Retire to a Small Town

by Andy Hough on March 17, 2011

There are several benefits to retiring to a small town in the U.S.A. One of the main benefits is a lower cost of living. When I wrote my article, “Retire in the U.S.A. as Cheaply as Abroad“, many expressed skepticism over just how cheap things can be in the rural United States. Other than health care it is difficult to get things much cheaper than in the rural U.S even in countries that are considered low cost retirement havens.

Some more potential benefits listed in this U.S News article are peace and quiet, a slower pace of living, and friendly people. Depending on your personality you may not consider those all to be benefits. Having grown up in a small town I couldn’t wait to escape the peace and quiet and slower pace of living but now those qualities do have some attraction for me once again. I would say rural areas having friendly people might be true in general but there are some exceptions. People in some rural areas don’t warm quickly to new residents. Before you move to a rural area it would be smart to spend some time there to make sure it is a good fit.

What do you think about retiring to a small town? Does it sound like an attractive option or do you prefer the city?


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