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Move Over, US; Ireland Takes New Top Spot as Country Best Able to Feed Its Own People

Move Over, US; Ireland Takes New Top Spot as Country Best Able to Feed Its Own People

The United States is now fourth on the list, behind Austria and France

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The United States has fallen from its top spot in a global ranking of how well countries are able to feed their people. The number one position now belongs to Ireland, the world’s most “food-secure” nation in terms of food affordability, availability, quality, and safety, according to a copy of the sixth annual Global Food Security Index obtained by Bloomberg. Concerns over agricultural research spending and government policy trends in America ultimately cost the country its prestigious ranking.

Worldwide, food security fell for the first time in five years, mostly because of an increase in the number of refugees, natural disasters, and a decline in global political stability. After examining climate and natural resource risks, the United States landed in fourth place, behind Austria and France.

“Food security is in reverse,” Robert Powell, senior consultant with the Economist Intelligence Unit in New York, told Bloomberg. “If we’re aiming for zero hunger, we’re going in the wrong direction.”

A United Nations report claims that the estimated number of people suffering from hunger as of 2016 is 815 million. In 2015, there were 777 million — an increase of 38 million over the course of a single year. This is largely due to conflict in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast and Western Asia; famine and food shortages in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen; and flooding in areas affected by the El Niño phenomenon — a band of warm ocean water that creates tropical cyclones — and other climate-related issues.

“Ireland has roared back marvelously from the banking crisis, and their agriculture research and development has increased,” Powell told Bloomberg. In the U.S., “we haven’t seen that level of public-sector investment.”

If you’d like to lend a hand in lifting millions of people out of hunger, here are 51 ways to fight hunger in America.


I Would Love to Retire in California, But It’s Too Expensive: Where Else?

March 4, 2020 — California has sunny skies, a Mediterranean climate… and super-high housing prices and unending traffic. The Zillow Home Value Index was $561,000 in early 2020. A pleasant victim of its own success, it is a bit like Yogi Berra was alleged to have said, “It’s so crowded, no one goes there anymore”.

For those looking for the California experience, but don’t want to either have to pay for it or fight its crowds, this article will explore some places to retire that might be good alternatives. The good news is, there are plenty of great places that are much more affordable. Most are not near a coast, but many have lakes and/or mountains to enjoy.

Flatiron Mountain: Photo by Molly Brady

Tucson, Arizona. Warm in winter, blessed with sunshine almost 300 days per year, Tucson is surrounded by beautiful desert mountains. At 233 performing arts dates per year, it also has one of the nation’s highest number of arts performances. It retains a distinctive relaxed, western flavor (Tombstone is nearby). The Zillow Home Value Index was $212,648 in 2020.

Las Cruces, New Mexico. The second largest city in New Mexico, Las Cruces is in the southern part of the state. It has been listed as a “Best Place to Retire” by several organizations for many reasons low cost of living, active cultural life with its major university, and unusually beautiful location. New Mexico State is here. The Zillow Home Value Index was $173,667 in early 2020.

Ocean Shores, Washington. This small coastal community was built on the site of a former cattle ranch. Popular with tourists and retirees, it includes marinas, shops, hotels and a golf course. Pat Boone used to host his famous Celebrity Golf Tournaments here. Residents enjoy the beach, bird watch, fish, and attend the many outdoor activities and festivals that Ocean Shores has to offer. The Zillow Home Value Index was $225,420.

Photo of ocotillos and Church courtesy of Ken Bosma

Green Valley, Arizona. This collection of communities in extreme southern Arizona is a perennially popular place to retire. It has a moderate winter climate, although periods of hard freeze can occur. Because of its size the range of its activities and the range of people to meet is very extensive. The non-profit Green Valley Recreation is quite extraordinary, operating 13 different recreation centers with golf courses, swimming pools, fitness centers, etc. It also provides many opportunities for the arts and entertainment. The Zillow Home Value Index was $195,200 in early 2020.

Del Webb North Myrtle Beach, SC. Low-maintenance homes and convenient coastal living are the watchwords for this new community less than a mile from the beach. Amenities will include a 12,000 square-foot clubhouse which will be the central gathering place, sports courts, bocce, pickleball, a zero-entry resort-style pool, and a Lifestyle Director.

Lost Lakes, Cocoa, FL. Affordable retirement living is to be found in this resident owned community that is in a rural area, but still close to shops, medical and other activities. Amenities include clubhouse, tennis, pool, and many clubs and activities. Homes under $50,000.

Riverside Golf Club and Marina, Ruskin, FL. Step out of your front door to an 18-hole championship golf course. Picture your boat docked on a lovely stretch of the Little Manatee River, with direct access to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. At Riverside Club, you can indulge with two clubhouses, a waterfront restaurant overlooking scenic Hayes Bayou, tennis courts, and an on-site Lifestyle and Activities Director.

Sun City Center, Sun City, FL. The active adults who live here enjoy 8 golf courses, tennis, pickleball, softball, lawn bowling, swimming, fitness exercises, dozens of crafts, cards, dancing and a chance to read and study at the library. There are 250 clubs to join, heated indoor pool, clubhouse, and golf carts are legal!

Cody, Wyoming. With a population of just under 10,000, it has a decidedly small-town feel in the scenic northwest corner of the state. It’s a relatively popular tourist area, especially for those passing through to Yellowstone National Park 50 miles away. As far as the residents go, this is the home of ranchers and cowboys. Two celebrities you have heard of, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, have moved here to become the town’s most famous residents of the modern era. Zillow puts the 2020 Home Value Index at $309,000.

Punta Gorda, Florida. Yes, this town is not anywhere near California. But it is warm and on the coast. Real estate is quite a bargain in this town that is making great strides. The Zillow Home Value Index was $245,133 in early 2020 and Zillow referred to it as a “Hot” market at this time. It is much less crowded than nearby Fort Myers or Naples.

Grand Junction, Colorado. Located in the west central part of the State near Utah, comes up near the top of many people’s “best places to retire”. For one thing, this fast-growing town perched on the border with Utah has a relatively low cost of living. It is also a college town (Colorado Mesa University has over 10,000 students on campus here). Natural beauty and recreation is abundant with the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado National Monument. Home prices are much more reasonable here than in the Denver or Boulder area – Zillow puts the Home Value Index at $265,000.

Reno, Nevada. This area borders Lake Tahoe and so offers some of the California experience at a much better price. There are 18 ski areas within 2 hours. Reno is near 3 major bodies of water – Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River, and Pyramid Lake. Nevada has no state income tax. During the third quarter of 2019, the median home sale price was $401,100 according to the NAR.

Near Heber City

Heber City, Utah. Many a Californian has decided to retire to Utah, which offers outstanding mountains and a youthful atmosphere. Heber City is in a fast growing area near Park City, but is a bit more affordable, depending on where you choose to live. You can live in a fancy active development or in the town. Zillow pegs the Home Value Index at $455,000.

