15 best cities to grow old in

For those in their later years, these places offer a range of lifestyle, career and education attractions tailored to the active senior citizen.

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Dec 26, 2012 11:03PM
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Stupid, They did not include weather in the survey.  All the top spots are the coldest places in america.  We all know florida, arizona, california and nevada, are where old people have always gone. Pittsburg??  Nevada has no state tax so lots of folks go from Calif, ( Sacramento area ) to Reno area and live for half cost.
Dec 26, 2012 10:50PM
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Gee!! Most everyone of our friends who moved here to metropolitan Phoenix to retire are from New York, Masachusetts,  New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan and California.  Pretty much we all have one thing in common and that is to be warm in the winter. Upkeep of homes is minimal and prices range from the low 100's to multi millions and fits just about everybody's purse. Nice benefit is that cars last easily fifteen years with basic care because of dry weather and no snow or salt on the roadways. Today with internet, air travel, email, voice mail and skype keeping in touch or visiting is very easy. Main thing is no matter where you choose to retire, happiness is the most important criteria.

Dec 26, 2012 10:49PM
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This must be an advertisement to encourage people to move to those places paid for courtesy of those cities because surely the writer of this article isn't serious.  The first priority of the elderly is health care and safety.  Following that would be the financial piece.  Though we pay state income tax, Surprise, Arizona is a haven for the elderly.  That being said, I certainly hope the flood gates have not been opened.
Dec 26, 2012 10:35PM
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I believe that the author of this article put a map on the wall and threw random darts. 
Dec 26, 2012 10:15PM
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I am a physical therapist in a retirement community. Most of the retirees 65 and above choose to stay close to family or close friends that in case of an emergency they have people who care about their well being and happiness to help them if needed. Don't do the mistake of retiring in a community becuase of the pretty pictures.
Dec 26, 2012 10:13PM
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I would rather live in a small apartment in a place I enjoy than move to a place where I can live more cheaply and hate it.  And after seeing what my parents went through I caution moving to a great place where the kids can't afford to fly in easily to see you or deal with emergencies.  Best advice is if you like where you are then don't move.  And don't move away from your family. 

Dec 26, 2012 10:12PM
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So Toledo Ohio is one of the best places to grow old in but not one city in Florida or Southern California?  ok
Dec 26, 2012 10:06PM
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I am surprised that any city from Florida appear in these list. Housing is cheaper above Central Florida, there are a lot of medical facilities for the elderly, almost no winter, and great outdoors activities.  I never heard about college towns being good for elderly people.  Makes no sense.
Dec 26, 2012 9:57PM
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San Francisco and the Bay Area took 11th best place for retired folks to live... How absurd! For the price of a shack in the bay area, you could have a mansion in other states.

California's climate makes for the best attraction. 

However, the negatives far outweigh the great climate. Being a sanctuary state with sanctuary cities up and down the coast prove the elected officials' propensity to disregard law and order. If this were a locale for a TV show, it would be called "Law and Disorder." There are 500,000 illegal aliens in the Bay Area per a San Jose Mercury News story and it's no coincidence that the rents are ridiculously high, $1,800 for a studio apartment, for example.

Also, if you are a senior looking for part-time work to supplement your income, you are going to have to compete with the 500,000 illegal aliens living, working and driving on the freeways.

Did you know that San Jose, which is in the south bay of the bay area, has the worst roads in the nation of all the cities over 500,000 population, per TRIP, which reports on roadways across the United States.

For the cost of one house in California, you could buy 4 or more in Texas.

And then the tax rate is insane in California. Voters approved slickster Governor Jerry Brown's sales tax increase and tax increase on the rich. San Jose banned plastic bags and now you have to buy paper bags which goes up from 10 cents to 15 cents on January 1st.

Don't move to California (except if you are an illegal alien). Taxes are only going to get worse. Tax the rich and they will leave, but more and more illegal immigrants will come to get more goodies from the promised land...

Doubt me if you must, but go check the rents in San Francisco and Silicon Valley...
Dec 26, 2012 9:52PM
Dec 26, 2012 9:48PM
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These recommendations HAVE to be a joke, right??
 
San Francisco Bay Area? Kidding me..California is NOT the place to retire due to the uber liberals taxing us to poverty. Housing (purchase or rental) is crazy expensive in the Bay Area (let alone SF where a run-of-the-mill 2 bd apartment in a so so area runs $1800. a month and up! EVERYTHING is expensive in this effed up State and especially in the Bay Area.

Des Moines: yup, nothing like spending your senior years shoveling snow in zero weather or sweltering in tropical forest like humidity...oh, and it's a ugly town. But who knows, maybe a bowling league is your idea of retirement.

Toledo?? Kidding..right? What..spend your leisure time touring the old Willys Jeep plant or watching cars rust when they lay down the winter salt? There's more culture in a cup of yogurt then there is in Toledo.
Omaha?? What? Omaha  is where even grandma grew to hate! Mosquitoes in summer, and freeze your artificial hip in winter..have at it..but only if in a coma.
Madison: hey honey, isn't this ice fishing fun?? Two things are a must: air conditioner (with dehumidifier) and a high output heater for winter! Hey, snowshoeing in the winter is a big senior sport...



Dec 26, 2012 9:34PM
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When I retire it sure wont be in the north to many stupid people ( second term for Obama is living proof) and not near any large cities in Florida such as the one I just left , Orlando , to many hispanics, it would probalby be lady lakes in Florida if I moved back there again , I now live in South Carolina and they are some of the friendlist people and not a lot of Generic Americans.
Dec 26, 2012 9:33PM
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just another advertisement! Move to some of the most expensive cities in the country when your income drops by 50%, yea right!
Dec 26, 2012 9:32PM
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Washington DC are they kidding , the city with the most violent crime per capita in the nation. Good place for healthcare, for gun shot trauma any way. And any where on the eastern seaboard is the sky really ever blue.
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wow hemet ca was not there??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
Dec 26, 2012 9:28PM
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The 'Retirees' mentioned are still looking for work? Well considering the 'voted for' re-distribution of Their retirement investments (under Fairness and Equality) because they are now considered 'the Rich and Entitled', I suppose that Is inevitable.... Again as mentioned, in the northern states they also must be agile and fit, as 'Dancing with the Stars'.... On Ice, to survive the slips, falls and fractures. Of course that is the reason the article mentions 'Healthcare' and Transportation...to the ER. Maybe the articles writers are 'In',.... with the redistributionists, and prefer the 'rich' oldies (easier victims) closer to 'The Hood'? Slow and easy to catch, Comfort 'Food' for the predatory, perpetually dependency addicted?
Dec 26, 2012 9:08PM
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Oh and I just noticed Povo/Orem Utah....next to SLC and more miserable if you want any social interaction. I've lived there, and it's miserable. Good luck getting along with people when they find out you're not LDS/Mormon
Dec 26, 2012 9:05PM
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Salt Lake City? Really? That place is miserable. Sure it has a decent economy, but it's ugly, dirty, traffic is awful, has very unhealthy pollution most of the year, dry, and full of prejudice people. DON'T GO HERE.
Dec 26, 2012 8:53PM
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Provo number one???  Are you serious?  Congested, boring, restrictive and religious elite (they think).  A senior would be lost among the college age majority population.
Dec 26, 2012 8:52PM
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ANOTHER STUPID ARTICLE, THE WRITER HAS ABSOLUTELY NO KNOWLEDGE OF THE RETIREES NEEDS. STUPID, STUPID, STUPID.
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