The 25 Best Places in the U.S. to Retire in 2019

9. Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska skyline against mountains
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Let’s talk about atypical retirement locations. While most people head south to spend their golden years in a warm climate, there are reasons to head north.

Kiplinger names Anchorage, Alaska, as the second best place to retire in the USA. Yes, it may be cold, and, yes, it may be expensive. But once you’ve been a resident for a year, you may be entitled to receive the annual dividend from the oil-revenue-supported Alaska Permanent Fund. In 2018, the fund paid $1,600 per person. However, that’s not the only reason to retire to Anchorage. The city offers numerous cultural and recreational opportunities, and Alaska is a tax-friendly state for seniors.

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