New ‘Best Places to Retire’ Web Resources Launched

Category: General Retirement Issues

August 30 — We are very pleased to announce 5 new mini-sites to help provide extra information and resources on some of the hottest retirement issues and best places to retire. These sites are especially useful because they gather a great deal of useful and relevant information in one easy to use resource. – Find out more not only about where the affordable places are, but how to plan for and achieve an affordable lifestyle as well. A special feature of this site is a list of 50 affordable places to retire – locations that also happen to have above average (more…)

Posted by John Brady on August 30th, 2010

Nantucket – Is an Island Retirement for You?

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

August 27 — Your Topretirements editor was just in Nantucket for a whirlwind vacation. This island retreat is the summer vacation hot spot, particularly among those who live nearby (think New England), or with very big checkbooks. To get here you can take the ferry, always a great ride on a beautiful day, or fly. If Queequeg, the chief harpooner in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, came back to visit Nantucket he would probably recognize many of the buildings, but not the people. The town is crawling with very prosperous tourists and families, many with young children in tow. No place on earth could be cuter, more charming, prosperous – or expensive. Shop after shop offers beautiful baubles and expensive pieces of art. The beaches, bike trails, shops and restaurants are all wonderful too. If you have the means and you dream of island living, Nantucket (ACK) might (more…)

Posted by Admin on August 27th, 2010

Federal Workers Recommend Their Best Retirement Spots

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

August 23, 2010 — Your editor was pleased to be chosen by NARFE, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, to write the feature article, So Many Great Retirement Towns, So Hard to Choose”, for the September issue of their magazine. In June NARFE asked its readers to write in with a short, Twitter length (140 characters) recommendation for why their community would make a great place for other federal workers to retire. The project was amazing because of the number and quality of responses. Hundreds of towns from all over the world were recommended, with 30 or more communities getting multiple mentions. These retired federal workers also gave dozens of fascinating reasons for selecting a community, along with strong opinions on why they wish they had not chosen certain towns (mostly (more…)

Posted by John Brady on August 23rd, 2010

Dueling Retirement States: Arizona vs. Florida

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

August 23, 2010 and updated Oct, 2013 — Note: We updated and added to this article in early 2017: See “Which State Is Better for Retirement: Arizona vs. Florida“.
In the competitive world of retirement destinations, how do various states stack up against each other? Their are some natural rivalries that make for interesting discussions, such as: the biggies (AZ vs. FL), north vs south (as in North Carolina vs. South Carolina), the northwest (Oregon vs. Washington), the mid-Atlantic (VA vs. DE vs. NJ), and so on. To air these differences and comparisons for your further education, this article will be the first in our series comparing retirement states. We welcome ideas for future comparisons.

Our approach in this article will be to evaluate various factors for each state, letting our readers draw their own conclusions from the facts. As always, reader input is extremely important. We encourage you to use the Comments section below to tell your stories and express your (more…)

Posted by John Brady on August 23rd, 2010

What One Couple is Looking for in a Retirement Community

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

Editor’s Note: We heard back from an unhappy visitor a while back who was disappointed after taking a lengthy detour to visit Maryville, Tn. She wondered how we could have ever recommended such a place, which she and her husband found ordinary and worse. After we explained that her comments would be very helpful in keeping our reviews more balanced, “Ela” graciously wrote back with a very informative note explaining what she and her husband are looking for in a retirement town. It was so good that we asked and she granted permission to reprint it (more…)

Posted by Admin on August 9th, 2010

The European View on Best Places to Retire

Category: International Retirement

August 9, 2010 — Perhaps you have been thinking about an expatriate retirement outside of the U.S.  or Canada. Or maybe you already live in Europe or South America.  If that describes you, this article will attempt to answer 2 interesting questions for you:  where do people from other countries hope to retire to, and where are the best non-U.S. places to retire.

Our curiosity about the  places people from other countries retire to was recently rewarded by a survey conducted in Europe by Aon, the human (more…)

Posted by John Brady on August 9th, 2010

Where is the Best Place to Retire

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

August 3, 2010. You can probably imagine the questions that come up when your editor meets someone and they find out about our association with The #1 question is almost always, “Where is the best place to retire”. They mean it as a serious question, so before we respond we have to pause and try not to be too overbearing. That’s because the answer we always give – “That depends on you” -could seem a bit snide. (Here is the link to our list of the “100 Best Retirement Towns for 2010″).

Sure, we know that Asheville (NC), Sarasota (FL), and Prescott (AZ) are the 3 most popular retirement towns at Topretirements. But does that make them the best? (more...)

Posted by John Brady on August 3rd, 2010