For further reading:


I Would Love to Retire in California, But It’s Too Expensive: Where Else?

March 4, 2020 — California has sunny skies, a Mediterranean climate… and super-high housing prices and unending traffic. The Zillow Home Value Index was $561,000 in early 2020. A pleasant victim of its own success, it is a bit like Yogi Berra was alleged to have said, “It’s so crowded, no one goes there anymore”.

For those looking for the California experience, but don’t want to either have to pay for it or fight its crowds, this article will explore some places to retire that might be good alternatives. The good news is, there are plenty of great places that are much more affordable. Most are not near a coast, but many have lakes and/or mountains to enjoy.

Flatiron Mountain: Photo by Molly Brady

Tucson, Arizona. Warm in winter, blessed with sunshine almost 300 days per year, Tucson is surrounded by beautiful desert mountains. At 233 performing arts dates per year, it also has one of the nation’s highest number of arts performances. It retains a distinctive relaxed, western flavor (Tombstone is nearby). The Zillow Home Value Index was $212,648 in 2020.

Las Cruces, New Mexico. The second largest city in New Mexico, Las Cruces is in the southern part of the state. It has been listed as a “Best Place to Retire” by several organizations for many reasons low cost of living, active cultural life with its major university, and unusually beautiful location. New Mexico State is here. The Zillow Home Value Index was $173,667 in early 2020.

Ocean Shores, Washington. This small coastal community was built on the site of a former cattle ranch. Popular with tourists and retirees, it includes marinas, shops, hotels and a golf course. Pat Boone used to host his famous Celebrity Golf Tournaments here. Residents enjoy the beach, bird watch, fish, and attend the many outdoor activities and festivals that Ocean Shores has to offer. The Zillow Home Value Index was $225,420.

Photo of ocotillos and Church courtesy of Ken Bosma

Green Valley, Arizona. This collection of communities in extreme southern Arizona is a perennially popular place to retire. It has a moderate winter climate, although periods of hard freeze can occur. Because of its size the range of its activities and the range of people to meet is very extensive. The non-profit Green Valley Recreation is quite extraordinary, operating 13 different recreation centers with golf courses, swimming pools, fitness centers, etc. It also provides many opportunities for the arts and entertainment. The Zillow Home Value Index was $195,200 in early 2020.

Del Webb North Myrtle Beach, SC. Low-maintenance homes and convenient coastal living are the watchwords for this new community less than a mile from the beach. Amenities will include a 12,000 square-foot clubhouse which will be the central gathering place, sports courts, bocce, pickleball, a zero-entry resort-style pool, and a Lifestyle Director.

Lost Lakes, Cocoa, FL. Affordable retirement living is to be found in this resident owned community that is in a rural area, but still close to shops, medical and other activities. Amenities include clubhouse, tennis, pool, and many clubs and activities. Homes under $50,000.

Riverside Golf Club and Marina, Ruskin, FL. Step out of your front door to an 18-hole championship golf course. Picture your boat docked on a lovely stretch of the Little Manatee River, with direct access to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. At Riverside Club, you can indulge with two clubhouses, a waterfront restaurant overlooking scenic Hayes Bayou, tennis courts, and an on-site Lifestyle and Activities Director.

Sun City Center, Sun City, FL. The active adults who live here enjoy 8 golf courses, tennis, pickleball, softball, lawn bowling, swimming, fitness exercises, dozens of crafts, cards, dancing and a chance to read and study at the library. There are 250 clubs to join, heated indoor pool, clubhouse, and golf carts are legal!

Cody, Wyoming. With a population of just under 10,000, it has a decidedly small-town feel in the scenic northwest corner of the state. It’s a relatively popular tourist area, especially for those passing through to Yellowstone National Park 50 miles away. As far as the residents go, this is the home of ranchers and cowboys. Two celebrities you have heard of, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, have moved here to become the town’s most famous residents of the modern era. Zillow puts the 2020 Home Value Index at $309,000.

Punta Gorda, Florida. Yes, this town is not anywhere near California. But it is warm and on the coast. Real estate is quite a bargain in this town that is making great strides. The Zillow Home Value Index was $245,133 in early 2020 and Zillow referred to it as a “Hot” market at this time. It is much less crowded than nearby Fort Myers or Naples.

Grand Junction, Colorado. Located in the west central part of the State near Utah, comes up near the top of many people’s “best places to retire”. For one thing, this fast-growing town perched on the border with Utah has a relatively low cost of living. It is also a college town (Colorado Mesa University has over 10,000 students on campus here). Natural beauty and recreation is abundant with the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado National Monument. Home prices are much more reasonable here than in the Denver or Boulder area – Zillow puts the Home Value Index at $265,000.

Reno, Nevada. This area borders Lake Tahoe and so offers some of the California experience at a much better price. There are 18 ski areas within 2 hours. Reno is near 3 major bodies of water – Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River, and Pyramid Lake. Nevada has no state income tax. During the third quarter of 2019, the median home sale price was $401,100 according to the NAR.

Near Heber City

Heber City, Utah. Many a Californian has decided to retire to Utah, which offers outstanding mountains and a youthful atmosphere. Heber City is in a fast growing area near Park City, but is a bit more affordable, depending on where you choose to live. You can live in a fancy active development or in the town. Zillow pegs the Home Value Index at $455,000.

For further reading:


I Would Love to Retire in California, But It’s Too Expensive: Where Else?

March 4, 2020 — California has sunny skies, a Mediterranean climate… and super-high housing prices and unending traffic. The Zillow Home Value Index was $561,000 in early 2020. A pleasant victim of its own success, it is a bit like Yogi Berra was alleged to have said, “It’s so crowded, no one goes there anymore”.

For those looking for the California experience, but don’t want to either have to pay for it or fight its crowds, this article will explore some places to retire that might be good alternatives. The good news is, there are plenty of great places that are much more affordable. Most are not near a coast, but many have lakes and/or mountains to enjoy.

Flatiron Mountain: Photo by Molly Brady

Tucson, Arizona. Warm in winter, blessed with sunshine almost 300 days per year, Tucson is surrounded by beautiful desert mountains. At 233 performing arts dates per year, it also has one of the nation’s highest number of arts performances. It retains a distinctive relaxed, western flavor (Tombstone is nearby). The Zillow Home Value Index was $212,648 in 2020.

Las Cruces, New Mexico. The second largest city in New Mexico, Las Cruces is in the southern part of the state. It has been listed as a “Best Place to Retire” by several organizations for many reasons low cost of living, active cultural life with its major university, and unusually beautiful location. New Mexico State is here. The Zillow Home Value Index was $173,667 in early 2020.

