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Book Review: Where to Retire - America's Best & Most Affordable Places

Updated on April 22, 2017
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Deborah is the author of of Baby-Boomer-Retirement. com and often writes about retirement and topics of interest to Baby Boomers.

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Do you want to retire to a beach town or high in the mountains?  Do you want a big city, a small town or a rural area?  Are taxes and the cost of living a concern?  If so, this book could help you decide where to retire.
Do you want to retire to a beach town or high in the mountains? Do you want a big city, a small town or a rural area? Are taxes and the cost of living a concern? If so, this book could help you decide where to retire. | Source

Research the Areas Which are Right for You

Have you given any thought to where you would like to retire? This is a dilemma that most Americans are concerned about as they near their 50's and 60's. There are so many different issues which you need to consider. Listed below are some of the questions to ask yourself:

Do you want to retire in the United States or overseas?

Do you want to be near grandchildren or other family members?

Where can you afford to retire?

What type of weather appeals to you?

Do you wish to live in a small town, a rural area or a major city?

Do you prefer to live in an over-55 community or a neighborhood with mixed age groups?

What types of entertainment do you prefer ... sports teams, live theater, or art museums?

Do you need to be close to special medical facilities? This is an issue which may be of particular concern to people who are on dialysis or who have other specific health problems which require frequent visits to a doctor, hospital or other health facility.

With so many different issues to consider, you may feel overwhelmed trying to come up with answers to all your questions. Fortunately, if you are planning to limit your search only to locations within the United States, then you will be able to get much of the information you need from this book, "Where to Retire: America's Best and Most Affordable Places."

The first few chapters of this book cover general retirement information, including how they selected the communities they feature. Then, the author lists the majority of the states in the U.S. and discusses their picks for the best areas to live, including information about taxes, weather, medical facilities, crime and other issues that could be of interest to you.

While you will still want to read blogs, such as, or the websites for different retirement home builders, this book will go a long way towards getting you started towards finding the location which sounds like a perfect match for you.

Planning is the key to having a satisfying retirement and it is never too soon to start doing your research. Remember, the more you know the more likely you are to have a satisfying retirement in a comfortable home with a wide variety of fun activities nearby.

This is The Most Recent Edition of This Helpful Book

Where to Retire: America's Best & Most Affordable Places (Choose Retirement Series)
Where to Retire: America's Best & Most Affordable Places (Choose Retirement Series)

This is an excellent book to help you find the right region of the country where you might want to live. Once you have decided on that, then you will need to look for specific towns or retirement communities that will meet your retirement needs.


More Retirement Issues to Consider

If you are look for a great place to retire, you need to do your homework before you move. There are many things to consider:

Cost of living

Taxes -- Both property taxes and state income taxes

Activities that interest you -- Do you want major league sports teams nearby? What about the symphony or ballet? Do you like to play golf the year around? Are you looking for art galleries, restaurants, college classes or other activities?

Medical care -- Living "off the grid" may sound appealing in your 60's, but it may not seem so desirable if you have to drive for an hour or longer to see a doctor ... particularly a specialist.

Proximity to your family - Do you want to be near your adult children, grandchildren, aging parents or other relatives? If so, it is important to choose a community that meets your other needs, while still keeping you within a reasonable drive of these important relatives.

Helpful Retirement Blog

Below is a blog to help retirees with a variety of issues. You can read it for free at or you can subscribe to it for .99 cents a month from the Amazon Kindle store.

In either case, it contains hundreds of articles that are useful to retirees on a wide range of topics including where to retire in the United States or abroad, common medical issues to consider, financial planning, changing family relationships, and more.

Baby Boomer Retirement
Baby Boomer Retirement

This blog not only covers specific retirement communities in the United States, but also discusses places to retire overseas, financial planning, health issues as you age, and other concerns such as dating after the age of 50, maintaining relationships with your adult children, working after retirement and more.


Retirement involves more than just finding a new home. See if your retirement planning is on the right track.

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      If you think you may want to move somewhere new when you retire, check out the books in this article and see if one of them will help you pick the right place for you!

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @Elsie Hagley: A lot of people choose to retire right where they have always lived ... either in the same home or somewhere nearby! Just as long as you give yourself the chance to take a break!

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice review, looks like my kind of place to retirement, but it looks like my retirement will be on the farm, which I have been doing all my life, but I love the animals they are my best friends. Hope you are enjoying yours.