Time’s Money Magazine just published it’s “Best Places to Retire” edition and it doesn’t disappoint. Money takes a look at the top 25 towns in the US for retirees, and some of them may surprise you. We’ve visited many of these top 25 cities for retirement, and highly recommend those cities in Southern Utah, Washington, and New Mexico.
If you follow The Senior List you know that we love to publish lists like Money Mag’s. In the past we’ve shared the top international destinations for retirement, the best places to retire for less, best beach towns in America for retirement, and many more!
Here are a few of our favorites from Money’s List of Best Places to Retire:
10 Best Places to Retire – Money Magazine
- Tops on the list: St. George, Utah. 32% of St. George’s residence are over 50, and median home prices are only $195,000. With over 182 miles of biking trails, St. George is the perfect town for retirees that want to maintain an active lifestyle. We’ve spent many weeks down in Southern Utah. The national parks, the people, and all the things to do make this a great choice at the number 1 spot!
- Number 2 on the list is our neighbor to the north, Richland, Washington. We were surprised to see Richland rank so high, but it’s close proximity to Portland, Puget Sound to the north, Columbia River (in it’s back yard), and outdoor recreation galore – We like seeing Richland here. Median home price is $ 203,350, and there is no state income tax in Washington.
- Number 3 on Money Mag’s list of best places to retire is Vale, Arizona. Vale is cooler than many other desert towns, and boasts a median home price of just under $200,000.
- Number 4. Fayetteville, Arkansas. University of Arkansas keeps things hopping in Fayetteville, and the median home prices are only $166,000.
- Mt. Juliet, Tennessee rounds out the top 5 best places to retire. Located just north of Nashville, the median home prices in Mt. Juliet are in the $212,000 range.
- Boise, Idaho is one of our favorites out west. Boise is surprisingly culturally diverse, and is a university town (Boise State among others). Lot’s of outdoor activities including great hunting and fishing close by. Boise’s economy is strong yet it’s cost of living is quite moderate. Median home price; $184,500.
- Santa Fe, New Mexico comes in at number 7. Having visited Santa Fe on a number of occasions, we understand why it’s so popular. Besides it beautiful landscape, Santa Fe is known for it’s art galleries, museums and other cultural attractions. Great hiking and biking make it ideal for the outdoor enthusiast. Median home price; $248,000.
- Greenville, S.C. takes home the number 8 spot. Money says “Greenville now hosts 10 music, food, and art festivals a year. Housing remains affordable, with a median price of $185,000 and average property taxes of $1,100.”
- Dover Delaware climbs into the top ten best places to retire at number nine. Dover is the state capital and considered incredibly tax-friendly. There are no sales taxes or state income taxes, and property taxes average under $1,000! Median home prices are in the $197,700.
- Just squeezing into the top ten best retirement destinations is Chattanooga, Tennessee. Chattanooga is incredibly affordable and culturally diverse. There are no state income taxes and median home prices stand at a very-affordable $128,000.
That’s quite a top 10 list! For the rest of the list (all the way to #25) visit Time’s Money Magazine.
Do you have a favorite retirement city that you’d like to share with us? What makes it unique? What do you love about it? We’d love to hear in the comments below!