Top-Rated Places for Retirement Living

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 31 May 2011

The newest Forbes Retirement Guide is out, and this time, the report takes a closer look at locations that offer a minimal tax burden and lower cost-of-living (i.e. there aren’t any cities in New Jersey, New York, California, or Connecticut on the list).

As the experts sifted through data, these factors – in addition to tax burden/cost of living – were considered in whittling down this list: weather, serious crime, driving conditions, availability of doctors, and opportunities for physical/social activity (volunteer work, bicycle/walking paths, etc.).

The following 16 cities, most of which boast populations of around 100,000 or more, made the cut: Albuquerque, NM; Charleston, SC; Charlotte, NC; Colorado Springs, CO; Fargo, ND; Indianapolis, IN; Jacksonville, FL; Kansas City, MO; Lexington, KY; Nashville, TN; Omaha, NE; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; Salt Lake City, UT; San Antonio, TX; and Tuscon, AZ.

Retirement living is changing every day. Some retirees are choosing to relocate overseas, others are leaving their empty nest in the suburbs and heading to metropolitan areas, and many are downsizing to a smaller living space, albeit a condo, cottage, or luxury apartment. Residence in an active adult community is another popular retirement living choice on today’s market.

To search for retirement living options in community settings, start here at Seniors for Living.

- Michelle Seitzer

There are 2 Comments about this post

  1. Funny, you seem to select best places to retire in cities that with terrible climates and high crime rates.
    Consider the following widely accepted “5 Key Retirement Factors:”
    1) Affordable Housing, 2) Low Taxes, 3) Best Climate, 4) Low Crime Rate and 5) Many Things to Do.
    When comparing Best Places to Retire, North San Diego County offers; A wide Price Range of Homes for retirees, has about average Taxes, ranks tops in Climate, has Low Crime Rates and offers a huge selection of Things to Do.
    In our climate you can enjoy outdoor activities throughout the year-
    A precious freedom that can add years of enjoyment to “The Retirement Chapter” of your life!
    Think it over…


    on 16 January 2012 / 6:06 PM

  2. Thanks for sharing these insights, Ralph. We appreciate you stopping by the blog!


    on 17 January 2012 / 11:47 AM


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