The only city in Missouri to make Forbes magazine’s list of “The Best Places to Retire in 2012” is Columbia, home of the University of Missouri. The annual listing by the magazine includes 25 cities in 18 states.
Forbes said affordability is a major factor in ranking the cities. High-cost, high-taxes are why many cities didn’t make the list. No city in California, New Jersey or New York made the list. Also left out were cities in nearby states such as Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois. Somewhat of a surprise is that Fargo, N.D., did make the list although the magazine reminded people that cold winters will be found there.
Quality of life was considered, along with average housing costs, availability of jobs for retirees who want to work, availability of doctors, the crime rate and recreational opportunities.
We are not surprised that Columbia again made the list. It offers many of the qualities that make for a good, healthy and lively retirement at affordable costs. Having a major university there is a plus. Congratulations, Columbia!