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The 10 Best US Cities to Retire In

The 10 Best US Cities to Retire In

When the time comes to trade in your tie or work boots for golf clubs and a fixed-income, relocation is often something to consider. America boasts a lot of towns that are all but tailor-made for retirees looking for a more relaxed pace and less of a hit to the wallet. Check out these 10 great places to retire and start planning your escape.

bellingham

    Bellingham, WA

    Cost of Living: 9 points above national average

    State Sales Tax: 6.5%

    If the Pacific Northwest is your dream retirement spot, you could hardly find a better town than Bellingham, WA. Aside from the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean complete with a resident orca whale population, Bellingham boasts above average air quality, low crime, and a high walkability rating. The only downside to this college town is a price with a cost of living 9% above the national average.

    cape coral

      Cape Coral, FL

      Cost of Living: At national average

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      State Sales Tax: 6%

      This town may only be 50 years old, but that doesn’t make it any less desirable. Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, Cape Coral scores highly for volunteering, has a warm climate, and the cost of living sits right at the national average. Combined with Florida’s 6% state tax there are few reasons not to choose this lovely town to work on your golf game.

      clemson JA SC
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        Clemson, SC

        Cost of Living: At national average

        State Sales Tax: 6%

        Clemson is a lively college town with above average air quality, a warm climate, and a cost of living at the national average. With average home prices sitting right around $135,000, you might be able to overlook South Carolina’s state sales tax.

        tuscon

          Tuscon, AZ

          Cost of Living: 4 points below national average

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          State Sales Tax: 6%

          Tuscon, or “The Old Pueblo,” is famous for its warm climate but it also has so much more to offer retirees. Scoring high for volunteering and bike-ability, this oasis in the desert also has an abundance of doctors per capita and a cost of living 4% below the national average. The only catch is the 6% Arizona state sales tax.

          boise Charles Knowles
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            Boise, ID

            Cost of Living: 4 points above national average

            State Sales Tax: 6%

            With high rankings for volunteering, walkability, and cycling combined with an average home price around $168,000, Boise is one of the most retirement friendly state capitals around. The dry climate keeps winters manageable, although the cost of living is 4% above the national average.

            fredricksburg Baker Country Tourism
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              Fredricksburg, TX

              Cost of Living: 5 points below national average

              State Sales Tax: 6.25%

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              Come to Fredricksburg for the great air quality and warm climate, but stay for the low cost of living and average house price of $138,000. Fredricksburg is also super walkable with a classic small-town main street and has a microscopic crime rate, making it one of the nicest places in the country to stroll around in your ten-gallon hat.

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                Bowling Green, KY

                Cost of Living: 6 points below national average

                State Sales Tax: 6%

                With a name like Bowling Green, who could stay away? This quiet Kentucky town isn’t as unassuming as it seems though. Every Chevrolet Corvette you see in your travels began its life here. Because of that, Bowling Green has a stable economy despite its low average house price of $138,000. Throw in a great climate and low crime rate, and this town is pretty much the full package.

                fargo Ron Reiring
                  flickr via Ron Reiring

                  Fargo, ND

                  Cost of Living: 8 points below national average

                  State Sales Tax: 5%

                  If escaping the cold isn’t your number one priority, Fargo might be the place to spend your golden years. Spend some of you leisure time taking in any of Fargo’s 8 museums or the Red River Zoo. With clean air, great volunteering opportunities, and more doctors than you can shake a stick at, Fargo could be your perfect winter wonderland.

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                  Auburn Robert S Donovan
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                    Auburn, AL

                    Cost of Living: 11 points below national average

                    State Sales Tax: 4%

                    If you’re looking to retire to a town with southern charm and nary a snowflake in site, give Auburn a spin. With average house prices at $165,000, low crime, and a great economy, Auburn has a lot to offer. Enjoy the high life at 11% below the national average cost of living.

