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City of Marquette named a top city to retire in

March 19, 2012
By JOHN PEPIN - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Marquette recently received another accolade with CBS MoneyWatch listing the area as one of The 10 Best Places to Retire.

Compiler Nancy F. Smith said the list was an attempt "to find the best places for the good life."

"Whenever experts set out to find 'great places to retire,' they tend to dwell on cost of living and healthcare," Smith wrote. "Both important considerations, sure, but talk to retirees, even in this age of rampaging austerity, and you'll find most are looking forward to a retirement filled with friends, travel, volunteer opportunities, a wide variety of activities - both physical and intellectual. In other words, a rich life, richly lived."

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Activities outdoors, with good medical care and educational opportunities are among reasons the city of Marquette made the Ten Best Places to Retire list, as compiled by CBS Money Watch. (Journal file photo)

Smith said all of the selected towns have good medical care and most are "extremely affordable." But she said the list also focused on lifestyle - places with a balance between outdoor recreation, cultural and educational institutions, a good airport and good public transportation.

"We also considered places your friends and family would love to come visit," Smith wrote. "After all, if you're striking out on a new life with new friends, it's a bonus to get lots of visits from old friends."

Marquette Mayor John Kivela said the city has been on similar lists over the past couple of years and he's very proud of that fact.

"I think it reaffirms what we know about this area: it's very special," Kivela said.

He said recreation and job opportunities and people buying into the community aspect of Marquette that makes these type of acknowledgements happen.

"It's all the contributions everybody makes to making this a better community," Kivela said.

Smith told readers that if you don't like snow, Marquette isn't for you, but she called the Upper Peninsula "one of the most beautifully austere places in the United States."

Smith touted winter and summer recreation opportunities, Sawyer International Airport, Marquette General Health System and quoted the median home price as $130,000.

Communities on the list, in order of publication, included: Austin, Tex., Clearwater, Fla., Fort Collins, Colo., Marquette, Pittsburgh, Pa., Portland, Ore., Santa Fe, N.M., Walnut Creek, Calif., Washington, D.C. and Winston-Salem, N.C.

Smith said there are a couple of surprised on the list and a couple of places where housing is a bit more expensive, but cheaper now than it was five years ago.

"Finally, these retirement spots have economies that have remained relatively vibrant," Smith wrote. "Which means the lifestyle you see today is likely to be around tomorrow."

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.



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