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For those of us who have the luxury of thinking about retirement, the idea of spending your days wasting away in a retirement home filled with nurses and roaches isn't fun. In fact, it sounds horrible.
If you're like most people, you probably want to retire somewhere amazing, where you can reflect on the great and wild life you lived, have fun, and just mellow out in your golden years.
However, actually doing this isn't very easy to do - particularly if you live in a major metropolitan area. If you want to retire well, you will need to find cities and other locations where low cost living and high life quality are the norm. Here are what retirement experts are saying are the best places to retire.
Cape Coral, FL
Lately, this sleepy Florida town has been getting great reviews from retirees who just love the lifestyle here. The sun is warm, the locals are friendly, the cost of living is dirt cheap, and it's incredibly diverse.
Unlike other towns in Florida, Cape Coral is both tourist- and family-friendly. So, your relatives definitely won't mind coming down to see you once you announce that you're retiring to Cape Coral. Cape Coral also gets regularly ranked as one of the best places to retire by the AARP, so that's worth taking into consideration.
Arizona's warm desert air regularly tops lists for its alleged healing properties, and the fact is that this beautiful city has a perfectly suburban layout. Scottsdale has plenty of shops, good food, and low property taxes that make it possible to retire in style.
Oh, and it also has a surprisingly large following among celebrities. Who says retirement has to be unglamorous?
Pompano Beach, FL
This sunny Florida area is known for being bustling with action, diverse, and surprisingly affordable as both a tourist destination and a retirement location. While it may not be one of the best places to retire if you prefer quieter locations, it's still a perfect choice for city lovers.
Low taxes, good healthcare, friendly locals, and plenty of things to do are what keep Pompano Beach as one of the most popular places to go when you want to wind down your pace in life without totally retiring from the fun.
If you're worried about having places that make attempts to underhandedly double tax retirees, then moving to Mesa is a wise choice. This friendly and beautiful Southwestern city has extremely low tax rates compared to most other cities in the United States - and unlike other places that are low tax, there aren't extra fees to worry about, either.
Mesa also happens to be quiet, low crime, and outfitted with a lot of amenities that make living here safe, affordable, and good for your health. In terms of tax rates and life quality, this is definitely one of the best places to retire in the Southwest.
This small Louisiana community has a lot of amenities that make it a great choice for retirees. Ample parking, easy transportation, friendly locals, and great restaurants mean that you will be able to keep a great lifestyle here at a low cost.
Living here also means that you get to enjoy a nice balance between city and suburban living. If you love low tax rates, healthcare with good ratings, and an overall good quality of living, you'll enjoy Metaire.
Just a stone's throw away from Las Vegas, Henderson gives you the ability to enjoy a quick trip to the casinos whenever you want without the problems that come with living in the actual city of Las Vegas. Between the fresh desert air, the low housing prices, and the fact that you can get to Vegas in a pinch, it's easy to see why a lot of retirees are enjoying life in Henderson.
Fans of entertainment who want to still live life in a very cozy, quiet venue will find Henderson to be one of the best places to retire. Just, you know, be careful with your gambling habit there!
This is the comfortable, homey town that King of the Hill was based off of. Great restaurants, incredibly loving people, and a very quiet neighborhood make this an excellent place for people who love that old school Southern charm to retire.
Richardson is one of those retirement areas that just feels like home. In fact, quite a few New Yorkers end up feeling more at home here than they did back when the lived in the city. So, if that isn't an indicator of a good retirement venue, we don't know what is.
That being said, Richardson does also get a lot of praise for being one of the best places to retire in Texas. Warm weather, friendly folks, and low costs of living are all to credit for its rank.