Search engines seem to love “Top 10” and “Best of” articles. There are so many lists of “best places to retire” out on the internet these days, how can you know which are trustworthy, or what basis they use for selecting “the best”? Here, we are doing something different: We are not going to create our own list of the top places to which boomers retire; we are just going to give you links and descriptions to find the list(s) that you may view as most helpful. We have done the searching for you, and read through many of the sites claiming to know the best places to spend your golden years. Here are five of the most current and well thought out of all we reviewed.
1) Best Places to Retire – US News (http://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/best-places-to-retire): This “best places” site is actually a collection of lists. Do you want to know the 10 sunniest places in the US? Or perhaps the 10 Best Places for Wealthy Retirees? You can find a wealth of information no matter what specifics you are using to narrow down your search.
2) The 25 Best Places to Retire in 2013 – Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mjf45glmi/time-for-a-move): We really like this site for a couple of reasons. First, it is absolutely current. Second, Forbes did their homework. They crunched data on more than 400 cities from every state in the nation. They used a formula including costs of living, tax structures, crime rates, availability of doctors, and recreational activities (good biking and walking trails, high levels of community volunteering). They also took into account the Milken Institute’s “Best Cities for Successful Aging” report, which even looks at such details as local investments in public and senior transportation. If you are someone who likes a lot of information and wants to know just where it comes from, this is a great “best of” list for you, in a convenient slideshow format.
3) 10 Surprisingly Best States for Retirement – Bankrate.com (http://www.bankrate.com/finance/retirement/best-states-for-retirement.aspx#slide=1): This list – also a collection of slides – is for those who may want something different from the obvious Sunbelt retirement areas. Bankrate does not assume that when boomers retire, they all want warm climates and typical retirement communities. This list is 10 of the “unexpectedly best” states for retirement, arrived at by crunching a variety of data on cost of living, access to health care, inspiring landscapes, climate, cost of living, and post-retirement employment opportunities.
4) 10 Most Relaxing Cities to Enjoy Your Golden Years – Huffington Post Lifestyle (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/02/best-places-to-retire-10-cities_n_2957794.html: The title says it all: Huffington Post has collected a list of relaxing retirement destinations. They combed through some of the nation’s best small towns and cities to find those in which retirees can kick back and enjoy a stress-free retirement. If you are most interested in peace and quiet in your golden years, with lots of opportunity for cultural activities or outdoor recreation, check out this list.
5) 10 Great Places to Retire for the City Life – AARP (http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/livable-communities/info-02-2012/10-Great-Cities-to-Retire-AARP.html): Perhaps relaxation is not what you are looking for, and you are more interested in spending your retirement years experiencing nightlife, culture, and a lively social scene. One of AARP’s many lists of “best places to retire,” this one is for those who sincerely appreciate urban city living, and seek energy, excitement, and character-rich neighborhoods. Here they list cities with senior-friendly neighborhoods, and discuss the top restaurants, nightlife, and cultural attractions that may appeal to energetic retirees.