Retirement often brings with it an exciting opportunity to think about where we want to live during this portion of our lives. We may want to move to a different climate or be closer to relatives. We may want to reduce our cost of living. We may just want to see what it’s like to live in a different neighborhood or in a smaller house. But how to choose where to go?
How many articles have you read in the last five years about where you should live when you retire? Usually, the more information about a specific subject you’re researching, the better. But in this case, much of the information available is inconsistent, incomplete, and many times, in conflict.
Let’s start out with the truth. There is no such thing as the “best” place to live in retirement. Or even the “ten best.” The real question is: “What is the best place for you?” Each of the published lists uses different criteria to determine its rankings, but the only criteria that really matter are yours. Determining what’s important to you, and in what order, will help you make the best decision about where to live.
Questions to consider in choosing your best place
Keep in mind that the answers to these questions may change as you get older, but at least this is a place to start.
Of course, it would be nearly impossible to put a list like this in priority order. The challenge is to find a balance among all of the things that are important to you.
There’s no place like home
Just like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, you may discover from all of this research that staying right where you are is the best option. If that’s so, watch for an upcoming blog post on “Aging in place.”
I'm Linda Fleit. My husband and I were lucky enough to retire when we were 61, about nine years ago. We love being retired and want to share all that we've learned over the years about this wonderful stage of life.