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:
- Waco, Texas
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Austin/Round Rock, Texas
- College Station/Bryan, Texas
- Carlisle/Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
- San Angelo, Texas
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- New Orleans/Metairie/Kenner, Louisiana
- 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.