10 cheap mountain towns for retirees

If you're thinking of heading for the mountains after you retire, these towns stand out for both quality of life and low living expenses.
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Apr 16, 2012 10:31AM
The more of these articles I read, the more I realize these writers have no idea what they're talking about.
Apr 13, 2012 10:16PM

Sometimes it makes more sense to retire near family - both - to help family when they need you - and - for family to help you when you will eventually need them.


Also keep in mind - do not retire to some place far from medical care - especially when you get really older.  Retiring to a place with sub-prime medical care is always a mistake.  Distance from emergency care is often a factor in survival.

Apr 16, 2012 11:35AM

Bozeman, Cheap?  What the F sort of research did the author do for this piece.  I can only surmise the list is paid for by the local chamber of commerce.

Apr 16, 2012 12:12PM
What a Crock!!!  Go to Bend Oregon and see how much it costs to live there!!!  The authors obviously do not have a clue what they are writing about.  Worthless article.
Apr 16, 2012 12:26PM
Did I miss something? The article title is "10 cheap mountain towns for retirees". I didn’t see any costs listed. So what is cheap?

A bit about me – I m 67 and retired when I was 55. My current retirement income is roughly $30,000 after taxes and medical insurance. That is high for the average retiree. I am in great shape at 6’ 185 pounds.

While at a local (L’Auberge casino in Lake Charles, Louisiana) casino I had a massive heart attack in January. Three months later after three stents and open-heart surgery I am still in great shape.

I have lived in the Israel, Saudi Arabia, Canada, and a bunch of U.S. states. Now home is Houston Texas near the center of town, close to lots of great medical facilities. If you are retired, you will need those. Houston is the forth-largest city in the country. It is not an idyllic mountain location, but has lots of entertainment – museums, theaters, playhouses, etc. – to keep one occupied.

Texas has no income tax. The state is the only financially stable one in the country. Houston’s cost of living can be pricey or cheap depending on your wants and/or needs. My 650 sq. ft., over age 55, apartment is beside a pretty city park. It is an older neighborhood. The rent, which includes utilities, is $655 a month. A fancy newer place a bit down the road goes for twice that.

You can’t afford to retire in many of the places listed in the article. Even if you had the funds to do so, you will die before you can get adequate medical care for the heart attack that I had. California is expensive and has income taxes. Arkansas is the most backward state in the nation with taxes on everything – income tax, personal property tax, and a sales tax, which even applies to food. Vermont is brutally expensive. New Hampshire is cheaper.

There are lots of articles about where to move to. Most give you half-truths. Moving to anywhere is expensive. If you have a house you have to sell it and pay dearly for doing so. You have high cost moving costs to absorb no matter where you live.

Don’t move to Mexico or another "cheap" to live in country. You have no rights, political instability, widespread corruption, and questionable health care.

Apr 16, 2012 10:41AM
Redding, CA????? The state is broke and Moonbeam Brown can't fix it by raising taxes. CA is a slime pit, and that is putting it mildly. Wyoming is one of the most fiscally sound states around. We got out of CA and to Gardnerville, NV two years ago.  No state income tax and property taxes are comparable to CA. Sales tax about the same. Gas tax per gallon less. Snowcapped peaks looking west towards the CA/NV border and plenty of trout.  Most importantly, the folks here are really friendly. CA is a population time bomb waiting to explode ........... road rage, a liberal fiscal mess that will implode, and polluted as can be.  
Apr 16, 2012 11:39AM
obvious that this writer has his head buried in his **** and doesn't know $h!t from shinola, most of the places mentioned are far from cheap, even for working folks let alone those on a retirement income, and most are not really in the mountians, and I wouldn't call most of them a mountian town, but rather a fairly large city. moron that wrote the article must be from the " TOWN" of NewYork. but oh wait that's a city. The guy must just be an IDIOT
Apr 16, 2012 11:37AM

Bozeman is great...Cheap????  Maybe if your a multi-millionaire.  These writers are Morons...

