I find it interesting that no one mentioned Ecuador, a small but incredibly beautiful diverse country, which has been rated by many publications as one of the best places to retire. I retired to the country’s third-largest city and a UNESCO Cultural Heritage city — Cuenca — five years ago and never looked back. God willing, I intend to live here (the cultural capital of Ecuador) until I die which, given the life span of the women in my family, could easily be another 20 years. I teach Spanish to other expats, sing in the 45-voice Cuenca International Chorale, participate in community volunteer work and have many friends — both Cuencanos and other expats from North America and Europe. Top-notch dental and medical care at 25% of US costs. Fresh fruits and veggies grown in mineral-rich volcanic soil. High-speed Wi-Fi internet, international Cable TV, all utilities and 24/7 reception desk all included in the rental of my furnished 2-BR, 2 bath, 2 balconies apartment which cost 1/3 of what it would go for stateside! As I sit at my computer, I overlook the mountainous edge of El Cajas National Park and the Rio Tomebamba (one of Cuenca’s four rivers) sings to me over my left shoulder.
I’m in mid 60s and I salute your young, brave heart to travel, pioneer and educate yourself in your second or third harvest era, while most retirees in 70s and 80s I know just kick back, enjoying their lax lifestyle… Seoul is probably one of the most and fastest developed cities in the world. I lived in Seoul for about 20 years before my departure, but now there are very few places in Seoul that I could barely recognize. In fact, I kind of stay away from the capital for its too hustling and bustling crowds… hahaha~~
A tip for those who might consider Seoul for their retirement place, or Korea for that matter, Seoul is noted for one of the highest living cost, including housing and food. I believe you are blessed by good connections, like your school scholarship, close friends and your membership with women’s organizations. As you know, there are multitudes of native English instructors in Korea, and they earn probably more than the average income here, but I hardly see any of them save money. Of course, it all depends on lifestyle, though.
Wish you the best of the bests in life. Remain blessed! With warmest regards, Byron
Everybody has a different idea of how they want their retirement to look and therefore picking the 10 best places in the US was not the easiest task. For the purpose of this article, we took several things into consideration before deciding the places to enjoy the golden years: climate, surrounding areas, living cost, average housing cost, recreational activity options, cultural diversity, and crime rates were taken into regard. We also tried to cover as many regions of the country as possible. From cities to suburbs to paradise, we have covered them all!
Developed in 1925 by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Venice, Florida’s purpose was to create a community for the retired and therefore all your needs are catered to. In fact, Florida in general has been notorious for being inhabited by retirees but Venice is one of the most cost effective cities in the state. It has an average living and housing costs just a little under the rest of the state, especially compared with the extremely high property values in Fort Lauderdale and Napa. There is a beautiful beach in the vicinity and 31 municipal parks. It is not far too far from bigger cities, quite peaceful, and warm throughout the year. Also, the crime rates are impressively low.
With distinct 11 geographical regions, outdoor activities will never disappoint the residents of the “sooner state”. Bartlesville is a small town about 45 minutes away from Tulsa and offers a comfortable, quiet, and affordable living for retirees. The cost of living is below average and the average house costs about $120,000 with some of the lowest property taxes in the country. The weather is also fairly on the higher side during the winter. There are also two community colleges in the town and the crime rates for both violent and property crimes are way below the national average. Oklahoma is rich with Native American culture in general; it houses more Native American tribes than any other state – about 50 tribes.
Those looking to enjoy a vibrant cultural atmosphere will enjoy living in Ithaca; it is home to two large universities – Cornell University and Ithaca College. The town also features various gorges and waterfalls and plenty of natural walkable areas. This town is serves great example for an intellectually liberal community. The violent crime rates are extremely low and the property crime rates are also lower than the national average; an exceptional quality considering this is not a scenario for many college towns. The town features warm summers and cold winters, perfect for those looking for a change of season.
Due to the rising of Texas economy over recent years, Texas has become one of the best states to retire in with many great options like Austin, Rio Grande Valley area, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and many more. The Woodlands in Texas are often considered one of the best places to retire in Texas. There are many master-planned communities in the town that cater very well to the needs of the retirees and the amenities of a big city, like Houston, are just 45 minutes away. The crime rates of this suburban area are low and so is the cost of living. However, due to the recent increase in inhabitants and the quality of life, the prices of houses are on the higher end; the average is about $280,000.
I live in Thailand. If you are able to move away from family and do not have strong ties to a community there is no reason not to go a lot further to find the best retirement. Hospitals are great and low priced. Some US insurance covers it too. Good housing is cheap certainly compared to what it says above. It’s called the land of smiles for a reason. If you don’t chase after drugs or trouble you won’t find any here. And you are on an adventure every time you leave the house. There are lots of amazing places to explore outside the USA and they aren’t all to expensive for the dying American middle class.
But for convenience, let’s not forget Mexico. I now live in Ajijic, near Guadalajara. With “the world’s second-best climate”, nearby access to an international airport with direct flights to many US cities, less than an hour to a major city it’s the retirement choice for thousands of Americans and Canadians.