The 10 best places to retire

We also considered places your friends and family would love to come visit.

Rear view of a couple sitting on deck chairs enjoying vacation

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Whenever experts set out to find “great places to retire,” they tend to dwell on cost of living and health care. All have good medical care and most are extremely affordable. Finally, these retirement spots have economies that have remained relatively vibrant, which means the lifestyle you see today is likely to be around tomorrow.

. In other words, a rich life, richly lived. After all, if you’re striking out on a new life with new friends, it’s a bonus to be get lots of visits from old friends.

So our list is an attempt to find the best places for the good life.

There are a couple of surprises on the list, and a couple of places where housing is a bit more expensive, but it’s a lot cheaper now than it was five years ago. But we also focused on lifestyle, on finding places where there is a balance between outdoor recreation, cultural and educational institutions, a good airport, and good public transportation, which isn’t always easy to find in America’s smaller cities. Both important considerations, sure, but talk to retirees, even in this age of rampaging austerity, and you’ll find most are looking forward to a retirement filled with friends, travel, volunteer opportunities, a wide variety of activities – both physical and intellectual