How to find house for low cost of living within a wide geographic region?

I'm in Ontario.

I bought a house 10 years ago that is too big for my needs. It's occurred to me that I could sell and downsize, and at the same time move to a lower cost of living area to make further savings. Hopefully, the difference between the two houses will net a sizable amount I could put in passive income investments (e.g. dividends).

Between the additional passive income (I already have other investments) and LCOL, I am hoping I can go into a semi-retirement phase, i.e. quit my full time job and work on contracts instead that would mostly be WFH (I'm in IT).

Because of my plan to switch to self-employment, the actual location is not very important, my only really strong need is good internet. Hence what I am looking for is primarily based on the LCOL. I'd prefer anywhere within an hour of Kitchener-Waterloo, as I have work contacts there, but I'll consider any place south of Orillia.

Size of town doesn't matter much - if it's got 2 grocery stores, that's good enough for me (I grew up in a rural area, I'm familiar with life in small communities).

Question 1 - what are some LCOL areas? It's not the easiest to Google and not really a consistent definition of what "LCOL" actually is (usually low house price, but those places you often pay high property taxes). I'm currently in Guelph, which sometimes comes up as LCOL, but I would think many of the smaller communities farther from GTA would be much lower.

Question 2 - how do I search? I don't think I can get a real estate agent since my preferred location is "anywhere". Could I perhaps contact agents in some communities I've identified and just say "let me know if something comes up"? Or do I just constantly look myself on Realtor.ca?

Any tips are welcome.

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Ongoing global and regional adaptive evolution of SARS-CoV-2: adaptive evolution of the virus affecting multiple sites in the spike and nucleocapsid protein. Ongoing adaptive diversification within and between geographic regions. Diversification could prolong the pandemic and vaccination campaign. pnas.org/content/118/29/e…
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What is the most overrated geographic region of the US?
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Distinctive micro geographic and cultural regions in US.

Hello! Two questions - anyone have a list of micro regions in the US that have Distinctive cultural or geographic regions that then become an important identity to the people in the area? Example: Northwest Territory in Vermont; Driftless Region in Iowa-Wis-Illinois; Upper Penninsula in Michigan

2nd question - what is a term for this type of area ?

Thanks !

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Map of Vilnius Region, or Wilno, 1930, by Polish Military Geographic Institute
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Britain has several Chartered Companies that often were granted monopolies and other privileges on some geographic region, the East Indies Company being the chief and most notorious among these. Why did the British government decide to grant such privileges to so many companies?

Also, it wasn't just Britain. Several countries has similar companies. Answers regarding these countries are accepted as well.

What was the economic thinking related to the creation of these companies? Why did they fall out of favour? etc.

EDIT: Britain *had

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Geographic Regions and Locked Dumpsters

I recently took a trip to Bend and Portland.

While there, I noticed a very high percentage of locked containers. Why is this?

  • A policy by waste disposal companies?
  • Too many people checking dumpsters?
  • Too many people leaving the area worse than they found it?
  • A high percentage of valuable things being thrown away in those two cities?
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12 cultural/geographic regions of the United States [OC]
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Origin regions of largest foreign nationality by NUTS-3 geographic region
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It's pretty stupid to get offended that people can't tell the difference between types of people from nearby world wide geographic regions

If you have blonde hair, blue eyes, and someone asks 'are you from Norway' it's weird to be offended and say 'I'm Danish, asshole'. Like yeah, could ask 'where are you from' but it's like, the least offensive thing ever. I'm East Asian, I don't care if you think I'm Korean/Chinese etc, it's a bit like 'eh? why are you speaking Cantonese/Mandarin/Japanese etc whatever to me. Mildly annoying at best. Offensive? Not really. As an East Asian, when everyone has black hair for example, it's not hard to tell why some might get people mixed up. I myself get things mixed up. I see someone speaking Korean and I'm like, oh I thought they looked Japanese.

'Oh, the dude is speaking Spanish? Weird, I thought he's from Italy'

I just don't get why people are offended, honestly.

