25 Best Places to Retire

Thinking about your post-work home? You'll get huge bang for your buck -- plus lots of other perks -- in these towns.

17 of 25
Providence, R.I.
Providence, R.I.
Population: 172,500
% over 50: 24%
Typical 3-bedroom home: $365,000
State income tax: 9.90%*

Famed culinary college Johnson & Wales University calls Providence home, and so do many of its alumni, making for a thriving restaurant scene in this New England city. Dozens of restaurants line the city's narrow streets, serving up fresh local seafood as well as modern and internationally influenced fare. Johnson & Wales offers noncredit classes to residents interested in honing their cooking skills.

It's easy to work up an appetite enjoying the historic sites or taking in the arts at a variety of venues throughout the city. Rhode Island School of Design's Museum of Art has a collection of more than 80,000 pieces.

Providence also offers a variety of outdoor activities on the water or in Roger Williams Park, a 430-acre facility that includes a botanical center and a zoo as well as walks and waterways. --B.B.

See complete data, including tax rates, for Providence

NEXT: Stevens Point, Wis.

Last updated September 24 2009: 1:21 PM ET
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* For top bracket. Rhode Island increases, but doesn't double, all or some bracket widths for joint filers. Taxpayers calculate tax under a flat tax system and pay the lesser of the liability. The flat tax applies to all types of income with no exemptions or deductions and treats capital income as wages. The flat tax rates are 6.5% for 2009; 6% for 2010; and 5.5% for 2011 and beyond. Deduction or exemption tied to federal tax system. Federal deductions and exemptions are indexed for inflation.
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