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Most Read Retirement Stories of 2020

Category: Best Retirement Towns and States

January 6, 2021 – The coronavirus and the election might have been the two big national stories in 2020, but Topretirements Members and visitors had some other issues on their minds as well. We published almost 100 Blog stories last year, and it turns out that once again, features that highlight great places to retire almost always come out on top. Here are the most popular articles on Topretirements last year, 2020. As always, we appreciate any future story ideas you might have too.

20 Great Places to Retire on a Lake. This article picked the top 20 communities from the 122 lake towns reviewed on Topretirements. We focused on places where it is possible to live on or near the lake, with some kind of nearby town for entertainment and the necessities of life. This story from January was the runaway favorite of the year.

10 Best of the Best Places to Retire for 2020 In this “Best of the Best” review, we picked 10 towns from lists of our 60 Best Retirement Towns in three major U.S. retirement regions. Asheville (NC), a frequent winner, came out of top.

Best Golf Cart Communities in America. The idea of living in a community where your golf cart becomes your primary means of transportation is very appealing to a lot of people. Peachtree City in Georgia has special roads to shopping centers and recreation just for golf carts.

Now 8 States with No Income Tax Taxes are another perennial topic of interest in our members, so the news that there are now 8 states with no income tax was big.

Snowbirds weigh Return Options. Yet another one of the pandemic’s effects on retirees was on snowbirds. There was great confusion and consternation about whether they should go back home in the spring, or come again in the fall. There were lots of interesting Comments.

10 Very Cool Towns for Retirement. Why choose to retire in a boring town when you can live in a cool one? We provided 10 great choices in this article, starting with Davidson, NC. It was read almost 8,000 times, not bad for coming out so late in the year.

What Type of Retiree Will You Be? Our Members seemed to really enjoy this portrayal of the 11 personality types we see in retirees. Will you be a “Keep on Truckin”, “Worker Bee”, “Nomad”, or “Nana”? Most agree that we are usually a combination of various types.

Coronavirus and Your Retirement Portfolio: Sell, Hold, or Buy The stock market was nuts in 2020! At various times it looked like the end of the world, but at the finish it was anything but.

10 Surprising Places to Retire You Never Heard of We get pretty tired of seeing the same names at the top of all of those Best Places to Retire lists. So this list was an effort to find some that make for wonderful places to retire, but aren’t household names. We started with Jensen Beach (FL) andWhitefish (MT).

Southwest Florida’s Best Places to Retire. Touring possible places to retire isn’t so easy with a raging pandemic on our hands. So for this piece we went on a virtual tour of Florida’s southern Gulf Coast, traveling from just above Tampa all the way down to Marco Island. Ride along and find out more about charming places you might never have heard of.

What I’ve Learned About Golf Course Communities and the People Who’ve Moved There Frequent commentator Larry Gavrich contributed this extremely interesting article. In it he passes on some of the great insights from his many years of advising clients looking for a golf course community.

Comments? What was your favorite article of the year? Do you have some suggestions for us to pursue in 2021? Let us know in the Comments section below!

Posted by Admin on January 6th, 2021


  1. How about:
    • Mistakes that you or someone you know has made in choosing a new place for retirement — and how others can avoid them.
    • How often do retirees move back to their original homes after retirement and at what age, typically (an article about Florida a few years ago reported that 80-somethings were moving back to be near their family in their late years).
    • Living in an area where the politics is so different from your own beliefs. Is it important not to do this?
    • The opportunities — and pitfalls — of dating in a retirement community, filled with anecdotes.
    • Ways that couples have compromised in choosing a new retirement community or state.

    by Ed LaFreniere — January 6, 2021

  2. Thanks Ed, all great suggestions! If any of our Members have input or stories to tell about any of these topics (or others!) please use the Comments section below or reply to one of our newsletters.


    by Admin — January 7, 2021

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