25 Best Places to Retire

Prescott, AZ
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Prescott's biggest draws: Mild temperatures; the vast Prescott National Forest; Old West downtown.
Best if you're looking for: Small town
Median home price: $218,000
Top state income tax: 4.54%

Hot summers are usually a knock against moving to Arizona. Not so with this small town 100 miles north of Phoenix, which boasts distinct seasons and temperatures that rarely hit 90° F.

All the better for exploring the hundreds of miles of trails in the adjacent Prescott National Forest, playing Prescott's many golf courses, and enjoying its revolving door of art shows, craft fairs, and outdoor concerts.

While Prescott still looks like an Old West town (complete with saloons), retirees aren't looking at a life on the frontier: The town also boasts quality health care facilities and enrichment classes for seniors.

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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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