Ocean Shores, Washington. This small coastal community was built on the site of a former cattle ranch. Popular with tourists and retirees, it includes marinas, shops, hotels and a golf course. Pat Boone used to host his famous Celebrity Golf Tournaments here. Residents enjoy the beach, bird watch, fish, and attend the many outdoor activities and festivals that Ocean Shores has to offer. The Zillow Home Value Index was $225,420.

Photo of ocotillos and Church courtesy of Ken Bosma

Green Valley, Arizona. This collection of communities in extreme southern Arizona is a perennially popular place to retire. It has a moderate winter climate, although periods of hard freeze can occur. Because of its size the range of its activities and the range of people to meet is very extensive. The non-profit Green Valley Recreation is quite extraordinary, operating 13 different recreation centers with golf courses, swimming pools, fitness centers, etc. It also provides many opportunities for the arts and entertainment. The Zillow Home Value Index was $195,200 in early 2020.

Del Webb North Myrtle Beach, SC. Low-maintenance homes and convenient coastal living are the watchwords for this new community less than a mile from the beach. Amenities will include a 12,000 square-foot clubhouse which will be the central gathering place, sports courts, bocce, pickleball, a zero-entry resort-style pool, and a Lifestyle Director.

Lost Lakes, Cocoa, FL. Affordable retirement living is to be found in this resident owned community that is in a rural area, but still close to shops, medical and other activities. Amenities include clubhouse, tennis, pool, and many clubs and activities. Homes under $50,000.

Riverside Golf Club and Marina, Ruskin, FL. Step out of your front door to an 18-hole championship golf course. Picture your boat docked on a lovely stretch of the Little Manatee River, with direct access to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. At Riverside Club, you can indulge with two clubhouses, a waterfront restaurant overlooking scenic Hayes Bayou, tennis courts, and an on-site Lifestyle and Activities Director.

Sun City Center, Sun City, FL. The active adults who live here enjoy 8 golf courses, tennis, pickleball, softball, lawn bowling, swimming, fitness exercises, dozens of crafts, cards, dancing and a chance to read and study at the library. There are 250 clubs to join, heated indoor pool, clubhouse, and golf carts are legal!

Cody, Wyoming. With a population of just under 10,000, it has a decidedly small-town feel in the scenic northwest corner of the state. It’s a relatively popular tourist area, especially for those passing through to Yellowstone National Park 50 miles away. As far as the residents go, this is the home of ranchers and cowboys. Two celebrities you have heard of, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, have moved here to become the town’s most famous residents of the modern era. Zillow puts the 2020 Home Value Index at $309,000.

Punta Gorda, Florida. Yes, this town is not anywhere near California. But it is warm and on the coast. Real estate is quite a bargain in this town that is making great strides. The Zillow Home Value Index was $245,133 in early 2020 and Zillow referred to it as a “Hot” market at this time. It is much less crowded than nearby Fort Myers or Naples.

Grand Junction, Colorado. Located in the west central part of the State near Utah, comes up near the top of many people’s “best places to retire”. For one thing, this fast-growing town perched on the border with Utah has a relatively low cost of living. It is also a college town (Colorado Mesa University has over 10,000 students on campus here). Natural beauty and recreation is abundant with the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado National Monument. Home prices are much more reasonable here than in the Denver or Boulder area – Zillow puts the Home Value Index at $265,000.

Reno, Nevada. This area borders Lake Tahoe and so offers some of the California experience at a much better price. There are 18 ski areas within 2 hours. Reno is near 3 major bodies of water – Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River, and Pyramid Lake. Nevada has no state income tax. During the third quarter of 2019, the median home sale price was $401,100 according to the NAR.

Near Heber City

Heber City, Utah. Many a Californian has decided to retire to Utah, which offers outstanding mountains and a youthful atmosphere. Heber City is in a fast growing area near Park City, but is a bit more affordable, depending on where you choose to live. You can live in a fancy active development or in the town. Zillow pegs the Home Value Index at $455,000.

For further reading:


I Would Love to Retire in California, But It’s Too Expensive: Where Else?

March 4, 2020 — California has sunny skies, a Mediterranean climate… and super-high housing prices and unending traffic. The Zillow Home Value Index was $561,000 in early 2020. A pleasant victim of its own success, it is a bit like Yogi Berra was alleged to have said, “It’s so crowded, no one goes there anymore”.

For those looking for the California experience, but don’t want to either have to pay for it or fight its crowds, this article will explore some places to retire that might be good alternatives. The good news is, there are plenty of great places that are much more affordable. Most are not near a coast, but many have lakes and/or mountains to enjoy.

Flatiron Mountain: Photo by Molly Brady

Tucson, Arizona. Warm in winter, blessed with sunshine almost 300 days per year, Tucson is surrounded by beautiful desert mountains. At 233 performing arts dates per year, it also has one of the nation’s highest number of arts performances. It retains a distinctive relaxed, western flavor (Tombstone is nearby). The Zillow Home Value Index was $212,648 in 2020.

Las Cruces, New Mexico. The second largest city in New Mexico, Las Cruces is in the southern part of the state. It has been listed as a “Best Place to Retire” by several organizations for many reasons low cost of living, active cultural life with its major university, and unusually beautiful location. New Mexico State is here. The Zillow Home Value Index was $173,667 in early 2020.

Ocean Shores, Washington. This small coastal community was built on the site of a former cattle ranch. Popular with tourists and retirees, it includes marinas, shops, hotels and a golf course. Pat Boone used to host his famous Celebrity Golf Tournaments here. Residents enjoy the beach, bird watch, fish, and attend the many outdoor activities and festivals that Ocean Shores has to offer. The Zillow Home Value Index was $225,420.

Photo of ocotillos and Church courtesy of Ken Bosma

Green Valley, Arizona. This collection of communities in extreme southern Arizona is a perennially popular place to retire. It has a moderate winter climate, although periods of hard freeze can occur. Because of its size the range of its activities and the range of people to meet is very extensive. The non-profit Green Valley Recreation is quite extraordinary, operating 13 different recreation centers with golf courses, swimming pools, fitness centers, etc. It also provides many opportunities for the arts and entertainment. The Zillow Home Value Index was $195,200 in early 2020.

Del Webb North Myrtle Beach, SC. Low-maintenance homes and convenient coastal living are the watchwords for this new community less than a mile from the beach. Amenities will include a 12,000 square-foot clubhouse which will be the central gathering place, sports courts, bocce, pickleball, a zero-entry resort-style pool, and a Lifestyle Director.

Lost Lakes, Cocoa, FL. Affordable retirement living is to be found in this resident owned community that is in a rural area, but still close to shops, medical and other activities. Amenities include clubhouse, tennis, pool, and many clubs and activities. Homes under $50,000.

