I want to relocate to a new city this year. While Vegas has its charms, the heat is killing me. Right now, the Las Vegas housing market is good. I just listed my condo and got an offer in 12 days. Currently, I’m subletting an apartment until 9/30/19 until I can find a new place to live.
Criteria in Deciding Where to Relocate
Because I am retired, single and debt free, the world is my oyster. However, at 57, I prefer my home base to be in the U.S., although I won’t rule out moving overseas. My reason is that I want to be able to easily fly to visit family. (My son has around 1 year left in his Ph.D. program in California. When and if he completes his doctorate, he has no idea where he will find work. He recently told me to go where I want to live and not worry about him. But, no matter how old your kids are, mothers always worry, don’t they?)
I have scoured the internet looking at various Best/Worst City lists. My criteria for the best relocation city for me are governed by the politics of the place, the crime rate, and the weather. Once I narrow down the cities that meet those criteria, I will focus on affordability. I don’t want to leave Las Vegas and relocate to a city where my budget is tighter!
Politics in Where to Relocate
As I am moderate to left-leaning politically, I don’t want to relocate to a conservative city. I would be miserable around the MAGA crowd and – being of Indian descent – many of them probably would not be happy around me either!
The most left-leaning cities in the USA are:
2. Baltimore **
4. San Fran
5. St Louis
7. New Orleans **
** means they appear on the most dangerous cities list below.
The most conservative cities in the USA are:
- Lubbock, TX
- Plano, TX
- Tulsa, OK
- Colorado Springs, CO
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Wichita, KS
- Fort Wayne, IN
- Bakersfield, CA
- Arlington, TX
- Fort Worth, TX
Crime in Where to Relocate
I don’t want to relocate to another crime-infested city like Vegas. The most dangerous cities in the USA (per a recent Work & Money article) are:
4. Rockford, IL
6. Little Rock
12. Corpus Christi
16. Las Vegas-Henderson
17. Shreveport-Bossier City
21. Springfield, MO
23. New Orleans
25. Columbia SC
27. Huntsville AL
Weather in Where to Relocate
Like it or not folks, climate change is a reality. There is an excellent article summarizing the 4th National Annual Climate Assessment report and the impact climate change will have on each region of the U.S. The news is grim. I guess it’s really finding a place with the least amount of bad weather (not a place with good weather).
What type of weather works for me? While I loved the weather in the Sacramento area, Sacramento is not affordable (and is plagued with natural disasters). I don’t like the weather in the deep South (humidity and hurricanes) or the rain in the Pacific NW. The most important things to me are to be close to an international airport and to be around nature (trees, mountains, etc.).
Based on the politics, crime rate, weather, and affordability, I am beginning to narrow down the places where I think I could relocate. Unfortunately, there is no one place in the US that meets all my needs. I am not ruling out moving overseas or (perhaps) living abroad for the 5-6 months of hellish Vegas weather and keeping a home base in Nevada.
Update – Roadtrip
So, I did a 2000 mile road trip in the Southwest to find out if there was a city that appealed to me. Flagstaff was lovely but too busy. Albuquerque would be great if it weren’t for the crime and homelessness. I didn’t care for Las Cruces or El Paso. Some of the smaller towns I passed through were pretty and seemed pretty slow. Yes, they were rural, but I think they might merit further exploration.
However, this week I am going to check out some places in Pahrump NV. Yes, Pahrump has a reputation of being racist and crazy, but things may be changing. I can’t rule the town in or out until I visit it. If it is a hell hole, then I will go back to those small towns in NM and AZ, and check out some towns in southern CO.
Update – Affordability vs Weather
It’s July 2, 2019, and there are so many lists out there regarding the best or most affordable cities and states for retirees to relocate. Many of those lists mention Pittsburgh as an affordable and community-centered location. However, after a miserable three years in Seattle, I wondered about the weather
After a Google search, I found this list:
And, to my surprise, my current city (Vegas) is the “least dreary city” in the US!