This year's MoneyRates.com Best States to Retire list includes some traditional warm-weather havens, such as Hawaii, California and Florida. But you may be surprised to see a few off-the-beaten-path locales in the top 10 too. For instance, have you considered South Dakota for your retirement? While MoneyRates.com recognizes that much of what marks a good place for retirement is subjective--family and friends, cultural attractions, natural beauty--there are plenty of objective, quantifiable factors to examine too. Knowing how a state performs in certain measures is important before you choose it for your retirement, and that's precisely what
A word of caution about Colorado. If you prefer the square-rimmed glasses wearing, Prius driving, wine and cheese crowd, I suggest you consider another state, like California or Hawaii. You might find yourself amongst a more "compatible" crowd. We have more than enough socialists already, thank you.
How fancy. Retire! I am on the work until you die plan. Weenies and rich and the poverty stricken can retire. I shall die at my desk unless the source of my income (government paperwork) fails (oh! happy day!). Like a law officer; I pray for the end of my profession.
I agree with #1. It's little known, but Colorado is already filled to capacity; we're at 1 human being per 48 square feet of land here. Don't even think about entering Colorado. Fire marshalls are deeply concerned about the overcrowding here, so please - stay away. Thank you.
Glad this didn't mention Prescott, AZ where we have 4 real seasons (rather than living in an oven for 8 months), clean air, little crime, great scenery, an easy drive to Vegas and the Grand Canyon, and affordable housing with LOW property taxes ... We don't need a new crowd of seniors to discover our secret.
Only if Romney is elected and ObamaCare is repealed ............. if not, seniors will have to go into political exile abroad where they can legally buy health insurance since our courts have ruled that it is constitutional (sic) to prohibit,keeping previous insurance and not going on Medicare when turning 65.
......... and remember Medicare Advantage will be eliminated as well.
I hate real heat! I have found that Central PA and State College in particular is just great as long as you don't love big cities and lots of shopping. Most national chains, lots of activities, and ease of driving around for us easily confused elders. Great honest workers for aid to keep up a house. Not very cheap, though, due to university flourishing.
#4 thats real funny statistic that doesn't ring true. If you don't want people to come to our state just say so, don't make up numbers. I live in northern Co near the Wyoming boarder I think my nearest neighbor is 7 miles away! One other statistic that is true if you put the entire population of the world in an area the size of Texas everyone will have about 1000 square feet of room each just saying
I retired in 2010 and decided to stay right where I am. I live on an island, great public transportation so I don't need a car. Plenty of shopping within walking distance. A park just steps from my doorway. Several hospitals in the immediate area and my doctor a short taxi ride away. My gym is just down the block. All the entertainment I would ever want is available nearby.
I laughed when we went to Oregon for a ski trip and the response from Oregonians was never "how long are you standing" but "when are you leaving". They didn't want anyone staying. I am starting to see the logic, please remove Texas from that list.
We would welcome good L-Dotters to Georgia. The rest can go elsewhere.
Our cost-of-living is low, at least here in N Georgia. The same with property taxes and state income taxes.
We can get pretty cold here but our winters are only three months long with beautiful fall colors. I will admit our summers can rival the Netherworld in heat but we have this new-fangled thing called air conditioning that helps.
All conservatives welcome here...the rest of you? Maybe Southern California but be ready to convert your dollars to pesos in the near future.
California? WHAT was this reporter thinking? California has some of the highest sales taxes in the nation. The regulations passed by nanny-state Democrat loons in the state legislature are driving industry and business and the middle class to other states. California is run for the very wealthy and state workers. The state will soon be bankrupt because of unfunded retirement benefits for the state worker unions. I can't wait to get out of here.
To those of you who covet where you live and don't want to share, imagine if everyone living there thought the same thing and told you to stay away? I honestly prefer to do what I did when I retired while living down South - I came home to Ohio to be near my precious family.