Riverside Golf Club and Marina, Ruskin, FL. Step out of your front door to an 18-hole championship golf course. Picture your boat docked on a lovely stretch of the Little Manatee River, with direct access to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. At Riverside Club, you can indulge with two clubhouses, a waterfront restaurant overlooking scenic Hayes Bayou, tennis courts, and an on-site Lifestyle and Activities Director.

Sun City Center, Sun City, FL. The active adults who live here enjoy 8 golf courses, tennis, pickleball, softball, lawn bowling, swimming, fitness exercises, dozens of crafts, cards, dancing and a chance to read and study at the library. There are 250 clubs to join, heated indoor pool, clubhouse, and golf carts are legal!

Cody, Wyoming. With a population of just under 10,000, it has a decidedly small-town feel in the scenic northwest corner of the state. It’s a relatively popular tourist area, especially for those passing through to Yellowstone National Park 50 miles away. As far as the residents go, this is the home of ranchers and cowboys. Two celebrities you have heard of, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, have moved here to become the town’s most famous residents of the modern era. Zillow puts the 2020 Home Value Index at $309,000.

Punta Gorda, Florida. Yes, this town is not anywhere near California. But it is warm and on the coast. Real estate is quite a bargain in this town that is making great strides. The Zillow Home Value Index was $245,133 in early 2020 and Zillow referred to it as a “Hot” market at this time. It is much less crowded than nearby Fort Myers or Naples.

Grand Junction, Colorado. Located in the west central part of the State near Utah, comes up near the top of many people’s “best places to retire”. For one thing, this fast-growing town perched on the border with Utah has a relatively low cost of living. It is also a college town (Colorado Mesa University has over 10,000 students on campus here). Natural beauty and recreation is abundant with the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado National Monument. Home prices are much more reasonable here than in the Denver or Boulder area – Zillow puts the Home Value Index at $265,000.

Reno, Nevada. This area borders Lake Tahoe and so offers some of the California experience at a much better price. There are 18 ski areas within 2 hours. Reno is near 3 major bodies of water – Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River, and Pyramid Lake. Nevada has no state income tax. During the third quarter of 2019, the median home sale price was $401,100 according to the NAR.

Near Heber City

Heber City, Utah. Many a Californian has decided to retire to Utah, which offers outstanding mountains and a youthful atmosphere. Heber City is in a fast growing area near Park City, but is a bit more affordable, depending on where you choose to live. You can live in a fancy active development or in the town. Zillow pegs the Home Value Index at $455,000.

For further reading:


I Would Love to Retire in California, But It’s Too Expensive: Where Else?

March 4, 2020 — California has sunny skies, a Mediterranean climate… and super-high housing prices and unending traffic. The Zillow Home Value Index was $561,000 in early 2020. A pleasant victim of its own success, it is a bit like Yogi Berra was alleged to have said, “It’s so crowded, no one goes there anymore”.

For those looking for the California experience, but don’t want to either have to pay for it or fight its crowds, this article will explore some places to retire that might be good alternatives. The good news is, there are plenty of great places that are much more affordable. Most are not near a coast, but many have lakes and/or mountains to enjoy.

Flatiron Mountain: Photo by Molly Brady

Tucson, Arizona. Warm in winter, blessed with sunshine almost 300 days per year, Tucson is surrounded by beautiful desert mountains. At 233 performing arts dates per year, it also has one of the nation’s highest number of arts performances. It retains a distinctive relaxed, western flavor (Tombstone is nearby). The Zillow Home Value Index was $212,648 in 2020.

Las Cruces, New Mexico. The second largest city in New Mexico, Las Cruces is in the southern part of the state. It has been listed as a “Best Place to Retire” by several organizations for many reasons low cost of living, active cultural life with its major university, and unusually beautiful location. New Mexico State is here. The Zillow Home Value Index was $173,667 in early 2020.

Ocean Shores, Washington. This small coastal community was built on the site of a former cattle ranch. Popular with tourists and retirees, it includes marinas, shops, hotels and a golf course. Pat Boone used to host his famous Celebrity Golf Tournaments here. Residents enjoy the beach, bird watch, fish, and attend the many outdoor activities and festivals that Ocean Shores has to offer. The Zillow Home Value Index was $225,420.

Photo of ocotillos and Church courtesy of Ken Bosma

Green Valley, Arizona. This collection of communities in extreme southern Arizona is a perennially popular place to retire. It has a moderate winter climate, although periods of hard freeze can occur. Because of its size the range of its activities and the range of people to meet is very extensive. The non-profit Green Valley Recreation is quite extraordinary, operating 13 different recreation centers with golf courses, swimming pools, fitness centers, etc. It also provides many opportunities for the arts and entertainment. The Zillow Home Value Index was $195,200 in early 2020.

Del Webb North Myrtle Beach, SC. Low-maintenance homes and convenient coastal living are the watchwords for this new community less than a mile from the beach. Amenities will include a 12,000 square-foot clubhouse which will be the central gathering place, sports courts, bocce, pickleball, a zero-entry resort-style pool, and a Lifestyle Director.

Lost Lakes, Cocoa, FL. Affordable retirement living is to be found in this resident owned community that is in a rural area, but still close to shops, medical and other activities. Amenities include clubhouse, tennis, pool, and many clubs and activities. Homes under $50,000.

Riverside Golf Club and Marina, Ruskin, FL. Step out of your front door to an 18-hole championship golf course. Picture your boat docked on a lovely stretch of the Little Manatee River, with direct access to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. At Riverside Club, you can indulge with two clubhouses, a waterfront restaurant overlooking scenic Hayes Bayou, tennis courts, and an on-site Lifestyle and Activities Director.

Sun City Center, Sun City, FL. The active adults who live here enjoy 8 golf courses, tennis, pickleball, softball, lawn bowling, swimming, fitness exercises, dozens of crafts, cards, dancing and a chance to read and study at the library. There are 250 clubs to join, heated indoor pool, clubhouse, and golf carts are legal!

Cody, Wyoming. With a population of just under 10,000, it has a decidedly small-town feel in the scenic northwest corner of the state. It’s a relatively popular tourist area, especially for those passing through to Yellowstone National Park 50 miles away. As far as the residents go, this is the home of ranchers and cowboys. Two celebrities you have heard of, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, have moved here to become the town’s most famous residents of the modern era. Zillow puts the 2020 Home Value Index at $309,000.

Punta Gorda, Florida. Yes, this town is not anywhere near California. But it is warm and on the coast. Real estate is quite a bargain in this town that is making great strides. The Zillow Home Value Index was $245,133 in early 2020 and Zillow referred to it as a “Hot” market at this time. It is much less crowded than nearby Fort Myers or Naples.

Grand Junction, Colorado. Located in the west central part of the State near Utah, comes up near the top of many people’s “best places to retire”. For one thing, this fast-growing town perched on the border with Utah has a relatively low cost of living. It is also a college town (Colorado Mesa University has over 10,000 students on campus here). Natural beauty and recreation is abundant with the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado National Monument. Home prices are much more reasonable here than in the Denver or Boulder area – Zillow puts the Home Value Index at $265,000.

