TopRetirements.com has published an updated list (for 2010) of its best 100 places to retire. This list is compiled using a somewhat unusual method: The publisher determines which 100 towns have the most online visits of the 450 cities that are presently reviewed at Topretirements.com. The list reflects the towns that visitors to the site are the most interested in reading about for retirement.
< Asheville, NC remains the #1 town on the list with Sarasota, FL, Prescott, AZ, and Paris, TN continuing as # 2, #3, and #4. Here is the complete top 10:
1. Asheville, NC
2. Sarasota, FL
3. Prescott, AZ
4. Paris, TN
5. Austin, TX
6. Green Valley, AZ
7. Winston-Salem, NC
8. Beaufort, SC
9. San Diego, CA
10. Ft. Myers, FL
I find the Paris, TN ranking personally satisfying for two reasons. First, we presently live in Tennessee, a couple hours drive from Paris. Second, Paris is extremely popular in part due to its proximity to Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley, and the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. It just so happens that our lake house is directly on Lake Barkley (northeast of Paris, in Kentucky) and we can look (or boat) across the lake to the LBL Recreation Area! I can understand the appeal of this location.
The town on the list that surprises me a little is San Diego. It has beautiful weather no doubt but the taxes and traffic can be retirement mood killers.
Although the ranking method for these top retirement towns is unscientific, the publisher does provide helpful information about many of the towns and about the retirement communities near them. It’s a good resource for baby boomers who are exploring options for retirement destinations.
For more information about the top 100 list of best towns and cities for retirement, start at this page.