Best Places to Retire… More Suggestions

Feb 1st, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

More updated information today on top places in the world to retire…  Since there is not agreement among the variety of Internet websites that publish their list of favorites, SCJ will present several lists to you from which you can create your own list of favorites!  Remember to take a look at the criteria each site uses to determine its top 10 list; different criteria will result in different lists, and your determination needs to be based on criteria as similar to yours as possible

This comes from the 2010 list on

  • Asheville NC
  • Sarasota Florida 
  • Prescott Arizona 
  • Paris Tennessee 
  • Austin Texas 
  • Green Valley Arizona 
  • Winston-Salem NC 
  • Beaufort South Carolina 
  • San Diego California 
  • Fort Myers, Florida   

Here a site for you to check out that identifies countries rather than cities. You have a choice of many countries to retire to for your new journey in life. You’ve planned, saved, and waited for this day to arrive. Now that it’s here, and you’ve looked at several countries to retire to, it’s time to decide on the one. Incidently, I choose Provence in southern France.

US News had a recent article that focuses on senior retirement and a great place to do it. Many people dream of moving to a new location in retirement. When you are no longer tied to your job you can finally take off for a warmer climate, pursue your hobbies, or simply move closer to your grandchildren. Selecting a place to retire requires a great deal of thought and planning. US News has a Best Places to Retire search tool to find a place that has both beautiful scenery and big city amenities. You can also search based on budget criteria including the cost-of-living and home prices. Moving to a lower cost locale than where you live now can give your nest egg a much needed boost. If you think part-time work might be a part of your retirement years, consider places where the economy is growing and the unemployment rate is low. Tough choice, isn’t it?

CBS Money Watch says that one couple’s balance sheet was a determining factor in retirement locale: “Where are planning to retire, Iowa?” The answer surprised him. “As a matter of fact, yes,” said the future Hawkeye fan. “We can buy a house for $50,000 and live on about $28,000 a year and be near our kids.” Super, as that is where I spent most of my life.  Great schools, non-violent life, rather inexpensive taxes, calm environment and much more.  I am so glad that I raised my three children in Iowa.

Money Magazine came up with  this year’s edition of Best Places to Retire; MONEY identified 25 towns with notable lifelong-learning programs, as well as other attributes that retirees can appreciate, from low taxes to affordable housing to high-quality health care. In all of these places, you can enjoy the traditional trappings of retirement, be it warm weather or water views, and savor a rich intellectual environment too. Interesting; I have a friend with whom I spent two years studying at Ohio State on a PhD program, and Jim chose Bellingham, Washington.   He did a lot of research and discovered many reasons to set down his plow in this city. He came up with many reasons including that this is a vibrant small city tucked between the Puget Sound and Cascade Mountains, is 50 miles south of Vancouver, B.C., and 90 miles north of Seattle. Yet while Bellingham offers easy access to two major metro areas, it’s a distinct community in its own right, with a nationally recognized hospital, international airport, and state college.   Enjoy perusing the Internet for Ideal Places to Retire!!  jeb

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