25 Best Places to Retire

Tucson, AZ
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Tucson's biggest draws: Mountains and museums galore; 350 days of sunshine a year.
Best if you're looking for: Big city
Median home price: $148,000
Top state income tax: 4.54%

You probably already know that Tucson has 350 days of sunshine, a few dozen golf courses, and some of the best Southwestern cuisine this side of the border. But there's plenty more to the city, including a wealth of historical places to explore, dozens of art galleries and top museums, professional theater, ballet, opera, and symphony.

For a different kind of cultural fix, take a trip to the nearby old mining towns, missions, and archaeological sites, including the petroglyphs at Saguaro National Park and the reconstructed dwelling of Dankworth Village.

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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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