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Old 05-28-2014, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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This article entitled, "Most Popular Places to Retire for 2014" lists the 100 most popular retirement spots "compliled by calculating the 100 towns that receive the most online visits of the 900+ cities reviewed at this advertiser's website during the last 6 months of 2013."

Most Popular Places to Retire for 2014 Topretirements

Florida has the most cities/towns listed with 23 and Asheville, NC is ranked #1 in popularity.

I would prefer a listing that identified where the most retirees actually relocated, normalized based on the population. But with 100 cities and towns listed, it might be useful for those looking to relocate.
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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One problem I can see with this list is - for example - St. Augustine FL is on the list. But I don't know whether the list is talking about the city proper - or the county - St. Johns County - of which the City of St. Augustine is a pretty small part population and square mile wise. I tend to doubt the former. But who knows? I - like most people here - live in unincorporated St. Johns County - not the City of St. Augustine - or any other incorporated area here. When it comes to Jacksonville FL (also on the list) - there may be a problem in this regard - but a much smaller one. Since almost all of Duval County is the City of Jacksonville (except for 4 small incorporated areas). Robyn
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Old 05-30-2014, 06:51 PM
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Location: North Monterey County
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New polls are in from BankRate dot com. The parameters they use to determine the 10 best and 10 worst states are very valid and oriented toward retirement.

10 Best States For Retirement | Bankrate.com

10 Worst States For Retirement | Bankrate.com

You can start in one poll and at the end it continues with a link to the other.
WOW. California didn't make either list.

And after 24 years now in Utah - we're really ready to leave. The State DABC (Dept. of Alcohol and Beverage Control) just decided that Oktoberfest up at Snowbird Ski Resort can't serve beer.

SERIOUSLY? The Stupid - It BURNS

I think I'll start a count-down calendar.
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Old 05-30-2014, 08:06 PM
 
Location: NC
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62 degrees inside or out is ideal temp range in New England, even if it's humid. Cool humid air is nice, especially on the ocean.
In the 70's today and though it was sunny, I found it a bit chilly. Low 80's is my favorite.
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:44 AM
 
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Are you talking about The Villages? FWIW - I don't think of The Villages as being part of any metro area in Florida (it's kind of sui generis IMO).

Also - if people are thinking about trends in terms of medical care in metro areas - I think the large *public* research/teaching hospitals that treat poorer people on Medicaid and the like are very much in decline these days. Whereas the private ones - like Mayo - Cleveland Clinic - etc. - for people who can afford them - are becoming more dominant. Robyn
While looking to be within a location near teaching and research hospitals I was not specifically referring to public hospitals, which of course may be quite different from private ones. Mostly looking to be near those in the same category as the ones you mentioned - Mayo, Cleveland, etc.
Agreed, The Villages is not even remotely near an urban metro area, which is something for others to consider before moving there. For serious medical emergencies (believe it or not, like people being very badly injured in golf cart accidents), there is a (medivac?) helicopter arrangement with Orlando. I'd still prefer to be <20 minutes from a good research/teaching hospital than a brand new, hotel-like medical facility with limited services, IMHO.
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:07 AM
 
Location: it depends
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This article entitled, "Most Popular Places to Retire for 2014" lists the 100 most popular retirement spots "compliled by calculating the 100 towns that receive the most online visits of the 900+ cities reviewed at this advertiser's website during the last 6 months of 2013."

Most Popular Places to Retire for 2014 Topretirements

Florida has the most cities/towns listed with 23 and Asheville, NC is ranked #1 in popularity.

I would prefer a listing that identified where the most retirees actually relocated, normalized based on the population. But with 100 cities and towns listed, it might be useful for those looking to relocate.
Nice post and link. You hit on something when you said "it might be useful for those looking to relocate." Because the fact is, you do not need 100 places or 20 retirement destinations, you only need one. The right one for me is the right one for me, not for you, not for a poll of other retirees, not for anyone else. Desert or beach? Small town or metropolis? Close or far to the mountains? Hot or cold? Bar scene or live theater? Art festival or bikers convention? My paradise might be your hell and vice versa, but it really does not matter what anyone else thinks.
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