Tucson: The Best Retirement Destination
This article authored by: Rob Hallberg
In most of the US, when one talks about Retirement destinations, Florida is always the first answer. But if you compare Arizona and Tucson to Florida, Tucson wins, in my opinion.
I have a little knowledge of Florida as a retirement destination as I lived there for 10 years. We are approaching our 11th year anniversary in Tucson, so we have similar knowledge of life here. Let’s look at some of the differences:
Scenery: Florida’s scenic beauty is derived from the Beach – either on the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. If you live on or near these areas, you likely will benefit from scenic views and sometimes a nice sunrise if you live on the East side of Florida. Point for Tucson.
Tucson has the mountains, and you can live almost anywhere in the area and enjoy them from your home. Having lived in both places, I am partial to the Mountain scenery, especially since it is ever present as you drive around the area. Not so in Florida. You have to drive to the Beach unless you live by it. Another point for Tucson.
Natural Disasters: Florida has devastating Hurricanes which also spawn Tornados. Tucson has no Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Tornados, etc. One point for Tucson.
Outdoor Living: In Florida, you cannot escape the bugs and mosquitos. Gnats follow you everywhere and forget about going outside after dusk. The mosquitos will eat you alive! In Tucson, there are no Gnats. I sit on my back patio every evening without a single visit from a mosquito. Tucson is also a major, bike-friendly city. Big point for Tucson.
Traffic: No comparison. Florida is a year-around vacation state while Tucson traffic increases with the snowbirds. And I am comparing traffic to the Sarasota-Bradenton area, not Miami-Ft. Lauderdale. In the rare occasion that you do get stalled in Tucson traffic, at least you have the mountains to enjoy looking at. Point for Tucson.
Cost of Living: Once again I am using the Sarasota-Bradenton area which has a population of 702,281, about the size of Tucson. The Cost of Living Index for Sarasota-Bradenton is 102, while Tucson is 96. A score of 100 is considered the average of US Cities. Housing is also much cheaper, with a Tucson index of 115 as compared to 133. Final point to Tucson.
So Tucson wins, hands down. And the USA Today agrees with me: http://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/money/2015/06/08/the-top-10-best-places-to-retire/28676471/
Bloomberg Business makes Tucson #1! http://www.bloomberg.com/ss/09/07/0702_affordable_places_to_retire/index.htm?utm_source=fwisp.com
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