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What to Look for When Choosing

the Best Places to Retire

According to International Living, "Once you allow yourself to look beyond U.S. shores for a place to retire, the choices get downright exciting. Mexico, sure. But how about Panama? Or France? Or Romania? The right spot can allow you to live the life you'd only dreamed of: crashing surf, mountain air, bustling cities. You can comb beaches to your heart's content, or you can find a place to learn. You can relax, or you can find new opportunities."

If you are thinking of relocating to one of the best places to retire in the world, or just one of the best states to retire in, but don't know where, the questions that arise are, "Where to Retire? What makes a good place to retire?" Anywhere where you can retire rich but die broke while reading The World's Best Retirement Book.

Fact is, you must examine your priorities: What type of climate do you want to live in? What activities do you like, and are they available in your list of possible cities or countries to relocate to? Are you looking for the cheapest places to retire? Do you care more about a low cost of living or health care? What about safety?

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The following partial checklist that comes from the international best-selling book on retirement How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free may provide some help.

Top-22 Criteria When Searching

 for the Best Places to Retire in the World

  • Neighborhoods are peaceful and the crime rate is low.  
  • A variety of clubs and non-profit organizations welcome your participation and talents. You can eventually be part of a community of friends with similar interests.  
  • The climate is exactly what you are looking for. 
  • The people are friendly - warm smiles and hometown hospitality have never gone out of style. 
  • Whether it's the hills, rocky outcrops, thick forests, breathtaking mountains, pristine lakes, or raging rivers, the beautiful scenery beckons you to reside there. 
  • You can depend on excellent transportation facilities, including a modern transit system. 
  • Regardless of whether you intend to rent or buy, the housing is affordable. 
  • There are a variety of housing options to suit your needs - from a stately house to a smart new apartment, a townhouse, or a gracious bungalow with the right-sized garden to look after. 
  • Many cultural amenities - such as museums, theaters, and concerts - are available either locally or in a nearby city. 
  • Just out your back door - either a short drive or a healthy walk from your home - you can participate in outdoor activities such as skiing, tennis, golf, fly-fishing, and hiking. 

Note: For the last 12 items on this list of The Top 22 Things to Look For and Enjoy in a New Retirement Location that will help you choose where to retire, see Chapter 8: Relocate to Where Retirement Living Is Best in the bestselling retirement book on called How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free. 


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The Coast Is Not Necessarily One of the Best Places Where to Retire

Recent research about where to retire released from Queensland's Griffith University in Australia suggests that a move to the coast may not help retirees realize their dreams or retirement plans.

Indeed, the beach is certainly not one of the best places to retire for many retirees. Research team leader Michael Davies says city dwellers, adjusting to life after work and asking the question, "Where is the best place to retire?", can find it difficult to relocate to a quieter place on the coast.

Dr Davies claims that people do not understand the shock that can come from leaving a busy work schedule and a network of friends to move to the beach. "Generally when you're looking at a transition like retirement you need to think a bit about what that change will mean for you," Dr Davies said.

"I guess for those who don't think long and hard about how they want to retire to maximise their opportunities and to maximise their lifestyle and well being, then I think there can be some problems."

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If you feel that your city or country is too populated and are looking for the best places to retire in the world where there are not as many people, following are the ten least populated countries where to retire in the world based on recent statistics.

1. Cook Islands 21,008
2. Palau 19,717
3. Turks and Caicos Islands 19,350
4. Wallis and Futuna 15,734
5. Anguilla 12,738
6. Nauru 12,570
7. Tuvalu 11,305
8. Montserrat 8,995
9. Saint Helena 7,367
10. Saint Pierre and Miquelon 6,976

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Here is a recent list of Top 25 best places to retire in North America according to

1. Asheville, North Carolina
2. Sarasota, Florida
3. Prescott, Arizona
4. Paris, Tennessee
5. Winston-Salem, North Carolina
6. Athens, Georgia
7. Green Valley, Arizona
8. San Diego, California
9. Austin, Texas
10. Phoenix, Arizona
11. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
12. Charlottesville, Virginia
13. Fort Myers, Florida
14. Venice, Florida
15. Oxford, Ohio
16. Sedona, Arizona
17. Gainesville, Florida
18. Flagstaff, Arizona
19. San Luis Obispo, California
20. Old Saybrook, Connecticut
21. San Antonio, Texas
22. Mount Airy, North Carolina
23. Beaufort, South Carolina
24. Tucson, Arizona
25. Crossville, Tennessee


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