Even though Tallahassee is not on Kiplinger’s Best Cities list, I decided to briefly write about its possible merits as a place to retire for three reasons. First, it is a college town which some baby boomers may find attractive in retirement. Second, I lived in Tallahassee for three years and now have relatives there. Third, Florida State University has associated itself with Westcott Lakes, a new active adult, life long learning, and life care community in Tallahassee.
Apart from being a college town (Florida A&M University is also there), Tallahassee is the state capital of Florida. This brings a certain degree of sophistication and culture that extends beyond that offered by the college communities.
My recollection is that the weather is mild in the winter and early spring but is quite hot and humid in the summer and early fall. The gulf is only a 45 minute drive if you enjoy water activities.
One of the drawbacks of Tallahassee retirement living is that, compared to a lot of other college towns, it is not easy to fly in or out by commercial airlines. On the other hand, you do benefit from the low taxes, as Florida is one of the states with no state income tax.
Health care should not be a problem because Florida State opened a new medical school there in 2000.
Sperling’s Best Places has more facts and figures about Tallahassee that will be of interest to a baby boomer who might be considering retiring there.
I invite any baby boomer reader who is familiar with Tallahassee in general or with Westcott Lakes in particular to add a comment with their views as to retirement living in the area.
More on retiring in a college town.