Another Top-10 List — Best Places for Boomers to Retire

Whenever you ask 10 people the best of anything, expect up to 10 different answers. What’s the best university? Your answer is probably the one you went to. And the best place to vacation? Where you go. The best cell phone? The one you use. The best music? You get it. Right?

A person is a baby boomer if they were born from 1946 to 1964—and yes, I am a boomer (1954). This group has been a compass on where the country is heading, from economics to fashion to even foods. Those who are boomers can never forget suburbia, shag carpeting, green and mustard appliances or even Tater Tots® (from Ore-Ida), first sold in 1956. Boomers are also a direction finder on where populations are expected to grow as they retire.

As the boomers check out of the workforce in retirement, some locales will see a decline in population, while others gain. So where are the most likely places for the 1946 to 1964 born group likely to head? Stated in different words, where are the best places for Boomers to retire? Again, that answer spans a wide range. According to Where To Retire Magazine, boomers are heading back to the city for shopping, entertainment, medical services, the arts, and no cars. Literally a different life style.

The 10 most populous cities for retirees in “America’s 100 Best Places to Retire” list from Where to Retire Magazine include:

  1. Phoenix, Arizona
  2. Austin, Texas
  3. Nashville, Tennessee
  4. Greater Portland, Oregon
  5. Ocean County, Oregon
  6. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  7. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
  8. Maryland’s Eastern Shore
  9. Coachella Valley, California
  10. Colorado Springs, Colorado

To read the complete story published in USA Today, click

So where am I looking to retire? My parents ranch in Fredericksburg Texas – absolutely a gorgeous place in the Texas Hill Country – perhaps there , along with visits to the condo in Galveston, the house in Houston, and If I win the lottery, St John U.S. Virgin Islands (it costs a lot to live there). But retirement is years away I hope.

So where are you going to retire?



  1. Mr Mid-West

    The nearest bar stool…so I don’t have to fall very much when I walk home…

  2. Houston

    Probably retire to right where I live. Right between our grand kids. Houston to the South, Littleton, CO to the North and spend as much time with each in the appropriate season.

  3. Mona

    Since I live on the coast I will probably always be drawn to the coast. Corpus Christi is not a bad place to spend some of that time along with the Caribbean of course. So, I kind of agree with you, splitting time between Texas and the Caribbean.

  4. Nat

    Austin and trips to Galveston and my mother’s place in the south of France.. St. Jean du Luz.

  5. Doug

    Ted. Almost EVERYDAY somebody new move to Boerne from Houston. Doug

  6. Sarah

    That is a great list of places, but rather than give a man a fish to feed him for a day give him the tools to catch fish. In this scenario rather than give a man good locations to retire with limited options show him how to check places on his own so he can go anywhere. I found a great article talking about what details we should look into before choosing a place to reitre at, and you can find this article at:

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