Thursday, March 10, 2011

Best Cities: Retire in the USA

Much of our time on this blog has been dedicated to discussing the idea of moving or retiring abroad. It began with the question, Where should I live? and quickly expanded to include: where to retire and we've done a lot of searching for the cheapest places to live.

Staying in the USA

Now although I look at myself as a citizen of the world (I do believe that patriotism is an outdated - out moded concept that is preventing us from reaching greater potential, but that's a discussion for another day!) I get a lot of feedback from people who don't want to move - at least not to far. They're not interested in living abroad and find comfort and security staying in the good old USA. I appreciate and respect that. So lately, you may have noticed, I've been trying to provide a lot more information about staying in the USA - the best places to live, retire and some of the places to avoid - like the most miserable cities in America!

The Best Place to Retire

One common characteristic I find in people who are requesting information about best city to live in USA is that they tend to be older. They were born and raised in the America and the idea of moving abroad is total foreign to them - pardon the pun. I can't blame them! America is home. They been through good and bad here and this is the place they want to spend their retirement years. Traditionally Florida was the dream for a lot of these working folks. It was thought of as the best place to retire in all of America. But times have changed. Florida has seen some turbulent times - again pardon the pun - and many retirees have written it off the list. That said, I still plan on doing a little research and finding the best places to live in Florida.

Places to Retire

So Florida may be down, but not out. However, Florida is only one of the best retirement states. There are plenty more. I've spent quite some time gathering data and presenting you with lots and lots of lists. I've also found retirement places rated in different surveys and passed that on. But now it's your turn.

Earlier in February of this year I made a post about a review I read online. It was regarding a list by RandomForest.com titled,

The Best U.S. Cities For Retirees

1. Asheville, NC
2. Sarasota, FL
3. Prescott, AZ
4. Paris, TN
5. Austin, TX
6. Green Valley, AZ
7. Winston-Salem, NC
8. Beaufort, SC
9. San Diego, CA
10. Ft. Myers, FL

I would like to know what you thought - think about that list. Are those places you would consider retiring to? Are you surprised by the best cities to retire in the USA , which made it on the list? I would really like to know!

My idea was to create a survey here in the post so you could just rank order the cities but I couldn't figure out how to do that on Blogger! So, I opted for the next best thing - it's over there to your right on the sidebar. Now before you vote you may want to go back and review my post from February - just click on the heading for that list above, it will take you right there.

Cast your vote and if you don't see your Best US City in the list then leave me a comment below and I will add it!

2 comments:

papa_john said...

But how are these cities cost of living? Austin is pretty expensive.

papa_john said...

But what about the cost of living? I'm sure the quality of life is good, with good medical etc. Austin is not a cheap place to live