Retire in Style: 60 Outstanding Places Across the USA and Canada

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Seventy-six million American and 10 million Canadian "baby boomers" born between 1946 and 1964 are moving toward retirement in an era of increasing affluence and mobility. Providing information on 60 of the communities that are most rich in amenities across North America, this handy sourcebook guides retirees toward outstanding places to spend their golden years. Careful consideration was given to the final 12 criteria covered for each place—landscape, climate, quality of life, cost of living, transportation, ...

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Overview

Seventy-six million American and 10 million Canadian "baby boomers" born between 1946 and 1964 are moving toward retirement in an era of increasing affluence and mobility. Providing information on 60 of the communities that are most rich in amenities across North America, this handy sourcebook guides retirees toward outstanding places to spend their golden years. Careful consideration was given to the final 12 criteria covered for each place—landscape, climate, quality of life, cost of living, transportation, retail services, health care, community services, cultural activities, recreational activities, work/volunteer activities, and crime—and each review includes a discussion of each characteristic as well as a city map and climatic table. Structured regionally rather than alphabetically, this revised and updated edition enables readers to search similar options based on general areas in both the United States and Canada.

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Editorial Reviews

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"If you're a few years away from retirement, Retire in Style is a good place to begin your search for the ideal, affordable retirement haven." —Los Angeles Times on Retire in Style: 50 Affordable Places Across America

"Provides economic and lifestyle information on the author's choices of good retirement spots." —The New York Times on Retire in Style: 50 Affordable Places Across America

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932919196
  • Publisher: Next Decade, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/4/2005
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Warren R. Bland, PhD, is a professor of geography at California State University, Northridge and has traveled extensively doing geographical research across North America. He lives in Studio City, California.

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Table of Contents

About the Author xvii
Disclaimer xix
Acknowledgments xxi
Chapter 1 Introduction 1
Making the Decision to Relocate 1
How this Book is Organized 2
Evaluating the Towns and Cities 2
Ratings at a Glance 8
Map of 60 Best Retirement Locations 10
Lookup Table: by Climate 12
Lookup Table: by State 13
Overall Ratings: Top 50 Retirement Towns Rated 14
Overall Ratings: Top 10 Retirement Towns Unrated 14
Chapter 2 The Atlantic Canada Retirement Region 15
Halifax, Nova Scotia 15
Fredericton, New Brunswick 21
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 26
Chapter 3 The Northeast Retirement Region 29
Burlington, Vermont 30
Ithaca, New York 36
State College, Pennsylvania 41
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 47
Kingston, Ontario 52
Owen Sound, Ontario 57
Stratford, Ontario 62
London, Ontario 67
Hanover-Lebanon, New Hampshire 72
Chapter 4 The Midwest Retirement Region 75
Madison, Wisconsin 75
Bloomington, Indiana 81
Chapter 5 The Upper South Retirement Region 87
Charlottesville, Virginia 88
Lexington, Virginia 93
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 98
Pinehurst-Southern Pines, North Carolina 103
Asheville, North Carolina 109
Hendersonville, North Carolina 114
Brevard, North Carolina 119
Chapter 6 The Southeast Coast Retirement Region 125
Boca Raton, Florida 126
Naples, Florida 132
Sarasota, Florida 137
Gainesville, Florida 143
Tallahassee, Florida 148
Thomasville, Georgia 154
Covington, Louisiana 159
Savannah, Georgia 164
Fairhope, Alabama 165
Chapter 7 The Interior South Retirement Region 167
Oxford, Mississippi 167
Hot Springs, Arkansas 173
Fayetteville, Arkansas 178
Chapter 8 The Heart of Texas Retirement Region 185
Austin, Texas 186
San Antonio, Texas 191
Kerrville, Texas and Fredericksburg, Texas 197
Chapter 9 The Southern Rockies Retirement Region 199
Fort Collins, Colorado 199
Boulder, Colorado 204
Colorado Springs, Colorado 210
Santa Fe, New Mexico 215
Chapter 10 The Desert Southwest Retirement Region 221
Tucson, Arizona 222
Prescott, Arizona 228
Boulder City, Nevada 232
Las Vegas, Nevada 237
Carson City, Nevada 243
St. George, Utah 248
Reno, Nevada 252
Chapter 11 The California Retirement Region 255
San Luis Obispo, California 256
Chico, California 261
Palm Springs-Palm Desert, California 267
Chapter 12 The Pacific Northwest Retirement Region 269
Medford-Ashland, Oregon 270
Eugene, Oregon 276
Portland, Oregon 281
Olympia, Washington 287
Bellingham, Washington 293
Victoria, British Columbia 298
Vernon, British Columbia 304
Kelowna, British Columbia 308
Bend, Oregon 309
Epilogue: Choosing Your Place to Retire in Style 311
Sources of Relocation Information 313
Chambers of Commerce, Visitors Bureaus, and Economic Development Departments 313
Resources for Climatic Information 318
Resources for Cost of Living Information 318
Resources for Crime Rate Information 318
Resources for Health Care Information 319
Miscellaneous Resources on the Internet 319
Index 321
Order Form 329
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