The 10 Best U.S. Cities to Retire in 2012

U.S. News selected 10 key attributes that many people look for in a retirement spot, along with a city that excels in meeting each need. Here are their recommendations for the Top 10 Places to Retire in 2012:

  • Pleasant year-round weather: Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Affordable mountain town: Boone, North Carolina
  • Water views on a budget: Traverse City, Michigan
  • Greenest place to retire: Walnut Creek, California
  • A college town for retirees: Ithaca, New York
  • Place to launch a second career: Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Best mix of affordability and amenities: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Best place for affordable housing: Port Charlotte, Florida
  • Best place for single retirees: Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • Best place for recreation and culture: Santa Fe, New Mexico
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