Where to Retire?

Military.com recently teamed up with USAA to choose their top 10 favorite places for military members to retire.  379 metropolitan areas were rated on a variety of factors including military base proximity, military base amenities, Veteran’s Affairs hospital proximity, military pension taxation, unemployment rate, presence of colleges and universities, affordability, housing costs, housing appreciation (2007-2010), economic stability, climate, health resources, health indicators, crime, local schools, recreation, arts and culture, major airport proximity, access to mass transit, and whether it was a natural disaster-prone area. (Whew!)

And the winners are:

  1. Waco, Texas
  2. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  3. Austin/Round Rock, Texas
  4. College Station/Bryan, Texas
  5. Carlisle/Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  6. San Angelo, Texas
  7. Madison, Wisconsin
  8. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  9. New Orleans/Metairie/Kenner, Louisiana
  10. Syracuse, New York

We’ve lived in Carlisle, and I can see why people would like to retire there.  It was lovely!

For more information about this list and the cities included, see the full report elsewhere at Military.com.

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • Craig

    And so is the Cornwall area! Pennsylvania’s a tax haven for retired military members which makes it no-brained to choose it over others. We’ve been in no less than 3 states since retirement. Glad we moved in to Alden Place just in time before Christmas.

  • Nicole

    Obviously no one’s actually been to any of the places on this report. I’m currently stationed at Goodfellow; hopefully the retirees don’t start getting excited that we have a VA clinic, because we don’t. The closest one is about 2 hours away in Big Springs. The base is pretty dinky and caters to the students, not the active duty and most definitely not the retiree population. It’s got a low cost of living, but not much to do to be honest. Though if you’re retired, you’re probably not trying to do much anyway. And unless you already have a job locked in, don’t think you’ll be able to get one moving here. The “civilian mafia” on base controls all the jobs. Spousal preference doesn’t even matter.