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Forbes: Winston-Salem One Of The Best Cities For Retirement

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Winston-Salem, NC - When people think about retiring, some place in Florida generally comes to mind. Well, all you have to do is looking right here in the Triad for one of the best cities for retirement.

Here's Forbes "2013 Best Places to Retire":

Alexandria, Louisiana
Fast Fact: Named for a coroner.
Pros: Balmy climate, above average air quality, good Milken Institute aging ranking, cheap living, median home price just $136,000.
Con: Crime.

Athens, Georgia
Fast fact: Home of the University of Georgia.
Pros: College-town cultural amenities, median home price $133,000, good state tax climate.
Con: Below average air quality.

Austin, Texas
Fast fact: State capital and University of Texas home.
Pros: Big culture scene, warm climate, adequate doctors, no state income tax, high marks for active lifestyles.
Con: Median home price of $208,000 is above national average.

Bangor, Maine
Fast fact: Named for an Irish hymn.
Pros: Reasonable cost of living, median home price $127,000, many doctors per capita, above average air quality, good metrics for aging, low crime rate. high level of volunteering.
Cons: Cold winters, poor state tax climate.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Fast fact: State capital and LSU home.
Pros: Low cost of living, median home price $168,000, good state tax climate, nearby college amenities, good Milken Institute aging factors.
Con: Crime.

Billings, Montana
Fast fact: Named for a railroad president.
Pros: Low cost of living, median home price $138,000, good state tax climate, abundant doctors, above average air quality, high Milken Institute aging rank, low crime.
Con: Cold winters.

Columbia, Missouri
Fast fact: Home of University of Missouri.
Pros: Aura of college town, reasonable cost of living, median home price $167,000, high doctors per capita.
Con: Weather extremes.

Fargo, North Dakota
Fast fact: Named for founder of Wells Fargo.
Pros: Low cost of living, median home price $158.000, above average air quality, high Milken Institute aging metrics, low crime rate, high volunteering level.
Con: Cold winters.

Huntsville, Alabama
Fast fact: Early center of rocket research.
Pros: Very cheap cost of living, median home price $176,000, good state tax environment, warm climate.
Con: Crime.

Mesa, Arizona
Fast fact: Most populous U.S. suburb.
Pros: Moderate cost of living, average home price $153,000, good state tax climate, warm weather, low crime.
Con: Low Milken Institute aging rank.

Orlando, Florida
Fast fact: Nicknamed Theme Park Capital of the World.
Pros: Low cost of living, median home price $135,000, no state income tax, good weather, above average air quality, good bicycling.
Con: Crime, low volunteering level.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Fast fact: Winston and Salem merged exactly a century ago.
Pros: Low cost of living, median home price $129,000, moderate climate, college amenities (Wake Forest), high doctors per capita, high Milken Institute aging rank.
Con: Crime.

According to the Forbes article, one thing this list doesn't take into account is that intangible factor of scenic beauty. We might note there are some pleasant settings on the list, including Asheville, N.C.; Lexington, Ky.; and Medford, Ore. But maybe green or even mountains (like say, in Salt Lake City) aren't your thing. And, of course, there are those personal relationships. Staying near children, other relatives and old friends easily might outweigh everything else.

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