The 10 Best Places to Retire in 2012

New list features places with an affordable cost of living and top-notch amenities. Many of the categories focus on how to achieve the retirement lifestyle you want on a fixed income, such as the best place for water views on a budget (Traverse City, Mich.), an affordable mountain town for retirees (Boone, N.C.), and the best place to find affordable housing (Port Charlotte, Fla.).

U.S. News Media Group unveiled Monday (Oct. 17) The 10 Best Places to Retire in 2012. U.S. News worked with Onboard Informatics, a leading data services company for top tier organizations in real estate, media, and technology, to create a list of great places to retire in 10 key categories.

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“Everybody’s got their own idea of the best place to live,” said Brian Kelly, editor of U.S. News, “so we’ve created tools to make the search fun and useful. There are some great and unexpected choices.”

This list also includes a place with pleasant weather year-round (Flagstaff, Ariz.), a locale with unique recreation and cultural opportunities to explore (Santa Fe, N.M.), and a college town that is also friendly to retirees (Ithaca, N.Y.).

Retirement is a period of life in which many people reinvent themselves, so we’ve included a great place to launch a second career (Lincoln, Neb.) or form a new relationship in a city with plenty of single people age 55 and older (Pittsfield, Mass.).

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The U.S. News Best Places to Retire search tool provides information for consumers considering relocating in retirement. The interactive search tool can help users find locations that best fit their individual lifestyles.

Visitors can examine and sort through economic and quality-of-life data, such as housing prices, proximity to hospitals, and even the average temperature, to find a locale that best meets their needs.

The cities honored as The 10 Best Places to Retire in 2012 are:

  1. Pleasant year-round weather: Flagstaff, Ariz.
  2. Affordable mountain town: Boone, N.C.
  3. Water views on a budget: Traverse City, Mich.
  4. Greenest place to retire: Walnut Creek, Calif.
  5. A college town for retirees: Ithaca, N.Y.
  6. Place to launch a second career: Lincoln, Neb.
  7. Best mix of affordability and amenities: Pittsburgh
  8. Best place for affordable housing:  Port Charlotte, Fla.
  9. Best place for single retirees: Pittsfield, Mass.
  10. Best place for recreation and culture: Santa Fe

For more information about The 10 Best Places to Retire in 2012 and the U.S. News Best Places to Retire search tool, you can visit http://usnews.com/retire.

Photo courtesy: U.S. News Media Group

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