America's 10 Best Places To Grow Old

01/19/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011
  • Michael Noer and David M. Ewalt

As the unemployment rolls swell and nest eggs shrink, Americans are not only cutting back, they are reevaluating their ways of life. That includes a large number of soon-to-be retirees who, with less to live on than they'd planned, are rethinking how they'll spend their golden years.

Topping the list of second-act must haves? A place with affordable housing, low cost of living and decent job prospects.

That's what they'll find in Columbus, Ohio. This river city tops our list of cities where your nest egg goes farthest, thanks to reasonably priced housing relative to income and a 4.5% inflation rate that allows a buck to stretch a little further than other quickly growing areas. With tens of thousands of Ohio State Buckeyes, folks will enjoy the verve and energy that comes with a bustling college town.



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