Where are boomers retiring and why?

Every day, every week, every year, thousands of baby boomers are retiring, or looking at retirement down the road. There are a thousand different things to figure out about it and one of the key questions is, where?

At Forbes.com, they’ve come up with an alphabetically arranged list of what they consider the top 25 U.S. cities for retirees. They didn’t just make arbitrary choices; they considered data about housing and living costs, taxes, weather and air quality, crime rates, doctor availability, and active-lifestyle rankings for walkability, bicycling, volunteering, as well as opportunities for post-retirement “work.”

Here are eight of the Forbes top 25:

Venice, Florida

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Known as “Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World”. Pros: Warm Gulf Coast climate, above average air quality, cost of living at national average, median home price $196,000, low crime. Con: Low walkability rating.

Tucson, Arizona

Photo by David Henderson

Photo by David Henderson

Nicknamed “The Old Pueblo”. Pros: Warm climate, above-average air quality, cost of living 4% below national average, typical home price $172,000, abundant doctors per capita, high rank for bicycling and volunteering. Con: High crime rate, so-so economy.

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Originally named Great Salt Lake City. Pro: Moderate climate, above average air quality, terrific economy, cost of living 5% below national average, typical home price $226,000, abundant doctors per capita, high grades for bicycling, volunteering and walkability. Con: High crime rate.

Ogden, Utah

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Major railroad hub. Pros: Good economy, cost of living 12% below national average, median home price $124,000, good state tax climate, low crime, high volunteering rank. Con: Low doctors per capita.

Frederick, Texas

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Named after Prince Frederick of Prussia. Pros: Warm climate, above average air quality, cost of living 5% below national average, median home price $138,000, low crime, high walkability rank. Cons: None. (And, no, we had never heard of it, either.)

Charleston, South Carolina

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Civil War started here. Pros: Water frontage, warm climate, robust economy, good state tax environment, cost of living about national average, typical home price $$228,000, low crime, high bicycling grade. Con: Low marks for volunteering.

Brevard, North Carolina

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County seat of Transylvania County. Pros: scenic town amid waterfalls, moderate climate, cost of living 3% below national average, typical home price $195,000, low crime, high walkability rating. Cons: none.

Boise, Idaho

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State capital. Pros: Dry climate, good economy, cost of living about at national average, average home price $168,000, low crime, high rankings for walkability, bicycling and volunteering. Cons: Cost of living 4% above national average.

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