Number 1 Place to Retire?

If warm weather, easy access to the beach and an affordable price tag sound like your dream retirement, this town might be for you. Editor Catey Hill recently took a look at a new report by U.S News and World Reports that listed the best places in the United States to retire. Unsurprisingly, Fort Myers — a midsize riverfront city in southwest Florida just a stone’s throw from Gulf of Mexico beaches — topped the list. Fort Myers, according to many local residents, has retained its small-town heritage while building its museum, festival, and beach communities. Perhaps most praiseworthy, Fort Myers is fairly affordable. Currently, their cost of living is just a bit above average and their median home is priced at just a little over $200,000. Plus, Florida doesn’t have a state income tax, so your 401(k), IRA or pension withdrawals won’t be taxed by the state, nor will your Social Security. Of course, Fort Myers has some big downsides, which include muggy, hot summers and the fact that the area can sometimes feel overrun with tourists. 12.4.19