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Subject:  Re: What is the best state to retire in? Date:  5/11/2004  1:35 PM
Author:  gurdison Number:  71779 of 123001

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I'm with Phil on this one. It is generally not a good idea to have your major life decisions driven primarily by taxes. I am sure that one could find a very affordable place to retire to in South Dakota (no harm meant against any of our Foolish SD friends). Downsizing to a smaller home or a lower cost area could give your budget some breathing room. Each person has to decide for themselves where their comfort level is regarding any tradeoffs they make.

Life almost always comes down to a matter of balance. If you have had enough of long, cold winters, a low level of taxes in a harsh winter state may not be your best choice. Likewise if you want to be able to play golf every week (or partake in some other favorite outdoor activity), a cold weather choice may not be your best one. OTOH, if the changing of th