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November 26, 2021 — When it comes to lists of Best Places to Retire, one of the most consistent and “best” sources is US News. Their lists usually make sense, and rarely include bizarre choices in North Dakota or other places that don’t take into account that most retirees looking to relocate want to move to somewhere where winter temperatures are warm. While their new Best Places for 2021-2022 lists uphold their sterling reputation for the most part, the fact that they left off the entire western half of the country seems like a very serious omission.

Florida came out on top on both of their new lists this year – “Best Places” and “Most Affordable Places to Retire”. The Sunshine State garnered 8 of 10 spots on the Best Places to Retire list, and with 4 of the Most Affordable selections. Two of those Florida cities, Daytona Beach and Pensacola, made it onto both lists.

How they were chosen, along with our quibbles

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What It Is Like to Retire in Boynton Beach

Settled in 1894 by Nathan Boynton, Boynton Beach originated as a healthful resort in southeast Florida. A popular retirement community, the city includes sections that are on the barrier island and the connecting mainland to the east. This growing retirement community manages to retain some of the old Florida charm as a community with many retirees plus a diverse community of all ages. The friendly city is warm in the winter and has a rich array of choices for retirement living... more >>

State: Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in Goodyear

Goodyear has been one of the fastest growing cities in Arizona with a 20010 population of 66,000. It is named for the tire company, which bought land here to grow rubber for tires in WWII. Goodyear can boast of being the spring training home of 2 major baseball teams (both from Ohio) - the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinatti Reds. Goodyear is one of the farther out towns from Phoenix, developed in part because developers of 55+ communities have moved to find cheaper land in the Arizona desert... more >>

State: Arizona


What It Is Like to Retire in Stonington

Stonington, a former fishing village of about 18,000,  is one of the most charming towns in Connecticut.  The downtown area, which is referred to as the Borough, features two lovely long streets with many good restaurants and interesting shops. There is a big public beach right there, along with the Stonington Harbor Light, the first lighthouse established by the federal goverment.  The surrounding streets are lined with former sea captain's mansions and many public buildings... more >>

State: Connecticut


What It Is Like to Retire in Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento is the oldest city in Uruguay. It is located on the River de la Plata just across from Buenos Aires (there is boat service across this very, very wide and muddy river. Once a fort, then a peaceful fishing village, today it is a lovely place of old architecture, pretty beaches, and a Southern European feel... more >>



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