10 cities where retirees rule

Today, 13% of the US population is 65 years old or older. But in Honolulu, Miami and many other cities, it feels as if the seniors are in charge.

By Bill Briggs, SwitchYard Media, Special to MSN Money

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Apr 30, 2013 6:57AM
I don't know what kind of income these writers have or expect when they retire.  But I would really like to see them live on $13,500.00 a year.  You sure don't buy a $200,000.00 house.
Apr 30, 2013 7:50AM

I saw your comment rich244 and just wanted to agree with you. I very seldom look at this internet stuff because these people write about stuff they have never experienced and I am sure they have never been to most of these places they talk about. There are so many nice places on this earth to retire and it is such a personal decision, Most seniors do not think about "ruling" anything and this statement tells me that a 30 year old is writing this article to sound cool and hip. If someone would do some real research and report on real information, I might starting reading internet stuff more often. I am including all news articles not just this silly article...


Apr 30, 2013 9:14AM
I am going to have to start keeping a list.
I read these types of articles on msn and yahoo and just last week the list was about the ten worst places to retire and Hawaii was on it! Because it was so remote to any and every other place in the USA. Cost of living was high, monthly cost of a senior care facility was high, etc.... 
It is amazing how totally worthless these stories are. It is really just another example of how to manipulate the statistics to suit your opinion.
Apr 30, 2013 10:22AM

the best  place for you to retire    is the best place for YOU

1. maybe its the weather

2 .maybe its the grandkids

3. maybe its your friends

4. maybe its the price of the home you want

5 maybe its the healthcare


Whatever the answer it probably isn't on one of these lists

Apr 30, 2013 9:44AM
You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can't fool all the people all the time.  I agree, I would like to see anyone living on a small pension and SS afford to live in any of these communities.  WHO IS FOOLING WHO
Apr 30, 2013 9:19AM
Hialeah is a dump!!!! Have you ever been there.....god aweful, I don't even like driving through it!

Hawaii is one of the most expensive place's that I have ever spent a week . Yes I know that most places that people go on vacation will cost the "tourist" more then a "local"  but who want to spend a week in Davenport  Iowa ?While I was there I talked a few locals and most have two or three jobs just to make it

Apr 30, 2013 8:51AM
What an idiotic article.  Too bad; it is an important subject. 
Apr 30, 2013 10:21AM



.....give me a break


One of the most miserable places on earth - next to say, Haiti






Apr 30, 2013 8:56AM
You missed the boat completely.  Ocala, Florida, where I live, has the largest percentage of senior citizens.  I strongly suggest that you do your survey again and get it corrrect.
Apr 30, 2013 11:02AM

I see that they have posted Honolulu as one of the worst and also one of the best.  Make up your mind.  These is no way the average seniors could afford many of these places.

I agree with Rich 244 many of us seniors are not living on the kind of money it would take to live in many of these places. 

Apr 30, 2013 10:42AM
I knew I picked the right place.  Ah, beautiful Clearwater Beach.  It really does have it all......low cost of living, housing, good healthcare, diverse restaurants, and honeymoon island, where you can walk the beach with little or no people.  
Apr 30, 2013 10:09AM
Nobody retires in Miami.. They retire in Miami Beach.. When will these reporters learn that they are 2 entirely different cities?
Apr 30, 2013 11:59AM
HAWAII?  hahahahaha, unless you have accumulated a lot of wealth.  GET A LIFE EMESEN
Apr 30, 2013 10:39AM
To live in Honolulu you must have enough money to actually buy a place to live there.  The cost of living is atrocious and the housing market is pretty bad.  There's a big population packed into a relatively small island.  Rush hour is horrible with only one real highway through town.  Traffic is also horrible with haha.. people who shouldn't drive anymore trying to drive down the older narrow streets.  Don't think you can avoid all this by living on one of the other islands: it's widely accepted that to get good health care you have to live on Oahu, or else plan on flying there a lot.  If you can get around these things it IS a great place to be older.  Mild weather, great if you like to garden or exercise outside, friendly people, lots of public consideration for seniors, good public transportation.  You just have to realize it's not easy to get to live in Paradise.
Apr 30, 2013 11:45AM
Golden spot for whose who have the gold.
Apr 30, 2013 10:45AM
leave it to idiot MSN to botch a story then call it a story But wha do you expect from Lamestream media Worthless article try Leaving somewhere where you not in debt and where you can enjoy your later years.
Apr 30, 2013 9:35AM
Just to add more information to previous post, Sun City has 7 rec centers, Sun City West has 3, Sun City Grand has 3, Surprise has 0.
Apr 30, 2013 9:26AM


Sun City West has 3 recreation centers, pickle ball courts, everything the article talks about.

Surprise doesn't have any of this stuff.  Surprise is next door, very close but not at all the same.

My son was trying to tell me yesterday that SCW is referred to as Surprise and maybe this is where the mistake came from.  Retirement communities are Sun City West, Sun City, Sun City Grand.  Surprise is not and does not offer the clubs, recreation, pickle ball courts, etc.

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