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Q: Top Five US cities to retire in ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Top Five US cities to retire in
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: regino-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 06 Nov 2006 03:57 PST
Expires: 06 Dec 2006 03:57 PST
Question ID: 780452
I am looking for the overall best top 5 US cities to retire in taking
into consideration the cost of living, housing cost, climate, crime
and State and local taxes.
Subject: Re: Top Five US cities to retire in
Answered By: rainbow-ga on 06 Nov 2006 09:28 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi regino,

According to CNN Money 2006, the five best places to retire, taking
into account numerous factors including the ones you have specified,

Walla Walla, Washington 
Holland, Michigan
St. Simons Island, Georgia 
Williamsburg, Virginia
Prescott, Arizona

How we picked the Best Places to Retire

"For Money's annual selection of best places to retire, we sought out
tax havens - cities that have particularly low burdens for residents.
But we weren't just looking for cheap places to live. We were looking
for amazing places - cities with access to quality health care,
rational home prices and lots of cultural and leisure activities -
that don't soak their taxpayers.

In defining tax havens, we looked beyond income levies. As it turns
out, many of the states with no income tax, including Florida and New
Hampshire, hit residents hard with other taxes instead. We took income
tax, property tax and sales tax into account and focused on those
states in which the sum of all three is relatively low.

Within those states, we looked at cities with high concentrations of
people over age 60, low local property taxes and the amenities
mentioned above that make for a great place to live at any age. After
narrowing the field, we visited the towns, chatted up the locals and
made our final selections based upon the community's vibrancy and
residents' satisfaction."

Also read "Find your best place to live -- How it works"

The ranking for 2005 was:

Ashland, Oregon 
Las Cruces, New Mexico 
Iowa City, Iowa 
Brunswick, Maine 
Athens, Georgia

AARP Magazine Reports on Five Best U.S. Cities for Retirement
The July-August issue of AARP - The Magazine will have a story titled
"Dream Towns" which reports on five cities it has picked as best
places to retire. The cities selected are: Las Cruces, N.M.;
Charleston, S.C.; Rehoboth Beach, Del.; Memphis, Tenn.; and St.
George, Utah.

The following sites may interest you:

Find Your Spot: Online Quiz

City Rating

CNN Money: Bset Places to Live - Compare Cities

USA Today:
Navigating the 5 phases of retirement

This book may be helpful:
America's 100 Best Places to Retire: The Only Guide You Need to
Today's Top Retirement Towns

Search criteria:
top five US cities to retire 
top OR best cities to retire 
top OR best cities to retire tax crime weather housing

I hope the information provided is helpful.

Best regards,

Clarification of Answer by rainbow-ga on 06 Nov 2006 09:29 PST
This may also interest you:

Lists of Best Places to Retire

regino-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
You did an excellent job.  Thank you very much.

Subject: Re: Top Five US cities to retire in
From: rainbow-ga on 06 Nov 2006 16:00 PST
I'm glad I could help. Thank you very much for the rating and tip.
Best regards,

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