10 educated places to retire

If you plan to enjoy intellectual pursuits as you age, these communities offer art galleries, beautiful scenery and plenty of like-minded company.

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Jun 15, 2012 7:20PM

where is the article? 

I hate opening a link I am interested in and seeing links to 100 other things I dont want to read.

Jun 15, 2012 7:07PM
Well, I guess I am stupid, cuz I decided to retire on a small island.  Not much here in the way of academia or advanced education and culture - but boy, the warm water of the ocean is awesome.  Smart people are over-rated.  Give me the down to earth, less intelligent but humble and kind any day.
Jun 15, 2012 7:52PM

What would I care if someone possessed a PHD or BS?  Degrees don't necessarily make a person interesting.  A life lived fully does.

Jun 15, 2012 5:58PM
soooo, what are the top places for stupid people to retire? I mean, uneducated folks. why couldn't this article have read "top places to retire"
Jun 15, 2012 7:08PM
That's nice, but where do all the "educated looking for work in the prime of their lives" people go?
Jun 11, 2012 10:19AM
Jun 15, 2012 6:51PM
Someone, you're so right. Being educated and intelligent is elitist and repugnant. Why would you want to asscoiate with such people? Or count on them for the advancement of science, technology, and the humanities? Or the survival of our species. Let's turn to the ignorant and uneducated. History has demonstrated they're our only hope.
Jun 15, 2012 10:47PM
Ten educated places to retire? Are you kidding me? My BS detector went off immediately.  Seniors can retire in much LESS expensive areas that offer cultural amenities for the educated. Check out any small  college town/city in your home state. For instance, Oxford, MS. Or Columbia, MO. Fort Collins, CO and Boise, ID are a couple places out west I can think of. How about:

Athens, GA
Murray, KY
Bloomington, IN
Lawrence, KS

I could go on...
Jun 15, 2012 8:10PM

A few things many of you are missing.

A:  Florida is often a choice for many reasons.

1:  No Income tax

2:  One of the lowest taxes in Nation

3:  Weather


B:  California isn't listed because the only "plus" it has is weather, as income tax is high and State taxes are one of the worst in Nation.


Those of you screaming OREGON..2 issues.

A:  Seriously too Liberal for many elderly.  Reality is, MOST people, by the time they reach "elderly" are at the very least Conservative in fiscal ideals, and many are Conservative cut and dry.  This may change with generations, but it hasn't in some 100 years or so, adding credibility to the old thought..."if you aren't Liberal when in your 20's you don't have a heart, but if you aren't Conservative by the time you are in your 40's you don't have a brain.  Not saying it's true, but...


B:  MORE important....Oregon has the 13th WORST overall tax rating in Nation.  This factors in property tax, income tax, sales tax (ZERO) among other things.  Figuring that the sales tax is ZERO, to rank that bad says something of the others.  California, to NO suprise is the WORST, followed by New York, Vermont, Illinois, Rhode Island, Minnesota, New Jersey, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.



1:  Wyoming

2:  Florida (and some of you wonder WHY it ranks so high for retirees).

3:  South Dakota

4:  Delaware

5:  West Virginia

6:  Nevada

7:  Kentucky

8:  New Hampshire

9:  Arkansas

10:  Michigan


modern living is site, but it wouldn't let me post.


One note...Is it any shock that majority of the LOW TAX burden States are RED, while the majority of the HIGH TAX burden States are BLUE?

Of LOW Tax States, only Michigan, New Hampshire, and Delaware are Blue.  Of the HIGH Tax States, only Kansas and Nebraska are Red.  No shock at all.

Jun 15, 2012 6:48PM
Naples? Retired retail executives and their wives hiding in their condominiums and avoiding all contact with their neighbors.
Jun 15, 2012 6:34PM

I am also surprised that Williamsburg, VA is not on this list. In our vacation visits to the area, I've always been impressed with the number of retirees working at Colonial Williamsburg itself. The organization has tapped into a proven workforce that most employers unfortunately consider past its prime. These people are highly educated, skilled, and have a strong work ethic, not to mention their professional, courteous attitude. Try to find any of those attributes in today's younger workers -- happy hunting! These retirees also have a view of our country's history that those of us in the younger generations will never fully experience. In the more "modern" city of Williamsburg are many small businesses which employ and are owned by retirees. The College of William and Mary also counts retirees as former faculty and possibly as part-time students. Factor in the Virginia weather, beautiful scenery, quiet atmosphere, affordability -- Better check your stats again!

Jun 15, 2012 7:27PM
Los Alamos?  Hot, dusty, and dry as toast.
Jun 15, 2012 9:47PM
I'm not near retirement age yet, unless I win the lottery, hahaha, but when I do get there, I just want to be holding the hand of the man I love. I would like to see my children and grandchildren often; and laugh a lot. I don't think the place should really matter.
Jun 15, 2012 5:15PM

We love Italy. But in US, we would prefer cheaper, more secluded spots in area's of our choice, probably Florida, Oregon, and Arkansas. I love all four seasons here in the Ozarks. SW.  










Jun 15, 2012 11:43PM
Not a lot of thinking outside the box with these choices AND bring your wallet with you.  Where can  smart, frugal people retire enjoyably?
Jun 15, 2012 4:51PM
One spot on the West Coast and the rest on the East Coast.   What is wrong with Ashland, Oregon?   Did you forget the mosquitoes in Florida?   They have retired there also.   Also, no mention of Santa Barbara, California?   What about Boulder, Colorado?  Terrible article.
Jun 15, 2012 7:10PM
I need a coast with a mild climate and no humidity.   Southern Spain comes to mind.
Jun 16, 2012 1:36AM
I wonder if the person who wrote this article has visited these towns?   Oak Harbor, WA?  It's a military town and I guess it's okay if you like shopping at Wal Mart on a Saturday night and going to a bar where there might be a good fight.  A better choice would be Bellingham, WA to the north which is a university town with huge parks, interurban trails, a fabulous museum, art galleries, interesting neighborhoods, a historic theatre with all kinds of road shows, lot's of other theatre, concerts, restaurants, and lot's of diversity.  And Vancouver, BC is 50 miles north and the San Juan Islands are to the west and Mt. Baker with it's skiing and hiking is to the east, and Seattle is 80 miles south.
Jun 16, 2012 8:44AM

Becoming educated does not necessarily make a person arrogant or snobbish or lacking in common sense or unkind. To the contrary, the most hateful, crude, mean-spirited person I have ever known is a rural hillbilly who dropped out of school; he harasses educated visitors,  bullies everyone he can, and boasts about what a wonderful person he is. Education is not the cause of snobbish behavior.


Jun 11, 2012 4:33PM
All the retired Floridians I met sounded like New Yawkers.
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