50 best retirement places revealed

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If you or your parents are nearing retirement age and are considering a move to a new location, "50 Fabulous Places to Retire in America, Third Edition" by Arthur and Mary Griffith is a great place to start your quest. The authors list their top 50 favorite retirement spots, followed by six pages to explain the pros and cons of each town. As you might expect, the list is weighted toward the Sunbelt. But, surprisingly, three of the best-rated retirement havens are in Alaska. One is in Minnesota, and two are in Montana. The authors don't say these are inexpensive places to retire; just that they are "fabulous." Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. At the end of the book, after describing all the 50 locations plus nine "honorable mention" towns, the authors finally reveal where they retired. I'll give you some hints: median home price $112,400; population 5,332; closest big city 200 miles away; lots of privacy and scenery; great fishing and hunting; and a nickname, "The End of the Road." T...