Reno, Nevada. This area borders Lake Tahoe and so offers some of the California experience at a much better price. There are 18 ski areas within 2 hours. Reno is near 3 major bodies of water – Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River, and Pyramid Lake. Nevada has no state income tax. During the third quarter of 2019, the median home sale price was $401,100 according to the NAR.

Near Heber City

Heber City, Utah. Many a Californian has decided to retire to Utah, which offers outstanding mountains and a youthful atmosphere. Heber City is in a fast growing area near Park City, but is a bit more affordable, depending on where you choose to live. You can live in a fancy active development or in the town. Zillow pegs the Home Value Index at $455,000.

For further reading:


I Would Love to Retire in California, But It’s Too Expensive: Where Else?

March 4, 2020 — California has sunny skies, a Mediterranean climate… and super-high housing prices and unending traffic. The Zillow Home Value Index was $561,000 in early 2020. A pleasant victim of its own success, it is a bit like Yogi Berra was alleged to have said, “It’s so crowded, no one goes there anymore”.

For those looking for the California experience, but don’t want to either have to pay for it or fight its crowds, this article will explore some places to retire that might be good alternatives. The good news is, there are plenty of great places that are much more affordable. Most are not near a coast, but many have lakes and/or mountains to enjoy.

Flatiron Mountain: Photo by Molly Brady

Tucson, Arizona. Warm in winter, blessed with sunshine almost 300 days per year, Tucson is surrounded by beautiful desert mountains. At 233 performing arts dates per year, it also has one of the nation’s highest number of arts performances. It retains a distinctive relaxed, western flavor (Tombstone is nearby). The Zillow Home Value Index was $212,648 in 2020.

Las Cruces, New Mexico. The second largest city in New Mexico, Las Cruces is in the southern part of the state. It has been listed as a “Best Place to Retire” by several organizations for many reasons low cost of living, active cultural life with its major university, and unusually beautiful location. New Mexico State is here. The Zillow Home Value Index was $173,667 in early 2020.

Ocean Shores, Washington. This small coastal community was built on the site of a former cattle ranch. Popular with tourists and retirees, it includes marinas, shops, hotels and a golf course. Pat Boone used to host his famous Celebrity Golf Tournaments here. Residents enjoy the beach, bird watch, fish, and attend the many outdoor activities and festivals that Ocean Shores has to offer. The Zillow Home Value Index was $225,420.

Photo of ocotillos and Church courtesy of Ken Bosma

Green Valley, Arizona. This collection of communities in extreme southern Arizona is a perennially popular place to retire. It has a moderate winter climate, although periods of hard freeze can occur. Because of its size the range of its activities and the range of people to meet is very extensive. The non-profit Green Valley Recreation is quite extraordinary, operating 13 different recreation centers with golf courses, swimming pools, fitness centers, etc. It also provides many opportunities for the arts and entertainment. The Zillow Home Value Index was $195,200 in early 2020.

Del Webb North Myrtle Beach, SC. Low-maintenance homes and convenient coastal living are the watchwords for this new community less than a mile from the beach. Amenities will include a 12,000 square-foot clubhouse which will be the central gathering place, sports courts, bocce, pickleball, a zero-entry resort-style pool, and a Lifestyle Director.

Lost Lakes, Cocoa, FL. Affordable retirement living is to be found in this resident owned community that is in a rural area, but still close to shops, medical and other activities. Amenities include clubhouse, tennis, pool, and many clubs and activities. Homes under $50,000.

Riverside Golf Club and Marina, Ruskin, FL. Step out of your front door to an 18-hole championship golf course. Picture your boat docked on a lovely stretch of the Little Manatee River, with direct access to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. At Riverside Club, you can indulge with two clubhouses, a waterfront restaurant overlooking scenic Hayes Bayou, tennis courts, and an on-site Lifestyle and Activities Director.

Sun City Center, Sun City, FL. The active adults who live here enjoy 8 golf courses, tennis, pickleball, softball, lawn bowling, swimming, fitness exercises, dozens of crafts, cards, dancing and a chance to read and study at the library. There are 250 clubs to join, heated indoor pool, clubhouse, and golf carts are legal!

Cody, Wyoming. With a population of just under 10,000, it has a decidedly small-town feel in the scenic northwest corner of the state. It’s a relatively popular tourist area, especially for those passing through to Yellowstone National Park 50 miles away. As far as the residents go, this is the home of ranchers and cowboys. Two celebrities you have heard of, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, have moved here to become the town’s most famous residents of the modern era. Zillow puts the 2020 Home Value Index at $309,000.

Punta Gorda, Florida. Yes, this town is not anywhere near California. But it is warm and on the coast. Real estate is quite a bargain in this town that is making great strides. The Zillow Home Value Index was $245,133 in early 2020 and Zillow referred to it as a “Hot” market at this time. It is much less crowded than nearby Fort Myers or Naples.

Grand Junction, Colorado. Located in the west central part of the State near Utah, comes up near the top of many people’s “best places to retire”. For one thing, this fast-growing town perched on the border with Utah has a relatively low cost of living. It is also a college town (Colorado Mesa University has over 10,000 students on campus here). Natural beauty and recreation is abundant with the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado National Monument. Home prices are much more reasonable here than in the Denver or Boulder area – Zillow puts the Home Value Index at $265,000.

Reno, Nevada. This area borders Lake Tahoe and so offers some of the California experience at a much better price. There are 18 ski areas within 2 hours. Reno is near 3 major bodies of water – Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River, and Pyramid Lake. Nevada has no state income tax. During the third quarter of 2019, the median home sale price was $401,100 according to the NAR.

Near Heber City

Heber City, Utah. Many a Californian has decided to retire to Utah, which offers outstanding mountains and a youthful atmosphere. Heber City is in a fast growing area near Park City, but is a bit more affordable, depending on where you choose to live. You can live in a fancy active development or in the town. Zillow pegs the Home Value Index at $455,000.

For further reading:


I Would Love to Retire in California, But It’s Too Expensive: Where Else?

March 4, 2020 — California has sunny skies, a Mediterranean climate… and super-high housing prices and unending traffic. The Zillow Home Value Index was $561,000 in early 2020. A pleasant victim of its own success, it is a bit like Yogi Berra was alleged to have said, “It’s so crowded, no one goes there anymore”.

For those looking for the California experience, but don’t want to either have to pay for it or fight its crowds, this article will explore some places to retire that might be good alternatives. The good news is, there are plenty of great places that are much more affordable. Most are not near a coast, but many have lakes and/or mountains to enjoy.

