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10 States That Attract the Most Retirees – Voting with Their Feet

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

July 8, 2020 — It is a familiar question… what is the best state for retirement? There are many ways to answer that question, and in fact over the years we have tried several. There is the the lowest taxes viewpoint. Or, a comparison of other economic factors like cost of living. Alternative approaches include best climate, absence of natural hazards like hurricanes, geographic features like beaches and mountains, political climate, financial health of the state, medical care, etc.

Ultimately, identifying the best state for retirement is a very personal question. In the end it boils down to what is the best state for YOUR retirement. It is very possible that your best state is where you live now, if it meets your desires, since 80% or more retirees do not cross state lines after they retire.

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Posted by Admin on July 7th, 2020

Stereotypes Can Mean Missed Opportunities When It Comes to Finding Best Place to Retire

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

June 2, 2020 — Back in 2014 we wrote a piece (updated this March) that tries to make the point that people’s stereotypes might keep them from finding their best place to retire. Will Stereotypes Keep You From Finding Your Best Place to Retire? was quite popular and generated 65 interesting Comments. Those drove home the message even better, because they were the experiences of real people as they went through the process of finding a place to retire. This article features a selection of some of the more interesting, wide ranging Member Comments from 2014 – we think you will find them still useful! (PS – we took snippets from the Comments, you can read them all in the article).

Paula on Las Vegas

There’s nothing like seeing a place in person to help either confirm or dispel stereotypes. My DH and I recently spent a week in Las Vegas, somewhere we’d never been (and had never desired to see), staying with friends who in the housing crash bought a small second home there (their first home is in Ithaca, NY, where we also live). We were very pleasantly surprised at the incredibly reasonable cost of living there — if our friends were to move there for year-round residence, they would easily save $10-15K on property taxes (less than 20% of what they are here), income taxes (none), cheaper gas and groceries, incredible senior centers and Ys and discounts for Nevada residents at museums, Vegas shows, etc. 

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Posted by Admin on June 2nd, 2020

10 More Great Places to Retire You Never Heard of

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

May 15, 2020 — Since the reaction to our first “10 Great Places to Retire You Never Heard of” was so positive, here are 10 more to consider. This exercise has been fun and a great way to prove the point that there are so many interesting places to retire that never get the consideration they deserve. One of these just might be the perfect place for you to retire!

To try to spread things around, this time we have looked for best retirement towns that are geographically diverse and add towns from states not represented in the first 10. Most are fairly affordable, while some of the towns in prime locations reflect the cost of living in a very desirable community. Most of these “undiscovered” towns have fairly small populations.

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Posted by Admin on May 20th, 2020

10 Surprising Places to Retire You Never Heard of

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

Note: This is the first in a 2 Part article: See Part 2, “10 More Surprising Places to Retire“. April 11, 2020 — Every week you probably see a barrage of “10 Best Places to Retire” lists from various media outfits. While many of the towns are great places to retire, they tend to be the same ones from list to list, the “darlings” of the retirement world. So if you are looking for a retirement town that is not a cliche, overcrowded, and a great place to retire, here are 10 interesting places to retire that you (probably) never heard of.

A funny thing happened when we started preparing this list… we quickly realized we could have named 100 towns, stopping at 10 didn’t seem fair. To remedy that we promise to come out with “10 More Great Places to Retire That You Never Heard of” in the near future.

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Posted by Admin on April 11th, 2020

The Results Are in: Where You Are Thinking about Retiring

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

March 24, 2020 — Thanks to the just under 100 community-minded Members and visitors who have contributed to our call to tell us where they are thinking about retiring. We really appreciate you selflessly taking a minute to share your hopes, dreams, and experiences for the benefit of this community. We wish more people had responded, but there is still time (which a lot of us seem to have right now!) You can see the original request and all of the Comments in their entirety here. Reading them is most interesting!

In all, 23 states and 2 countries were mentioned as potential retirement destinations. Many people mentioned regions rather than states. Multiple states and towns, some very different from one another, were often in the mix. Not all of the choices were predictable. We hope you find these real-world suggestions as useful as we did.

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Posted by Admin on March 24th, 2020

Where Are You Thinking About Retiring? Share Your Dreams!

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

March 8, 2020 — Back in 2012 we ran an article that asked people to share their plans, thoughts, and dreams on where they might retire. It was phenomenally successful, generating over 700 comments (see link to that article and comments at bottom). We then summarized those comments by State and Region, and that was very interesting too, generating 200 comments.

Now it is time to see how things might have changed, as well as get input from our newer members. The assignment is to tell your fellow members “Where are you thinking about retiring, and why others should consider it”. The project depends on getting as many people as possible to contribute, which will give us valuable survey data that everyone will appreciate. For our part, we promise to analyze and categorize the responses in a future article. Think of the assignment as a small way to pay us back for providing you with this free site. As promised, here is a summary of the 90 suggestions you made.