Some of you posters get real snarky (Prius drivers and wine and cheese) but don't consider that some of us drive a Prius to save money. I could care less about greenie-weenies who worry about pollution while driving down my road and throwing out their McDonalds' wrappers, and dropping everything from furniture to tv's along our rural road. I am retired, and drive one to save gas. I am not one of you Johhnys-come-lately to the conservative side. I have been voting for conservatives since I was 21, the age to vote at the time. Actually 22, because I was stationed overseas at 21, and was unable to vote. Too busy serving the country during the Korean War. So I take offense when people look down their noses at someone who drives a hybrid. Sounds like a democrat who thinks they are better than those who don't follow their standards.
I could move anywhere I wanted to when I had to quit working 10 years ago. I chose South Dakota and have no regrets. I live in the Black Hills area. Nice scenery and nice people. Other than the Black Hills, the rest of the state has no reason to exist as far as I'm concerned. Boring doesn't begin to describe it.
San Diego is pretty sweet. A lot of conservatives and military personnel here, so people here are a lot more courteous than in other parts of California. The weather here is terrific, and there's an awful lot to do, from the beaches to the mountains. It's pricey though...
#17, thanks for your service, but I have questions: What did you trade in/sell to buy the hybrid? What MPG are you getting now, and what did you get before? Does the difference between the new purchase price and the old gas purchases give you an ACTUAL cost saving or are you just amortizing a new debt?
And guess what? I lived in Colorado in the 90's. Even in the middle of the mountains, far from the perversion of Boulder I could not stop running into the birkenstock crowd. Feh.
#17 Thanks for your service. I bought a used Lincoln Town car and enjoy full sized comfort and luxury while still getting 27 mpg on the highway. Saved enough over the price of a new Prius to pay for any extra gas I use for 10 years or so. Seems like a better value to me.
Many of these "best" states tax pension, IRA/401K distributions and social security. The best states IMO either have no state income tax or exempt retirement income. Surprisingly, Illinois does the latter.
A sex tape that Monica Lewinsky recorded for Bill Clinton at the height of their scandalous affair has leaked, during which the former White House intern is heard planning a secret sexual rendezvous with the president and declaring she is “too cute and adorable” to be ignored. On the audio tape obtained by The National Enquirer, Lewinsky at one point tries to seduce the commander in chief: “I could take my clothes off and start… well… I know you wouldn’t enjoy that? I hope to see you later and I hope you will follow my script and do what
Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi will divorce tomorrow - just weeks after the multi-millionaire was pictured choking his estranged wife. Nigella, 53, is the applicant in the case at London´s High Court to be heard before District Judge Aitken, MailOnline can reveal. The ´quickie divorce´ will be heard at 10.30am - and means the couple´s 10-year-marriage could be over in a matter of minutes. (Snip) Their marriage ended after Mr Saatchi, 70, was pictured choking his wife, who has made her fortune as TV´s Domestic Goddess, at their favourite London haunt, Scott´s restaurant, last month.
The federal government has responded with near adequate conviction, the pressure by Western countries to impose the perverted culture of legalising homosexual lifestyles in Nigeria. The two arms of the National Assembly have taken uncompromising stands, making a law prescribing a fourteen-year jail term for people caught, tried and sentenced for practising homosexual acts in Nigeria. Our President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has also made it clear that he would align with the feelings of the Nigerian people and its supreme legislature in ensuring that the law is implemented. (Snip) Our rejection of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) nonsense
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has warned that new oil discoveries across various countries pose threats to the nation´s revenue. (Snip) “US Energy Information Agency (EIA) forecasts the US oil imports to 6mbpd, roughly a third of what it uses, by 2014 as the country moves closer to oil dependence by 2035,” he said. In his words, “Over the fifteen-month period to July 2012, US crude oil imports from Nigeria dropped to about 333,000 bpd from over 1.1mbpd, displacing West African oil from the US market. This will probably put downward pressure on price
Members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), excluding Iran, recorded about $982 billion, or five per cent increase in net oil export revenue in 2012, according to recent estimates of the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA). The Western energy watchdog noted that the amount was estimated to be the largest level over the 1975—2012 period. In its newly-released revenue fact sheet, the EIA estimated that Saudi Arabia earned the largest share of these earnings, $311 billion in 2012, or approximately 32 per cent of total OPEC revenues. OPEC members are Nigeria, Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Iran,
