Retirement rankings? They’re all over the map

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What’s the best place to live in retirement? My comments are in bold…. The there’s more from this article.

I feel it has to be looked at and one has to really look inside their gut to see what feels right.  I, for one, could not go back to winter anywhere.  I’m hoping to find a low cost alternative in the sun belt when I need to move from my home.  

My current home is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath on a bus line.  Thus I can have a caretaker live in, and have transportation if I can’t drive.

New Hampshire boasts low taxes and a vital cultural climate. Mexico has warm weather and a low cost of living. The Provo-Orem metropolitan area of Utah, with about 115,000 residents, promises an outdoorsy lifestyle, proximity to Salt Lake City and plenty of opportunities to take classes at local colleges.

All three were the top suggestions in recent retirement location rankings. And there are more studies — actually, many, many more. Bert Sperling, the founder of a website that ranks placesacross the United States based on quality-of-life factors, keeps a running tab of best-places-to-retire surveys, and he counts nearly 40 of them. Media and personal finance websites, think tanks and even insurance companies produce rankings.

The quality varies, Mr. Sperling said: “Some are very analytical, and others are casual in their approach, with little justification provided for their choices.”