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I went to visit my aunt in Hot Springs. The cost of living is very

low, and gas is $2.19 a gallon. Here in the Bay Area, it's $4.35. But their weather is like living in a swamp, because of the heat, constant rainfall, and high humidity. There's no breeze from the ocean, like SoCal.
Life in Hot Springs is like Mayberry RFD, from the Andy Griffith Show. Life revolves around the evangelical churches and their social events. There is one very quiet shopping mall and two Wal-Marts. The housing prices are maybe one-third of California. Mary's house that would sell for $900,000 in your town, would sell for about $300,000 in Hot Springs.

It's a great place for people from big city suburbs ( L.A., San Fran, Chicago, etc.), who cashed out on their home equity and now have a nest egg for retirement. It's possible to live very inexpensively. But there is nothing to do. And, even though the people in Hot Springs ( of all races) were very kind to me, it is universally very conservative. Even the people of color are evangelical Trumpers. My guess is that Mary and her husband will return --- unless they really, really like a very quiet life in the middle of nowhere.

P.S. I didn't mean to sound condescending or like California is the only place to live. It's just that it's a huge change from the west coast to a small town in the mid-South. Both places have advantages. It's just a huge cultural shift. --- B4E

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