Another List of Ideal Retirement Towns
Some other publication has just come out with its list of the top 10 places in the country for retirement, based on criteria such as availability of health care, activities for seniors, climate, etc. I believe all 10 were fairly small towns in less populated areas. There are magazines as well that focus solely on where retirees should go. OK, it’s an idea, but it’s not ideal for everyone. One of my colleagues just mentioned a reason to stay where you are: having children nearby. These decisions should be based on the individual’s own interests. Not everyone wants to live in a small town in Kansas, although some do. One criterion that seemed to be missing from the survey was proximity to large cities and the cultural activities they offer, or living near a college campus with the opportunities that offers. The point is, retirees should start with what they want to do and whether there is family they want to stay near. Health care availability is also important, and recreational activities (although they seem to be available just about everywhere). If you’re living in a place you like, think carefully before “pulling up stakes” and moving to another part of the country just because it doesn’t snow there.