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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.

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.


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

For further reading:

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 and looking under the state or country.

Terms: By sending us your photo(s) you are granting to use the photo(s) at 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.

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 – 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.

Posted by Admin on February 18th, 2020

Southwest State Retirement Comparison Updated

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

February 8, 2020 — Our popular series comparing different regions of the country for retirement has a new update. The Southwest, featuring comparisons of Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah has all new data and a fresh look. You’ll find up to date information on housing prices, taxes, climate, and where to live in this handy comparison article. Plus over 220 Comments rich in detail.

The Southwest States for Retirement

More state and regional comparisons:

Posted by Admin on February 8th, 2020

The Best Golf Cart Communities in America

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

February 5, 2020 — For many retirees, getting to where you want to go in a golf cart is just about heaven. Forget the car, a golf cart (or low speed vehicle) will get you there while you enjoy your surroundings in the open air. Most active adult communities allow you to keep a golf cart and drive on community roads to golf, pickleball, or the clubhouse. But the real bonus comes with places where you can get to destinations outside of the community like the supermarket, doctor’s office, and movie theatre. In this article we’ll review some of the best communities and towns in America for golf carts.

Special roads in Peachtree City

Peachtree City, Georgia is a huge planned community about 25 miles south of Atlanta, Georgia. Although it is famous for its golf cart oriented transportation system, it is not a 55+ community – it is for people of all ages – the median age is 37.5. You probably can’t walk to too many places nor take public transportation, but you sure can get about anywhere in your golf cart. There are special roads throughout that let you get to shopping, amenities, or different developments. Cresswind Peachtree City is an example of the type of active community within this city.

Posted by Admin on February 4th, 2020

Is South Africa a Great Place to Retire?

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

February 2, 2020 — For Europeans and residents of the British Commonwealth, the answer to that question might be yes, it is a great choice for an expatriate retirement.  The area around Cape Town at the southern end of the Continent is particularly appealing.  This article, based on our recent trip to the country, will explore what it might be like to retire in South Africa, list some possible retirement towns, and provide the pros and cons of retiring here. Our visit was brief, so the impressions we formed on our own and from our guides are not comprehensive. We welcome those with more experience to chime in in the Comments section.

South Africa has long had the most prosperous economy in Africa. Much of that wealth came from gold, diamonds, and agriculture. Business is strong as well. Since apartheid was eliminated in 1994 the economy has softened, but still strong. Some people believe the Rand, the National currency, is undervalued by as much as 60%.

Posted by Admin on February 1st, 2020

New Book: How to Find Your Retirement Utopia

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

January 8, 2020 — Our friend Dave Hughes, the creator of the retirement website, has just released a helpful new book. The Quest for Retirement Utopia is designed to help you find your best place to retire. To see for yourself, Dave is offering a free download of one of the chapters: Chapter 17 – Avoid These Common Mistakes When Choosing Where to Retire.

Dave is a very practical writer. And as he points out, there is a lot to consider, so choosing the place that’s right for you can be overwhelming. The Quest for Retirement Utopia covers all the possibilities and help you cut through all of the daunting and often conflicting information. 

The book will help you clarify what factors are most important and suggest some considerations that you may not have thought of. It will suggest new possibilities for where and how you might retire. It will help you evaluate each place realistically and dissuade you from making a poor choice. And it will provide you with the resources you need to properly evaluate the places you are thinking about retiring so that you can make the most informed choice.

Here’s the link to buy The Quest for Retirement Utopia on Amazon: It is available in paperback and Kindle.

Posted by Admin on January 8th, 2020