Boynton Beach, FL
This Atlantic coast city in southeastern Florida just finished a marina redevelopment project that beautifies its shoreline and woos anglers. It is close to the Atlantic Gulf Stream, a current that allows some of the best fishing in the country. Active-adult communities proliferate here as well as friendships.
New Bern, NC
Say hello to North Carolina’s stunning Inner Banks -- the less well-known cousin to the state’s Outer Banks. The star city is New Bern, at the confluence of the Trent and Neuse rivers. Colonists settled here, and downtown still has many 18th century buildings. The best New Bern trivia? Pepsi was invented here in 1898 by a drugstore owner.
Ocean City, MD
A 2.5-mile boardwalk here invites strollers to take in the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Washington, DC, is 145 miles northwest, but at the nearby Assateague Island National Seashore, untouched acreage and animals -- including wild ponies -- thrive. About 8 million tourists visit in the summer, but 7,000 folks are lucky enough to live here year-round.
Up there, on the Idaho Panhandle, is Sandpoint, whose appeal is 100 percent clinched with sparkling Lake Pend Oreille and mountain views. Skiers adore the slopes in winter at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, where a chairlift whisks them over the treetops. Antiques shops, art festivals and craft breweries attract people downtown.
8 Tax-Friendly Cities
Retirees find they must take into account the tax situation in their potential location to make a well-rounded wise decision. These eight cities have an overall rosy picture with a lesser tax bite: Aiken, SC; Athens, GA; Crossville, TN; Natchitoches, LA; Oxford, MS; Reno, NV; Stuart, FL; and Wickenburg, AZ.
Retirement Relocation: State Rankings
Where to Retire begins a series of stories dedicated to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data outlining where retirees are moving. A professor at Samford University dissects the statistics and discovers that while Florida remains the No. 1 draw, the Southeast is becoming more popular. Maps and charts outline the trends.
Financial Consultant: Navigating Flood Insurance
Living near a shoreline is a lovely temptation, but comes with some risks. The planet continues to deal with a bevy of nasty hurricanes and storms, and flood insurance is a lifesaver for those affected by such disasters. Our story helps you decide if you need flood insurance and how to handle the logistics of buying a policy and making a claim.
Roads to Retirement: Central Florida's Ocala, Leesburg and Orlando
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