Best US Cities for Retirement 2013 – Live The Good Life For Under $30K

 

Ranch style home in North Salinas, California

Ranch style home in North Salinas, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Uncover the best places to live on a mere $30,000 that offer great eats, fun freebies, sporting opportunities and a fulfilling experience. The following cities were determined through a number of financial factors – including median prices for homes, property taxes and mortgage – as well as the intangibles such as wallet-friendly entertainment and the best local eateries. The following offers a glimpse into why each of the top ten made the final cut:

Bangor, Maine

  • Median home price: $110,400
  • Median property tax: $1,303
  • Great eating: Pop in to Geaghan’s for Sunday breakfast; Maine blueberry pancakes cost $5.59.
  • Favorite freebie: Every summer the American Folk Festival brings three days of free music to the Waterfront

Daytona/Deltona/Ormond Beach, Florida

  • Median home price: $108,900
  • Median property tax: $1,161
  • Great eating: Try Tia Cori’s Tacos on North Beach in Daytona; tacos start at $1.50, margaritas are $4.
  • Favorite freebie: The Art League of Daytona Beach

Erie, PA

  • Median home price: $106,600
  • Median property tax: $1,899
  • Great eating: Don’t pass on the pierogis at Dubrowski’s Deli and Restaurant, where there are seven varieties of the 1/4 pounders
  • Favorite freebie: The 75-foot observation deck at Presque Isle State Park

Grand Rapids, MI

  • Median home price: $114,200
  • Median property tax: $1,830
  • Great eating: Hoist a craft beer at HopCat, currently ranked the nation’s No. 1 brew pub
  • Favorite Freebie: The international ArtPrize competition brings world-class art downtown

Greenville, SC

  • Median home price: $127,600
  • Median property tax: $753
  • Great eating: Munch on a petit pain for 65 cents at Legrand Bakery
  • Favorite Freebie: Parking on Main Street, trolley rides, downtown Wi-Fi and admission to the Greenville County Art Museum

Louisville, KY

  • Median home price: $128,200
  • Median property tax: $1,116
  • Great eating: Swing by Muth’s Candies to savor the Bourbon Balls and famous Modjeskas, a marshmallow-caramel treat named after a 1920s Polish actress
  • Favorite Freebie: Yoga classes offered in Cherokee, Shelby and Rubel parks

Pocatello, ID

  • Median home price: $127,500
  • Median property tax: $1,179
  • Great eating: Try a latte and hear live music at the Co Ho
  • Favorite freebie: Self-guided walking tours downtown offer an up-close look at historic buildings and architectural landmarks

Pueblo, CO

  • Median home price: $102,600
  • Median property tax: $765
  • Great eating: Known for the distinctive Mira Sol green chile peppers that grow here, the city is famous for its sloppers – a cheeseburger slathered in green chili.
  • Favorite freebie:  Take in all three miles of the Pueblo Levee Mural Project‚ which holds a Guinness Book of World Records’ distinction as being the world’s largest continuous painting

Sherman/Denison, TX

  • Median home price: $79,400
  • Median property tax: $1,158
  • Great eating: BBQ fans swear by the traditional pulled-pork sandwich at the Cackle & Oink
  • Favorite freebie: Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge boasts an impressive 338 species of birds, 36 species of mammals, 60 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 61 species of fish

South Bend, IN

  • Median home price: $82,500
  • Median property tax: $846
  • Great eating: Cheeseburgers at CJ’s Pub are so beloved they’re even sold in area supermarkets
  • Favorite freebie: Campus tours of Notre Dame, including its famous Grotto, Basilica of the Sacred Heart and “Touchdown Jesus”

From: AARP

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