Where Should I Retire?
The latest columns on where to retire
I’m 50 and considering an early retirement. I want a vibrant place with moderate-left demographics where I can stretch out my savings
A place with welcoming, community-minded and educated locals would be great.
Want an ‘average’ retirement lifestyle? You’ll need more than $1 million — sometimes a lot more — in these cities.
Nationally, retirees would need an average nest egg of $1.07 million.
I’d like to live on water and am looking for a quiet, outdoorsy lifestyle, preferably on the East Coast. Where should I retire?
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I live in the South and don’t want to retire here. I’m seeking four seasons, diversity and outdoor living. Where should I retire?
College towns often offer diversity and encourage entrepreneurs.
We want to spend our retirement traveling on bicycles and need a low-tax ‘home’ for legal purposes. What’s the best home base for us?
To travel indefinitely, have a home base in a state with no income taxes and that's friendly to travelers.
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I’m done with Illinois! I want to retire in a small town in a neighboring state — so where should I go?
"I’m looking for a small-town atmosphere, with open land around it and maybe a body of water nearby. "
I want year-round outdoor living — dry summers and no snow — on $4,000 a month. Where should I retire?
This reader loves hiking, biking and water sports.
I want to retire in ‘a liberal-thinking area’ on $3,000 a month, including rent — where should I go?
Hiking, biking and gardening are priorities.
This Ecuadorean city in the Andes has perfect weather — and you can retire there for as little as $1,500 a month
“If the place you live in doesn’t delight and amaze you every day, you’re doing it wrong. And that’s how I feel about Cuenca,” says Saralee Squires.
I told friends I was moving to France for a year. It’s now 4 years later, and I’m building a house in this village of 1,200 people.
'You could easily live here on $2,500 to $3,000 a month' --- much less than in either Provence or Paris.
I love cool weather and hiking but can’t afford to stay in Oakland — where should I retire in the western U.S.?
Cultural options are on the retirement wish list too.
We want to retire to a medium-sized town near the mountains and a military installation — where should we move?
We are having second thoughts about retiring in Utah because of pollution and drought.
We want to live in a medium-sized city close to the beach but without much traffic. Where should we retire?
This reader's first thoughts are the Tampa area or southern Virginia. Is there an alternative?
We want to retire to a fun lake house, but we also want city amenities. Our budget is $450,000. Where should we go?
This reader says humidity doesn’t bother him and his wife, but they're not huge fans of snow.
We’re an outdoorsy family looking for a ‘funky’ town where we can eventually retire. Where should we go?
'We like to be outside year round, and communities heavy on hiking, rock climbing and skiing tend to be funky towns.' The house budget is $500,000-$600,000.
I want mild weather and a city where goats and chickens are allowed – so where should I retire?
We're a mixed-race family, so we need racial diversity/tolerance.
Where should I retire? I want good weather, lower taxes and access to ethnic groceries. ‘Why is it so hard to check all the boxes?’
I am planning my semiretirement and will be moving with my parents and siblings.
I no longer drive and want to retire in a highly walkable urban area with many cultural activities — where should I go?
"A college town with a good bus system would be OK, but secondary to the urban area."
We want to retire to a place with lots of cultural activities, a beach and a major airport. Our budget is $4,000-$5,500 a month, including rent — so where should we look?
This reader also asks for a 'decent amount of diversity.'
I love small towns and rail-trails. My house budget is $200,000 — so where can I retire?
Can you suggest some walkable towns with 3,000 to 10,000 people that are county seats and/or college towns and are politically liberal?
I can afford a $300,000 home in a ski town ‘but not if it comes with $6,000 a year in HOA dues’ — so where can I retire?
Mountain biking, skiing and paddle boarding are on the wish list.
We love to ski but are struggling even with a $1 million house budget — what’s an affordable ski town where we can retire?
Oh, it should have good lakes and water sports nearby and not be too touristy.
We want to retire in a place with a low cost of living, no humidity and no colder than 50 degrees — I freeze easily! Where should we go?
The house budget is broad: $250,000 to $450,000.
I’m looking for a cannabis-friendly red-leaning state with no state income taxes — where should I retire on $60,000 a year?
Put me near water, plus a state or national park -- but not too close to California or in three other states.
We want to retire in ‘an area like the Berkshires, but warmer’ — where should we go?
The search for 'an upscale retirement area with lots of hiking, biking, great restaurants and culture.'