10 worst places to retire

The expensive cost of living and high taxes make these places unattractive retirement spots.

By Emily Brandon, U.S. News & World Report

 of 12
 of 12

VIDEO ON MSN MONEY

65Comments
Apr 4, 2013 9:43AM
avatar
Interesting, five out of the "top" ten are in California.  California is the worst state for business, has the highest (overall) taxes and fees, has by far the most crooked politicians, and good weather.  What's not to like?
Apr 4, 2013 8:14AM
avatar
Just stay away from the Democrat run states or they'll take every dollar you ever earned in taxes.
Apr 3, 2013 9:19PM
avatar
Shitcago should be added to the list.   My daily expense today?   1 tank of gas for my little 4 cylinder Toyota, and one pizza, Total- $75.00...
Apr 4, 2013 9:04AM
avatar

Florida is a very good state to retire in; sorry you had a bad experience in St Petersburg, which is pretty inexpensive to live in, compared to Miami. Buy locally grown tomatoes and other produce at produce stands and farmer's markets; the orange flavorless tomatoes in the stores come from Mexico and are dusted in DDT. Florida has 1, 000,000 farms and the produce can be excellent. FL has NO state income tax! The avg wage for low-skill jobs is low here because we have a lot of elderly people who have to work or want to work and a lot of teenagers willing to work. We have a lot of golf course and beaches and lakes and parks. We get a lot of homeless from NY, PA and NJ every winter, but they head back up north staring in May. Yes, it is humid here, but we are never too far from a beach or a lake.

Apr 4, 2013 7:48AM
Apr 3, 2013 9:09PM
avatar
Looks like most of the places to avoid are either on the east coast or the west coast.....fine by me.
Apr 4, 2013 10:43AM
avatar
Where in San Francisco is it possible to rent for $1034 a month?   Maybe just a bare room in a run down row house or apartment.  And New York ?   The writer must be smoking funny stuff !!!
Apr 3, 2013 10:23PM
avatar
Gee, Rhode Island's not on the list?  Well, it should be.  I'm heading to Florida.
Apr 4, 2013 12:02AM
avatar
On NY: it says old people might want to stay there for the good hospitals. So it's saying you could be miserable in NY with high prices on everything and constant congestion, but live longer by visiting good hospitals. I'd rather live comfortably with lower quality hospitals. You'd probably actually live longer away from NY if you were in a smaller city because there would be less stress.
Apr 4, 2013 9:12AM
avatar
If you are able to retire at all, it always requires a thoughtful balance of available retirement funds vs. the expense and desired available services where you want to retire.  If you don't have much to retire on, you simply must live where the cost of living is lower, even if you have to give up some of the services or the weather you prefer.  Lots of city services, state-of-the-art medical facilities, cultural events, ideal weather, or even proximity to family become secondary if you can't afford to eat or pay for utilities.  This is a big country.  There are thousands of small towns and rural areas in the country's interior where the cost of living is much lower than that of large cities or costal areas, and all these areas aren't necessarily lousy places to live either.
Apr 4, 2013 9:39AM
avatar

All bastions of liberalism so whats that tell you.

 

Its ruining the whole country at this point!

Apr 4, 2013 10:15AM
avatar
interesting...liberal cities imposing more and more taxes (etc) and then complaining about it...lmao.  Have at it...would want to live in those cities anyway.
Apr 3, 2013 8:26PM
avatar

Another minus for the San Diego area is the traffic.  The days of leisurely drives along the ocean are long gone.  

 

San Diego County looks big on a map, but the vast majority of the county is federal or state land.  The areas where people live are densely populated so expect traffic, lines and congestion about everywhere you go.

 

Air quality can also be a problem, especially a few miles inland from the coast. 

 

Moved out 20 years ago before it got really bad! 

Apr 4, 2013 2:18PM
avatar
All areas run by left wing loons.  Coincidence?  I think not.
Apr 4, 2013 4:24PM
avatar
LIBERAL LEFT WING DOMINANT, what a surprise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Thanks MSNBC, you finally get an article correct.
Apr 4, 2013 6:30AM
avatar
Africa......any islamic country.........Russia......
Apr 7, 2013 8:04AM
avatar
Stay at least 100 miles away from any city or major suburb and that is a good start.
Apr 4, 2013 12:03AM
avatar
5 out of ten in cali no surprise wake up la u suck all dem in la vote for higher taxes every year now most people in the us cant afford to live there but save a mountain lion or make the desert a national park that will help save money
Apr 6, 2013 4:55PM
avatar
No surprises here...did you notice no cities were mentioned in the Southern states? I wonder why.
Apr 30, 2013 7:03AM
avatar
Omaha, Bellevue and Papillion, Nebraska should be added to the list of the worst places to retire. High taxes, high crime rate, cliques, low intelligence, lack of cultural activities,lousy weather, corrupt news media, lousy roads, too many military personnel, corrupt police departments and crooked city governments. Papillion city council just rejected building of an upscale apartment complex. Stay away from these small-minded towns.
Report
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
Categories
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?

DATA PROVIDERS

Copyright © 2014 Microsoft. All rights reserved.

Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.