The discomfort of extreme temperatures and the cost of the electricity for the air-conditioning to manage the heat should discourage retirees, those in semi-retirement, and the ones focused on cost control from relocating to Tucson, Arizona in Pima County.
After a not-so-bad 80 degrees early morning, according to Weather.com, the temperature will cruise between 108 and 115 degrees today. The day I pulled out of Tucson, in late August 2016, it was 122.
The area has been popular because the lifestyle is more affordable than along the Northeast Corridor and throughout California.
But the sustained high temperatures which could be created by climate change could change that.
The same applies to those affordable towns near the ocean touted in the media. Among them is Mobile, Alabama. It's right there on the Atlantic and a short drive east is Pensacola, Florida and west New Orleans, Louisiana. Days of heaven.
The season is just kicking off so retirees and those who simply want to ease off somewhat on working and spending will have to watch this one. Yes, a Category 6 or even a 7 is possible.
Meanwhile, in no-status flyover country, such as eastern Ohio, the weather patterns are not extreme and the cost of living is unusually low. For example, so far this summer, no three-digit temperature days. In winter, the amount of snow didn't shut down the economy or disrupt the infrastructure during the past two years.
Overall the cost of living is lower in eastern OH than in Tucson.
For example, at the Vista Montana rental complex on E. Roger Road in Tucson, the monthly nut for an efficiency ranges from $515 to $710 and for one-bedroom from $605 to $787.
That rent usually does not include the cost of electricity for the air-conditioning in summer, the heat in winter (temperature can go down to the 30s), and the hot water for the shower and dishes.
Because the construction is relatively new, the units are small in size and when the folks next door laugh loud at a television show that's audible.
In addition, when I bunked at Vista Montana, when I renewed my lease, each time the rent went north about $50.
That, along with the heat, was a factor motivating me to flee supposed Paradise. I had migrated there from the Northeast Corridor to cut expenses so that I could invest more of my funds in rebuilding my two businesses. No, it wasn't to retire.
In Austintown, OH, on S. Raccoon Road, at the Hillbrook rental complex, all utilities are included in the rent. That means heat, air-conditioning, hot water, cold water, and trash removal are all taken care of in the monthly nut.
A studio ranges from $531 to $544, a one-bedroom from $531 to 644, a two-bedroom from $695 to $759. The latter is 950 square feet. For seniors, there is a monthly $25 discount. To the east is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the west Cleveland.
The first year I renewed my lease at Hillbrook, rent was raised a buck. The next year $10.
Figuring out "where to go" to downsize fixed costs is not as easy as the media articles present. I hadn't asked enough questions before selecting Pima County. The choice of eastern OH panned out better because I had lived in this region for about 10 years in my young adulthood.
It was more of a known, although a lot had changed.
For example, the cost of living in Pittsburgh had increased beyond what I was willing to spend. Plan A when returning to this area had been to initially rent in OH, then buy property in Pittsburgh. Mankind plans, the gods laugh. Yes, I have been disappointed.
Obviously, the aging have to drop the notion of a "dream" location and assess the tradeoffs.
AZ did provide me with an adventure. My experience in OH has lacked excitement.
But during the two years in the latter my two businesses caught fire, I re-stocked my investment portfolio, and I have never changed my plans because of weather.
Reflection: Do we ever get over missing our friends back where we had lived for decades? Yes. But it has taken me four years.
Contact Jane Genova firstname.lastname@example.org.