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), a proponent of tenets of the “Dream Act” for young illegal immigrants spoke before attendees at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights in Queens, New York on Saturday. Cantor and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) were the only two Republicans at the event, which was organized by the Faith & Politics Institute. The stop at the temple was part of a bipartisan tour of New York City over the weekend in which members of Congress supporting comprehensive immigration reform participated. Other lawmakers at the Jewish Center in Jackson Heights were Reps. Joe Crowley (D-NY), Carolyn
Former Rep. Lindy Boggs, who filled her husband´s seat in the House of Representatives after his plane disappeared and went on to serve 18 years as a tireless advocate for women and minorities, died today at the age of 97. "She was remarkable in every way," ABC´s Cokie Roberts, one of Boggs´s three children, said. "She was able to accomplish a great deal for a great many people around the country and around the world, but doing it in an always gracious, always pleasant way that would serve as a great lesson for folks of today
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to face trial on pimping charges, French prosecutors say. Investigating magistrates have decided he should be tried in connection with an alleged prostitution ring at a hotel in Lille. The former presidential hopeful has admitted attending sex parties there, but says he did not know that some of the women were paid prostitutes. The case is the last of the sex-related allegations faced by Mr Strauss-Kahn. A series of lurid claims have been made about the high profile French figure since he was arrested in New York in May 2011 after a hotel maid
Five Russians and a Ukrainian face federal criminal charges of hacking into the computers of major payment processors, retailers and financial institutions, stealing more than 160 million credit card numbers and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in losses. It is the largest such scheme ever prosecuted in the United States, federal authorities said in unsealing indictments Thursday in Newark, N.J., and Manhattan. Victimized firms ranged from 7-Eleven, Wet Seal and JetBlue to Visa Jordan, Diners Singapore and the Nasdaq stock market, authorities said. Three corporate victims alone lost more than $300 million, and the alleged scheme caused
Los Angeles — Thanks to his recent wins at both The Open Championship and the Scottish Open, Phil Mickelson pocketed more than $2.16 million in just two weeks. The world’s top golfer —who came under fire earlier this year when he complained about his supposed 60 percent tax rate as a California resident — is taking another hit on his recent earnings. According to Forbes, Mickelson has been subjected to the United Kingdom’s 45 percent tax rate for those who make more than £150,000 a year. In addition, the magazine reports, he will be taxed on a portion
Washington — President Barack Obama’s choice to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department is under investigation for his role in helping a company secure an international investor visa for a Chinese executive, the Associated Press has learned. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas, who has been nominated to be the department’s No. 2 leader, was named by the DHS Inspector General’s Office as a target in an ongoing investigation about the foreign investor program run by USCIS. According to an email sent to lawmakers Monday evening, the IG’s office initially starting investigating
Foreign policy achievements have thus far stood out for their absence during President Obama´s tenure. The engagement with Iran, the "reset" of relations with Russia, the intermediation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the protestations against cyber-attacks coming from China against U.S. firms, the pressures on North Korea and the "red line" warnings to the Syrian regime over chemical weapons, have all failed to advance peace or democracy in the world or to strengthen the American hand in international relations. U.S. foreign policy initiatives have, in no small measure, been subordinated to the
There have been days since her son Ezekiel was born 11 months ago that Los Angeles mom Beth Capper has gone without food to keep up her supply. One friend was arrested for stealing some. It´s not drugs or alcohol or even baby formula that has put her in such a bind. It´s diapers. "There´s no way around buying them," said Capper, a 41-year-old single mother who doesn´t work because of a disability. Across the country, mothers like Capper are facing the same predicament. According to a report published Monday in the
America is in great shape energy-wise. We have more gas and oil reserves than ever before. Indeed, the United States could shortly become the world’s largest exporter of coal. Our cheaper power rates may bring energy-intensive industry back from Europe and Asia. If America’s small colleges are nearly broke and our public schools failing, nonetheless our blue-chip universities’ math, science, and engineering departments, and professional schools, remain the best in the world. (Snip)In our age, Nobel laureate, exempt Al Gore proved a fraud: the feminist who was accused of groping a woman in crazed sex-poodle fashion;
