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When I get near to retirement I will be looking at college towns because for mid size towns they typically have a lot to offer and I don’t want to retire in a large city. They often have low unemployment rates because of the colleges so getting a “McJob” may be easier. The following link has a list of college towns if you scroll down a long way.

You should also add sales tax to your list of taxes to consider. I can’t vouch for the organization but this link has lots of information on taxes by state.

There are lots of internet sites that rank cities but in the pre-internet days in the mid 1980’s I used a book called “The Places Rated Almanac”. I used it help decide where to relocate to when I knew that I wanted to leave the city I was in and it was helpful to get a manageable list of cities to research farther. This is still being published with updated editions. Your library may have a copy of this but be sure to check to make sure that it is a relatively recent edition.

They make a retirement version of this.

Be sure to see the other “retirement places” books that are listed partway down the Amazon page.

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