Where to Retire—and Where Not to

There is no better place to spend your winters than Tucson, Arizona...unless you dislike blue skies and sunshine ["America's Best Affordable Places to Retire," usnews.com]!

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There is no better place to spend your winters than Tucson, Arizona...unless you dislike blue skies and sunshine ["America's Best Affordable Places to Retire," usnews.com]! There are great 55 plus communities that are affordable, the weather is spectacular, and the Sonoran Desert is beautiful. Whether you want to hike, golf, shop, bike ride, walk it is a wonderful place to be an active adult. The people are very vibrant in their senior years...this is not your typical Florida retirement atmosphere. Check out Dove Mountain on the Northwest side of Tucson, a very special place.

Comment by Laurie of AZ

Asheville, North Carolina is a great place to retire; it offers both beautiful scenery and an abundance of activities. In addition to the art, classes and music scene in Asheville, you can drive a short distance to go on hikes or visit waterfalls. There is always something to do for all lifestyles in or near the town.

Comment by B. Stocken of NC

I've lived in Florida my whole life and wouldn't really recommend retiring in Jacksonville. While the weather is nice and warm pretty much everywhere in Florida, the scenic aspect of Jacksonville is far from breathtaking. Florida, being the retirement headquarters of the U.S., has much better locations like Stuart or Sarasota. I have never lived in Jacksonville, but I have visited several times and it consists primarily of strip malls. I would recommend that potential retirees save up a little extra money and head further south.

Comment by Sandy of FL

Kansas City, Missouri is friendly, cultured, and outdoorsy. This is the place to live if you like to make friends and have an active social life with people of all ages and not just retirees. People are open and welcoming and eager to share their interests, hang-outs, and hobbies. There are numerous wonderful outdoor features like the river, lakes, parks, trails and campgrounds. The food in Kansas City would take several lifetimes to experience, there are unique and value-priced places to shop, and the healthcare is super. It is many small communities in one; you just need to scout out a neighborhood of your liking.

Comment by Awan of MO

Affordability isn't everything. More important than affordability and good weather, in my opinion, is being close to family and friends. The Internet is no substitute for having those dear to you nearby, especially as you get older.

Comment by Bernard Ury of AZ

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