2007 Top Ten Value Towns for Those Considering Retirement

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\Not all great retirement towns come with a high price tag. A leading industry expert issues his “top ten” list for 2007.

(PRWeb) December 21, 2006 — Thinking of retiring and relocating? Warren Bland, PhD., an award winning geographer at Cal State has just released his new “Top Ten Value Towns” picks for 2007. According to Bland,”not all great retirement towns come with a high price tag.”

The top US “value” towns to retire are (in order of least to most expensive):

1. Hot Springs, Arkansas
2. Winston-Salem, North Carolina
3. Fayetteville, Arkansas
4. Bowling Green, Kentucky
5. Lawrence, Kansas
6. Columbia, Missouri
7. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
8. Gainesville, Florida
9. San Antonio, Texas
10. Colorado Springs, Colorado

Dr. Bland’s model uses 12 criteria most important to retirees. They are landscape, climate, quality of life, cost of living, transportation, retail services, health care, community services, cultural activities, recreational activities, work/volunteer activities, and crime.

Bland is a well-known expert in his field. He has been quoted in AARP Magazine, the NY Times, the LA Times, Consumer’s Digest, US News and World Report and many others. He is also the author of “Retire in Style, 60 Outstanding Places Across the USA and Canada”, published by Next Decade, Inc. (www.nextdecade.com) and available through all booksellers.

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