Synopses & Reviews
The bestselling guide to the best places to retire in the United States.
Completely revised and updated, Retirement Places Rated is an indispensable reference for the estimated 40 million Americans who will be 65 or older by 2010. Dividing the United States into 18 regions and 200 cities, towns, and counties, retirement quality-of-life expert David Savageau draws a detailed statistical portrait of each locale, ranking each for cost of living, climate, crime, services, employment opportunities, and leisure and recreational amenities. A rundown of the top 30 overall retirement places along with assessment tools, easy-to-read graphs and charts, interpretive commentaries by the author, and extensive appendices help retirees evaluate their relocation choices and make the right move.
For the seventh edition, new features include:
- 22 new places
- A new chapter on housing, with data on shelter choices (homes, condos, apartments, and mobile homes), plus home prices and property taxes
- An expanded ambience chapter, and new data on age, education, politics, and diversity
- An expanded services chapter, with new data on air travel, physician specialties, and hospital services
- Easy-to-use relocation resources, including Web sites, addresses, books, and other information
- David Savageau Washington DC has traveled throughout the country since 1982, visiting locations that attract older adults. He wrote the "Quality of Life" column for Expansion Management magazine, and has been a featured speaker at the U.S. Department of State’s quarterly seminars on retirement.
". . . 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
The best source for selecting an ideal location for your retirement or second home
Profiles of 200 retirement areas in more than 40 states
In this completely revised and updated edition, the top retirement areas are ranked and rated by seven essential criteria to help you make the right choices for your lifestyle:
The best places to enjoy the performing arts and the outdoors
The most reasonably priced places to live, including information on owning, renting, and retirement communities
The most stable and comfortable climates
The safest and most crime-free areas
The best in health care, shopping, continuing education, and other services
The best opportunities for employment
Only in Retirement Places Rated:
A personalized quiz to help you determine the factors that are most important to you
Additional resources you can contact to make the most informed choices, from newspapers to tax commissions
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.
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.
So, What’s Comfortable?
Place Profiles: Climate.
Et Cetera: Climate.
Climate & Health.
Hay Fever Sufferers, Take Note.
Older Persons Do Work.
Job Forecasts in Retirement Places.
The Part-Time Job Market.
Judging: The Economy.
Rankings: The Economy.
Place Profiles: The Economy.
Et Cetera: The Economy.
Some Unvoiced Employer Objections.
General Hospital Services.
General Hospital Services.
Place Profiles: Services.
Et Cetera: Services.
Finding the Right Doctor.
Finding the Right Lawyer.
Driver Licensing and Car Registration after Moving.
College Tuition Breaks.
Bricks & Mortar.
Sampling the Lively Arts Calendar.
Outdoor Recreation Assets.
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.
State/Local Sales Taxes.
State Retirement Income Taxes.
Distant Shelter Choices.
Buying That Single-Family Home.
What a Difference Age Makes.
Place Profiles: Housing.
Et Cetera: Housing.
Resale Houses & New Houses.
A Geography of New Home Features.
A Renter’s Miscellany.
Everyone’s a Victim.
Crime Risk: Several Connections.
Judging: Personal Safety.
Rankings: Personal Safety.
Place Profiles: Personal Safety.
Et Cetera: Personal Safety.
Are Newcomers More Vulnerable Than Locals?
Secure Housing Developments.
Putting It All Together.
A Holy Grail?
Finding the Best All-Around Places.
Rankings: Putting It All Together.
How Places Present Themselves.
What Really Goes On in Other Places.
Checking In with the States.
Retirement Contacts & Place Finder.