All those "best places to retire" lists I've posted

Use them cautiously.  After all, the best place to retire is near your grandkids. From Martha C. White, writing in Time.

'Best Places to Retire' Lists: Don't Use Them to Pick Where to Retire

It can be confusing making sense of the many “best places to retire” lists out there. In fact, it’s probably best to eye these lists with extreme skepticism — unless you really do want to spend your golden years in (gulp) frigid North Dakota. 
What with all the “best places to retire” lists in circulation, you’d think there would be some consensus about the top spots to kick back in retirement. Yet these retirement lists are literally all over the map, and often contradictory.’s new roundup ranking the “surprisingly best” states for retirement touts the Dakotas, West Virginia, and Mississippi — and ranks Oregon dead last in its corresponding “worst places” list. A Forbes list, on the other hand, included Medford, Ore., in its roundup of the best places to retire in 2013, and CNN/Money listed Portland, Ore. in a roundup published last fall. 
These discrepancies are the rule rather than the exception, partially because the rankings emphasize different criteria. Some lists emphasize college towns, whose populations tend to skew young, while others put a premium on communities with a lot of senior residents. Many publications advise looking at local tax rates, but they clash when it comes to deciding whether income, property, or sales tax is most important. 
Here’s the good news: You can probably ignore them all.


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