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Top 10 Places to Retire in the U.S.
A lot of things go into choosing a retirement location. Some people want to stay close to family, others want a place where their money will go further, and yet others are looking for recreational or cultural opportunities. U.S. News & World Report has determined the 10 metro areas in the U.S. that might hold the best appeal to retirees in 2020.
1. Fort Myers, Fla. More than a third of the population of Fort Myers (pictured) is older than 60, so you will have plenty of company in retirement. The cost of living is also reasonable, with a median home price of $200,200. And of course, there are the beaches and the warm winters.
2. Sarasota, Fla. If you want to continue working in retirement, you will be pleased to learn that Florida has no state income tax. But it does have white sand beaches, reasonable living costs and a large and active community of retirees.
3. Lancaster, Pa. Located in the midst of Amish country, Lancaster offers rolling hills, peaceful scenery and access to Amish produce, food and crafts at its Central Market. There also is a growing and exciting food scene.
4. Asheville, N.C. This mountain gem provides easy access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. In addition, Asheville has become a mecca for artists and boasts some excellent eateries and craft breweries.
5. Port St. Lucie, Fla. Here you find a reasonable cost of living and your choice of the ocean or freshwater marshes. You also can get a head start on the baseball season by catching the New York Mets at their spring training facility.
6. Jacksonville, Fla. It’s Florida, which means warm winters, beaches, golf – and a good number of other retirees. In addition, there are several good hospitals, including a branch of the famous Mayo Clinic.
7. Winston-Salem, N.C. A thriving local wine industry is one of the attractions here. But you also will find good medical care and an exceptionally reasonable cost of living: The median apartment rent is $732 a month.
8. Nashville. Nashville is the home of country music, but even if you are not a big fan, there are lots of things to do. It is also a college town, and there are several college and professional sports teams.
9. Grand Rapids, Mich. Art and culture take center stage in this western Michigan city of about a million. Housing costs are also relatively low.
10. Dallas-Fort Worth. Texas has no income tax, and home prices are reasonable. There is plenty to do, especially if you are a sports fan.