted to be somewhere where it was easier to have conversations,” Segal Robinson said. “[In Florida] you can’t [talk about] inclusivity and diversity, and now you can’t say ‘gay.’” (Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a controversial bill forbidding Florida public school teachers to reference sexual orientation or gender identity. Called the Parental Rights in Education …

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