Apr 16, 2012 9:49AM
Bend, Oregon is an expensive town & really isnt a mountain town. Likewise, Post Falls, Id. is in a valley that is a extension of the Spokane Wa. valley. There are small mountains nearby. Bozeman,MT. is not a mountain town. It is on I-90 again in open area. Who does these stories? Obviously not someone who traveled to these locations. None of the above locations are cheap living. Very poorly researched!
Apr 16, 2012 11:39AM
Burlington, VT?  Are you kidding me?  With taxes in Vermont some of the highest in the nation how could you possibly believe Burlington is a cheap place to live?  Now I can't believe any of the choices.  Have you even been to these places?
Apr 16, 2012 10:46AM
Thank God!  You guys continue to miss South Dakota's pristine Black Hills! The last thing we need here is a large influx of yuppie retirees despoiling Mt. Rushmore and it's environs with housing developments and "McMansion" retirement communities!
Apr 16, 2012 9:56AM
Can't believe this article chose SLC as a retirement 'town'.  Yeah it has the mountains but it's not really a town (neither is Colorado Springs) the way these other choices are.  Much better options in UT are Logan (northern UT) and Cedar City (southern UT).  They're both college towns, have in-town access to quality medical care including cardiologists and cancer centers, each has a ski resort nearby, and both have cheap housing.  Logan is close to Bear Lake as well as several hot springs resorts, while Cedar City has good proximity to numerous Nat'l Parks/Monuments and is the home of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, which is highly attended by retirees. 
Apr 16, 2012 9:55AM
Colorado Springs is NOT a mountain town. It's in valley next to the foothills. Learn Geography people.
Apr 16, 2012 2:07PM
Who writes these articles? You retire, than fixed income becomes a factor. Weather, snow and cold add to costs like heating.
Retirement living means looking for convenience, grocery for one. What about transportation?
The view may be glorious, for a day or two, then reality sets in.
Apr 16, 2012 10:58AM
Bozeman is flat and has mountains around it. It is not a cheap place to live unless you are a fly in millionaire from someother city. The writers of this story hasn't lived in any of these cities. Colo. Sprg. is anything but cheap.
Apr 16, 2012 2:59PM
Bend Oregon cheap????? Yeah maybe 25 years ago :)
Apr 16, 2012 12:18PM
I am pleased to see that real people are standing up to" head in the clouds " writers!  Cheap??  Not on my retirement income!
Apr 16, 2012 12:33PM
Sandpoint Idaho on Lake Pend Orielle.  

Great Cardiology and Orthopedic Hospital due to all the retired Drs. around.  (us old people need this) Cheap to live in Idaho because of very low tax rates.  Skiing, snowmobiling, bicycles, motorcycles. etc.  Good weather, 4 seasons .  Close to Canada and the West Kootenays and some of the best trout fishing on the planet.
Apr 16, 2012 9:58AM
Colorado Springs sure isn't cheap nor is it a town.  It's quite a large city situated out on the plains.  Nice view of the mountains though.
Apr 16, 2012 2:35PM

John Miller is right. Most of these are half truths. There is nothing cheap with most of the places mentioned though they may look comely and ideal for retirement. One thing the article never considered was access to healthcare and cost of living. An aging person needs more medical care than a a younger person. I would consider John's advise as a wiser choice. One thing I have found out important while taking care of elderly and retired people is that they should be close to very good medical facilities. Houston, though not as beautiful as the places mentioned, has one of the biggest and best medical facilities with its Medical Center in downtown. There are no state taxes to deal with. While Bend, Oregon could be pretty, I would prefer to stay alive longer by being close to very good medical facilities.


Besides being out there would make you of lesser use to society. Life is not all pleasure and not only about ourselves but being able to give of ourselves. As I get older I now think of how I could encourage the younger generation who are trying to make it through life. Though I love nature and hiking and mountaineering that's not all there is to life.

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