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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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.
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.
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...
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