February 11, 2015 5:43 pm

Kids Off To College? Then It Is Time To Find the Perfect Place To Retire!

Life can usually be split into a few, identifiable periods, each with certain circumstances that signify the beginning of the next part of life. For example, college attendance usually signals the end of childhood, turning life from a veritable mountain of handouts, to one that requires true wok in order to succeed.

Many modern families keep their place of residence continuous throughout the time their kids are going though primary, middle and high school. This gives children a true sense of continuity, as well as the capacity to make and retain friends that could stick with them though most of their life.

Once that period ends, however, a whole horizon of opportunities makes itself known to most parents. No longer do the aforementioned considerations need to be taken into account when deciding on where to live. Now, if you and your significant other prefer to move to a different area to live out the rest of your lives, damage to your kids’ situation and well being is no longer a chief concern. You got them to where they needed to go and now it is time to take your happiness into account!

Retirement planning is one of the most important activities one will perform throughout their entire life. Having a clear and concise plan in place, even if it is many yearrs off, is extremely important in living out your days as comfortably as possible.

There are a few factors to take into consideration when selecting the area you want to retire in:

  1. Cost of Living: If you still have quite a bit of time before you retire, base this on where you think you will be at when you are finished working.. If you have put a firm plan in place in regards to saving, this should be easy to figure out..
  2. Healthcare: Older people get sick more often. As a result, a good healthcare system, with a wide assortment of doctors, is key.
  3. Climate: As you get older, your body changes. As such, temperatures that you enjoyed as a younger person might not be suitable for when you get older.
  4. Activities: Many communities, especially in warmer climates like Florida and Arizona, are geared primarily towards those in the latter stages of life. Finding one of these communities could provide a whole slew of fulfilling activities, allowing you a much more satisfying close to life.

Based on these parameters, the following cities have been ranked as the best:

Daytona Beach

Warm weather, something that most retirees look for in a place to live out their final days, can be had in spades in Daytona Beach. Daytona Beach is also cheap, with median home prices hovering at a low $100k. As Florida in general is considered one of the top destinations for retires, the healthcare system and activities for those who have retired are second to none.

Clemson, S.C.

Clemson offers a wide range of attractive qualities needed by many retirees. The cost of living is low, with median home prices around the $135,000 mark, well below the national average. In addition, a nice climate, above-average air quality and low crime rate all serve to make Clemson eminently worthy of consideration.

Fredericksburg, Texas

Warm climates are always a hallmark of Texas living. Throw in a dash of excellent air quality, a position as one of the most walkable cities in the USA and a cost of living around five percent lower than the rest of the nation and you have Fredericksburg, a small city with a lot of charm.

Finding a place to retire does not have to be an exercise in annoyance. If you begin your planning with a sufficient amount of time, you should have no problem locating the perfect place, no matter what fiscal category you find yourself in.

  • Connie Dixon

    very interesting article !! thumbs up

  • Calvin Petersen

    After reading this, I think I should start planning of my retirement