Flatiron Mountain: Photo by Molly Brady

Tucson, Arizona. Warm in winter, blessed with sunshine almost 300 days per year, Tucson is surrounded by beautiful desert mountains. At 233 performing arts dates per year, it also has one of the nation’s highest number of arts performances. It retains a distinctive relaxed, western flavor (Tombstone is nearby). The Zillow Home Value Index was $212,648 in 2020.

Las Cruces, New Mexico. The second largest city in New Mexico, Las Cruces is in the southern part of the state. It has been listed as a “Best Place to Retire” by several organizations for many reasons low cost of living, active cultural life with its major university, and unusually beautiful location. New Mexico State is here. The Zillow Home Value Index was $173,667 in early 2020.

Ocean Shores, Washington. This small coastal community was built on the site of a former cattle ranch. Popular with tourists and retirees, it includes marinas, shops, hotels and a golf course. Pat Boone used to host his famous Celebrity Golf Tournaments here. Residents enjoy the beach, bird watch, fish, and attend the many outdoor activities and festivals that Ocean Shores has to offer. The Zillow Home Value Index was $225,420.

Photo of ocotillos and Church courtesy of Ken Bosma

Green Valley, Arizona. This collection of communities in extreme southern Arizona is a perennially popular place to retire. It has a moderate winter climate, although periods of hard freeze can occur. Because of its size the range of its activities and the range of people to meet is very extensive. The non-profit Green Valley Recreation is quite extraordinary, operating 13 different recreation centers with golf courses, swimming pools, fitness centers, etc. It also provides many opportunities for the arts and entertainment. The Zillow Home Value Index was $195,200 in early 2020.

Del Webb North Myrtle Beach, SC. Low-maintenance homes and convenient coastal living are the watchwords for this new community less than a mile from the beach. Amenities will include a 12,000 square-foot clubhouse which will be the central gathering place, sports courts, bocce, pickleball, a zero-entry resort-style pool, and a Lifestyle Director.

Lost Lakes, Cocoa, FL. Affordable retirement living is to be found in this resident owned community that is in a rural area, but still close to shops, medical and other activities. Amenities include clubhouse, tennis, pool, and many clubs and activities. Homes under $50,000.

Riverside Golf Club and Marina, Ruskin, FL. Step out of your front door to an 18-hole championship golf course. Picture your boat docked on a lovely stretch of the Little Manatee River, with direct access to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. At Riverside Club, you can indulge with two clubhouses, a waterfront restaurant overlooking scenic Hayes Bayou, tennis courts, and an on-site Lifestyle and Activities Director.

Sun City Center, Sun City, FL. The active adults who live here enjoy 8 golf courses, tennis, pickleball, softball, lawn bowling, swimming, fitness exercises, dozens of crafts, cards, dancing and a chance to read and study at the library. There are 250 clubs to join, heated indoor pool, clubhouse, and golf carts are legal!

Cody, Wyoming. With a population of just under 10,000, it has a decidedly small-town feel in the scenic northwest corner of the state. It’s a relatively popular tourist area, especially for those passing through to Yellowstone National Park 50 miles away. As far as the residents go, this is the home of ranchers and cowboys. Two celebrities you have heard of, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, have moved here to become the town’s most famous residents of the modern era. Zillow puts the 2020 Home Value Index at $309,000.

Punta Gorda, Florida. Yes, this town is not anywhere near California. But it is warm and on the coast. Real estate is quite a bargain in this town that is making great strides. The Zillow Home Value Index was $245,133 in early 2020 and Zillow referred to it as a “Hot” market at this time. It is much less crowded than nearby Fort Myers or Naples.

Grand Junction, Colorado. Located in the west central part of the State near Utah, comes up near the top of many people’s “best places to retire”. For one thing, this fast-growing town perched on the border with Utah has a relatively low cost of living. It is also a college town (Colorado Mesa University has over 10,000 students on campus here). Natural beauty and recreation is abundant with the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado National Monument. Home prices are much more reasonable here than in the Denver or Boulder area – Zillow puts the Home Value Index at $265,000.

Reno, Nevada. This area borders Lake Tahoe and so offers some of the California experience at a much better price. There are 18 ski areas within 2 hours. Reno is near 3 major bodies of water – Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River, and Pyramid Lake. Nevada has no state income tax. During the third quarter of 2019, the median home sale price was $401,100 according to the NAR.

Near Heber City

Heber City, Utah. Many a Californian has decided to retire to Utah, which offers outstanding mountains and a youthful atmosphere. Heber City is in a fast growing area near Park City, but is a bit more affordable, depending on where you choose to live. You can live in a fancy active development or in the town. Zillow pegs the Home Value Index at $455,000.

For further reading:


I Would Love to Retire in California, But It’s Too Expensive: Where Else?

March 4, 2020 — California has sunny skies, a Mediterranean climate… and super-high housing prices and unending traffic. The Zillow Home Value Index was $561,000 in early 2020. A pleasant victim of its own success, it is a bit like Yogi Berra was alleged to have said, “It’s so crowded, no one goes there anymore”.

For those looking for the California experience, but don’t want to either have to pay for it or fight its crowds, this article will explore some places to retire that might be good alternatives. The good news is, there are plenty of great places that are much more affordable. Most are not near a coast, but many have lakes and/or mountains to enjoy.

Flatiron Mountain: Photo by Molly Brady

Tucson, Arizona. Warm in winter, blessed with sunshine almost 300 days per year, Tucson is surrounded by beautiful desert mountains. At 233 performing arts dates per year, it also has one of the nation’s highest number of arts performances. It retains a distinctive relaxed, western flavor (Tombstone is nearby). The Zillow Home Value Index was $212,648 in 2020.

Las Cruces, New Mexico. The second largest city in New Mexico, Las Cruces is in the southern part of the state. It has been listed as a “Best Place to Retire” by several organizations for many reasons low cost of living, active cultural life with its major university, and unusually beautiful location. New Mexico State is here. The Zillow Home Value Index was $173,667 in early 2020.

Ocean Shores, Washington. This small coastal community was built on the site of a former cattle ranch. Popular with tourists and retirees, it includes marinas, shops, hotels and a golf course. Pat Boone used to host his famous Celebrity Golf Tournaments here. Residents enjoy the beach, bird watch, fish, and attend the many outdoor activities and festivals that Ocean Shores has to offer. The Zillow Home Value Index was $225,420.

Photo of ocotillos and Church courtesy of Ken Bosma

Green Valley, Arizona. This collection of communities in extreme southern Arizona is a perennially popular place to retire. It has a moderate winter climate, although periods of hard freeze can occur. Because of its size the range of its activities and the range of people to meet is very extensive. The non-profit Green Valley Recreation is quite extraordinary, operating 13 different recreation centers with golf courses, swimming pools, fitness centers, etc. It also provides many opportunities for the arts and entertainment. The Zillow Home Value Index was $195,200 in early 2020.

