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City Profiles
Vancouver, WA

On the shores of the Columbia River, this medium-size city boasts a mountainous skyline, hiking trails linked to wildlife habitats and a seven-plus-month growing season that supports some of the nation’s best farmers markets. Perfect 70-degree summers offset the rainy winters, and precipitation bolsters the up-and-coming wine trail. Vancouver’s location offers tax advantages: Washington has no state income tax, and Portland, OR, only 10 miles south, has no sales tax.

Cape Coral, FL, and its Islands
More than 400 miles of canals wind through vibrant Cape Coral, inviting water lovers to moor their boats in this friendly community next to Fort Myers. The city is mostly residential, with affordable waterfront homes, a country dance hall and a 12-acre water park that’s sure to attract grandkids. To the west is Pine Island, a 17-mile stretch of mangroves and fishing holes with an artsy vibe, and to the south is Sanibel, a posh isle famous for white beaches, 22 miles of bike paths and a 7,000-acre wildlife preserve. Each community has its own personality and all three will satisfy a longing for Florida sunshine.

Cape May, NJ
There’s a distinct Victorian ambience in Cape May, a coastal town on New Jersey’s southern tip. Trolley tours through the historic district are popular here, where gabled cottages earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Locals tout the clean beaches, walkable downtown, murder mystery parties, annual music festival and fantastic food. Although summertime brings crowds of beachgoers, residents know how to dodge traffic and enjoy engaging activities year-round.

Sylva, NC
Located in the Blue Ridge mountains of western North Carolina, this small town promises a slower-paced lifestyle. But retirees still find plenty to do: An old-fashioned downtown is lined with shops and restaurants, and the local community college and nearby Western Carolina University offer continuing-education classes. A classic 1914 courthouse with granite steps beautifies one end of town. Mountain vistas, wildflowers, fly-fishing and mild weather draw retirees here.

8 Great Fishing Cities

Some retirees relocate for easy access to fishing lakes and rivers, but more often it’s the other attractions that get them hooked. From festivals and performing arts to shopping and vibrant downtowns, these eight cities guarantee a good time and great catches. Profiled: Morehead City, NC; Florida’s Upper Keys; Hot Springs, AR; Natchitoches, LA; Door County, WI; Bozeman, MT; Bend, OR; and Redding, CA.

Perfect Distance from Grandchildren
Across the street or across the country? Retirees discuss the pros and cons of living next door to their grandkids, within a few hours’ drive or a plane ride away. We explore various living arrangements to help boomers find a suitable distance.

Financial Consultant -- 10 Things to Know about Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-term care insurance, a widely misunderstood financial option, may alleviate some of the future’s uncertainty. Experts offer insight and real-life advice on policy options, coverage, increasing premiums and more.

Roads to Retirement
Indiana: Indianapolis-Brown County-Bloomington

Best Neighborhood
Lakeside Crossing, Conway, SC

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