10 Places to Reinvent Your Life in Retirement

10 Places to Reinvent Your Life in Retirement

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Geoffrey Hammond

Georgetown, Texas

Sample the latest Texas wines at a downtown Georgetown wine bar. Lake Georgetown and the nearby Texas Hill Country offer peaceful scenic beauty, and the big-city amenities of Austin are just a half hour away.

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Corvallis, Ore.

This small city has a highly educated population thanks to Oregon State University and boasts employers including Hewlett-Packard and a government genebank. Residents can get outdoors to take advantage of the more than 200 acres of parks and sample the delights of more than a dozen wineries in the Willamette Valley.

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Georgetown, Texas

Sample the latest Texas wines at a downtown Georgetown wine bar. Lake Georgetown and the nearby Texas Hill Country offer peaceful scenic beauty, and the big-city amenities of Austin are just a half hour away.

Corvallis, Ore.

This small city has a highly educated population thanks to Oregon State University and boasts employers including Hewlett-Packard and a government genebank. Residents can get outdoors to take advantage of the more than 200 acres of parks and sample the delights of more than a dozen wineries in the Willamette Valley.

Fort Collins, Colo.

Experience all four seasons in this affordable college town surrounded by lakes, parks, and forests. Fort Collins is in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and within a two-hour drive of skiing destinations.

Chapel Hill, N.C.

Chapel Hill, one corner of North Carolina's research triangle, is known for its high-tech companies and research university, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A free local bus service makes it easy to get around town and residents can explore nearly 400 square miles of nearby parkland.

Madison, Wis.

Wisconsin's capital is practically surrounded by lakes. The state government and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are the city's top two employers, and Madison is also home to a rapidly growing number of tech and biotech firms.

Nashua, N.H.

This city is close to Boston and also an easy drive to the White Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. But Nashua won't bust your retirement budget. New Hampshire has no state sales tax and the only form of income tax is dividend and interest income.

Portland, Maine

The largest city in Maine mixes quaint cobblestone streets with a fast-growing and vibrant economy. Just 45 miles west are mountains perfect for hiking and skiing. The University of Southern Maine offers a tuition wavier to state residents age 65 and older.

Santa Fe, N.M.

This historic city, founded in the early 1600s, has its unique Spanish-Pueblo architecture style codified into law. New Mexico's state capital is the country's third largest art market, boasting nearly 300 galleries and dealers and over a dozen major art museums including the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art.

Tallahassee, Fla.

The capital of the Sunshine State combines a low cost of living with warm weather and comprehensive health care and other amenities. Home prices are falling fast, which could mean bargains for newcomers. Sports fans will delight in Florida A&M University and Florida State University athletics.

Overland Park, Kan.

Reasonable housing prices, an affordable cost of living, and plentiful job opportunities are the main draws of Overland Park. Check out a game at the Overland Park Soccer Complex or take a stroll at the 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

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