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Old 06-03-21, 10:43 AM  
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Question Seniors, do you like where you live? Do you feel safe there?

We are looking to relocate. I'd love the hear from folks who really like where they live. And feel safe there.

I do like the Western states very much. I've lived on the West Coast for decades. I don't know how I would do in a very humid climate.

So, to any fellow seniors, how do you like where you live?
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Old 06-03-21, 10:46 AM  
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I don’t like where I’m living, but I do feel safe here. (The nearest decent size city has had one murder so far this year and it was a domestic squabble.)
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Old 06-03-21, 10:50 AM  
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I don't feel safe here. The other day, there were two shootings within miles of us within a few hours. One, just south of us and the other in the nearest city.

Last summer, two men knocked on our front door. I don't answer the door and saw them steal an ornament off of our porch. They drove away laughing.

The pandemic has only made things worse. I have to wonder if anywhere is safe anymore...
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Old 06-03-21, 11:42 AM  
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I can’t stand people!

A few years ago a couple guys stole my dad’s nativity scene that he had in his yard at Christmas.

Out in the country there is some vandalism of cabins that are left vacant during the winter. One of my favorite stories is when I had a friend who was watching a cabin one winter and drove by one day and saw tire tracks in the driveway, so he pulled in just in time to see two guys carrying out a t.v. He called 911 and then got out of his truck and took a baseball bat out of the back of the truck and let his dog out of the truck, too. He told the guys to drop the t.v. and stand still because the police were coming. The guy said, “You can’t do anything - there are two of us and just one of you.” So my friend told him to go ahead and take his best shot. The guy did and ended up getting smacked with the baseball bat while his dog jumped on the other guy. I love that story!

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Old 06-03-21, 11:54 AM  
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I'm 57 - my yoga studio says I'm a "senior" so that's awesome (membership discount). And I plan to retire later this year.

I feel safe. I'm in Loveland, Colorado. Sometimes we forget to lock the doors. Sometimes I go to DH's jam nights (he's a guitar player) and walk back to my car alone. In the neighborhood, I've taken nighttime walks with my grandson & not given it a thought. We've ... I think this is true ... never had anything stolen in 25 years living here.* There was a rash of broken windshield on our cul-de-sac once.

One price of safety is that "city activities" are an hour away in Denver. That doesn't bother me; Fort Collins is a close college town and has most anything I want. Loveland has everything I need.

*Wait, someone stole a campaign sign from my lawn once. Our block has a mix of political alignment. The kid's dad marched him down the street and made him bring it back.
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Old 06-03-21, 11:59 AM  
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Laura, I love the campaign sign story!
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Old 06-04-21, 09:47 AM  
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I don't feel safe here. The other day, there were two shootings within miles of us within a few hours. One, just south of us and the other in the nearest city.

Last summer, two men knocked on our front door. I don't answer the door and saw them steal an ornament off of our porch. They drove away laughing.

The pandemic has only made things worse. I have to wonder if anywhere is safe anymore...
Good for you! So many people don't understand the danger in opening the door to a stranger. My 82 year old father-in-law was brutally murdered when he did so.

Unbelievably, my husband still opens the door for strangers -which upsets me. Fortunately, I have two large (and very protective) dogs. One can always talk through the door so they know someone is home.

Often robbers will knock on a door to determine if anyone is home before breaking into a place. That's another reason to have a big dog :-)

I lived in the Ozark mountains for a few years. It was safe and beautiful, but lacking in amenities.
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Old 06-04-21, 10:09 AM  
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Thanks for the informative replies.

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Alta, although it's a long shot in you/DH relocating here, Hawaii does not tax pensions. it has ranked as the healthiest state in the US 9 times out of the past 30 years** and has always been in the top 5 of all 30 years. US News & World Report also rank it as the healthiest state for seniors*.
Hawaii is beautiful! But, the humidity is a deal breaker. We're used to the humidity being at single digits much of the year. I run humidifiers in the house.


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Just out of curiosity I "Googled" the top 100 safest cities in 2021. The cities they list have low populations, which explains some of their choices.
https://www.safewise.com/safest-cities-america/
I noticed not one city in California. None more West than Texas.


It is tough to find a community with a decent balance of safety and amenities.
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I noticed not one city in California. None more West than Texas.


It is tough to find a community with a decent balance of safety and amenities.[/QUOTE]

I recently moved to Healdsburg, CA from Long Island NY. I am 63 and my husband is 60. We are very happy we moved as my husband hates snow and I hate humidity. While it does get hot I do not mind it as much and it is cool in the evenings and mornings. I am sure there is some crime here (mostly theft) but I do not feel unsafe where I live. I often go out and leave my door unlocked if I am walking the dogs or just going to town for coffee.
It is much more rural here in Sonoma county than where we used to live but I like it and the town I live in is a tourist destination so there are plenty of coffee houses and restaurants and small shops. I also live close to several state parks and have joined a senior hiking group.
My biggest worries here are droughts and wildfires. We will see how that goes - if anything I would stay on the west coast maybe go up by Portland or Seattle.

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Old 06-05-21, 11:29 PM  
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Thanks for the informative replies.

Hawaii is beautiful! But, the humidity is a deal breaker. We're used to the humidity being at single digits much of the year. I run humidifiers in the house.



I noticed not one city in California. None more West than Texas.


It is tough to find a community with a decent balance of safety and amenities.
I live in Mission Viejo, CA, in Orange County, about an hour south of L.A. Mission Viejo often does appear on lists of top-10 safest places to live in America - for several years we were number 1 and 2, alternately, on somebody’s list but not sure which publication that was. I regularly walk through the neighborhood for about an hour at around 6 or 7 at night and always feel safe. Crime is very low and we love it here. There is another town, Irvine, about 10 miles north which is likewise quite peaceful. There are also some charming small beach towns - Laguna Beach, San Clemente, Del Mar, which seem to be peaceful and safe.
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