10 Best Places To Retire In America In 2013

As we baby boomers give more and more thought to where we will end up living when we really finish working, there are many factors to consider, from cost of living and employment opportunities to crime rate and climate. So we’re always interested here at BoomerCafe in those interesting lists that are published from time to time about the “Best places to retire.” Money magazine has just put out a new one, which you might want to peruse.

1) Raleigh, North Carolina
The pros of retiring in Raleigh: temperate weather and a strong economy for encore careers. The cons: There are fewer retirees than in other cities. Plus, some pension tax breaks will expire in 2014.

Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC

2) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Why retire in Pittsburgh? It has good transportation, sports and excellent health care. But you’ll have to put up with chilly winters and relatively high property taxes.

3) Lexington, Kentucky
Considering Lexington? It has great access to continuing education and affordable downtown housing. The downside: The airport is small and there are a limited number of arts venues.

St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Petersburg, Florida

4) St. Petersburg, Florida
Thinking of retiring to Florida’s Gulf Coast? The beaches are beautiful, the weather is warm and taxes are low. The downside: tropical storms and an aging population.

Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho

5) Boise, Idaho
Love the outdoors? Boise might be the place for you. Plus, it has good health care. You’ll have to contend, though, with a lack of racial diversity, cold winters and high downtown real estate prices.

6) Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Lauderdale has great weather, low taxes and reasonably priced waterfront property.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

7) Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake City offers proximity to world-class skiing just a short drive from the city and direct flights to Paris. The Salt Lake City region has become an entrepreneurial hotbed of activity.

8) Colorado Springs, Colorado
Colorado Springs offers retirees a bustling downtown with views of Pikes Peak and easy access to the Rocky Mountains.

Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado Springs, CO

9) Spokane, Washington
Abundant sunshine, affordable housing and cultural events make Spokane an excellent retirement choice.

10) Norfolk, Virginia
Norfolk’s cultural scene and its proximity to the ocean, Chesapeake Bay and several rivers make it an activity-rich retirement destination.

4 Comments

  1. A timely post. Thank you. My wife and I are beginning that talk as to where we might want to go when we both retire. Do we stay in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, where we have lived for several years after returning from overseas or do we move? We love where we live, but must confess the New York tax spend and tax even more is becoming a concern as we watch many leaving the state. We have no problem with the four seasons and in fact rather enjoy it. We are not interested in Florida having spent time there, as both sets of parents retired to sunny Florida, with its hurricanes, fire ants, humidity and mold. We do not want city life, as they say, “been there done that.” We are looking at New Hampshire. Others might want to consider it as well. It has low taxes, the small town feel to its towns and villages and it is known for the friendliness of its people. It is a state that offers Mountains and a sea coast. It is also known for its four seasons, which does mean cold winters, but no one can tell me Colorado Springs, Colorado or Boise, Idaho are warm in the winter. At least for us living in upstate New York, with its friendly people, quaint towns and villages and spectacular scenery we can actually keep that same kind of “atmosphere” moving to New Hampshire. And anyway, from our perspective a lot of New Hampshire is south of us.

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