10 cities where retirees rule

Today, 13% of the US population is 65 years old or older. But in Honolulu, Miami and many other cities, it feels as if the seniors are in charge.

By Bill Briggs, SwitchYard Media, Special to MSN Money

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Apr 18, 2013 7:38PM
Ironic that Honolulu is on their list of the WORST place to retire too.
Apr 18, 2013 7:37PM
Honolulu also made a 10-worst list I read earlier today. Right hand/left hand disconnect?
Apr 18, 2013 7:18PM


http:// money.msn.com/retirement/ 10-worst-places-to-retire



"At first, it sounds lovely to retire to Hawaii and enjoy perpetually pleasant weather and ocean breezes. There are also some tax perks for retirees, including the ability to subtract Social Security benefits from your federal adjusted gross income, and retirement account distributions derived from employer contributions to pensions and profit-sharing plans are tax-exempt. But living in Hawaii is a far different experience than vacationing there. "We are far from anywhere, so to fly anywhere is much more costly. You don't have the option of driving six hours to be somewhere completely different. That really gets to people sometimes," says Lesley Brey, a certified financial planner for LJ Brey Inc., in Hawaii. "There are lots of things that are more expensive. Food is more expensive here. Housing tends to be much more expensive than people are used to." Senior citizens 60 and older spend $2,118 per month on housing if they have a mortgage and $539 in other monthly costs if they have paid off their house. The typical retiree renter pays $953 per month. If you end up needing an assisted-living facility, it will cost you a median of $3,815 per month, and a semiprivate room in a nursing home in Honolulu costs a median of $303 per day."


Thanks, Money...you made an **** of yourself again.

Apr 18, 2013 9:11PM

If you plan to hike one of the trails in the desert or in the surrounding mountains, as it says in the Scottsdale, AZ slide, you had better not be afraid of snakes.  Just sayin........

Apr 19, 2013 1:40AM

This list only identifies U.S. cities with the highest PERCENTAGES of retirees - it doesn't claim to show the best, the worst, the cheapest, or the most expensive cities for retirement.


The irony I see is that Money gave readers with a reality/perception disconnect another opportunity to demonstrate their ability to make **** remarks. :P  

Apr 19, 2013 1:21PM
This is the dumbest article I have seen so far about retirement communities. Sarasota, Florida has a 30% 65+ population, one of the top ten beaches in the world in Siesta Key Beach, reasonable property valuations now, a good transit system, easy access to air travel, either at SArasota/Bradenton Airport or from Tampa. Who the hell would retire to Hawaii, which is about nine hour flight from most of the country. I would say Bill Briggs is about the dumbest person on the face of the earth today.
Apr 19, 2013 7:27AM
Warren, MI borders Detroit, it's not 17 miles north.
Apr 20, 2013 3:59PM
Yes, that great weather in Southern Arizona in the Winter.   Ever been there in July?  115 in the shade and there is no shade.   No way would any senior take a walk out into the desert.    They did not mention very dangerous rattlesnakes, coral snakes and scorpions.  Sorry the same with Florida.  Nice in the Winter but I am going to skip it in the hot and numid Summer and sorry I do not like hurricane season.   Did someone forget the mosquitoes in Florida?    Hawaii is extremely expensive.  Only the rich could retire there.   Prescott, Arizona is a much nicer place than Scottsdale and much more temperate climate.   Some of the mountain towns in Georgia are much better choices than anywhere in Florida and much less expensive.   Ashland, Oregon is also a very very nice town, temperate climate and lots to do for the out of doors plus a Shakespear theater/festival.   I think the person who wrote the article spent about 15 minutes looking at a map. 
Apr 19, 2013 3:05AM
#1 Scottsdale if "you have plenty of savings"???? That really doesn't tell a whole lot now does it?
Apr 24, 2013 12:04PM
Yeah, retire in drug central, Miami!
Apr 19, 2013 10:10AM

Honolulu....before you retire there, go and check out the traffic.  It has to be the worst place on the planet

Apr 23, 2013 6:04AM
I'll bet none of the are in the "land of taxes" New York State.
Apr 25, 2013 10:47AM
The Villages, FL sould have been number 1 on this list.  We have tons of activity for seniors, senior games, activities such as pickel ball, tennis, swimming, solfgall, lots of golf, and many many more.  this place is over 25000 acres with grocery stores, hospital, health clinics, tons of restrarants, theatres, 3 town squares that have free music by musicians 24/7 365 days a year. We also have a place for live shows and live entertainment from some famous entertainers.  And Hotel and Motels  I could go on and on about this place.  Just go to  thevillages.com and see for yourself
Apr 25, 2013 4:13AM
What's up with the people who decide these destinations?  Honolulu made both lists--worst and best places to retire.  How is that?
Apr 19, 2013 1:26PM

Boy, did you miss the boat. check out THE VILLAGES in florida. 50,000 pop. with 85% over 65.

This place is retirement central. Everything you could every want. Did I mention the 27 golf courses.

May 2, 2013 12:12PM
I live PT in Florida .  I won't say where because we have enough people living there.  The Winter months are great.  I have read where people talk about hurricanes . True it is a problem.  But in some states there are tornados, earthquakes , floods, draughts, fires, mudslides just to name a few.  Florida does have minimal problem with this also.  One thing about hurricanes is you know when they may hit land in a reasonable time.  Not so with the others .  Oh yes the cost to live there is good for what you get..
May 9, 2013 6:10PM
hialieha is a giant cho- cho stronghold. so, if you are an illegal alien grandpa thats the place for you. rampant crime rate too. stay on the west coast of fla. much lower crime higher and cleaner standard of living
May 9, 2013 7:45PM
Having lived in The Villages for 7 years, after traveling all over looking for the right place to live in retirement, I wouldn't trade The Villages in Florida for anything.  This is the best kept "secret" in the U.S.  I liked many places but nothing can compare to The Villages.
May 9, 2013 5:43PM
Wow. You missed it big time! Have you ever heard of "The Villages" in Florida? 100% retired folks. And of course, you've got Sun City, Arizona...also 100% retired folks. Can't believe you'd leave these places out. Gotta get with the program if you're going to start listing by percentages!
May 9, 2013 5:39PM
Honolulu is a bad place for retirement only if you do not have the moneys to retire there....jejejejeje
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