Five great cities for retirement (and five reasons to stay home)

Five great cities for retirement and five reasons to stay home
Five great cities for retirement and five reasons to stay home

Del Webb, the nation's largest builder of retirement communities, earlier this year surveyed older Baby Boomers and found that about one-third of respondents plan to move when they retire, in search of the best place to spend their golden years.

Deborah Blake, Del Webb creative director, said this pattern reflected a lifetime of Boomer experiences. They have always been on the move.

"After all, when Boomers went off to college, they lived in a new place -- a dorm or an apartment. When they married, they lived in a new home, most likely moving several times to different states for a job," Blake said.

I hadn't thought of it that way, but perhaps that explains the seemingly endless lists of Best Places to Retire, including these Five Great Cities for Retirees from Kiplinger. Here are its top picks:
All of these cities are nice places to live. I can say that with some authority because I've lived in Melbourne and Pittsburgh. But are they really retirement meccas? That seems like a stretch.

  • Charlotte, Va.

  • Dothan, Ala.

  • Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Fla.

  • Pittsburgh

  • San Francisco