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The Best Read and Most Commented Articles of 2014 on Topretirements

Category: General Retirement Issues

December 29, 2014 — It’s always fun to see which of our Blog articles grab the attention of our dear Members and Visitors. Sometimes it is the unexpected ones that generate the most comments and/or readership, while usually any article that includes “Best Place to Retire” in the title does pretty well. Here is our annual review of the best of what we’ve come up with for 2014.

But first the stats
Thanks to our members, Topretirements had its highest readership ever in 2014. Over the last 12 months we had over 1.5 million unique visitors and 7 million page views. We can’t prove it, but we are pretty sure that no other website in the retirement sphere gets this kind of traffic or engagement. This site wouldn’t exist without the valued contributions of so many people who share their experiences and expertise – thank you! We also greatly appreciate our loyal advertisers, many of which have been with us for 5 or more years, who make all of this possible.

Most Read Articles of 2014
The first few articles are no strangers to this list. We write annual editions of the “Worst (and Best) States to Retire in” and these are always list toppers. Likewise our annual list of the “Most Popular Active Communities” attracts a lot of attention. But many others on our Top 10 were one -offs – and we are so glad you liked them! Interestingly enough, more than half of the most read articles in 2014 were originally published in earlier years – for example “11 Affordable Places to Retire on the Waterfront” placed 4th, but it came out in 2010! But to keep things fresh we are only considering articles originally published in 2014 or very late 2013. We list the winners here in order of popularity.

1. Worst States to Retire in for 2014. New Jersey got the dubious honor of topping the list this year. Most states were repeat “winners”. This article was viewed 77,000 times.

2. 100 Most Popular Places to Retire for 2014. This annual list article ranks in order of popularity the places that Topretirements visitors most want to read about. As usual, Asheville won the popularity contest.

3. Best States to Retire – 2014. Our annual list, on which this year we ranked states on 5 separate attributes. Texas ended up as a winner on the most lists.

4. 10 Great Places in the Mountains for Retirement. This list had some very nice choices like Prescott, AZ and Laramie, Wyoming. Don’t miss similar lists we’ve published on Best Places for Lakes, Cities, Waterfront, College Towns, Livability, etc. You can find them in the “Best Towns and States” category in our Blog.

5. Affordable Places to Retire on the Coast: Part 2.
We are happy that this followup article sparked so much interest. Heh, there are a LOT of nice places on the coast you can retire to, but finding affordable ones is a bit more of a challenge.

6. How to Find a Great Snowbird Rental for the Winter. This article was actually published in December of 2013, but it had no chance of winning last year because it came out so late. In the article we posed a number of questions to help you get started, discussed pros and cons, and gave you some suggestions.

7. Florida Dominates Most Popular Active Communities in 2014. Our annual list with new communities coming in and others dropping out. These were the 100 top out of 2800 in our database.

Most Commented Upon
We like to think we’ve done our job when an article sparks a lot of comments. Your comments add so much dimension and detail – this site would be nothing without them! So here are the articles that sparked the most comments in 2014. The first 4 also made the “Most Read” list above. All were published this year. You folks are still discussing earlier articles, so we’ve listed one of those at the end.

1. 100 Most Popular Places to Retire for 2014. Generated 297 comments!

2. Best States to Retire – 2014. 128 comments. No shortage of opinions here.

3. Worst States to Retire in for 2014. 109 comments in a wide-ranging, free for all discussion!

4. Florida Dominates Most Popular Active Communities in 2014. 103 comments, almost all of them mighty interesting.

5. 10 Great Year Round Places to Retire. This article was in 2 parts. Part 1 generated 90 comments, Part 2 added on 26 more.

6. (A tie). Tell Us Where You Are Living in Retirement. Per a Member suggestion, this article summarized some of the 745 comments we received when we asked this question in 2012. Then you added on 88 more fascinating responses.

6. (A tie). The Kids Are Through College, You Retire Next Week, and You’re Dead Broke. This article resonated with many of you, because it provoked 88 comments.

8. Best Cities for Retirement Living. In the 2 weeks since this article was published in December, 2014 it has already prompted 78 comments. Many of those disagreed with the criteria used for selection.

9. Avoid These Retirement Wrecking Mistakes. There were 69 comments to this story, which featured this as the #1 tip – Don’t build a dream house.

