Ready to retire? Then you’ll want to know our take on the Best Places to Retire in the U.S., custom-written for prospective land buyers!
Property, sales, and income tax rates, as well as available health care, are important to consider when finding the perfect place to retire. It doesn’t hurt to also take into account the relative cost of living, and of course all the natural wonders and attractions near your retirement home of choice.
Based on these factors, we’ve picked out the five best places to retire in the U.S.
Boise is a great retirement home to consider if you love the outdoors. This town has a great health care system and low property taxes. If you are a fan of different seasonal activities, enjoy the outdoor activities that abound with cold winters and hot summers.
Kari Morlock, Public and Partner Relations Coordinator at Vacasa Rentals has a lot of great things to say. “I live in Boise, and I LOVE it! Boise is great for active adults/seniors. In the summer months there are activities like Alive After 5 where different music groups preform for free every Wednesday. Hundreds of people show up for this community event. There is a great trail system just minutes from downtown for hikers and bikers. Winter months offer skiing and snowboarding. It’s (also) close to so many really great areas that make
for perfect quick trips or extended getaways.”
Jessica Dalton, owner and Realtor of Core Group Realty in Boise, says: “Many people think Boise is a rural city but it actually is pretty progressive with tons to do and a happening downtown for all age groups. You can be in a city environment one minute and 15 minutes later be in the foothills walking, hiking and biking the trails. Boise provides a wide array of hobbies and recreation.”
A number of retired seniors and future residents of The Terraces at Boise also had some shining things to say about the town. Bob McDonagh, 76, a Treasure Valley resident for 50 years, said, “There is no place I love to take photos more than the Boise River Greenbelt, where I also ride my bike 10 miles each way taking in the sights.”
Tim Roberts, 76, and Karen Roberts, 73, moved here 9 years ago to be closer to family and enjoy the climate, but the arts aren’t bad either. “Tim and I…cherish the opportunities we have here to participate in arts, culture and education. We’ve taken classes and attended events with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Boise State University, and attended some beautiful performances by the Boise Philharmonic.”
Dr. Ralph Robinson, 86, and his wife Linda Robinson, 75, are also happy to call Boise their retirement home. The people of Boise “…are former and current professionals, very hard-working, salt-of-the-earth people. I feel like none of us are retiring from anything; here in Boise, we’re just changing our adventure.”
The primary perk here for retirees is the fact that the state does not have income taxes, and Cheyenne recently cut its budget to avoid raising rates. Abundant land and low taxes: what more could you want?
Darren Rudloff of Visit Cheyenne has great things to say about the beautiful Western town. “Cheyenne offers the relaxed and inexpensive western lifestyle that many retirees are seeking. First, Cheyenne enjoys one of the lowest tax burdens in the nation. Second, as the Capitol of Wyoming, Cheyenne has a wealth of outdoor recreation and cultural opportunities to keep retirees busy. However, the lifestyle is quite leisurely and easy as the City has a population of only 60,000. If you want more excitement and activities, retirees can easily hit nearby ski slopes or the big city of Denver (100 miles away).”
You might overlook Arizona because of its reputation for heat, but Prescott has multiple seasons, and the summers rarely top 90 degrees. The town has plenty of health care and land, and housing prices are reasonable.
Kathy Vallee, Realtor and Team Leader of RE/MAX Associates in Park City, Utah, said: “Prescott is a high desert mountain area with a very green community interested in eco system and sustainability. Many people who are retiring are looking for a small community to get back to the basics with easy access to events and recreation. Boomers are very active and living longer so the importance of living in an active area with a myriad of recreation is of utmost importance. They feel young and want to seek out a community that attracts like minded thinkers and doers.”
Spokane is on the east side of Washington state and features a big city with a small-town feel. Property taxes are lower on this side of the mountains, and there are plenty of cultural events in the area. Like Idaho, summers are warm and winters are quite cold.
Montana does not have a sales tax and has plenty of land available. The city of Kalispell is known for its great health care with Kalispell Regional Medical Center being one of the top hospitals in the country.
Let us know in the comments below if you live in any of these beautiful towns! If you’re looking for your dream retirement land, tell us and we’d be happy to help you find your perfect piece of the American Dream. We offer outstanding, discount properties in regions across the U.S.