Great places to retire without a car

It makes sense to cut expenses when you retire, but some people can't imagine life without wheels. Here are some spots where retirees can enjoy a vehicle-free life.

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Jul 23, 2013 11:31AM
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St. Louis??  You got to be kidding me.!!
Jul 23, 2013 8:44AM
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Maybe she should do a more "profound" research of the places listed and find replacements for most of them. YOU MUST BE NUTS TO MOVE TO SOME OF THESE CITIES!!!
Jul 23, 2013 1:28AM
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The City of Brotherly Love is anything BUT! The crime rate there kills any chance of anyone wanting to retire there!

Corvallis is a highly taxed town...between the state and the city.

Anywhere in Michigan is probably not a good bet these days. Already high taxes statewide, probably going to get higher to clean up and bail out the slums...aka Detroit!

Florida? No thanks! Between the tornadoes, the hurricanes (not the college either) and the drug-runners...not a quality of life place to live!

 

And for myself...living in ANY city is a non-starter. I live in town now...and when I move...it will be to a MINIMUM of 5, preferable 10 acres...with peace and quiet! And plenty of trees! And neighbors far away from me!

Jul 25, 2013 10:48AM
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Yeh right, St. Louis??????  Hi Dad, I think you should retire in St. Louis, even though they have one of the highest crime rates in the country!  Give me a break!  Who does the research for these stories??
Jul 25, 2013 2:06PM
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I live in Toronto, Ont. Canada, and haven't driven a car since about 1988. I'm a single woman, 72 years old, and travel only by public transport. 5 tickets=$9.00, there are subway stations on every street, buses run  practically 24/7 all over the city.  I have seen more of this fine city than most people, simply because I walk, take transit and enjoy what the city  is all about.  This car-free existence has allowed me to live in upscale residential areas, thanks to not having any auto or insurance expenses. There's a good side to everything.  
Jul 25, 2013 2:35PM
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Mississippi is one of our worst states. It has the nation’s highest poverty rate, its second-highest teen pregnancy rate and its highest teen birth rate.An Education Week report ranks its schools 48 out of 50. Its infant mortality rate—9.67 deaths per 1,000 live births, the highest in the nation—is close to Botswana’s. Its life expectancy is the lowest in America and lower than those of Guatemala or Pakistan.  Few states invest less in public education or public health. If it were an independent country, we’d consider it part of the Third World.

 

St. Louis is consistently ranked among the most dangerous cities in the United States.

 

Pittsburgh and Philadelphia? High crime rates. No thanks.

Jul 23, 2013 1:04PM
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I'm keeping my car, thank you. I like to drive.
Jul 23, 2013 4:45PM
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If the AARP recommends something, do the opposite. It's either been paid to endorse or is part of Obozo scheme.
Jul 23, 2013 9:01AM
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I'm disappointed that the Golf Cart Capital of the World isn't on thsi list.

Where is Peachtree City, GA? The entire city was planned to be car-free.
Jul 23, 2013 5:25PM
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That would be great not to have a car, but it is not safe these days with all the thugs, and freeloaders out there to harm you, life cannot be enjoyable like it use to be.  What makes our life so happy is our wonderful dog, my hubby is handicapped and i am old but still get around.  Am very disheartened by all the bad i see.  There are some good people left, and they use to out shine the bad, but we have lost our respect and morals, and just accept anything, and that makes you uneasy all the time.  Politicians can be slime bags, cheat and lie, do not have to honor America like they should, and deserve respect like it should be.  I hope i do not live much longer to see the country I loved and my hubby fought for ruined by foreigners and Liberals.  God help us, and we pray for help for America.  Make us the patriots we use to be and deserve to be.
Jul 24, 2013 1:23AM
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Total Bullbleep. I have been living about a mile west to the Loop in Chicago for the past 32 years. I have not had a car for the past 18 years and don't think I will ever need one. Walking, public transportation an cycling are great. A car is a burden in the city. There are are great train services to get you to and from the suburbs.
Jul 25, 2013 2:18PM
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Louisville? Are you kidding? I live here and wouldn't dream of taking the bus (TARC). To get around town would take all day because of 1.5 hour delays between buses should you be late. Some buses arrive early to the stop so you would miss that one also. Crime around bus stops is high and most of the bus route are in areas a sane person wouldn't ride at night - not to mention the holiday schedules. A lot of the routes don't operate on the holidays or operate on a changed stop or time schedule with sometimes a total change of route. I'm in the process of moving out of Louisville.  I'm going to Key West. Now that's a retirement town!
Jul 23, 2013 11:52AM
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no car ? well what do you expect . within 10 minutes of moving to a lot of the cities you listed your car would be sitting in a chop shop or used in a drive by shooting .
Jul 23, 2013 7:05AM
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Boulder and Corvallis are the only two places on this list I'd consider when I retire.
Jul 25, 2013 5:04PM
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This is not a news story. It is an advertisement. An advertisement in cooperation with MSN and the poorest, most crime ridden, impoverished cities, among those with the worst living conditions and the worst weather, as a petition to move there as a stimulus to their local economy.

Do they really think that we're that stupid?

Why are not any of the good, scenic places not listed?  Too obvious?  Probably.  Seattle, Astoria, Big Sur, Redding, Bar Harbor (Maine) -- the really nice, temperate places, places where you don't die from the heat in the summer or get flooded every year.  Basically anything north of latitude 40 and south of 50.
Jul 25, 2013 3:54PM
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Do you have the tiniest clue how utterly useless a bike path is to a septuagenarian or octogenarian?  Are we talking about retirees here?  I mean people in their late 60's, 70's, and more or are we talking about the independently wealthy young dropouts?  Why not get people who actually know what it means to be retirement age and retired to write these things?
Jul 23, 2013 1:19PM
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only place u can do this is in overseas  locations
Jul 25, 2013 5:05PM
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Louisville Ky???  you cant get around if you have a car!  LOL
Jul 23, 2013 3:43PM
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The writer fails to point out that while transit rides are free in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, transit agencies in PA have cut drastically cut service due to legacy pension costs etc.  So while you can ride free as a senior, you may not be able to travel where you want to go within the city.  Gov. Corbett and the state legislature have failed to provide sufficient dedicated funding to keep transit viable in these cities.  That said, I intend to continue to live in Pittsburgh post-retirement.
Jul 25, 2013 10:29AM
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The best places to live without a car are still New York City and San Francisco, not exactly retirement havens. Chicago is pretty good too, depending on where you live and what you want to do. But Chicago public transportation system remains set up to take people to and from a central downtown. America is built around personal transportation. Once your activities take you off the road most traveled, it is hard to function without a private motor vehicle.
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