(note: I have no clue who the people in the picture are. But, they look so very happy; I imagine they are retired somewhere nice)

October 22, 2009

Why is it that a large chunk of my extended family always heads down to Florida for the winter? The weather? The friends? The long walks on the beach? I have no clue; my thought of a perfect get-away (winter or summer) is the cottage in Muskoka.

In the upcoming years it will be interesting to see where my Canadian family retires to. Will they stay in Toronto? Or, will the head to the southern United States, or elsewhere? The first choice to retire in the US, according to Forbes Magazine, is Atlanta Georgia.

Why Atlanta and not Miami? Great question… the answer, the cost of living and housing. Living in Florida is not cheap, and couple this with taxces and insurance, and Atlanta starts to look a little more retireable!

Atlanta not your top pick? Check out the rest of the Forbes list.

According to the article, below are the Top 10 Places To Retire in the United States in 2009:

1. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA

2. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

3. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

4. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX

5. St. Louis, MO-IL

6. Austin-Round Rock, TX

7. Las Vegas-Paradise, NV

8. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

9. Kansas City, MO-KS

10. San Antonio, TX

There seems to be quite a different culture about retiring in the United States as compared to Canada. Maybe there just isn’t the great retirement weather in Canada, or that people do not like to travel too far from their families. So, for Canada, I would imagine that retirees not leaving for the US stay pretty close to home.

If not leaving Toronto, Calgary or Vancouver when you retire, but looking for a new home, make sure you check out all the neighbourhoods, here.

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