25 Best Places to Retire

Kalispell, MT
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Kalispell's biggest draws: Lake activities, skiing, and superb health care facilities.
Best if you're looking for: Resort area
Median home price: $225,000
Top state income tax: 6.9% (no sales tax)

Kalispell draws retirees for different reasons. For some, the appeal is a chance to explore the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. Others love having season ski passes at Whitefish Mountain Resort or making regular trips to nearby Glacier National Park.

Kalispell's population has swelled over the past decade, but for most retirees that has only meant more amenities and more activities: Home prices are still affordable relative to most mountain towns.

Health care is superb; Kalispell Regional Medical Center ranks among the top hospitals in the nation.

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Source: OnBoard Informatics; NOAA; Zillow; Trulia; National Association of Realtors; Tax Foundation; MONEY research
Notes: Home cost is median sales price except for Bloomington, Aberdeen, Ottawa, Traverse City, Coeur d'Alene, Fredericksburg, and St. George, which had only median list price available. Security income excluded in all states listed except Utah; most states exclude some pension income.
  @Money - Last updated December 17 2012 10:24 AM ET
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