Part of my motive for doing this is that I read somewhere that "why would anyone want to retire in the Midwest". Coming from California, I know many, once hitting retirement could not afford to stay in that state. I have run across more and more that are thinking of going back to the state of their parents or grandparents. Where the cost of living is lower, which in turns stretches their dollar. Some retiree's say that this allows them to do some traveling during the winter months.
My other reason for putting this information out there for people to read is general information. I know before moving I do a lot of research into my future town. I look up: cost of living, retail stores, grocery stores, hospitals, things to do, restaurants, and other information. There are websites out there for you to compare your current town with your new one. I will list a few at the bottom of this page.
My first house here in Sioux City, Iowa was on 1.45 acres, out in the country, and the house is about 1800 square feet. When friends and family would come and visit they were always amazed at what we got for the price we paid. You also have to know that my family and friends at that time lived in southern California. Many of whom have left the state just before retiring or shortly afterwards. For me I do miss the beach, and the nice weather. I do not miss the traffic, crime, abundance of people and trying to afford to live in a good neighborhood. Now as a single parent there is no way I could go back. It was hard getting used to the snow and the cold but as time went on I do not mind it so much. Snow days are a day to relax, catch up on reading and fiddling around the house. I have come to enjoy the days being stuck at home. Though being snowed in doesn't happen too often. I would also have to say the people here are friendly. It reminds me of the way California used to be. I know a few would give me grief on this but I found as the years went by southern Californians talked less with their neighbors.
Here are some homes that will give you an idea what your money buys you. I put the estimated value of the home and 2008 property tax information. These homes are in Sioux City. For homes currently on the market in Sioux City and surrounding towns, click here.
This home is worth around $500,000.00, 5 bedrooms, 5 baths and 5000 square feet on .874 acres. Tax $9408.
This home is worth around $300,000.00, 5 bedrooms, 5 baths and 4600 square feet on 10 acres. Tax $6285. This home is located in a very beautiful area with rolling green hills.
This home is worth around $220,500.00, 5 bedrooms, 3 baths and 3200 square feet on .40 acres. Tax $3872. This home is located in a great neighborhood.
This home is worth around $150,000, 5 bedrooms, 3 baths and 2000 square feet on .25 acres. Tax $2632.