Thinking of retiring to Boone, North Carolina or Lincoln, Nebraska?  No?  Maybe you should.

I thought it might be interesting over the next little while to do a series of articles designed to make us all think.

To question what we believe.

This is the first in a series I’m going to call TTMYT (Things That Make You Think).

Where do most Canadians think of when you say ” retirement”?  The Sun Belt perhaps?  Is there a solid reason for that other than the sunshine and proximity to communities full of other snowbirds?  Has anyone ever sat down and analyzed the best places to retire?

Apparently so.

Market Watch does this yearly.  And the results may astound you.  As a matter of fact, if you’re a Canadian investing in U.S. real estate, this may have a marked impact on your acquisition strategy.

You really should read the entire article, but if my recommendation isn’t enough to get you clicking the link, perhaps the list will.  Here are this years Top 10 retirement locations according to Market Watch:

  1. Pleasant year-round weather: Flagstaff, Ariz.
  2. Affordable mountain town: Boone, N.C.
  3. Water views on a budget: Traverse City, Mich.
  4. Greenest place to retire: Walnut Creek, Calif.
  5. A college town for retirees: Ithaca, N.Y.
  6. Place to launch a second career: Lincoln, Neb.
  7. Best mix of affordability and amenities: Pittsburgh, Pa.
  8. Best place for affordable housing: Port Charlotte, Fla.
  9. Best place for single retirees: Pittsfield, Mass.
  10. Best place for recreation and culture: Santa Fe, N.M.

Your comments are always welcome!

Steve Martel
Steve Martel is a serial 8-figures/yr business magnet, real estate mogul, millionaire philanthropist, author, educator, public figure & happily married father of 4 little munchkins under 10. His teachings and concepts have revolutionised the lives of over 100,000 entrepreneurs around the world and he has consulted 428 clients who’ve collectively created businesses worth over $560 million in the last 5 years alone.