TEN BEST RETIREMENT CITIES IN US–PART 2

Dec 24th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

Last week SCJ began a two-part post on the ten best cities to retire in the United States, chosen by AARP.  Their examination included over 350 cities.  They looked at financial data, including property and sales-tax rates, median housing prices, cost of living and tax rates on pensions and Social Security.   AARP also included recreation, climate, and arts and culture.

Here is the second part, five more best cities to retire:

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Frontier culture, wild west images and Frontier Days, one of the largest rodeos lasting over 115 years.  That’s Cheyenne.  Median housing price: $141,400.  State tax: On pensions, no; on Social Security, no.  Sales tax: 6%.  Best deal in town: Admission to the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, nine High Plains acres inside Lions Park, is free.

Columbus, Indiana

This is described as an “…under the radar…” community with big attractions for senior citizens. Median housing price: $124,200.  State tax: On pensions, yes; on Social Security, no.  Sales tax: 7%.  Best deal in town: Drink in the Hoosier bliss of an ice-cream soda ($2.99) at the counter of Zaharakos, which looks the same as when it opened in 1900 — and sounds it, too, thanks to a fully restored pipe organ.

Ithaca, New York

Ithaca has major attractions for senior citizens who enjoy intellectual pursuits.  Cornell University and Ithaca College are the reasons why. Median housing price: $146,100.  State tax: On pensions, partial; on Social Security, no.  Sales tax: 8%.  Best deal in town: Lunch at the Moosewood Restaurant, a hippie haven that launched the vegetarian movement; shop and watch street performers on Ithaca Commons

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

AARP says it better than we can:Harrisburg’s 50,000 shade trees, 4.5-mile-long Riverfront Park and 20-mile greenbelt around the city showcase its modern skyline, lovely old cathedrals, elegant Capitol complex and well-maintained historic districts.“  Median housing price: $144,200.  State tax: On pensions, partial; on Social Security, no.  Sales tax: 6%.  Best deal in town: There’s no admission for Wildwood Park, which includes a nature center that specializes in wetlands life.

Midland, Texas

Midland was established by the railroad as a mid-way point between Ft Worth and El Paso.  Median housing price: $96,600.  State tax: On pensions, no; on Social Security, no.  Sales tax: 8.25%.  (Sales tax is higher because there is no state income tax in Texas.  Best deal in town: $10 buys a balcony seat at Summer Mummers in the Yucca Theatre, a melodrama/comedy show that began in the 1940s. Alcohol is served, and attendees are encouraged to throw popcorn at the actors.

There you have it, Seniors!  The ten best cities to retire in the United StatesThere are likely dozens more that have major attractions for seniors.  The Internet is a great place to research available options.



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