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"If you're a few years away from retirement, Retire in Style is a good place to begin your search for the ideal, affordable retirement haven." —Los Angeles Times on Retire in Style: 50 Affordable Places Across America

"Provides economic and lifestyle information on the author's choices of good retirement spots." —The New York Times on Retire in Style: 50 Affordable Places Across America

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Warren R. Bland, PhD, is a professor of geography at California State University, Northridge and has traveled extensively doing geographical research across North America. He lives in Studio City, California.
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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Next Decade, Inc.; Expanded edition (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932919198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932919196
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,353,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Karen A. Anderson on March 9, 2006
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Because it only reviewed those places that were more costly then those I could afford. I have done research on several places myself and there are several less costly but still desireable places to live. It would have been helpful to me to see a more varied survey.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ed Fitzpatrick on December 16, 2012
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The book states that Victoria BC has a Mediterranean climate. The author obviously hasn't got a clue about the Mediterranean climate. One of his recommended retirement locations is Halifax, NS, which has a poor climate even by Canadian standards: high precipitation year round, totalling 1508 mm on average; 122 foggy days a year; snow, rain and ice mixes are common in winter; tropical storms are common between August and October.

This book might give you some ideas for criteria to consider in retirement, but you'll need to do your own research.

Here are some things to investigate (more than you'll find in the book):

* proximity of: grocery stores (home delivery?); doctor; pharmacy; hospital; church; library; other stores; airport; sports and cultural facilities.
* public transport (will you need a car?)
* road system; traffic congestion
* quality of library
* universities etc for leisure education
* crime
* housing & other accommodation (what do you get for your money?)
* population; demographics
* scenic: quality of residential areas; of surrounding landscape or seascape; flat or hilly?
* healthcare
* care of the elderly: live-at-home assistance; dial-a-ride, etc.

As regards climate:

* hours of sunshine, annually
* temperature: average high in Summer and Winter
* temperature: average low in Summer and Winter
* days with no snow or ice on the ground (safe for a retired person to walk out)
* depth of snow during the Winter months
* sidewalk snow clearance
* days with rain
* amount of rain, annually and during each season
* humidity annually and during each season
* other notable climatic features (e.g. storms or foggy days)
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47 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Chaya on May 6, 2005
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I like the way the author rates places - the criteria are good, the descriptions are good. My main complaint is that it is too East coast centric. I don't have the book in front of me, but there are more places listed for Florida than California.

Ok, I live in California, so I'm biased, but my parents live in Florida & I've been there in the summer. Yuck.

I just wish he had aimed his well written descriptions at a more balanced look at the country. Personal choice I guess
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. Miles on January 4, 2007
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This book is very comprehensive about the information it includes such as the quality of factors such as mass transit, health care, the arts. I enjoyed reading about many of the places it included but wish it had photos of the places. Also, it seemed like almost every place in it was a college town like Madison, Fayetteville (AR), Austin, State College, etc. It also would have been nice if it included all areas of the country. They seemed to be grouped like 3 in Arkansas, several in central Texas, none in most of the plains states. Also, when it gave costs for 3 bedroom homes, it didn't include the square footage. A 3-bedroom home could be a 900 square foot home or 2500 square foot home. Without square footage, it was hard to know how expensive homes really are.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Carol White on May 6, 2006
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When I think of retirement cities, I think of towns and cities, both large and small, that have great spirit and lots of choices of things to do -- something for everyone. That is what attracts a wide cross-section of people, which adds to the charm of a place. Dr. Bland has done a wonderful job of capturing that image of his selected cities.

Of course, I loved it that my city, Portland, Oregon, was ranked very high -- but I was equally attracted to many of his write-ups of other cities we have visited and loved.

Although Dr. Bland gives equal weight to each criteria, you could easily add "weightings" to his numbers for criteria that are most important to you. This would obviously "shuffle" his rankings, depending upon your weightings.

This book is a great, well thought out guide to selecting a new place to live for anyone considering a move -- whether for retirement or not.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marx Lives on September 16, 2007
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1. The American cities reviewed are unaffordable for a middle-income person unless one is ready to accept less safe locations.
2. We ended up retiring in style in South America where our pension makes us live in comfort, without snow or extreme summer temps and relative safety.
There are many locations outside the USA where one could retire in style, modernity and safety with from- modest-to-average pensions. (Including medica facilities)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V. F. Scotto on October 13, 2007
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Very limited in scope, the title says it all. A good conversation piece for those who desire that lifestyle.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Russell Menko on September 4, 2007
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Limited number of places, reduced even more by the number of Canadian sites included. I like the format -- all the data grouped together. Would like to see this expanded into several regional books, with more cities added.
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