I see these articles all the time from places like Yahoo which has a list of the safest places to live in the US. They all look fine, until you see the costs of them can be pretty high. Then they have another list of the cheapest places to live in the US. You look at the real estate prices and they look amazing, but then if you look outside the article to see what the crime rate is you find out it isn’t a safe place to live. Sure, you can buy a $10k crack house in the middle of a terrible area, but even if you could stop working/retire and live there without working at all just off of savings, I think it would be a dramatic change of life to do this.
I have been thinking about this, because I believe this is what keeps most people from retiring early is that they don’t want to move to a place they feel is not safe and also can’t afford to move to an expensive place. I know you get what you pay for, but there must be some small towns in places that isn’t popular so it’s cheap to live there and it’s safe.
I can’t think of any place in the US that living there would restrict you access to most things. Like the internet, you can get that any place now it seems and broadband too, so it isn’t like moving out in the middle of nowhere is going to move you back to old dial-up modems. Cable TV and Dish now is available. As for healthcare, as long as a major city can be traveled too there should be good doctors there.
I realize I am leaving out a lot of other concerns, but I just touched on the major ones.
Anyone have suggestions of cities? Cost of homes? Is it a safe place?