Got to retirement and thinking about moving somewhere to make the most of your hard-earned pension? Then it’s time to look at the 10 best retirement destinations in the United States. Of course, “best” is subjective but all of these cities offer value for money combined with great facilities.
Dover makes our list because of its low tax environment. While the city may not be a big draw in general it does have the lowest property tax and that can mean a large amount of extra cash to enjoy retirement with. It’s a good idea for retirees to get to grips with how they can make their money go further and Delaware has no sales tax either and that means Dover’s probably the best “bang for buck” destination in America today.
Amherst is one of the safest places to live in the country with a crime rate far below the national average. It’s a little more expensive, on average, to live in but only a little at 3% above the national median living cost. It is considered to be one of the most comfortable cities to live in in the country. However watch out for winters when they get more than 18 inches more snow than the average too. On the bright side; it’s rarely humid in the summer.
If you’re a nature fan then what could be better than living a stone’s throw from the Great Smoky Mountains? Life in Knoxville is on average 11% less expensive than the national average and a home inside a gated community fetches a median price of just $127,000. There are plans afoot to make the city a walker’s paradise with an expectation of connecting trails, bike paths and public transport to make it one of the most accessible cities anywhere.
This corner of Arizona is cooler than much of the rest of the state and that should save you some cash on air-conditioning bills. It also has a great cultural scene and plenty of access to beautiful places to walk and attune with nature. It has very low house prices for a city which is currently undergoing something of a boom. Prescott also has plenty of history to engage with. One of the city’s key attractions is its Victorian-style homes which are well known for their beauty. There are also 4 golf courses on the doorstep.
A few years ago Pittsburgh wasn’t so great but an urban renewal makes the city a great place to be today; this is doubly so for sports fans who want access to a ton of live sporting action within walking distance of home. It’s also home to the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History offering culture buffs plenty of interest. The University of Pittsburgh Medical center is one of the finest medical schools in the United States. It also has a fantastic public transport infrastructure making getting around very easy indeed.
Beaufort, South Carolina
Beaufort is becoming something of a retirement mecca as more and more folks warm to the charms of this southern community. The winters are mild and the summers are warm which makes it easy to do what you want throughout the year. It’s a great place to do some fishing and there’s plenty of golfing action to be had too. The city’s economy is partially based on military investment and the town has a diverse and interesting population thanks to this. Southern Living named Beaufort; the “Best Small Southern Town”.
Plano’s house prices might make you flinch at an average price of around $274,000 but the city has very low crime rates and you have a 33% lower chance of being a victim of violent crime in Plano compared to the rest of the nation. It’s a popular retirement destination and more than 20% of the folks of Plano have reached the age of 55. There is no state income tax which should help retirees get a little more from their pension. Best of all, it’s a warm city with an average temperate in excess of 70°F.
One of the most popular retirement destinations is Columbia, Missouri. Much of this is down to the city’s abundance of affordable and high quality healthcare facilities. It’s also a good place to be for retirees who need a little work to supplement their pension as it has a great number of jobs which are aimed at seniors. It also has one of the most active volunteer communities with a high rate of senior participation. Nearly 10% of the city is over 65 which means a social life should be easy to find too.
If you’re into fitness and activities then Boise, Idaho might be the perfect place to retire. It’s one of the best cities in the country for cycling with a wealth of cycle paths and tracks. There are mountains to climb and enjoy as well as even whitewater rafting for those prepared to tackle new challenges later in life. The downtown area is very well equipped with plenty of cultural opportunities, shops and restaurants. It also has a low crime rate. Boise’s also a walker’s paradise with lots of paths set aside to ensure you can enjoy everything the city has to offer.
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
One of the best value destinations on our list is Eau Claire where the cost of living dips a very healthy 10% below the national average. Housing costs are a remarkable 23% below the average. There are over 70 miles of paths for walkers to enjoy down by the Chippewa River. The city has a clear set of seasons and that means in Winter – you can enjoy cross-country skiing as well as walking. It’s also host to a Mayo Clinic so you won’t want for quality healthcare either.
Last Thoughts on the 10 Best Retirement Destinations
Where you’ll be happiest in retirement is obviously a personal choice. When selecting a retirement destination you’ll want to keep in mind your budget, the tax environment, the facilities available to you, the crime rate and the healthcare situation. Then make a decision that is tailored to your needs. Our 10 best retirement destinations are offered to stimulate ideas and perhaps make you consider places a little further from the beaten path.