These lists are useful, but only to a point. Some of these states are huge, and
different parts have massively different advantages and disadvantages. There is
a huge difference between Chicago and northwestern Illinois, between Las Vegas
and Elko, and between Oakland and Monterey. I think any retiree
could find a pleasant place to live in any state. And some of the places
recommended on this list might be easy on my wallet, my health, and my safety,
but I would curl up and die from boredom in just a few months.I
think the snowbirds have hit on the best solution. Summers up north, winters in
The site Retirement And Good Living has a list of the top 10 retirement
locations in the US and also the top 10 overseas. It also has a great blog of
posts by guests. Many of the posts are from people who retired overseas.
Idaho has become the Mecca of retirement for the pensioned California firemen
and police. There pensions are almost 100% of what their salaries were.
That's why we are broke, here in California. Even our tax money gets spent
in Idaho, via pensions.