                    Utah Kenneth Lu
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                      Ogden, UT

                      Cost of Living: 12 points below national average

                      State Sales Tax: 4.7%

                      With majestic mountain views, a strong economy, and the lowest average housing price ($124,000) on this list, Ogden scores high in the bang-for-your-buck category. Stroll the historic Main Street or try your hand at curling on the ice sheet used during the 2002 Olympics in your spare time. Utah’s low state sales tax combined with a cost of living 12% below the national average make this mountain town a great place to call home when you decide to leave the working world behind.

                      Featured photo credit: Retirement/401(K) 2012 via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on July 2, 2020

                      Simple Hacks on How to Relieve Neck Pain Fast (and Naturally)

                      Simple Hacks on How to Relieve Neck Pain Fast (and Naturally)

                      There is very little in life as annoying or distracting as neck pain. Most people find that neck pain is temporary. What can you do if your neck pain seems chronic or if it comes and goes with no obvious source?

                      Whether you have simply slept on your neck wrong or you are working late, hunched over a keyboard half the night, neck pain is, well, a pain in the neck!

                      What most people are unaware of is that there are little known hacks that can help you find relief from neck pain fast and naturally. This means no pills or expensive exercise equipment to buy.

                      How can you get relief from neck pain?

                      There are several easy steps to follow to find the perfect hack for solving your neck pain fast and easy.

                      How Did I End Up With This Pain in the Neck?

                      Neck pain often has an I-was-looking-right-at-it source that we don’t recognize at first glance. Once you identify the source of the pain, you can take the best corrective measure, or several measures if need be!

                      Ask yourself these questions to find a possible source:

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                      • Do you spend much of the day sitting (desk job, typing, etc.)?
                      • How old are your mattress and pillow?
                      • How much exercise do you work into an average day?
                      • How do you manage stress?
                      • Have you been injured or in an accident (no matter how small) lately?

                      Perhaps one last question to ask yourself might be, “Is my pain a regular occurrence, or is my neck pain something that has just cropped up?

                      Once you know the answers to these questions, you can start searching for answers.

                      Remedies for Neck Pain

                      Once you know the source, try tapping into one (or several) of these solutions to start healing your neck pain now.

                      1. Everyday Activities

                      One of the important factors with neck pain will be your everyday activities. Other than an injury or accident, one of the largest factors for neck pain includes working overtime in an office and the stress that work entails[1].

                      Due to the coronavirus, many people find themselves working from home, in kitchens, basements, using a barstool, and/or other equipment that was not designed for humans to spend hours on end, typing and looking at a computer screen.

                      If you find that your neck pain has occurred during the past few months due to a job change, or if you suddenly began working from home, your issue may be due to ergonomics. Invest in an adjustable office chair to help make your workspace more neck-friendly.

                      2. Age of Mattress and Pillow

                      The age of your mattress and pillow should also be considered. Pillows, on average, should be changed every 3 years, and a mattress every 7-10 years. No matter how good or comfortable you think these items are, the truth is that they are hurting your neck and back with a lack of support.

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                      A good mattress is well worth the investment, and pillows are always on sale, as well as wallet-friendly. If you haven’t tried them, a water-filled pillow can be comfortable for many people.

                      3. Exercise/Movement/Stretching

                      It’s that old exercise question that no one wants to hear. This time around, it has been difficult for many people to get in good exercise since they have been housebound due to the quarantine. There are plenty of ways to get in some good, old-fashioned exercise.

                      Stretching exercises are even more important than before since many people do not get enough movement while sitting at home. There are hundreds of at-home exercise, dance, and yoga videos that require little to no equipment, so even if you’re a beginner, give it a go.

                      4. Stress and Stress Management

                      Stress is a hidden danger that robs more people of health than even most doctors realize. While everyone has stress, not everyone recognizes it, nor do they have a means of managing it. Exercise is one of the best ways to release stress, with meditation and yoga being the best ways to manage and relieve stress. All of these will remove tightness in the muscles and relieve neck pain.