Del Webb North Myrtle Beach, SC. Low-maintenance homes and convenient coastal living are the watchwords for this new community less than a mile from the beach. Amenities will include a 12,000 square-foot clubhouse which will be the central gathering place, sports courts, bocce, pickleball, a zero-entry resort-style pool, and a Lifestyle Director.

Lost Lakes, Cocoa, FL. Affordable retirement living is to be found in this resident owned community that is in a rural area, but still close to shops, medical and other activities. Amenities include clubhouse, tennis, pool, and many clubs and activities. Homes under $50,000.

Riverside Golf Club and Marina, Ruskin, FL. Step out of your front door to an 18-hole championship golf course. Picture your boat docked on a lovely stretch of the Little Manatee River, with direct access to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. At Riverside Club, you can indulge with two clubhouses, a waterfront restaurant overlooking scenic Hayes Bayou, tennis courts, and an on-site Lifestyle and Activities Director.

Sun City Center, Sun City, FL. The active adults who live here enjoy 8 golf courses, tennis, pickleball, softball, lawn bowling, swimming, fitness exercises, dozens of crafts, cards, dancing and a chance to read and study at the library. There are 250 clubs to join, heated indoor pool, clubhouse, and golf carts are legal!

Cody, Wyoming. With a population of just under 10,000, it has a decidedly small-town feel in the scenic northwest corner of the state. It’s a relatively popular tourist area, especially for those passing through to Yellowstone National Park 50 miles away. As far as the residents go, this is the home of ranchers and cowboys. Two celebrities you have heard of, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, have moved here to become the town’s most famous residents of the modern era. Zillow puts the 2020 Home Value Index at $309,000.

Punta Gorda, Florida. Yes, this town is not anywhere near California. But it is warm and on the coast. Real estate is quite a bargain in this town that is making great strides. The Zillow Home Value Index was $245,133 in early 2020 and Zillow referred to it as a “Hot” market at this time. It is much less crowded than nearby Fort Myers or Naples.

Grand Junction, Colorado. Located in the west central part of the State near Utah, comes up near the top of many people’s “best places to retire”. For one thing, this fast-growing town perched on the border with Utah has a relatively low cost of living. It is also a college town (Colorado Mesa University has over 10,000 students on campus here). Natural beauty and recreation is abundant with the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado National Monument. Home prices are much more reasonable here than in the Denver or Boulder area – Zillow puts the Home Value Index at $265,000.

Reno, Nevada. This area borders Lake Tahoe and so offers some of the California experience at a much better price. There are 18 ski areas within 2 hours. Reno is near 3 major bodies of water – Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River, and Pyramid Lake. Nevada has no state income tax. During the third quarter of 2019, the median home sale price was $401,100 according to the NAR.

Near Heber City

Heber City, Utah. Many a Californian has decided to retire to Utah, which offers outstanding mountains and a youthful atmosphere. Heber City is in a fast growing area near Park City, but is a bit more affordable, depending on where you choose to live. You can live in a fancy active development or in the town. Zillow pegs the Home Value Index at $455,000.

For further reading:


I Would Love to Retire in California, But It’s Too Expensive: Where Else?

March 4, 2020 — California has sunny skies, a Mediterranean climate… and super-high housing prices and unending traffic. The Zillow Home Value Index was $561,000 in early 2020. A pleasant victim of its own success, it is a bit like Yogi Berra was alleged to have said, “It’s so crowded, no one goes there anymore”.

For those looking for the California experience, but don’t want to either have to pay for it or fight its crowds, this article will explore some places to retire that might be good alternatives. The good news is, there are plenty of great places that are much more affordable. Most are not near a coast, but many have lakes and/or mountains to enjoy.

Flatiron Mountain: Photo by Molly Brady

Tucson, Arizona. Warm in winter, blessed with sunshine almost 300 days per year, Tucson is surrounded by beautiful desert mountains. At 233 performing arts dates per year, it also has one of the nation’s highest number of arts performances. It retains a distinctive relaxed, western flavor (Tombstone is nearby). The Zillow Home Value Index was $212,648 in 2020.

Las Cruces, New Mexico. The second largest city in New Mexico, Las Cruces is in the southern part of the state. It has been listed as a “Best Place to Retire” by several organizations for many reasons low cost of living, active cultural life with its major university, and unusually beautiful location. New Mexico State is here. The Zillow Home Value Index was $173,667 in early 2020.

Ocean Shores, Washington. This small coastal community was built on the site of a former cattle ranch. Popular with tourists and retirees, it includes marinas, shops, hotels and a golf course. Pat Boone used to host his famous Celebrity Golf Tournaments here. Residents enjoy the beach, bird watch, fish, and attend the many outdoor activities and festivals that Ocean Shores has to offer. The Zillow Home Value Index was $225,420.

Photo of ocotillos and Church courtesy of Ken Bosma

Green Valley, Arizona. This collection of communities in extreme southern Arizona is a perennially popular place to retire. It has a moderate winter climate, although periods of hard freeze can occur. Because of its size the range of its activities and the range of people to meet is very extensive. The non-profit Green Valley Recreation is quite extraordinary, operating 13 different recreation centers with golf courses, swimming pools, fitness centers, etc. It also provides many opportunities for the arts and entertainment. The Zillow Home Value Index was $195,200 in early 2020.

Del Webb North Myrtle Beach, SC. Low-maintenance homes and convenient coastal living are the watchwords for this new community less than a mile from the beach. Amenities will include a 12,000 square-foot clubhouse which will be the central gathering place, sports courts, bocce, pickleball, a zero-entry resort-style pool, and a Lifestyle Director.

Lost Lakes, Cocoa, FL. Affordable retirement living is to be found in this resident owned community that is in a rural area, but still close to shops, medical and other activities. Amenities include clubhouse, tennis, pool, and many clubs and activities. Homes under $50,000.

Riverside Golf Club and Marina, Ruskin, FL. Step out of your front door to an 18-hole championship golf course. Picture your boat docked on a lovely stretch of the Little Manatee River, with direct access to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. At Riverside Club, you can indulge with two clubhouses, a waterfront restaurant overlooking scenic Hayes Bayou, tennis courts, and an on-site Lifestyle and Activities Director.

Sun City Center, Sun City, FL. The active adults who live here enjoy 8 golf courses, tennis, pickleball, softball, lawn bowling, swimming, fitness exercises, dozens of crafts, cards, dancing and a chance to read and study at the library. There are 250 clubs to join, heated indoor pool, clubhouse, and golf carts are legal!

Cody, Wyoming. With a population of just under 10,000, it has a decidedly small-town feel in the scenic northwest corner of the state. It’s a relatively popular tourist area, especially for those passing through to Yellowstone National Park 50 miles away. As far as the residents go, this is the home of ranchers and cowboys. Two celebrities you have heard of, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, have moved here to become the town’s most famous residents of the modern era. Zillow puts the 2020 Home Value Index at $309,000.

