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 28, 2012 9:30AM
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corpus made this list...lol  They forgot to put massive homeless population, high drug rate, super high humidty and terrible roads..
Jun 28, 2012 9:29AM
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This list is idiotic. Some of those places are horrible. Did the writer ever go to any of them? And under CONS you need to list the hostility of many southerners to anyone from the north. You will suddenly become a "day-am yahgn-key" behind your back as they bless your heart fervently. Trust me, the cold is not that bad.
Jun 28, 2012 9:29AM
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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 9:26AM
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Sheeples. Where does MSNBC hire the dolts who put together these "information" pieces? 15 "good" places to retire, and most warn of crime as a major (only) down side. There's a trend here. I try to read stories that interest me in large part because I have some knowledge of the topic (living in various places, medicine, public health, cars/sailboats, foreign languages, etc.). The factual errors and poor choices abound. I can understand that much of this is being written by recent graduates of our government schools and institutions of higher education. But you'd thing there would be editorial oversight by a few folks who graduated when an "A" was still an "A".  Aa.
Jun 28, 2012 9:23AM
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the best places for retirement: Ecuador, Morocco, low rent, low cost of living and cheap rent and lovely people, and very safe places
Jun 28, 2012 9:22AM
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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 9:10AM
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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 9:10AM
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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 9:09AM
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There has to be something odd about how these results are calculated.

If really investigated attitudes of people, road systems, and so on would also be taken into consideration.

For example, Pittsburgh has very racist people and has road systems designed by rejected engineers. Unless you live downtown (cost is HIGH) you can't rank Pittsburgh high. It is hard to get in and out of. Look at the analysis for who searches online the most for racist things.

Others are very questionable also.

If money, crime, and weather are the largest criteria then this is a very slanted analysis.

Jun 28, 2012 9:07AM
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You should read your own "Cons" BEFORE publishing this list of Crime, Cold Winters, Poor Economy, etc . The only slightly viable options are Austin and Lynchburg. The rest better have gated communities with 24/7 on premises Security. This list, and you, are jokes personified!
Jun 28, 2012 8:58AM
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I retired to Florida not to the beach right in the middle Sebring Fl,We bought a house in a Golf community but its in the woods,4 bedroom 2 bath built in 2007,I didn't want a big home but hubby said good investment so when he passes or I pass either one will sell and move to small place,House payments,paid 85,000 taxes are 500 a year insurance is 725 a year,The homested is great cuts your insurance in half,and about the heat I lived in new jersey its hotter there now then here,it reached 101 in NJ last week already,and at night it cools down here never did in NJ!!!Love it here cheap cheap cheap!!!!
Jun 28, 2012 8:54AM
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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 8:54AM
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Comment for kikin-wing, First of all I do not think 300K is a small fortune especially if you are retiring.  People need to think before they retire and save a lot of money especially if they they are going to spend 2/3 of their retirement income on a house.  Sorry, I don't think it was the economic situatuion that put these people into their situation.  It was poor money management.  People need to learn the difference.
Jun 28, 2012 8:52AM
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Wow, Bart.  Wake up on the wrong side of the bed?  Any place can be hell, or heaven, if YOU make it that way.  It's all about attitude, and, um, I feel badly for poor Bart.  He won't be happy ANYWHERE.

 

 

Jun 28, 2012 8:52AM
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I live in Albuquerque.  Run, run as fast as you can away from this crime riiden hole.  Yes we have the balloon fiesta but if you stay in a hotel and your ballooon is outside on your truck, guaranteed it will be stolen by morning.  You don't dare look someone in the eye cause you will surely get shot.  Gangs are prevelent here.  They found 13 dead women buried on the mesa.  Again I say run, run as fast as you can away form this crime ridden hole.

Jun 28, 2012 8:51AM
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Alexandria, LA?  How does that make any list other than the top worst of something?  I live an hour away and was even born in Alexandria.  Other than it having the convience of a big town there is nothing.  Oh well. To each his own.
Jun 28, 2012 8:49AM
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Whoever wrote this article is a complete buffoon. Nearly every city has a high crime rate? That should be an automatic disqualifier. And, Pittsburgh?? Have you nincompoops ever been to Pittsburgh? I'd rather retire in a mosh pit. 

Come on people,
Jun 28, 2012 8:34AM
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So the only place without a high crime rate or poor economy is Lynchburg, VA.  That's about the only one I would even consider.
Jun 28, 2012 8:10AM
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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!
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