When I first started planning my retirement, I made a list of desirable attributes for the locale where I would reside after retirement. Weather topped my priority list. I like to stay active so I wanted to live in a place where the weather allowed outdoor sports year round. I feel good when the sun shines, so I wanted to live in a place with a place with relatively high number of sunny days. And I hate high humidity. I also like to have convenient access to urban amenities like culture, dining, and airports. So that means living in or the burbs of a city.So here's my list:- Year round access to outdoor sports- Low to moderate humidity- Relatively high number of sunny days- Urban amenitiesWhat you look at the list, what cities pop into your mind:Honolulu? Los Angeles? San Diego? San Francisco? I agree that all of those cities would meet my requirements. There's just one thing--I would find it difficult to live in those places on my budget. OK here's a second list:- Albuquerque- Las Vegas- Phoenix- TucsonGuess what these cities have in common? That's right--they all meet my requirements and it's easier to RWOL in those cities. Everyone has his or her own "must-have" list for a retirement locale, however I believe it possible to find a good fit in an inexpensive place to live. You may have to be creative--perhaps moving outside of the US. Or you may find that a place that would have been hell to live in while working (bad traffic for example) is not so bad after you've retired. But it can be done.
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