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What nonsense!! Asheville is the most expensive place to live. Mission Hospital is always in trouble for overcharging and various offenses. Growth is rapid, affordable housing is nonexistent, traffic horrendous. What used to be beautiful mountain views are now crowded with ugly houses. Get a grip.
Agreed. Mission Hospital is awful – badly run, understaffed, and it’s currently being sued by multiple cities / counties for being a monopoly that offers high prices for poor outcomes. Housing is scarce, expensive, and usually has multi stories, hard for aging in place.
I am almost 70. Considering retirement residences now. Too old for acre of maintenance.
Sheesh! I would just like to live where it has a rural country farm feel, but without all of the generational hating on each other!
I live near Lancaster PA and enjoy visiting there but retiring there no way. PA is the ninth highest tax rate in the US to start with and Lancaster has above average property tax for the state. While Lanxaster has plenty to do it is a tourist town so even though it has small town appeal it has big town traffic and crime. It is not NY or LA but there are some of the same gangs in little Lancaster. Great place to visit but to expensive and too many tourist for my ideal retirement spot.
PA’s *overall* tax burden, per wallethub, is #26.
You’re correct about Lancaster’s property tax though.
There are some small parts to avoid, just like any town of equivalent size you could name, but I felt perfectly safe walking through most of it daily.
Great foodie scene, nice parks nearby, good hospital, very walkable… I wouldn’t mind retiring in Lancaster (if I were going to live in a city at all).
What about the wonderfully designed retirement community The Villages, Florida? Nightly free entertainment with dancing in now four different Town Squares of a variety of great musicians. Hundreds of clubs for practically any hobby and free golf courses galore. A wide range of affordability with housing from the mid 150’s to over a million dollar homes.
The Villages are creepy AF. It’s like a movie set, and the movie is The Truman Show.
Plenty to enjoy in Lancaster and surrounds. Business vibrant and gives inner city a fair cut. Break the law- watch out.
Both myself and my wife were born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and now live in Florida. No comparison.
Fort Wayne is cold and totally brown 7 months out of the year.
I am surprised that it is rated number five.
Rethink moving to the highest home insurance rates in the Orlando area.
Traffic is horrible and property tax is high. Also medical care is substandard with Advent Health taking over most practices. We made a mistake moving from northern CA to this area in the so called best area around Orlando.
I live in Florida. I would never move to Orlando.
What’s with all the hate?
What about Corpus Christi, Texas or the surrounding areas? Or Natchez, Mississippi? Great weather. Great locations.
I am glad to see that there are valid comments being made about this list.
We are getting ready to retire, and central Virginia is half-way between: the ocean and mountains; the North East U.S. and the South East U.S.
There is plenty of history, open landscape, and exciting cities to explore, small and large. Plenty of regional, annual events, to attend!
who ever wrote this article is dreaming and did not do their research. Orlando a tourist and high crime. Ashville was the place yo retire 30 years ago now it too expensive. Lancaster PA to fricken cold. I won’t waste my breath on the rest…the best place yo retire is up and coming and getting there before everyone else, so every 20 yrs or so its somewhere else….people you’ll have to do your research because this article blows!
Many of these are in lowest education states, mostly white and high Qanon.
Stereotype much ? Guarantee you’ve never been near any of those states. But thanks for bringing your useless racial and political prejudices into the discussion, Sven from Sweden.
The POOR uneducated Dems continue to be naive and misinformed!!
The POOR Dems still are unable to think for themselves and love to get HAD by the Biden,and Pelosi
LOVE IT. WHERE CAN I SIGN UP!! LOL 😅 😆 So silly.
Try finding affordable housing in Asheville. We had to move out in the county, and it’s becoming unaffordable, too !!
Retire.. LMFAO!!! I’m 46 & despite being employed part-time since the day I turned 12 & working full time, at least at one job if not two (one FT & the other either PT or also FT), I am still unlikely never see retirement.
To further exhibit the ridiculousness of it, I not only graduated from a respected college with a 3.92 GPA & three degrees (BA, BS, MA), but I also avoided the four primary “financial potholes” of life (college loans, divorce, children & accruing any credit card or other compounded interest debt), and yet still, my eternally single, childless, unmarried/undivorced, never borrowed anything from anyone lifestyle will most likely end with me having reported to some job or workplace on that very same day or maybe at best the one or two days before (if I happen to die on my day/days off). And yet, you still want to push this retirement BS despite the fact that in 25-30 years when I’m due to retire (& that’s IF I even get to 70, 72 or whatever the retirement age is by then) there most likely won’t be any money left in the coffers of the US to pay for or help pay for seniors to retire. You might as well add as a place on this list “wherever a cold day in hell” is, since that’s exactly when I’ll be able to stop working!!!
Nonsense. These are all in the East. All but one (Fort Wayne) are very near the coast. This ignores most of the land mass of the country. Shows a powerful bias. If you like urban sprawl, crime, population density, traffic, light pollution, noise, these places are right for you. The best is Lancaster for being in Amish (Pennsylvania Dutch) country. But it’s overwhelming downside is it’s run by Dementiacrats, the enemy of all that’s good and proper – and prosperous!
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