10. Affordable 55+ Communities and More. This article from April had 65 comments.

Best Member Submitted Story
Some of our best Blog articles were submitted by our members. The real world input provided by these folks just can’t be equalled, and for that we thank you. This year’s winner came from Rich – thanks!
This is Rocket Science: How a Space Engineer Found His Best Place to Retire

Editor’s Picks
We are very pleased with all of the member input we get to our periodic surveys. But this year we were blown away by the participation to our questions about retirement preferences – over 1800 people responded! We then summarized the results to questions like how far you are willing to move, preferred regions, and states, what your motivations are, etc. If you haven’t read it, we think you should.
See Florida and Sunbelt Top Your Retirement Preferences.

Older Article with Lots of 2014 Comments
Low Income Renting and Retirement. This article from November 2013 continues to generate comments – 138 so far!

Comments. Do you a personal favorite article that you liked the best? If so, please let us all know in the Comments section below. And of course, if you have an idea for an topic we should cover in 2015 – please let use this section to share the word.

For further reading:
Best Articles of 2013

Posted by Admin on December 29th, 2014


  1. Top retirements is the only blog where I currently post. You have made it IPad friendly, and I appreciate that. I especially like the financial and downsizing advice. However, there was something I was also disappointed in…….when you publish the survey results. It was nearly unreadable. So there……a new aspiration! Otherwise, I’m Hooked!!

    Editor’s comment: Thanks Caps, you made our week with your comments and suggestions! One thought about the hard to read survey results. They are hard to read because of the challenge of getting so many onto the page. But if you play with the Zoom feature on your computer or iPad on either the csv or pdf version you should be able to increase the type size to something readable. On a computer you should be able to convert the csv doc to Excel or Numbers and then manipulate further. The comments are great and worth reading.

    by Caps — December 30, 2014

  2. Oh, I thought of a topic that could be of interest……. Have any of the readers ever lived on or rented a houseboat? I’m curious about tips for maintenance and navigation, and really any consideration one may encounter.

    by Caps — December 30, 2014

  3. Thanks to Top Retirements for helping me prepare to retire in 5 years. I love reading everyone’s comments about different areas of the U.S. This website has been so helpful and we have already spent two vacations last year exploring Naples, Florida and Asheville, NC, and Wilmington, N.C. We are still looking for our retirement Utopia and are thinking of checking out Blufton, SC next vacation. Top Retirements has saved me a lot of time and has given me great insight regarding retirement. Plus also saving me from making potential bad decisions. A Very Happy New Year to Top Retirements and all its readers! I am very grateful to Top Retirements and am sure you will help me find my personal retirement paradise!

    by Jasmine — December 31, 2014

  4. Caps, As long as you “keep your head above water” you will be fine.

    by Robert — January 1, 2015

  5. I wonder how many others are like me, who are well into their 70’s and want a nice quiet but active social community. That has readily available health care and when the time comes, assisted living facilities in the same close area. i’m in excellent health but just being realistic and trying to be prepared.

    by john hickey — January 9, 2015

  6. John,
    i just read about Uplands Village in Tenn., however most of the population seems to be quite advanced. So although, in theory, one can age in place; it appears that most have accomplished this before coming to the Village.

    by ella — January 10, 2015

  7. Sorry, John. I neglected to mention that this community advertises itself as doing what you’re looking for. There’s also a community like this in Black Mt., NC. I have a friend there. But if you go on their website, you’ll see that their residents are also somewhat advanced in age.

    by ella — January 10, 2015

  8. Ella, what is the community in Black Mountain?

    by easilyamused — January 11, 2015

  9. Have you considered an article on living outside the United States? So many retirees are moving elsewhere to live for much less than they can in the states. There seem to be many options within a 2 hour flight from a US major airport. I don’t mean Mexico alone….Belize where English is spoken and the dollar is the currency, Costa Rica, Equador, Panama which is full of English speaking people since the canal was built 100 years ago……etc. how many people are considering this as an option? There are many ex-pat communities in these areas so that you are living among other Americans and Canadians and English speaking people. My husband and I are considering this. Would like to know if others are as well?

    Editor’s note: Thanks for the suggestion. Actually we have written quite a few articles on international retirement and will continue to add more. See the “International” category in the Blog.

    by Holly — January 11, 2015

  10. Easilyamused
    The web address is:

    My best to you.

    by ella — January 11, 2015

  11. Thanks Ella., looks like a lot of activities.

    by easilyamused — January 12, 2015

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