The economy has had a great impact upon those people facing retirement. Many have lost jobs, or been forced to take jobs paying much less then pre-recession employment. In addition, many people have lost homes due to foreclosure, feeling compelled to walk away because of mortgages balances which greatly exceed their home’s value. Bankruptcy filings in the pre-retirement demographic are skyrocketing, and have been high for many years.
With rising medical costs, rising food costs and expensive gasoline, many people are worried whether social security and perhaps a small pension will provide a comfortable retirement.
One way to improve the quality of life in retirement is to continue to work, and some places in the country offer better working opportunities for retirement age people than do other locations.
Is retirement on the horizon for you? Are you worried whether your retirement income will stretch to provide a quality lifestyle? If these are concerns for you, consider relocating to one of these 25 havens for retirees who might wish to continue to work past retirement age.
Forbes magazine compiled a list of places to where a retiree or a person facing retirement might want to consider relocating if there is a need or desire to work past retirement age. Below is the “James Magee short list” of the top three places for a quality retirement.
- 1. Iowa City, Iowa: With Iowa Medical School in its midst, Iowa City’s doctor count is six times above the national average. Also unemployment is at 3.8% and job opportunities are growing.
- 2. Corvallis, Oregon: Corvallis is a college town which helps the strong economy, this city has a 5.8% unemployment rate and room for even more economic growth. There’s no state sales tax, and has plenty of doctors and a low violent crime rate.
- 3. Pittsburg, Pennsylvania: Unemployment is at 6.6%. Although the winters here are extremely cold, the cost of living is 6% below the national average and homes are going for $121,000. Also the doctors per capita ranks at one of the nations highest.
Retirement is a lot different then it was many years ago. In this country’s current economy, it is much harder to retire and retirement occurs at an older age. A wonderful alternative is to pursue a working retirement, keeping a job but still enjoying the retired life. Any of the 25 cities on Forbes.com’s list are wonderful alternative cities to relocate to. If you are so far in debt but you have bankruptcy as an option, it may be your best option. Your debt can be taken care of by filing for bankruptcy and once debt free you can easily relocate and start a fresh retirement in one of these cities with low unemployment rates, nice climates and so many other perks.
The Forbes.com article can be found here: