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Nation's Best Places to Retire Named

By Natalie Wise

If you’re looking for a place to retire, Forbes has the top destinations from over 400 cities in the nation.

Forbes took into account standard retirement concerns, such as cost of living, housing prices, projected economic prosperity, retiree-friendly tax laws, crime rates and options for physical fitness such as easy access to biking and walking trails.

No. 1 on the list is Abilene, Texas, a bustling town with a well-below-average cost of living and average home cost. Abilene is only about 150 miles outside of the Ft. Worth metro area, offering big-city amenities in an easy day trip.

Auburn, Ala., snags the No. 2 spot, a college town with a lot to offer retirees. The cost of living is 11 percent below the national average and the city boasts a low crime rate.

Several Texas cities rate highly for retirees, including Austin, the No. 3 town on the list. Austin’s eclectic vibe may not be for everyone, and home prices are above average. However, its vibrant economy, low crime rate, and ample opportunities for exercise and volunteering make it worth a look.

Bellingham, Wash., is a scenic college town with a good economic outlook, low crime rate, high walkability. You can even ferry over to Alaska whenever the mood strikes. It is not the most retiree-friendly tax state, but did we mention the stunning vistas?

Rounding out the top 10:
6.) Blacksburg, Va.
7.) Bluffton, S.C.
8.) Boise, Idaho
9.) Bowling Green, Ky.
10.) Brevard, N.C.

This year’s list includes several smaller cities and a broader range of options than in previous years. Only 3 of the towns on this year’s full list of 25 were on last year’s list. Many college towns, northern towns and smaller towns made the cut.

Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, urban or rural, these cities are worth a look for retirees.

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