Best Places to Retire lists often change by year — as demographics change, tax rates change, or as communities change.
And 2014 is no different, with a whole new list of top cities in the US to retire.
The list, newly released by Forbes magazine, draws on overall cost of living (most are at or below the national average) and home prices as compared to national averages and general state tax climates for retirees.
Of course, the list looks at demographics and weather, with most in warm climates that retirees prefer.
Check out 2014’s Best Places to Retire in the US from Forbes. (Note that the list ranks 25, though we’ve selected our favorites.)
No. 5 Best Places to Retire in the US: Austin, Texas
A city that continues to make the list of best places to retire, Austin is a Texas gem that continues to draw retirees with its amazing weather, great activities, and plenty of golf and shopping. Home to the University of Texas, the city ranks high for volunteering opportunities and the many great golf courses nearby. The cost of living is around the national average, but home prices can be a little higher (at about $225,000 on average).
No. 4 Best Places to Retire in the US: Bellingham, Washington
Sure it’s a northern city (well, West Coast north, anyway), but the coastal home of Western Washington University offers low crime, walkable areas, and a car ferry to Alaska. The college town is a mix of young and old, which keeps the retirees youthful with a variety of continuing education opportunities. Add in the amazing outdoor setting, and you’re watching dazzling sunsets through the remainder of your golden years.
No. 3 Best Places to Retire in the US: Bluffton, South Carolina
Ah, the name says it all. This great Southern town for retirees sits — you guessed it — on a bluff overlooking a lazy river near the Atlantic Ocean. With a warm climate, a solid state for taxes, low crime, and an average home price of only $197,000, this is one area you’ll certainly far in love with.
No. 2 Best Places to Retire in the US: Cape Coral, Florida
Situated on the Gulf of Mexico, Cape Coral draws you in with its warm climate, great location, and cost of living right at the national average (medium home price is at about $165,000). Take up boating or wander the nearby beaches as you relax in your new home.
No. 1 Best Places to Retire in the US: Charleston, South Carolina
Looking for a great locale where the weather is warm, the people are friendly, the food is tops, and there are loads of things to see and do? Charleston, S.C., is a top city for retirement with great activities for seniors — golf, shopping, boating, beaching it up, or just strolling through this stunning historic city. Take a horse-drawn carriage to dinner — after biking the city in the daylight — or take a history tour and explore all this charming Southern city has to offer.