Punta Gorda, Florida. Yes, this town is not anywhere near California. But it is warm and on the coast. Real estate is quite a bargain in this town that is making great strides. The Zillow Home Value Index was $245,133 in early 2020 and Zillow referred to it as a “Hot” market at this time. It is much less crowded than nearby Fort Myers or Naples.

Grand Junction, Colorado. Located in the west central part of the State near Utah, comes up near the top of many people’s “best places to retire”. For one thing, this fast-growing town perched on the border with Utah has a relatively low cost of living. It is also a college town (Colorado Mesa University has over 10,000 students on campus here). Natural beauty and recreation is abundant with the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado National Monument. Home prices are much more reasonable here than in the Denver or Boulder area – Zillow puts the Home Value Index at $265,000.

Reno, Nevada. This area borders Lake Tahoe and so offers some of the California experience at a much better price. There are 18 ski areas within 2 hours. Reno is near 3 major bodies of water – Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River, and Pyramid Lake. Nevada has no state income tax. During the third quarter of 2019, the median home sale price was $401,100 according to the NAR.

Near Heber City

Heber City, Utah. Many a Californian has decided to retire to Utah, which offers outstanding mountains and a youthful atmosphere. Heber City is in a fast growing area near Park City, but is a bit more affordable, depending on where you choose to live. You can live in a fancy active development or in the town. Zillow pegs the Home Value Index at $455,000.

For further reading:


I Would Love to Retire in California, But It’s Too Expensive: Where Else?

March 4, 2020 — California has sunny skies, a Mediterranean climate… and super-high housing prices and unending traffic. The Zillow Home Value Index was $561,000 in early 2020. A pleasant victim of its own success, it is a bit like Yogi Berra was alleged to have said, “It’s so crowded, no one goes there anymore”.

For those looking for the California experience, but don’t want to either have to pay for it or fight its crowds, this article will explore some places to retire that might be good alternatives. The good news is, there are plenty of great places that are much more affordable. Most are not near a coast, but many have lakes and/or mountains to enjoy.

Flatiron Mountain: Photo by Molly Brady

Tucson, Arizona. Warm in winter, blessed with sunshine almost 300 days per year, Tucson is surrounded by beautiful desert mountains. At 233 performing arts dates per year, it also has one of the nation’s highest number of arts performances. It retains a distinctive relaxed, western flavor (Tombstone is nearby). The Zillow Home Value Index was $212,648 in 2020.

Las Cruces, New Mexico. The second largest city in New Mexico, Las Cruces is in the southern part of the state. It has been listed as a “Best Place to Retire” by several organizations for many reasons low cost of living, active cultural life with its major university, and unusually beautiful location. New Mexico State is here. The Zillow Home Value Index was $173,667 in early 2020.

Ocean Shores, Washington. This small coastal community was built on the site of a former cattle ranch. Popular with tourists and retirees, it includes marinas, shops, hotels and a golf course. Pat Boone used to host his famous Celebrity Golf Tournaments here. Residents enjoy the beach, bird watch, fish, and attend the many outdoor activities and festivals that Ocean Shores has to offer. The Zillow Home Value Index was $225,420.

Photo of ocotillos and Church courtesy of Ken Bosma

Green Valley, Arizona. This collection of communities in extreme southern Arizona is a perennially popular place to retire. It has a moderate winter climate, although periods of hard freeze can occur. Because of its size the range of its activities and the range of people to meet is very extensive. The non-profit Green Valley Recreation is quite extraordinary, operating 13 different recreation centers with golf courses, swimming pools, fitness centers, etc. It also provides many opportunities for the arts and entertainment. The Zillow Home Value Index was $195,200 in early 2020.

Del Webb North Myrtle Beach, SC. Low-maintenance homes and convenient coastal living are the watchwords for this new community less than a mile from the beach. Amenities will include a 12,000 square-foot clubhouse which will be the central gathering place, sports courts, bocce, pickleball, a zero-entry resort-style pool, and a Lifestyle Director.

Lost Lakes, Cocoa, FL. Affordable retirement living is to be found in this resident owned community that is in a rural area, but still close to shops, medical and other activities. Amenities include clubhouse, tennis, pool, and many clubs and activities. Homes under $50,000.

Riverside Golf Club and Marina, Ruskin, FL. Step out of your front door to an 18-hole championship golf course. Picture your boat docked on a lovely stretch of the Little Manatee River, with direct access to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. At Riverside Club, you can indulge with two clubhouses, a waterfront restaurant overlooking scenic Hayes Bayou, tennis courts, and an on-site Lifestyle and Activities Director.

Sun City Center, Sun City, FL. The active adults who live here enjoy 8 golf courses, tennis, pickleball, softball, lawn bowling, swimming, fitness exercises, dozens of crafts, cards, dancing and a chance to read and study at the library. There are 250 clubs to join, heated indoor pool, clubhouse, and golf carts are legal!

Cody, Wyoming. With a population of just under 10,000, it has a decidedly small-town feel in the scenic northwest corner of the state. It’s a relatively popular tourist area, especially for those passing through to Yellowstone National Park 50 miles away. As far as the residents go, this is the home of ranchers and cowboys. Two celebrities you have heard of, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, have moved here to become the town’s most famous residents of the modern era. Zillow puts the 2020 Home Value Index at $309,000.

Punta Gorda, Florida. Yes, this town is not anywhere near California. But it is warm and on the coast. Real estate is quite a bargain in this town that is making great strides. The Zillow Home Value Index was $245,133 in early 2020 and Zillow referred to it as a “Hot” market at this time. It is much less crowded than nearby Fort Myers or Naples.

Grand Junction, Colorado. Located in the west central part of the State near Utah, comes up near the top of many people’s “best places to retire”. For one thing, this fast-growing town perched on the border with Utah has a relatively low cost of living. It is also a college town (Colorado Mesa University has over 10,000 students on campus here). Natural beauty and recreation is abundant with the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado National Monument. Home prices are much more reasonable here than in the Denver or Boulder area – Zillow puts the Home Value Index at $265,000.

Reno, Nevada. This area borders Lake Tahoe and so offers some of the California experience at a much better price. There are 18 ski areas within 2 hours. Reno is near 3 major bodies of water – Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River, and Pyramid Lake. Nevada has no state income tax. During the third quarter of 2019, the median home sale price was $401,100 according to the NAR.

Near Heber City

Heber City, Utah. Many a Californian has decided to retire to Utah, which offers outstanding mountains and a youthful atmosphere. Heber City is in a fast growing area near Park City, but is a bit more affordable, depending on where you choose to live. You can live in a fancy active development or in the town. Zillow pegs the Home Value Index at $455,000.

For further reading: