Greater Baton Rouge, LA
With its year-round bounty from land and water, delectable Cajun and Creole food is a big part of life in Louisiana’s capital city. So is good fun, with nearly every weekend offering local music events, festivals and -- of course -- Louisiana State University sports. Baton Rouge sits astride the magnificent Mississippi, where three riverfront casinos keep the pizazz and the scrumptious buffets coming.
Glenwood Springs, CO
In 1888, the Glenwood Hot Springs Resort had the world’s largest hot springs pool, bringing wealthy vacationers. Its history also revolves around the Ute people, mining and ranching, but today is known for the call of the outdoors, from fly-fishing to snow skiing and hiking in the Rockies. Wildlife roam White River National Forest. Residents say the city is just as beautiful but much more affordable than glitzy Aspen, 40 miles southeast.
Some 15 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Henderson has lots of sun but not scorching heat. Eyes here rest upon lovely mountain ranges in almost every direction. Retirees like that Nevada has no income tax. Master-planned communities allow amenity-rich lifestyles and fast friendships. A baby of a city, founded in 1953, Henderson is one of the fastest-growing locales in the country.
Folks here like to say that Pensacola, the westernmost point on the Florida Panhandle, has a more Southern feel than other parts of the Sunshine State. A hop and a skip take people to the Alabama state line, making Mobile -- and New Orleans -- quick jaunts. This city is proud of its lovely Gulf beach, but also of the Pensacola Naval Air Station. Members of the military who train here often find themselves smitten and come back to retire.
8 Cities for Downtown Living
Many retirees like to carve out a niche for themselves in a larger city’s lively, walkable downtown. Here are eight cities that pour on the personality in their central core: Charlotte, NC; El Paso, TX; Little Rock, AR; Madison, WI; Richmond, VA; St. Petersburg, FL; Sarasota, FL; and Tempe, AZ.
Retirement Relocation: Income Transfers
Where to Retire continues its series of stories dedicated to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data outlining where retirees are moving. In our fourth story, we analyze the money retirees bring to various states when they move -- and which states are losing those assets.
Financial Consultant: Gauging a City's Cost of Living
Retirees can utilize various skills, both in person and online, to figure out their daily living costs at potential relocation destinations. Our story gives concrete advice to answer the question: Can I afford to live there?
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