I wanted to relocate to a new city this year. While Vegas has its charms, the heat is killing me. The Las Vegas housing market is good and after listing my condo, I got an offer in 12 days. I accepted it and sold the condo in June 2019. Currently, I’m leasing an apartment until 9/30/20 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, as I am in my late 50s, I prefer my home base to be in the U.S. so I can easily fly to visit family. My son has 6 months 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 relocate 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 city to relocate is 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
Additionally, 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).
It’s November 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:
Well, I’m not going to live in another dreary city, that’s for sure!
Roadtrip – In Search of a City to Relocate
In June 2019, after I sold the condo, I did a 2,000-mile road trip in the Southwest to find out if there was a city that appealed enough to me to make me want to relocate. 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, after I returned from two weeks on the road, friends suggested I check out Pahrump, NV. Yes, Pahrump has a reputation of being crime-infested and racist, but they claimed that things are changing. So, I drove the hour west to Pahrump and, wow, people were so friendly! I interacted with realtors, locals, and a cop. Everyone gave me valuable insights and all of them (with the exception of one person) liked living there.
While in Pahrump, I viewed some properties and found a community I liked. However, none of the homes I viewed were to my taste. A week later, my realtor told me that an upgraded townhouse in the community fell out of escrow because the buyer could not get financing. I looked at the HOA docs and realized that the reserve fund was insufficient (which is why the buyer could not get a loan approved). However, after speaking to the HOA and property manager, I felt they were taking steps to replenish the reserve fund. Plus, as a cash buyer, I didn’t have to worry about getting a loan approved!
On 7/20/19, I toured the upgraded unit, liked some of the features (there was more work to do, but it was certainly livable), and liked the mountain views from the two balconies, and the fact the unit backed to a walking trail. Best of all, it was under my budget! After putting in an offer and the seller accepting, I backed out after the inspection revealed severe deficiencies that the seller would not repair.
So, back to the drawing board. In frustration, I decided to apply to get my Canadian citizenship certificate and passport. (While the U.S. does not recognize dual-citizenship, Canada does.) If everything is in order, I could relocate to Canada (although it’s pretty expensive up North!).