Best places to retire in 2012

Ranked on such factors as climate, cost of living and crime rate, these 13 US cities were judged to be the top choices for your golden years.

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Jun 26, 2012 11:34AM
More than half of these have high crime rate. Why the hell do I want to retire there? Stupid list.
Jun 28, 2012 5:23PM

truthhurts is right, as are the other writers re: retiring overseas. I don't plan on waiting until I am 65 to do it. Many countries (Ecuador, New Zealand) make it a lot easier to live abroad ESPECIALLY IF YOU INVEST IN THEIR COUNTRY (either through an existing business or a new one). Kind of what brought people to the US a hundred years ago: ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY!


Unfortunately, America's best days are behind it. No one wants to hear it but it is true. Recently heard that studies show that America hasn't been this divided since the Civil War. Everything is clouded by political ideology.


We all can agree that roads, schools and bridges need to be rebuilt; We can all agree that Americans need affordable health care; We can all agree that our children need to be better educated and able to compete with the world; We can all agree that we need to build things here before (or as much as) building countries abroad. The hard question is "How do we get there?"


The answer is for the left to stop giving things away to those that don't truly "deserve" them and for the right to stop falling for the crap that by voting for the rich that they, too, can be rich (and additionally to STOP TRYING TO SHOVE THEIR SOCIAL POLICIES DOWN EVERYONE ELSE'S THROATS!!) FREEDOM IS NOT LIMITED TO THE RICH OR JESUS-WORSHIPPING CROWD.  (And, no, supporting the right of gay people to marry or everyone to be entitled to affordable health care or safe drinking water and clean air is NOT the left shoving their ideology down everyone's throats. It is about equality, freedom and justice for all: rich or poor, gay or straight, able-bodied or disabled, black or white.)

Jun 28, 2012 8:10AM
So Forbes thinks older people should retire to predominantly high crimes areas, or places where it's hot as hell, or a couple of places where it snows a lot.
Sounds like great advice!
Jun 26, 2012 5:05AM
....I'm going to ask the inevitable....Why are those jackasses suggesting that the best places to retire in 2012 are mostly cities with high crime rates??!!...What is this,...2012 is the year to get rid of old people???!....This is why I never take crap like this seriously!....Because those fools don't know what they are talking about!....Because it doesn't make any sense if they are suggesting that senior citizens, (65 and up, which is usually the age that most working class people retire), retire in cities where there's a high crime rate, because criminals often prey on those who they perceive as weak!....I mean, I understand that recently, there have been a slew of grannies who have been opening up cans of whip-azz on fools who thought that they could take advantage of senior citizens by breaking into their homes and trying to rob them. And some of those fools got their azzes served to them on a platter!...But, that's not the norm for most senior citizens who find themselves in the situation of being robbed....
Jun 30, 2012 12:22PM
The most important item for a retirement area is the CRIME RATE! Most of the cities on this list have high crime; maybe the writer of this article enjoys a good high crime rate, but I can assure you that is the last thing seniors want!
Jun 26, 2012 5:43PM
How much did these cities pay to be part of this survey?
Jul 17, 2012 9:54AM

Please remove all of these unappropriate comments which relate to subjects other than the one at hand.

The ones relating to loneliness, older men, younger women, etc.   It is disgusting to find those on this site.  Thank you.

Jun 28, 2012 8:54AM

Why in the world would you even consider an area with a high crime rate as a good place for old retirees to retire to? You must be out of your mind to make such a suggestion.


Dean Cope

Jun 28, 2012 9:10AM
What about North Carolina??? Just pick a town or city. Great climate, low cost of living, clean, low home prices, low crime in most areas. Ocean or mountains, city or countryside, take your pick we have them all within driving distance. No offense to the cities listed but I think a little more research was needed here!
Jun 28, 2012 9:59AM

Well it seems that almost every post agrees, the writer of this article is an idiot... nice try Forbes, you must be selling homes in these cities or insurance? what other reason would you have to publish such a STUPID article??


FYI, retire OUTSIDE of the US. life in the real world can be very rewarding, comfortable and inexpensive, the cost is usually much cheaper than here and NO Obama Heath Care controlling every aspect of your life. Best of luck with that one ya all.

Jun 26, 2012 6:09PM

Perhaps the idea behind encouraging retirees to move to these places is that they will not be reproducing thus that portion of the property taxes they pay will not  have to go towards expanding the schools etc.

 The retiree will be spending their income on housing, food, utilities etc and actually be putting money back into the economy but taking very little out in services.  Plus the retirees will more than likely not be hot-rodding around at high speeds, playing music loudly,  having wild parties  disturbing the peace  or increasing the crime rate,. LOL 

These folks also usually have healthcare coverage through say Medicare thus providing a somewhat steady stream of income for doctors and others in the healthcare arena and other supporting services.

Lets face it, the retirees that move to these areas would be doing so because they can afford to do so in the first place i.e. they have retirement and maybe even other disposible income. Plus they will be paying taxes even if at a lower rate.

There are many places including countries overseas/outside the USA that have been trying to court the retirees for the longest time now.

Jun 28, 2012 7:07AM

I am hearing many people are retireing in places like Costa Rica.  Kind of humorous in a way. Centluries from now, our children will be taught how the Mexicans all moved to the US, and how all the Americans moved to Mexico.

Jun 26, 2012 7:43AM
All these places have poor economy and high crime rates as "cons". That is good for senior retirement?
Jun 28, 2012 9:10AM
WOWZER* Im Amazed At The Number Of Locations That You Have Picked With "HIGH CRIME RATES" As A Great Place For Seniors To Retire,,,More Along The Lines Great Places For Them To Be On Display At A Funeral Home After Being A Victim.... 
Jun 28, 2012 3:22PM
Oh brother...this list of cities is the world's worst..  Based on the crime rates associated with most of them, I can retire there but I probably won't live too long because someone will probably murder me!!!!
Jun 28, 2012 7:40AM
As a retiree, I would not even consider a community with a high crime rate.
Jun 28, 2012 9:29AM
Who makes these things up? Does anyone even do any research? Most of the cities listed have high crime rate, bad economy, or even both! 

First of all, if you're even going to THINK of creating such a list, America has MANY great cities, and not all of them are large or even well known; so how about the 50 best Cities To Retire In? Then do some ACTUAL research, and leave large cities OFF the list, since they're almost automatically going to have a high crime rate. 

Good grief, we're talking retirement here, and they're sending people in their late 50's and 60's places where they'll get robbed or carjacked! What a bunch of idiots  :-p
Jun 28, 2012 9:22AM
Anyone happen to notice almost everyone of the cities has eather a high crime rate and/or poor economy?? What a bunch of dumn **** for these suggestions, Thanks Forbes keep your stupid suggestions to yourself
Jun 28, 2012 12:52PM
Hell, who's going to be able to retire???    The American dream is officially over....course everyone WILL have health care so that'sall that really matters right? 
Jun 28, 2012 10:23AM
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