Coming in our July-August issue
Black Hills, SD
This area in west-central South Dakota, whose hub is Rapid City, gets under your skin -- in a good way -- pretty quickly, retirees say. Many vacationers came back to live, drawn by the abundance of untouched land that’s good for hiking, biking, fishing and camping. Winters bring snow skiing. Nearby is Ellsworth Air Force Base as well as Deadwood, home to casinos. Black Hills is the spiritual home of many Native Americans, who have loved its lakes, hills and rivers for centuries.
Port St. Lucie, FL
On Florida’s eastern coast is Port St. Lucie -- a less expensive alternative than its neighbor cities of Vero Beach to the north and Stuart to the south. It lies on Florida’s Treasure Coast, where optimistic beachgoers still try to spy a glint of gold in the sand, washed up from Spanish galleons that sunk in 1715. Master-planned communities pull friendships out of heretofore strangers. “People come here to play with people their own age,” one retiree happily reports.
Well, hello Dolly! Actress and singer Dolly Parton holds her hometown beloved for many compelling reasons. It’s a gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited in the country. The Little Pigeon River flows through this area, east of Knoxville. It has risen from its impoverished past to become an eastern Tennessee star. Affordable neighborhoods for retirees have sprung up, and the tourists bring year-round superb dining and shopping to locals.
State College, PA
The stadium for Penn State University seats more people than many cities in the United States (106,572) and has a reputation for hosting one of the biggest cheering sections in the world. State College is Nittany Lion proud, and so are the retirees who move here. Many are alumni, but others join in to embrace the culture, intellectual stimulation and sports. Downtown is a stroller’s paradise, and central Pennsylvania has golf, wineries, fishing, rolling hills and many state parks.
8 River Cities
Meditate, picnic, fish or stand on the bank of a river and that beauty will never leave you. The sound and sight of rushing water is a powerful reminder of the Earth’s lifeblood -- and mankind’s, too. Many retirees migrate to water, and these eight cities, with stunning rivers close by, are good ones to consider: Asheville, NC; Augusta, GA/Aiken, SC; Bend, OR; Covington, LA; Grand Junction, CO; Paducah, KY; Victoria, TX; and Wenatchee, WA.
A Rambling Retirement
While some people are putting down roots in new cities and communities in retirement, others are doing the exact opposite. Nomadic retirees spend their second acts living out their dreams, traveling the world via RV, sailboat, bicycle tour or house-sitting gigs -- and many do so without a permanent address.
Financial Consultant: Rental Property for Retirement Income
Some relocating retirees rent their previous home, instead of sell it, to have a source of income when the paycheck is gone. But financial planners warn that owning rental property isn’t for everyone, and it’s not without risks. Yet plenty retirees report that renting a home is a relatively easy monetary supplement. Our story gives the pros and cons.
Roads to Retirement: Maryland Eastern Bay: Easton, Cambridge, Salisbury
Best Neighborhood: Daybreak in South Jordan, UT
And Much, Much More!