Best places to retire with a nice nest egg

Want the excitement of urban living for your retirement? Got a bigger budget? These 8 small cities offer culture, dining, education and recreation choices galore, but they're pricier than Money's main top 10.

Honolulu

best places to retire
Kaka'ako Park offers great views of Waikiki
  • Population: 390,700 (39% over 50)
  • Median home price: $425,000
  • Cost of living: 167 (100 is average)

Honolulu is a cosmopolitan city set against the backdrop of sandy beaches, lush hills and technicolor sunsets.

One moment you're eating authentic dim sum in Chinatown, surrounded by the buzz of many languages. The next you're meandering up trails at the 300-acre Kapiolani Park or snorkeling in the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. The Honolulu Museum of Art is a treasure-trove of permanent works and exhibitions, including one showcasing Ansel Adams' and Georgia O'Keeffe's images of Hawaii.

While many tourists make Waikiki a home base, residents can find housing of all shapes and sizes in Honolulu proper -- from condos downtown to single-family homes tucked on the hills of Makiki Heights.

Notes: Population based on 2012 U.S. Census estimates, except for Honolulu, which is based on 2010 estimates for the census county division (CCD). Median home prices are sale prices from Trulia for July through October 2013, except for Honolulu, which is based on the three months prior.
- Last updated October 28 2013 09:02 AM ET
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