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City Profiles
McCall, ID

McCall is an unexpected treasure in western Idaho, nicknamed the Gem State for its rare star garnet. The city, about 100 miles north of Boise, has less than 3,000 people but plenty of amenities, including golf courses, ski resorts, a sparkling lake, sandy beaches and trails for hiking, biking or snowshoeing. The music society organizes a popular summer festival and free concerts throughout the year, and McCall College offers classes from computer skills to creative writing.

Stuart, FL
Between Vero Beach and Palm Beach on Florida’s Treasure Coast lies Stuart, a destination that some call the Sailfish Capital of the World. Water sports are popular here, of course, but the city also is known for its walkable downtown and 1926 Lyric Theatre, which presents live shows and art cinema. Nature lovers can discover wildlife at nearby Jonathan Dickinson State Park, and local events include a farmers market, pineapple celebration, spring crafts festivals, jazz performances and more.

Cape Cod, MA
Stretching 70-something miles across eastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod encompasses 15 unique towns and a national seashore with unspoiled sand, lighthouses and bogs of native cranberries. Snowbirds and tourists are lured by beaches, seafood shacks, baseball games and ice cream shops during the summer, when the population more than doubles, but full-timers say they enjoy fall and winter activities, too.

St. Tammany Parish, LA
Jazz concerts, water sports and upscale eateries define St. Tammany Parish in southeastern Louisiana, where parishes replace counties as political subdivisions. Towns here have distinct personalities: Covington, the county seat, has Victorian homes shaded by moss-covered oaks and a charming downtown; Madisonville, a small marina village, is known for boating and fishing; and Mandeville boasts one of the nation’s oldest jazz dance halls. This area, known as the Northshore, offers laid-back lifestyles just across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans.

8 Low-Cost Havens

For retirees on a budget, here are eight locales with low living costs and top-notch amenities. These destinations offer everything from lakes to desert views and art galleries to wildlife refuges without the intimidating price tag. Profiled: Anderson, SC; Palm Coast, FL; Tupelo, MS; Covington, KY; Norman, OK; Sherman, TX; Pueblo, CO; and Yakima, WA.

Perfect Distance from Grandchildren
Across the street or across the country? Retirees discuss the pros and cons of living right next to their grandkids, within a few hours’ drive or a plane flight away. We explore various living arrangements to help the perfect distance come into focus.

Financial Consultant -- Considerations for Retiring Abroad
As dreamy as it sounds to relocate to a palm-fringed Caribbean island or any foreign country, there’s usually a catch. Here’s advice on taxes, visas, bank accounts and more for a smooth transition abroad.

Roads to Retirement
Washington’s Puget Sound: Bellingham to Seattle to Tacoma

Best Neighborhood
Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch in Florence, AZ

And Much, Much More!

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