                      5. Accident or Injury

                      If you have been involved in an accident or injured yourself lately (falling down, or having something fall on you, for example) and your neck pain began after this incident, you should speak with your doctor about this as soon as possible.

                      6. On-Going Problem or Sudden Occurrence

                      Finally, if your neck pain is something that has occurred recently, it could simply be that you slept on it wrong or turned your neck too hard. That will make this a very temporary condition. You can try some easy stretches for pain relief .

                      An on-going problem, however, might respond better to some other alternative methods, including:

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                      • Slowly moving and stretching your neck. Do not move too quickly or too far. Roll your head from side to side, shoulder to shoulder, to the front and to the back.
                      • Ice packs work well for some people, while heat works best for others.
                      • Be aware of how you use your cell phone or tablet. If you keep your neck bent downward for too long to look at it, you can develop an annoying pain called text-neck or tech-neck. Take breaks and look up to stretch those neck muscles.
                      • Long hours driving can also be hard on the neck. Look from side to side as far as you can, as well as up and down to prevent a stiff neck.

                       

                      Still Have Tight Neck Muscles? 3 Tips for Finding Relief

                      When tight neck muscles are not responding to the typical heat, ice, or massage treatments, you might want to give the following a try:

                      1. Gua Sha

                      This is an ancient Chinese practice that might seem a bit odd, but it works for many people. In this practice, a trained individual uses a spoon or other object and makes short strokes down the neck. It is believed that poor blood circulation causes it to become stagnant, if you will, and blocks the positive energy needed for life, called qi.

                      Fresh blood will indeed allow oxygen and nutrients to feed the tissues in a given area, and one study found that gua sha worked where traditional methods, such as heat therapy, did not[2].

                      2. Swimming

                      You probably know that swimming is a terrific low-impact exercise that works wonders for those with back and knee pain, but did you know that it also works well for neck pain and tight muscles? It helps if the water is tepid and not cold, but even just floating on your back can offer tremendous relief since most of the body weight is suspended by the buoyancy of water.

                      3. Chiropractic Massage

                      Not your typical day spa massage, chiropractic massage is performed under the guidance of a chiropractor. A trained massage therapist will still do the massage, but this time, the chiropractor will have discussed your neck pain and any problems you might be having with them. Many people have found real relief from neck pain through chiropractic massage.

                      The Best Treatment for Neck Pain

                      When you need to find relief from neck pain and nothing you have tried previously seems to give you more than a few minutes of relief, spending some time with a chiropractor often times can fix this issue, and it doesn’t often return if you follow a healthy lifestyle.

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                      I’m certain that many of you are thinking about those awful videos with those loud cracking noises you’ve seen on social media, or you are recalling a news story which might have suggested that allowing a chiropractor anywhere near your neck might be a health hazard[3]. Nothing could be further from the truth.

                      You should try the other suggestions in this article before you head off to the chiropractor, but when all else fails, don’t let neck pain nag you day in and day out. Take steps to make an appointment, and you will be surprised at the results.

                      What Can a Chiropractor Do for Neck Pain?

                      Many people mistakenly believe that the only technique a chiropractor will use is a neck adjustment. Chiropractors are trained in a variety of methods that are designed to help you find the pain relief you are seeking.

                      A few of the methods a chiropractor might use include:

                      • Cervical Manual Traction
                      • Flexion-Distraction
                      • Cervical Mobilization
                      • Ultrasound
                      • Cervical Drop Technique
                      • Trigger Point Therapy

                      There are many more options, but your chiropractor should explain to you which techniques s/he intends to use and why[4]

                      The Bottom Line

                      If neck pain wreaks havoc in your life regularly, the best way to stop it is to identify the source and attack it from that angle.

                      Getting plenty of exercises, having a proper posture, and buying an office chair that provides plenty of support, as well as a regular stretching program, will keep your neck strong and flexible for many years to come.

                      More Tips on Healing Neck Pain

                      Featured photo credit: Christopher Campbell via unsplash.com

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