Many retirees begin test driving potential relocation destinations before they take the leap of a full-on move.

Three Tips for Choosing Your Retirement City

According to the Census Bureau, from 2010 to 2015 the top five destinations for relocations for Americans over age 55 were Sunbelt states: Florida, Texas, Arizona, Nevada and California. Following closely were North Carolina and Georgia. These states offer sunshine, active lifestyles and great scenery for retirees.

Many retirees begin test driving potential relocation destinations before they take the leap of a full-on move. For example, "snowbirds" who book month-to-month rentals in warmer climes during the winter are able to dive into an area and start becoming part of the community before choosing to live there permanently. They volunteer for community fundraisers, participate in civic organizations and other works that allow them the opportunity to get to know their potential new home.

When deciding where you'll call home in your retirement, consider these three tips.

  1. Take your time. You have your entire retirement ahead. Enjoy the journey. Make a list of your top five cities and spend several months in each city. Live like the locals by booking a monthly rental. Better than a hotel, you'll get to experience what it's really like to live in the area rather than just a traveler passing through. A month-to-month rental also allows you the opportunity to experience the culture and climate of a city.
  2. Request information from the Chambers of Commerce and even visitors bureaus. These centers can provide valuable information about the area's economy, as well as entertainment and activities.
  3. Talk to your family. Ultimately it's your decision, but you will want their input. Does the area offer easy access for family and grandchildren to come visit often?

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