Kiplinger: 12 Great Small Towns for Retirement

EXCERPT: Don’t overlook the big benefits of retiring to a small town. On top of the peace and quiet you’d expect, smaller places to live can also offer tight-knit communities, active senior groups and lower crime rates. Plus, many small towns come with relatively low living costs compared with big-city neighbors. To identify the best places to retire in America–one great retirement city in every state–we favored locales with a good selection of health care facilities, as well as numerous recreational options, above-average median incomes among older residents and other factors critical to retirees. Of those 50 great retirement cities, a dozen have populations under 50,000. Take a look at our 12 top picks for a small-town retirement. Each is worth an extended visit to see if the local vibe and pace of life might be a good fit for your next act.” FULL STORY: