Retirement Places Rated: What You Need to Know to Plan the Retirement You Deserve

Retirement Places Rated: What You Need to Know to Plan the Retirement You Deserve

by David Savageau

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ISBN-13: 9780470089590
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/18/2007
Series: Rated Series , #7
Edition description: 7th Edition, Completely Revised and Updated
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

David Savageau is the author of the best-selling Places Rated Almanac. Since 1982, he has traveled throughout the country visiting locations that attract older adults. He lives in Washington, D.C., and is a featured speaker at the U.S. Department of State's quarterly seminars on retirement.

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Table of Contents



Why Budge at All?

Retirement Places Rated.

Where Are These Places?

Some Words about Place Names.

Making Retirement Places Rated Work for You.

Rating Places: An American Tradition.

Rating Retirement Places: One Way.

Rating Retirement Places: Your Way.

Your Preference Inventory.

Preference Inventory Directions.

Plotting Your Preference Profile.

Analyzing Your Preference Profile.


Keep These Simple Factors in Mind.

Climate Regions.

So, What’s Comfortable?

Judging: Climate.

Winter Mildness.

Summer Mildness.

Hazard Free.

Seasonal Affect.

Rankings: Climate.

Place Profiles: Climate.

Et Cetera: Climate.

Climate & Health.

Natural Hazards.

Hay Fever Sufferers, Take Note.

The Economy.

Older Persons Do Work.

Job Forecasts in Retirement Places.

Unemployment Risk.

The Part-Time Job Market.

Judging: The Economy.

Rankings: The Economy.

Place Profiles: The Economy.

Et Cetera: The Economy.

Some Unvoiced Employer Objections.

Job Searching.


General Hospital Services.

Office-Based Physicians.

Public Libraries.

Continuing Education.

Judging: Services.

General Hospital Services.

Office-Based Physicians.

Public Libraries.

Continuing Education.

Rankings: Services.

Place Profiles: Services.

Et Cetera: Services.

Finding the Right Doctor.

Finding the Right Lawyer.

Driver Licensing.

Driver Licensing and Car Registration after Moving.

College Tuition Breaks.


Bricks & Mortar.

Sampling the Lively Arts Calendar.

Outdoor Recreation Assets.

Judging: Ambience.

Rankings: Ambience.

Place Profiles: Ambience.

Et Cetera: Ambience.

Retirement Places with the Best Bass Fishing.

Costs of Living.

Retirement Income: Getting It.

Retirement Income: Spending It.

Judging: Costs of Living.

Rankings: Costs of Living.

Place Profiles: Costs of Living.

Et Cetera: Costs of Living.

Property Taxes.

State/Local Sales Taxes.

State Retirement Income Taxes.


Distant Shelter Choices.

Buying That Single-Family Home.

What a Difference Age Makes.

Judging: Housing.

Rankings: Housing.

Place Profiles: Housing.

Et Cetera: Housing.

Resale Houses & New Houses.

A Geography of New Home Features.

A Renter’s Miscellany.

Personal Safety.

Everyone’s a Victim.

Crime Risk: Several Connections.

Crime Indexes.

Judging: Personal Safety.

Judging Examples.

Rankings: Personal Safety.

Place Profiles: Personal Safety.

Et Cetera: Personal Safety.

Are Newcomers More Vulnerable Than Locals?

Secure Housing Developments.

Typical Frauds.

Putting It All Together.

A Holy Grail?

Finding the Best All-Around Places.

Rankings: Putting It All Together.

Retirement Regions.


Relocation Resources.

How Places Present Themselves.

What Really Goes On in Other Places.

Checking In with the States.

Retirement Contacts & Place Finder.


What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

". . . you’ll find a number of books that rate and rank places as regions or communities. However, for [retirement], the most complete is from the famous wanderer, David Savageau.--Richard Bolles and John Nelson, What Color is Your Parachute? For Retirement (2007)

"When I came across Savageau’s book, I was awed by the extraordinary amount of research that went into its creation. As a reporter who has spent his life gathering information, I could appreciate the effort involved."--Stan Hinden, How to Retire Happy (2006)

" . . . the lowdown on terrific, affordable places to spend your retirement."--Jordan Goodman, Everyone’s Money Book on Retirement Planning (2002)

"The great resource not only explains the most important retirement location considerations, but it rates big and small towns on key components. Savageau’s new book is the best in its field."--Robert J. Bruss, Tribune Media Services, August 1999

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