Also, with language, like when someone says 'I'm from Austria douche, not Germany, can't you tell by my accent?'. Yeah, I get it, two different countries, just politely say 'naw, different country and move on'.

The way I see it, this is actually an attempt to get to know more of the world/you. I really don't see a problem. Most people who approach me are eager.

Of course, I will definitely concede there are people out there just trying to show off, only to look like a fool

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Difference between RBD Mirror vs. having Ceph nodes in separate geographic regions be part of the same Ceph cluster?

Assume there are two Ceph clusters: CephCluster1, CephCluster2. The reason why these are two different Ceph clusters are because they are clusters on two separate bare metal providers in separate geographic regions.

Each cluster has atleast 3 nodes. While nodes within CephCluster1, CephCluster2 can have 10GbE, between CephCluster1, CephCluster2 we can have only 1GbE

I would like the data on Ceph to be resilient to geographic outages but provide 10ms or less latency.

What changes between:

  1. Making CephCluster2 RBD Mirror CephCluster1

  2. Making the nodes in CephCluster2 and CephCluster1 be part of the same Ceph Cluster and configuring Ceph to store copies across both CephCluster2 and CephCluster1?

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What are some examples of states that fall into different geographic regions?

What are some examples of states that can be classified as being of not one but of multiple regions? What state can be classified as a Midwestern and a Southern State or which state can be a Mid-Atlantic and a Southern State?

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What to do with literature review in disease area of interest but for a Different Geographic Region?

Hi, I need to do a literature review as part of my master's thesis on what factors influence whether people uptake preventative measures against a specific disease. I'm interested in this for a specific set of countries in Africa. I found a literature review on this exact topic, but it's based on Southeast Asian countries. Some of the information from SEA will definitely be relevant in Africa, but I may need to determine if there are factors that are relevant only among the African countries.

I'm wondering what my next steps should be? My initial thought is to take the SEA lit review search terms and inclusion/exclusion criteria (with referencing of course), adjust them for my countries of interest, and rerun the lit review.

Is this a good idea? Is there something better that I could do to reduce the work load?

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DVD region codes: a method used to limit the release of DVDs to certain geographic areas en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/D…
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Despite the actuation of blacklists within specific geographic regions, the ongoing lack of a cohesive global blacklist means tainted phones need only cross a border before being operational again.
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Geographic regions of Turkey and their approximate climate counterparts in the United States
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Findings highlight how the costs of accessing research can impact overall scientific innovation. Expanded access to copyrighted research boosted academic careers. The number of new PhDs increased more in geographic areas with closer access to BRP books compared with regions that were further away. aeaweb.org/research/chart…
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The Val di Non, in Northen Italy, is a small geographic region whose economy is based on the cultivation of apples. You can see in this photo how most of the valley is literally covered with apple trees. Basically a piece of Cordonia IRL!
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Some of the USAs most prolific and infamous SKs shown by different geographic regions
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Idea: Geographic Regions

When making a map, I sometimes wanna design things like Geographic Regions, be it Continents, Island Groups, Areas that formerly belonged to a now fallen empire, basins, etc.

It would be especially cool if these areas could overlap, maybe even with customizable layers, but not sure if that would be compatible with the structure.

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Is there any way to tell if I am likely more Irish than I am British, or vice versa? In other words, is there any way to estimate if I have more Irish or British ancestry based on these results and geographic regions? reddit.com/gallery/pa9z7h
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I am sick and tired of every poll or geographic statistic being the EU vs America. Or just the Europe or just the US. They’re alway representing a percentage based comparison of the 2 regions, be it gay marriage acceptance, auto accidents or age brackets number of immigrants per area.

There are other parts of the world for Pete’s sake. I under stand that it may be harder to collect data somewhere else. Or that this is an American based site. But to hell with where most Germans reside other then Germany, and I don’t want to know where most deaths occur on motorcycles Montana vs Monaco. Where the hell is Brazil, Morocco, Sudan Australia or China vs Japan. And what about New Zealand vs Canada. God damn your Eurocentric bean counting colonial clicks. The globe is bigger then this.

