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We review: Warm Seaside Towns
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And in each one, we look at climate, recreation, cultural amenities, medical facilities, crime rates, senior services, transportation options, taxes, cost of living, housing and much more!

Plus, we bring you amenity-rich, age-targeted and 55+ planned communities - small and large, new and established!

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How to Choose the Best Place to Retire

Affordability is Just One Item in a Long List of Things to Consider

How to choose the best place for your retirement?  A reasonable cost of living is often a top consideration since income usually drops, sometimes substantially, when retirement arrives.   In general, the least expensive states for retirement are in the South and in the Midwest.  The Northeast, the West  and the Northwest are the most expensive areas.   And keep in mind a variety of criteria when thinking about affordability, including taxes (on property, Social Security and private pensions and earned income in particular), transportation costs to visit far away relatives, HOA fees, etc. 

FYI: states that do not tax Social Security are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.  The other states all tax Social Security to some extent.

In addition to affordability, things to consider when thinking of where to retire include recreation options, senior services, air quality, crime rates, poverty rates, transportation services, medical facilities and more.  We look at all of these in our reviews.

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