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Where to Live in Retirement? The Halfback Movement Returns

May 16, 2018

In the first edition of The New Rules of Retirement I talked about the halfbacks. These are people from the northern part of the U.S. who retired to Florida or Arizona and then decided they didn’t like various aspects of living in those traditional retiree havens. But they didn’t want to back to where they […]

Best Places to Retire: The Trouble With Surveys

February 22, 2018

When I discuss how to decide where to live in retirement, I recommend that people not pay much attention to surveys and rankings. I’ve seen many of them over the years. While they’re interesting, a survey ranking doesn’t help an individual make a decision. You probably don’t give factors the same priority or weighting as […]

New York City vs. Florida Retirement

February 1, 2018

I always tell people planning for retirement that the first step is to determine the life style you want in retirement. The money issues all spring from that. Joseph Coughlin, a longevity researcher at M.I.T., has a good example in which he compares the “Florida retirement” to the “New York City retirement.” As he points […]

Cost of Living Across the States Compared

July 13, 2017

Economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis used 2015 data to determine the cost of living in each state and ranked the states according to the cost of living. The survey is unique because it uses a new set of data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis to make the comparisons. It’s no […]

Best Places to Retire

April 26, 2017

Most people don’t move after they retire. But if you’re thinking of moving and can go anywhere, consider this list of best places to retire from It includes the home of one of my alma maters, Clemson, South Carolina. Unlike most such lists, it doesn’t rank the locations. Instead, it lists the editors’ top […]

How You Die Depends On Where You Live

December 16, 2016

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association analyzed cause of death data in the U.S. and tabulated how the causes vary around the country. It turns out that some causes of death are disappearing in some areas or rising rapidly in other areas. The study doesn’t try to explain the trends. […]

Not-So-Mobile America in Retirement

May 29, 2014

People like to think of Americans as being very mobile, moving from state to state. There’s a belief that most Americans move after retiring. Most of that isn’t true. About 70% of Americans live in the state where they were born, according to a recent study. Why people move is an issue of some contention. […]

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