Best and worst places to retire

Jasmine Phu

July 25, 2011

AARP recently complied a list of the ten most affordable cities in which to retire, based on average sales tax, housing costs and living expenses. The researchers also took pension tax rates, climate and culture into consideration to determine the best ten retirement destinations from a pool of 350 cities nationwide.

"Given the economy, we were interested in finding places that were less expensive to live," AARP Magazine's editorial projects manager Gabrielle Redford told USA Today.

Wherever an individual chooses to retire – whether close to family or far away – a senior medical alert can keep him or her safe. A personal emergency response system contacts help if an older adult is injured and cannot otherwise get assistance.

Winchester, Virginia; Portland, Maine; Gainesville, Georgia; Wenatchee, Washington and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania made the list, which goes to show that people who are planning their retirements have plenty of options from rural living to the city life.

The organization also published a list of the ten worst states for retirement. Nevada was found to be the worst retirement destination due to high crime and unemployment rates, and higher than average living expenses. Michigan, Alaska, South Carolina and Maryland round out the top five worst places for retirees to live.

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