Sunday, June 21, 2009

World's Most Liveable Cities from LIFE Magazine

The USA didn't fare too well in LIFE Magazine's recent profiles of the top ten move livable cities in the world which featured no US cities. However Canada, our neighbor to the north, managed to score 3 of the ten spots with Toronto, Ontario, Vancouver British Columbia, and Calgary, Alberta.

But before you renounce citizenship or get a passport (now required for trips to Canada) and pack your bags keep in mind that it gets pretty darn cold in Toronto and Calgary. Personally that fact alone would lower those cities off my own list of favored retirement areas which would certainly include an option for an Oregon Retirement . I'd also certainly have San Diego California on my list where the weather is about as good as it can get year-round and the amenities are spectacular.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

US News: Top Ten Places to Live in USA

US News has ratee these ten US Cities as the top ten best places to live in the country. The links lead to more detail about each. Albuquerque NM is the big winner:

Along the banks of the Rio Grande, with the Sandia Mountains in the background, is the beautiful city of Albuquerque, N.M. The sunny climate and endless landscape have long drawn writers, poets, and artists to this spot, which includes an unconventional mix of American Indian, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures. But it's not just freethinkers who drift to this Southwestern city of 511,000. Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia National Laboratories, and Intel Corp. have helped develop the area into a manufacturing and research hub. They provide a stable anchor for the local economy.

1. Albuquerque, New Mexico

2. Auburn, Alabama.

3. Austin, Texas

4. Boise, Idaho

5. Durham, North Carolina

6. La Crosse, Wisconsin

7. Loveland, Colorado

8. San Luis Obispo, California

9. St. Augustine, Florida

10. Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania