American history was made at Fort Sumter, where the first battle of the Civil War was waged. Today, the city’s downtown is both old and thoroughly modern with innovative restaurants and bars, serving drinks like the Disco Sour and Witch Doctor. The internationally renowned Spoleto Festival showcases more than 150 performances of music, dance and theater. Atlantic Coast beaches like Kiawah Island result in tourists and a refreshed reverence for the ocean blue.
St. George, UT
This spot in the southwestern Utah desert woos many retirees seeking more beauty in their everyday lives. St. George, 10 miles north of the Arizona border, is near five national parks and four state parks. Snow Canyon State Park graces the Red Mountains, and mesas glow burnt orange in the afternoon. So classic is the scenery that films like “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” were shot here. Craft brews served in downtown joints keep folks cool in both thirst and style.
One of the prettiest cities on southwestern Florida’s Gulf Coast, Venice was walkable before walkable was cool. A 1920s-era planner demanded that each home be within walking distance of a city park. And yes, the city’s name means that many touches of Italy are found here, from Mediterranean architecture to restaurants with lots of pasta dishes. The 22-mile Legacy Trail runs between Venice and Sarasota, giving bicyclers happy smiles.
It now is known to the world via the crazy popular home-remodel TV show “Fixer Upper.” But Waco in central Texas, halfway between Dallas and Austin, also is appreciated for its low cost of living, the iconic 1870 Suspension Bridge and Baylor University, which means cultural events and football games. Another asset: a veterans hospital. “Texas takes care of their vets,” one retiree says.
8 Lovely Lake Cities
Where there is a lake, there is calm. Retirees love the benefit of being near water, but without the coastal weather flare-ups. These eight cities with stunning lakes claim a spot on our list: Branson, MO; Gainesville, GA; Georgetown, TX; Kalispell, MT; Kissimmee, FL; Lakewood/Puyallup, WA; St. Tammany Parish, LA; and Sevierville, TN.
Retirement Relocation: State-to-State Flows
Where to Retire continues its series of stories dedicated to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data outlining where retirees are moving. In our second story, we analyze state-to-state streams, discovering that many arrows point to Florida.
Financial Consultant: Updates on the Tax Trio
Understanding the complete tax burden in your new city is easier when you fathom what needs to be investigated with sales, income and property taxes. Does your state tax Social Security? Are senior homestead exemptions available? Are groceries subject to sales taxes? These questions and more are the primer you need to help calculate your tax bite upon moving.
Roads to Retirement: Central Arizona: Surprise, Phoenix and Eloy
Best Neighborhood: Chenal Valley in Little Rock, AR