25 Best Places to Retire

Austin, TX
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Austin's biggest draws: Access to all kinds of live music and events; plenty of work opportunities.
Best if you're looking for: Big city
Median home price: $215,000
Top state income tax: None

Austin's relatively strong job market has made it a top destination for young folks in recent years. But retirees also feel at home in this vibrant city; of the more than 20 city-run recreational centers, three cater specifically to seniors.

There's something for everyone here whether you're looking to consult with a startup, hear live music on Sixth Street virtually every night of the week, or volunteer at South by Southwest's lollapalooza of music, independent film, and technology.

Meanwhile, the city boasts terrific health care and a performing arts scene that runs the gamut from ballet to the Shanghai Quartet.

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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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