Best places to retire for under $40K

A modest income needn't mean deprivation. These cities offer top-notch medical care, plenty of things to do and a low cost of living.

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May 30, 2013 9:01PM

Would be nice to read this article, but with the stupid advertising covering all of the cities names it is totally wasted. 

wouldn't buy a thing from an ad like this and definitely wouldn't trust my money there.


May 30, 2013 9:43PM
it would have been nice to actually read this article WITHOUT the **** advertisement interfering with the text
May 30, 2013 8:04PM
I wish I could read this, but MSN has those stupid sidebar ads that block the (I SAID GODDAMN...DON'T CENSOR ME) article.
May 30, 2013 8:30PM
May 30, 2013 9:17PM
"A modest nest egg of $250,000" what planet does this writer live on?
May 30, 2013 8:58PM
This is a very old article. This is all BS. 
May 30, 2013 8:51PM
I thought Jackson Ms. had a high crime rate. And since I now live in Ar. I know Little Rock does. St Louis is right up there in high crime. The others I don't know about. I retired to a small town in No. Ar. We have very little major crime here ,I would not want to live in a high crime area again.
May 30, 2013 8:27PM

I read this exact article 6 months or a year ago?? Either you're recycling or someone is plagiarizing?

Soon you will be getting a lot of people bashing the Southern cities if its anything like the last time published.. New material please!

May 30, 2013 9:51PM
I used to live in Albuquerque and I would not suggest people retire there.  The crime rate is through the roof and it is just not a safe place.  There are lots of gangs, the police are corrupt, as well as most of the government officials.  Unemployment is high, education levels are low and more people are leaving the state than moving there. This has caused housing prices to go down - that is why it is cheap to live there.  
May 31, 2013 3:48AM
I've got a cheaper place reserved when I can finally retire.... the cemetery.
May 30, 2013 11:30PM
St. Louis? Isn't that the crime capital of the US?
May 30, 2013 10:27PM
None of these places appeal to me....
May 30, 2013 10:44PM

The author must be on crack, some of those places suck and their math doesn't add up either such as the $1000 per month median avg. mort. or the $600 for rent plus gas, electric, cable, phone, internet, food, maintenance costs, TAXES and HEALTH CARE cost, (travel expense auto or public).  Can we say another educator without brains.


May 30, 2013 11:07PM
All of the cities mentioned has high miniority and crime rate which are related. Who did they write this article for? I do not care about sports or universities and young people when I am retired. $1,200 a monthon housing is not cheap.
May 30, 2013 8:19PM

I couldn't get past this paragraph on the first slide, I'm single and apparently SOL:


Producing a retirement income of $40,000 is a realistic goal for many retired couples, even those without a traditional pension. The average monthly Social Security benefit for a retired worker was about $1,230 at the beginning of 2012. For a married couple each receiving the average amount, that's a retirement income of just under $30,000 per year. Add to that a modest nest egg of $250,000, and that could bring your retirement income to around $40,000 per year, depending on how the money is invested, your draw-down strategy and the inflation rate

May 31, 2013 8:51AM
Once, while traveling, I stopped in St. Louis to look for a hotel.  When I went into the lobby, there was bullet proof glass separating the staff from the clientele.  Anyone who moves there to retire is just nuts...  And no, I didn't bother to stay there... I drove another 100 miles...
May 30, 2013 11:51PM

Have to agree that the author of this article does not live in the real world, nor do they have any idea of what the actual income level of most people really is. The only advice I can give is to those young enough to have a full life time to earn and save for your retirement, it can never be soon enough to start, the earlier the better, and no one is going to do it for you, especially the government. If you are lucky enough to have that proverbial gold spoon stuck up your rear end, that might allow you more time to act irresponsibly while you are younger, but you are not doing yourself any favors. If you want to be an adult, you should certainly act like one and modify your behavior so you are able to be responsible for yourself.


May 31, 2013 3:19AM

There are few cities in the country that have all of the medical facilities that san Antonio does, not to mention theaters, art galleries and many other sources of entertainment.


BUT...if you're looking to buy a residence, do not buy in the city. The property taxes are brutal. Buy out in the county somewhere. Western Bexar County is nice, and the south side of the county is as well.

May 31, 2013 10:19PM
When I retire in the next 7 to 10 years I will go back to my hometown in the NC mountains and live in the house that my parents left me. It is a small town but a little drive can put me in a small city or large city. It has no freaking high crime and murder rate and I can leave my front door open. The view of Grandfather Mountain from my patio and the cool breezes will feel good. The pace of life is slower but I will be ready for it by that time. The house is paid for and my family is there as well as old friends who have come home to live from far off places. I have lived in Louisville and love it there. I could live there.  I also hated the ads. MSN shut down on me about five times and would go farther than about 3 cities. I was pissed.
May 31, 2013 10:14AM

In all these places, you’ve got a greater chance of living longer, i.e., ending up in a nursing home and spending your entire life savings in the last six months of your life.

I think I’ll stay in New York, where I’ve got a greater chance of avoiding all that by getting run over by a bus.

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