The key to a happy retirement is good health. So when you’re thinking about where to put down roots, consider this list of the top cities in the U.S. for a healthy retirement. Kiplinger used data from Trulia and found cities that offered lots of outdoor spaces with greenery, trails and walkability. This list includes cities that offer excellent medical care facilities and are also tax friendly for retirees. They even highlighted factors like the American Lung Association’s rating for air quality. For this reason – there are no Southern California cities on this list – smog land! Which one sounds like it could be your healthy haven?
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- Naples, Florida Those that are looking to retire where there are miles of white sandy beaches, will love Naples. The American Lung Association gave Naples a top-rating. Florida is great from a tax point, as there is no income tax.
- Lynchburg, Virginia Lynchburg is a natural beauty situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The city boasts 18 miles of urban trails for hiking, biking & walking. The historic downtown is chockfull of galleries & restaurants. Virginia does not tax Social Security benefits.
- Billings, Montana Billings is perfect for those that enjoy the outdoors but also like urban amenities. Spend a morning hiking the Swords Trail with views of the Yellowstone Valley, and then head downtown for a burger and a beer. Montana has no sales tax or estate tax.
- Augusta, Georgia The AARP has marked Augusta as a “senior-friendly” city. The downtown has recently been revitalized to include lots of sidewalks, public transportation and residential housing. Augusta is also home to the Masters for those that enjoy golf. Georgia does not have an estate tax and they have several tax breaks for seniors.
- St. Petersburg, Florida St. Pete offers an array of fun activities like theaters, concert halls, stadiums and colleges. Being on the Gulf Coast it offers beautiful sunsets and beaches, and generally less hurricane threats than the east coast of Florida. You can explore the area via the Pinellas Trail which is rated one of the best recreational trails in the Nation.
- Greensboro, North Carolina The best part of Greensboro is City Center Park which boasts the Great Lawn – an outdoor amphitheater. The city is centrally situated in the state, being 3 hours from the Blue Ridge Mountains and 3 hours from the Atlantic shores. North Carolina exempts tax on Social Security benefits and they do not tax medical equipment or prescription drugs.
- Omaha, Nebraska If you are a cyclist you will love and appreciate Omaha’s bicycling community and bike-sharing program. Aksarben-Elmwood Park has trails for walking & biking to get your nature on. While Aksarben Village has a happening cultural scene with bars, restaurants, movie theaters and an outdoor music festival. On the downside, Nebraska does tax retirement income & Social Security benefits.
- Nashville, Tennessee Nashville is well known for its music scene. Lots of millennials are flocking to the city for jobs, so the city is always very lively and has an active cultural scene. Lots of honky-tonk bars, jazz and blues venues, restaurants, an opera, ballet and theatre full of features throughout the year. There is no broad-based income tax or estate tax.
- Seattle, Washington Seattle has Seward Park which includes 300 acres of forest and beach trails. The city center is surrounded by parks, waterways and mountain ranges, making it a haven for nature lovers. Washington state does not have any income, Social Security or retirement income tax.
- Columbus, Ohio For those that love to garden, Columbus has Wallace Gardens with lots of community garden plots. The Grandview Heights area, which is just minutes from downtown, has a cozy, small town vibe. Most neighborhoods have sidewalks and the cities small size makes it easy to get around without a car. Ohio does not tax Social Security benefits.
- Austin, Texas Everyone that talks about Texas always mentions Austin as being a must see city. The healthy grocery store chain Whole Foods came from Austin. The city has a beautiful 10-mile hiking & biking trail that encircles Lady Bird Lake as well as a plethora of health care practitioners within driving distance. Texas has no state income tax and it does not tax retirement income.
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philly has a wonderful arts scene, with top-rated museums and concert halls. Home to America’s largest 10-mile race – the Broad Street Run and of course, the Philadelphia Eagles. Philadelphia has lots of little neighborhoods and an excellent restaurant scene. Pennsylvania doesn’t tax retirement income or Social Security benefits.
Now if the thought of retiring abroad excites you, don’t nix that option. You could actually live more comfortably and happily in some other country. Here are some parts of the world to consider: