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Retire in Style: 50 Affordable Places Across America Paperback – October 1, 2001

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"Retire in Style provides economic and lifestyle information on the author’s choices of good retirement spots." -- Fred Brock, The New York Times

"Bland looked at hard data and at cultural, recreational, and educational opportunities, architectural charms, and natural surroundings. You’ll be tempted." -- US News & World Report Retirement Guide 2004

"[A] starting point in the quest for a permanent retirement home or seasonal retreat." -- Eileen Alt Powell, Associated Press, April 2003

"[G]eographer Warren Bland of California State University-Northridge says living less expensively doesn’t have to mean living less well." -- Leonard Wiener, US News & World Report, June 2003

"[This] is a good place to begin your search for the ideal, affordable retirement haven." -- Robert J. Bruss, Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Warren R. Bland, PhD, is a professor of geography at California State University and has traveled extensively doing geographical research across North America. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Next Decade, Inc. (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970090803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970090805
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,845,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Joel Elash on October 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
I don't think I'm exaggerating in I saying that "Retire in Style" is the single best resource currently available on US retirement communities.
I have reviewed many other books on the subject and have found that most are either too data intensive, losing the reader in a sea of numbers and academic jargon, or too superficial to offer any meaningful commentary on where to retire. In contrast, Dr. Bland's book provides all the meaningful data necessary to make an intelligent choice while maintaining surprising readability.
If you are looking for a resource to help you determine where you will retire, I suggest buying Dr. Bland's Book. It is entertaining, informative and captures the unique character of each location.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By larry shaw on October 28, 2001
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Dr. Bland's book provides a systematic analysis of the quality of life provided by numerous American cities. Various salient criteria--cost of living, crime, etc.--are used in his analyses, but the overviews given are brilliant snapshots of the overall quality of life in each of the cities. One gets a sense of what one can expect in each of these cities in terms not only of the various factors analyzed, but how they all work together in producing the "way of life" or "style of living" of each city. This is a must-read for someone considering a move in retirement.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ellie and Rose Foran on October 1, 2001
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"Retire in Style," by Warren R. Bland is an ideal book to help you find an attractive and affordable town for retirement. It is well researched and organized and uses tables, charts and maps effectively. Forty very charming yet affordable towns and cities are described in detail and rated on 12 criteria important to retirees. An additional 10 places are described more briefly. We are glad we bought this book and are looking forward to seeing some of Dr. Bland's top-rated places for ourselves.
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By shrinky dad on May 25, 2013
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Good measuring approach; It is too bad it is not more current. Still, there are valuable parts, for example weather patterns.
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0 of 25 people found the following review helpful By traveler50 on July 29, 2005
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Across America? I beg your pardon. America is the whole Western Hemisphere This fraudlent publication only has places in the us OF america. No wonder much of the world hates the self centered idiots in the us OF a.
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