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What geographic region of the US (if any) are you in right now?

https://www.worldatlas.com/r/w500-q80/upload/ea/82/07/shutterstock-354532898.jpg

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Banned from /r/askanthropology for suggesting that physical characteristics are similar in geographic regions

Note from the moderators:

Relax -- we aren't against level-headed discussions about race, just against racism and racial quackery.

>Present someone with 20 medical-textbook-pictures of naked people. Most people will be able to guess with a 19-out-of-20 accuracy which geographic region of the world each of those people are from. But I'll probably be banned for posting something so "racist" as to suggest that people born in a geographic region show outward physical similarities.

This made me laugh -- I would bet all my money you wouldn't be able to know where I am from if you saw a picture of me.

>Thank you for the ban. I certainly wouldn't want to participate in a community so close minded and divorced from reality that they think all people are physically identical.

We certainly do not think that, but if that is your strawman vision of us, maybe it is best you indeed do not participate, so you are very welcome.

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Smoke from massive wildfires in Russia's Siberia region has reached the geographic North Pole "for the first time in recorded history," according to NASA β€” while the forest blazes themselves are bigger than all the other wildfires currently burning in the world combined, one expert said.
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Why does Bangladesh have a much larger population than Myanmar despite being in the same geographic region, suited for growing crops, and Myanmar having a much larger land area?

Currently in 2021, Bangladesh has a population of 164,689,383 people while Myanmar has a population of 54,409,800 people.

Myanmar’s land area is 676,578 km2 while Bangladesh’s land area is 147,570 km2.

While you might bring up the point that Java has a population higher than Russia despite having over 100 times more land than Russia, it is worthy to note that Java occupies the tropics, which produce better farmland than lands in the poles, which Russia mostly occupies.

With Bangladesh and Myanmar, they both sit in the tropics, meaning that both countries have a similar climate suited for farming.

Despite this, why is the Bangladeshi population much higher than the Burmese population?

I know the Ganges/Padma/Meghalaya Rivers are more fertile than the Irrawaddy River, but I don’t expect such a staggering population difference. I expect Bangladesh to have a population 1.5 times more than Myanmar due to the fertility of the river, but I don’t expect Bangladesh to have a population of over 3 times more than Myanmar’s, especially considering the much larger size of Myanmar.

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Will the score releases be staggered by geographic region?
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Use of 'on' instead of 'in' for geographic regions semi-historic/US English?

Hello there! I just finished reading a book about US president U.S. Grant (that was fun to write) and, through lots of primary source references it seems people of the time referred to the South (both the Confederacy and the general region) by saying 'on the south'. That is 'we find today that the wealth of plantation owners on the south...' instead of what I would typically use today of 'in the South'. Is this due to historic nuance I'm missing or is this just a linguistic shift? Timeframe in the book was from approximately 1800-1880, with the use of 'on the south' consistent throughout. I remember it occurring for other cardinal regions, like North or west, but also for cities like 'on Cincinnati'.

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I need help with making a custom, scale accurate, geographic based region!

Morrocoy National Park, Venezuela

I've been working on it for a week already, but I just can't seem to find the way of making it right. It's only about ΒΎ of the scale it should be. Any suggestions, or a kind soul willing to give me a hand? πŸ˜‚

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Geographic regions of RDR2 matched to the real world area that inspired them.
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What to do with literature review in disease area of interest but for a different geographic region?

Hi, I need to do a literature review as part of my master's thesis on what factors influence whether people uptake preventative measures against a specific disease. I'm interested in this for a specific set of countries in Africa. I found a literature review on this exact topic, but it's based on Southeast Asian countries. Some of the information from SEA will definitely be relevant in Africa, but I may need to determine if there are factors that are relevant only among the African countries.

I'm wondering what my next steps should be? My initial thought is to take the SEA lit review search terms and inclusion/exclusion criteria (with referencing of course), adjust them for my countries of interest, and rerun the lit review.

Is this a good idea? Is there something better that I could do to reduce the work load?

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