Best Places to Retire Young: How we picked 'em
Bert Sperling of Bestplaces.net describes the criteria he used to select the best places for those retirees whose lifestyle is active and engaged.
NEW YORK (Money) -- Young retired people are still active, with a need for travel and recreation as well as for taking a well-earned rest. They don't have to fight the crowds of commuters each day, so they can live beyond the borders of major metropolitan areas.
Still, a range of leisure activities is important. Accordingly, each town on this list of Best Places to Retire Young had to be near a sizable city or urban cluster, which can provide the young retired with resources like a major airport, great dining and shops, sports and an active music scene.
In those few cases where a metropolitan area wasn't within 100 miles, we looked for an outdoor lifestyle compelling enough to overcome the relative isolation.
We wanted places that were healthy economically, so we screened for low unemployment and long-term job growth. The cost of living is always important, so we searched for places that were near the average home price for the United States. In some cases, we were willing to include those places that are worth their higher price tag through their unique mix of resources.
Many of these places also have a significant college presence, which can add a great deal of color and dimension to even the smallest town.
Specific criteria used in making up the list of best places follow:
In some cases, we made exceptions for places that may not strictly fit our criteria but that offer unique benefits that may be worth the higher home cost or relative isolation.