It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. But within a decade, it is expected that the ocean which the village of Kivalina has so relied on will completely destroy it--creating America´s first climate change refugees. Temperatures in the Arctic region of Alaska are warming twice as fast as the rest of the U.S, causing ice to retreat, sea levels to rise and coastal erosion to increase. It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations. The 400 indigenous Inuit inhabitants of Kivalina, who live
President Obama has been rolling up his sleeves campaigning across the country delivering a surreal stump speech message supposedly aimed at the middle class: big government works, Obamacare is manna from heaven, the wave of recent scandals are “phony” figments of the imagination, and all economic problems are the fault of the Republicans. Conveniently, he leaves out the bankruptcy of Detroit, a city run by his own party for more than half a century. His message is so stale and unconvincing, that even The New York Times and Washington Post have noticed. Both papers, usually loyal to Obama, remarked that
FORNEY, Texas - George Zimmerman, the former Florida neighborhood watch leader cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was pulled over for speeding in North Texas on Sunday, CBS DFW reports. According to the station, Zimmerman was armed when officers pulled him over on Highway 80 in Forney, east of Dallas. (Snip) The officer reportedly did not recognize Zimmerman, who was driving a Honda pickup. Zimmerman told the officer he was armed and was then told to put the weapon in his glove compartment, according to the station.
Arizona Sen. John McCain was the Republican Party´s 2008 presidential nominee and he still wants the keys to the Oval Office. But he is beginning to sound more like a fan of likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "She´s a rock star," he said in a newly released interview. "She has, maybe not glamour, but certainly the aura of someone widely regarded throughout the world," he added in a reference to her work as secretary of State. McCain, reportedly trying to win back his reputation as a GOP maverick, was asked by the New Republic
Gotta figure her lead would be even bigger without Joe Miller in the field here. Her nomination for the taking? Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year…but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin. 36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they’d like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 15% for Dan Sullivan, and 12% for Joe Miller.
Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel’s office appear to have twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative non-profit organization, according to e-mails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee and obtained exclusively by National Review Online. The correspondence suggests the discrimination of conservative groups extended beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the agency’s enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group,
Sen. John McCain — a Democrat? There was confusion Wednesday after the Arizona Republican mistakenly strolled into President Obama’s meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol. The room full of Democrats — who happened to be meeting in the same room where the Senate GOP usually holds their weekly policy luncheons — erupted in applause and laughter as the former Republican presidential candidate made his entrance. As McCain, 76, walked out of the Dem-filled space, reporters pressed him as to why he stepped foot in the room.
In an interview on National Public Radio (NPR), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said her new agenda for women will give mothers access to day care so they can “earn without carrying the burden of child care.” During the interview, aired on Weekend Edition Sunday, Pelosi spoke about her newly announced agenda, which is on her website, and is titled, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families,” a plan that includes universal pre-school and access to day care for working women, and an increase in the minimum wage.
Karl Rove and more than one hundred Republican donors sent a letter to Republican members of Congress on Tuesday, urging them to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would include, among other provisions, granting "legal status" to illegal aliens who meet certain criteria. Anticipating that lawmakers will face resistance to the bill when they go home for the August recess, the letter marks the escalation of a campaign in which Republican leaders and donors are pressuring House Republicans to act on an immigration reform bill.
I never thought the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case deserved nearly the attention it got. But reasonable people can disagree about that. What strikes me as unconscionable, however, is the way the supposedly objective media have not only sensationalized a tragedy but at times appear to deliberately bend the facts to fit a desired story line. Maybe it started with the use of pictures of a younger Martin or with the sudden embrace of the term "white Hispanic" to describe Zimmerman in order to more easily paint him as a racist. NBC News was the most egregious offender