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Most Affordable Places to Retire

A survey by Economy.com showed the following cities as being the most affordable:

  • Elmira, Jamestown, Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester, and Binghamton in New York;
  • Springfield, Illinois;
  • South Bend and Fort Wayne, Indiana; 
  • Topeka, Kansas.

Read Retire in Style: 50 Affordable Places across America by Warren Bland for more information. This book offers val­uable tips including which states have no personal income taxes (Alaska, Nevada, Texas, etc.) and which states, like Texas, freeze school-district property taxes for homeowners at age 65. William H. Frey analyzed census data to come up with cities with the greatest percentage growth in popula­tions for people age 65 and over.

Many retirees choose to move north of the border as hous­ing and the cost of living in most areas are less expensive, and there is a favorable exchange rate. However, Canada has stringent requirements for establishing residency. You must show good-sized net worth, pay a great deal of taxes, and, if you are intent on emigrating, a substantial amount of paper­work and up to three years waiting time.

To compare the cost of living in your current location to the cost of living somewhere else, check out the Cost of Living Calculator http://cgi.money.cnn.com/tools/costofliving/costofliving.html.

 

Salary.com has a cost of living Wizard which can be reached at http://swz.salary.com/costoflivingwizard/layoutscripts/coll_start.asp.

 

You can also check out the Places Rated Almanac which compares most major cities in every conceivable way including climate, educational facilities, and sports teams, cultural advantages etc. http://www.placesrated.com/.

Best Places to Live in America

According to Money Magazine the list of best places to live in American (smaller cities and larger cities)
can be found here. Money used data from Onboard Informatics and other sources to comb through everything from the local
economy and housing market to schools and healthcare—more than 50 factors in all.

Compare Costs of Living

According to Thomas C. Corley in his book
“The Top 100 Cheapest Places to Retire in the U.S. in 2012”

#1 GREGORY, TEXAS
#2 HOLLY HILL, FLORIDA
#3 LONG BEACH, MISSISSIPPI
#4 INGLESIDE, TEXAS
#5 PEMBROKE PARK, FLORIDA
#6 MARGATE, FLORIDA
#7 LARGO, FLORIDA
#8 LA PORTE, TEXAS
#9 PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA
#10 SAN BENITO, TEXAS
#11 NEW PORT RICHIE, FLORIDA
#12 OAK HILL, FLORIDA
#13 GREENACRES, FLORIDA
#14 SOUTH DAYTONA, FLORIDA
#15 LAKESIDE, TEXAS
#16 BRIDGE CITY, TEXAS
#17 GALENA PARK, TEXAS
#18 LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLORIDA
#19 ROBSTOWN, TEXAS
#20 EDGEWATER, FLORIDA
#21 PORT ORANGE, FLORIDA
#22 PALMETTO, FLORIDA
#23 PALM BAY, FLORIDA
#24 GULFPORT, MISSISSIPPI
#25 MOBILE, ALABAMA
#26 LA MARQUE, TEXAS
#27 SOUTH PASADENA, FLORIDA
#28 TEXAS CITY, TEXAS
#29 CHICKAWAW, ALABAMA
#30 DUNEDIN, FLORIDA
#31 TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA
#32 BROWSVILLE, TEXAS
#33 STUART, FLORIDA
#34 SEBASTIAN, FLORIDA
#35 LA JOYA, TEXAS
#36 DEER PARK, TEXAS
#37 BAYTOWN, TEXAS
#38 SEMINOLE, FLORIDA
#39 PINELLAS PARK, FLORIDA
#40 TAMARAC, FLORIDA
#41 DOVER, DELAWARE
#42 RAYMONDVILLE, TEXAS
#43 SOUTH HOUSTON, TEXAS
#44 SURFSIDE BEACH, TEXAS
#45 VIDOR, TEXAS
#46 PENSACOLA, FLORIDA
#47 ARANSAS PASS, TEXAS
#48 CORPUS CHRISTIE, TEXAS
#49 LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA
#50 PORT ARTHUR, TEXAS
#51 BRADENTON, FLORIDA
#52 PORTLAND, TEXAS
#53 NORTH LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
#54 PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA
#55 ROMA, TEXAS
#56 PRICHARD, ALABAMA
#57 SANTA FE, TEXAS
#58 ONALASKA, TEXAS
#59 COCONUT CREEK, FLORIDA
#60 ANGLETON, TEXAS
#61 ALVIN, TEXAS
#62 FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA
#63 PENITAS, TEXAS
#64 KIRBY, TEXAS
#65 HIALEAH GARDENS, FLORIDA
#66 FLORENCE, OREGON
#67 COOS BAY, OREGON
#68 ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA
#69 HIDALGO, TEXAS
#70 CLAIRTON, PENNSYLVANIA
#71 BAY CITY, TEXAS
#72 EXETER, NEW HAMPSHIRE
#73 HANAHAN, SOUTH CAROLINA
#74 FORT WALTON BEACH, FLORIDA
#75 HARLINGEN, TEXAS
#76 MOUNT CARMEL, PENNSYLVANIA
#77 DEERFIELD BEACH, FLORIDA
#78 MELBOURNE, FLORIDA
#79 HAVELOCK, NORTH CAROLINA
#80 HIALEAH, FLORIDA
#81 JACKSONVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
#82 BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI
#83 BAY MINETTE, ALABAMA
#84 PASADENA, TEXAS
#85 PARKER, FLORIDA
#86 NORTH CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
#87 BURNETTOWN, SOUTH CAROLINA
#88 ST. AUGUSTINE SHORES, FLORIDA
#89 GOOSE CREEK, SOUTH CAROLINA
#90 HOQUIAM, WASHINGTON
#91 ANDREWS, TEXAS
#92 GALVESTON, TEXAS
#93 MERCEDES, TEXAS
#94 ALIQUIPPA, PENNSYLVANIA
#95 OAK HARBOR, WASHINGTON
#96 HONDO, TEXAS
#97 OIL CITY, PENNSYLVANIA
#98 PARK CITY, ILLINOIS
#99 ROSENBERG, TEXAS
#100 BLUE MOUND, TEXAS

World's Most Affordable Cities

with respect to cost of living only. Click here

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