Your Instructions – It’s Easy!
We need your response to the question in 2-3 lines of text. It’s easy, because if everyone is brief it will be a cinch to read comments from a whole lot of people. You can respond directly in the Comments section below, or you can send an email with your comments and we will add them in. Either way, it won’t take long, and it will be a real help to yourself and everyone else in this community. Just say where you plan to retire, or did retire to, or think you might – and why others should consider it – that’s it!

An appetizer:

Just yesterday a friend who hadn’t been getting our weekly newsletter reconnected. His response was the spark that made this article possible. Here is what Bill had to say about his retirement plans, which reflect the diversity of ideas that exist out there.

We are think of exploring New Hampshire Lakes.  That is what my wife wants but I am not sold yet.  She wants to retire on a lake near a ski area.  Other places on her list are Whitefish, Montana, a few places in Idaho as well.  I am looking forward to just checking out different places — not sold on anything yet other than when I slow down on skiing I want to be in southern Florida.  We have a few more years to plan and lots of places on our list to visit.  

Your website has been great and full of good information I am looking forward to learning more from your website in the future years to come.

Bill

Please send us your thoughts! We are counting on everyone taking just a minute or two to get things rolling. A very big Thanks!

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Posted by Admin on March 8th, 2020

Do You Have Some Good Photos of Retirement Towns?

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

March 8, 2020 — We are in the process of upgrading all of the photos for the almost 1200 towns we have reviewed on this site. There is nothing better than a good photo that shows what a place really looks like. Each city review has space for 3 photos, and it would be great if we always get that amount. If you live in a town we have reviewed (or would like us to review it), or if you have visited a place that we cover, please send us some of your photographs. If you like, we will give you credit as the photographer on that page. Unfortunately, we can’t promise we can use them all, but if we don’t have any good ones for that town already, we probably will.

Because they will be on the web they don’t have to be giant sized photos – 100 or 200 kb is fine, although we can reduce your 1-2 megabyte photos down to fit. You can upload them yourself for approval by going to the city review (e.g.; Albuquerque NM) and looking for the “Add Your City Here” link. You have to be logged in to do that. Or, you can send them in an email. Thanks!

PS – You can find reviews of all of the town we cover at https://www.topretirements.com/reviews/ and looking under the state or country.

Terms: By sending us your photo(s) you are granting Topretirements.com to use the photo(s) at Topretirements.com. You agree that they are your own photographs and you did not copy them from any other source.

Posted by Admin on March 7th, 2020

I Would Love to Retire in California, But It’s Too Expensive: Where Else?

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

March 4, 2020 — California has sunny skies, a Mediterranean climate… and super-high housing prices and unending traffic. The Zillow Home Value Index was $561,000 in early 2020. A pleasant victim of its own success, it is a bit like Yogi Berra was alleged to have said, “It’s so crowded, no one goes there anymore”.

For those looking for the California experience, but don’t want to either have to pay for it or fight its crowds, this article will explore some places to retire that might be good alternatives. The good news is, there are plenty of great places that are much more affordable. Most are not near a coast, but many have lakes and/or mountains to enjoy.

Flatiron Mountain: Photo by Molly Brady

Tucson, Arizona. Warm in winter, blessed with sunshine almost 300 days per year, Tucson is surrounded by beautiful desert mountains. At 233 performing arts dates per year, it also has one of the nation’s highest number of arts performances. It retains a distinctive relaxed, western flavor (Tombstone is nearby). The Zillow Home Value Index was $212,648 in 2020.

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Posted by Admin on March 2nd, 2020

Missing Our Weekly Newsletter

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

February 24, 2020 –

Just heard from a friend who is concerned because she no longer gets our weekly “Best Places” newsletter. Unfortunately, due to a bone headed mistake I made, she is not the only one. Here is what I wrote back:

Hi, The newsletter is still the best way to get our info. But unfortunately I made a mistake in early Jan. and accidentally deleted a whole bunch of subscribers. Because the co. mailing the newsletters doesn’t want me adding people back in who have unsubscribed, the only way back in is for you to add yourself. This is the link https://www.topretirements.com/Newsletter.html – should just take a second. If you have suggestions or ideas, would love to hear them!

Posted by Admin on February 23rd, 2020

10 Best of the Best Places to Retire for 2020

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

February 18, 2018 — Every year we have fun rendering our opinion on the very “Best Places to Retire“. To start that process, late last year we featured the 20 Best Retirement Towns in three major U.S. retirement regions. In today’s installment we are going to winnow those lists down into our top 10 overall picks.

For 2020’s best places to retire our overriding criteria: how interesting it is to live there, recreation and culture, climate, taxes, economic situation, location, transportation, walkability, healthcare, and to a minor extent – cost of living. We also wanted to mix it up a little bit, offer diversity and some new faces.

Popularity on this site, as measured by online visits by our Members, is also very important. Here, in our opinion, are the best of the best places to retire in all of the U.S.

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Posted by Admin on February 18th, 2020