FWIW, I live in Los Angeles County, CA. Goal upon retirement is to live in a rural setting. If it were not for the humidity I'd enjoy Al or the cold of VT even better than Los Angeles. Infact, I suspect my S.S. would pay for my life-style there completely.Cheers,TBCome up to Washington state. The place is gorgeous. The weather is wonderful. :o)AM....formerly lived in Alabama. Too hot. Too many bugs. You wouldn't like it.