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Boise among Forbes’ best places to retire

Boise made it on to Forbes’ best places to retire list for 2019. File photo

People looking to put down roots in their Golden Years might want to consider the City of Trees.

Forbes Magazine’s new ranking of Best Places to Retire in 2019 notes that Boise “offers both affordability and a high quality of life,” earning it a spot on the list of the top 25 locales in the U.S. for retirement.

While the list doesn’t assign numbers, five of the places Forbes selected are in Florida and there are two each in Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas.

“While they vary dramatically by size, climate and culture, (the 25 places) in 17 states across all four continental time zones all offer excellent value for the buck,” Forbes said.

According to magazine, Boise has a median home price of $291,000, 17% above the national median, and the cost of the living is also 7% above the national average.

However, the sticker shock is not nearly as bad as spendier places for retirees. “Sadly, our quest for affordability excludes most of the Northeast and the West Coast,” said the study authors in the April 25 edition of Forbes.

Some of Boise’s “pros” include its robust economy, low serious crime rate, good weather with low humidity, relatively mild winters and good air quality.

The city also gets a shout out for a decent ratio of doctors per capita and a high rate of volunteerism.

The main “con” cited in the ranking is the fact that Idaho has “no state income tax break for retirement income other than Social Security.”

The only other Pacific Northwest city mentioned in the Forbes article was Wenatchee, Washington.

Forbes Best Places to Retire in 2019Athens, Georgia

Bella Vista, Arkansas

Boise, Idaho

Brevard, North Carolina

Clearwater, Florida

Columbia, Missouri

Delray Beach, Florida

Fargo, North Dakota

Green Valley, Arizona,

Iowa City, Iowa

Jacksonville, Florida

Lawrence, Kansas

Lexington, Kentucky

Maryville, Tennessee

Palm Bay Florida

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Rochester, Minnesota

San Antonio, Texas

San Marcos, Texas

Sarasota, Florida

Savannah, Georgia

Sun City, Arizona

Wenatchee, Washington

Winchester, Virginia

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