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.
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.
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