Magazine picks Cleveland as a top retirement location

By LARRY C. BOWERS Staff writer
Posted 10/8/17

Cleveland has another reason to be proud and boastful. The community has been selected as a top retirement destination by the Houston, Texas, publication Where to Retire. 

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Cleveland has another reason to be proud and boastful. The community has been selected as a top retirement destination by the Houston, Texas, publication Where to Retire. 

This is the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions. 

Cleveland is profiled in a feature titled “8 Praiseworthy Low-Cost Cities” in the November/December 2017 issue, available nationwide on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland emphasized, “This is another accolade for our city that others are discovering.”

“I told the magazine that, in my opinion, there are three reasons people retire to Cleveland,” the mayor added. “One is that parents of Lee University students visit their children while they are in school and fall in love with the area and move here long after the students are gone. Another would be the four distinct seasonal changes. Also, there is the lower taxes and quality of life.” 

The longest-serving mayor in Tennessee continued by saying, “Many retire here because of entertainment opportunities provided by Lee and many of our local groups.”

Where to Retire Editor Annette Fuller said many relocating retirees choose a destination with a low cost of living.

“Retirees love nothing more than to flee cities with high prices and land in a place where money has a long shelf life. Put beautiful scenery into the mix, like Cleveland’s nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and there you have it. These eight cities keep costs low and satisfaction high,” Fuller said.

Each year, 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire. 

Generally, relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate. They bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns. Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development.

Where to Retire, now celebrating 25 years in print, is published six times a year. The magazine covers the best retirement regions, towns and master-planned communities, and recently released its 10th biennial list naming the 50 best master-planned communities in the U.S.

It has a national circulation of 200,000 and is sold on various newsstands and at Barnes & Noble bookstores. A one-year subscription is $18. 

All material in the magazine is protected by copyright law, and reproduction of content requires the permission of the magazine. Print and electronic reprints of an article may be purchased through Dave Hart. 

Eight praiseworthy low-cost cities featured in the magazine include: Cleveland; Lafayette, La; Moses Lake, Wash.; Pueblo, Colo.; Sierra Vista, Ariz.; Tampa, Fla.; Tupelo, Miss.; and Waco, Texas.

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