Nevada is on the best places to retire in the US list for 2013 because it is tax friendly, with plenty to offer retirees.
Reno is a lively city nested in the high desert at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and could be considered for the list of best places to retire in the U.S.
The cost of living is 5% below the national average and the median price for homes is $140,000. The crime rate is average on the national scale and there is at least one hospital that accepts Medicare patients and accredited by Joint Commission. Retirees will enjoy plenty of gambling casinos, shows and nightclubs, and outdoor recreation twelve months a year. Lake Tahoe, and ski resorts can be found 20 to 25 miles away.
Reno is semi-arid(dry) with summer temps in the 90’s and low 100’s. Winter temps range from the 20’s to the 40’s so it is cold and it snows, but most falls in the Sierra Nevada’s.
Reno has its fair share of mid-level chain restaurants, and shopping is average. It’s a great place for active seniors who don’t mind cold winters, and love the outdoors. Reno also has an earthquake risk that is 900% higher than the national average.
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We recommend adding Las Vegas, NV to your list of places to retire in the US. Vegas, or Sin City as it is often referred to, is one of the country's top cities for entertainment and has a lot to offer seniors.
First, the cost of living in Vegas is below the national average, and the median price of homes is a mere $125,000, 50% less than it was in 2008.
Nevada is also tax friendly for seniors and there are plenty of both indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy. Shopping and entertainment can’t be beat, and you will get plenty of visitors because, well everyone loves Vegas.
Unfortunately there is crime in larger cities, and Las Vegas ranks above the national crime rate. However, there are plenty of ‘safe’ neighborhoods to live. I know people who live in Northshores and Aliante who love it and never had any problems. Summerlin is also a good place to consider as well as Green Valley. According to people who live there, most of the crime happens in poor, old neighborhoods built in the 50s and 60s near the downtown area and “the strip”. Check with the local police when considering your best places to retire.
Las Vegas, aka the "Entertainment Capital of the World," wasn’t always the glitzy eye candy it is today. It started out as a watering hole along the Old Spanish Trail in the early part of the19th century.
Vegas was headed nowhere until construction began on Hoover Dam and Lake Mead in 1931 which attracted thousands of workers to the area. Small ‘casinos’ for gambling were built to keep the workers entertained when they weren’t on the job.
Like most cities in the U.S. Las Vegas was hit hard by the recession in 2008 and probably harder than most places. As recently as August of last year it was still ranked 29th highest in foreclosure rates but today, March 2013, the price of homes is rising faster than many other cities across America due in part to the fact that they fell so low.
For buyers, it is a great time to put Vegas on your best places to retire because there are so many housing deals. You can still purchase beautiful homes for half of what they cost just a few years ago. (3 bd,3ba 1600 sq ft home with Pool in Northshores for $145,000 in gated community for example)
The retirement age demographic has been one of the fastest growing segments of Las Vegas' population, but the city's overall growth rate has slowed to 1.5% in the last 2 years. We are hoping that will change now that we are in 2013.
Retirees who live here have access to more than a dozen senior centers that provide everything from health screenings and nutritional seminars to legal advice and transportation.
Along with shopping, dining and live entertainment there are plenty of outdoor recreation venues which help the ranking for best places to retire. Two geological parks of sandstone, Valley of Fire and Red Rock Canyon bookend the city and are a strong draw for nature lovers and hikers. And don’t forget The Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which help put Las Vegas on the map with its 822 miles of shoreline, attracting boaters, campers and nature lovers year-round. Mount Charleston is a great way to beat the heat in summer and just a short drive. The Grand Canyon is also within a day's drive as is Lake Powell, and Bryce and Zion National Parks.
Health care is top-notch, with a dozen hospitals and/or medical centers in the city, several of which are award-winning. Medicare patients are accepted. And North Las Vegas has a VA hospital.
The Senior Citizens Center of Las Vegas is an excellent resource, as is the Las Vegas Seniors' Guide, a local publication that lists many senior services.
Summer temperatures reach the low-100s, but every building is air conditioned. The city is surrounded by mountains, so escape from the summer heat can also be found at higher elevations. During winter, daytime temperatures are typically in the 50s and 60s and the sun shines 295 days of the year making Las Vegas one of the best places to retire in the US today.
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