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Retirement places rated
Savageau, David.
Personal Author:
Fifth edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Macmillan USA, [1999]

Physical Description:
xi, 324 pages : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
HQ1063.2.U6 S38 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Whether you're considering retirement or scouting out the best location for a second home, Retirement Places Rated is an invaluable sourcebook. More than a quarter of a million people have turned to author David Savageau for help in choosing the perfect location, and now that the first of the baby boomers are entering their fifties, this information is more valuable than ever before. More than 200 top retirement areas in the United States, both traditional and newly discovered, are profiled.They're ranked and compared for cost of living, climate, health care, economic factors, crime, services, cultural life, and recreation. Included are climate graphs, maps of retirement regions, comparison charts, and demographic profiles of each area. A special section on relocation resources helps you set your plans in motion once you've chosen where to live.This brand-new, completely up-to-date edition includes approximately 20 new locations and factors in the latest statistics. Look for a brand-new two-color interior design and a full index.

Author Notes

About the Author Since 1982, David Savageau has traveled throughout the country visiting locations that attract older adults. He writes the "Quality of Life" column for Expansion Management magazine and is a featured speaker at the U.S. Department of State's quarterly seminars on retirement. He would appreciate comments, criticisms, and suggestions for improving the next edition of Retirement Places Rated. Write to: Places Rated Partnership P.O. Box 1327 Gloucester, MA 01931

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Retirement Places Ratedp. 1
Where Are These Places?p. 3
Some Words About Place Namesp. 5
Making the Chapters Work for Youp. 15
Rating Places: An American Traditionp. 15
Your Preference Inventoryp. 17
Plotting Your Preference Profilep. 19
Costs of livingp. 21
Retirement Income: Getting Itp. 21
Retirement Income: Spending Itp. 23
Scoringp. 25
Rankingsp. 25
Place Profilesp. 27
Et Ceterap. 44
State Retirement Income Tax Profilesp. 44
State and Local Sales Taxesp. 60
Climatep. 61
Factors to Keep in Mindp. 61
U.S. Climate Regionsp. 63
So ... What's Comfortable?p. 64
Scoringp. 66
Rankingsp. 66
Place Profilesp. 68
Et Ceterap. 132
Climate and Healthp. 132
Natural Hazardsp. 137
Allergies and Allergensp. 140
Crimep. 141
Crime Risk: Several Connectionsp. 142
Crime Indexesp. 143
Scoringp. 145
Scoring Examplesp. 145
Rankingsp. 146
Place Profilesp. 148
Et Ceterap. 151
Are Newcomers More Vulnerable Than Locals?p. 151
Secure Housing Developmentsp. 153
Typical Fraudsp. 155
Servicesp. 157
General Hospital Servicesp. 157
Office-based Physiciansp. 160
Public Librariesp. 161
Continuing Educationp. 161
Scoringp. 162
Rankingsp. 163
Place Profilesp. 165
Et Ceterap. 184
Finding the Right Doctorp. 184
Finding the Right Lawyerp. 184
Driver Licensingp. 185
Driving Danger Signalsp. 185
College Tuition Breaksp. 187
Workingp. 193
Older Persons Do Workp. 193
Job Forecasts in Retirement Placesp. 195
Scoringp. 197
Rankingsp. 197
Place Profilesp. 199
Et Ceterap. 203
Some Unvoiced Employer Objectionsp. 203
Job Searchingp. 206
Leisure Livingp. 207
Common Denominatorsp. 207
The Performing Artsp. 209
Outdoor Recreation Assetsp. 210
Scoringp. 212
Rankingsp. 213
Place Profilesp. 215
Et Ceterap. 244
Retirement Places with the Best Bass Fishingp. 244
Putting It All Togetherp. 247
Finding the Best All-Around Placesp. 248
Rankingsp. 249
Retirement Regionsp. 252
Appendicesp. 265
Relocation Resourcesp. 265
Retirement Contacts and Place Finderp. 278
Indexp. 311