Best City to Relocate

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. Now, I need to go through inspections, appraisal, etc. If everything goes smoothly (but honestly, does it ever?), where to relocate? What city meets my needs?

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:

1. Washington
2. Baltimore **
3. Philly
4. San Fran
5. St Louis
6. NYC
7. New Orleans **
8. Oakland
9. Fremont
10. Newark

** means they appear on the most dangerous cities list below.

The most conservative cities in the USA are:

  1. Lubbock, TX
  2. Plano, TX
  3. Tulsa, OK
  4. Colorado Springs, CO
  5. Oklahoma City, OK
  6. Wichita, KS
  7. Fort Wayne, IN
  8. Bakersfield, CA
  9. Arlington, TX
  10. 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:

1. Memphis
2. Anchorage
3. Albuquerque
4. Rockford, IL
5. Stockton-Lodi
6. Little Rock
7. Baltimore
8. Wichita
9. Flint
10. Indianapolis
11. Milwaukee
12. Corpus Christi
13. Nashville-Murfreesboro
14. Mobile
15. Tallahassee
16. Las Vegas-Henderson
17. Shreveport-Bossier City
18. Modesto
19. Houston
20. Fresno
21. Springfield, MO
22. Tulsa
23. New Orleans
24. Bakersfield
25. Columbia SC
26. Chattanooga
27. Huntsville AL
28. Beaumont

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? I personally can’t handle months of 100+ degree days and 90 degree nights as we have in Vegas.  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 the home base in Nevada until my son graduates.

Update

It’s May 10, 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!

While researching all of this, I got a letter from my Homeowner’s Association (HOA) granting me permission to rent my condo. I live in a primarily owner-occupied community (I think 85 percent owners/15 percent rentals). I had placed my request to rent my unit shortly after I bought it. Exactly three years later, I moved up to top spot. The kicker is, I need to rent it out within six months of March 23, 2019. If the pending sale falls through, I will rent the condo out.

Sonia

I am a 50-something retired woman, currently residing in Las Vegas, Nevada. This blog addresses the budgetary challenges and other concerns of "young" retirees. We are an overlooked group: too old to be considered middle-aged and too young to be called senior citizens.

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