Top spot for retirement? Our Florence.Byline: Winston Ross The Register-Guard
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Don't tell anybody. Florence is the best place to retire in the country.
At least that's the statistical opinion of David Savageau, who ranks U.S. cities with a complicated formula of safety, affordability and ambience, among other things. Savageau's almanac almanac, originally, a calendar with notations of astronomical and other data. Almanacs have been known in simple form almost since the invention of writing, for they served to record religious feasts, seasonal changes, and the like. , Retirement Places Rated, listed Florence as the top retirement spot in America, the book's publisher announced Wednesday.
Take that, sunny Florida. Chew on this, Arizona. Little old Florence is No. 1.
By little and old, by the way, we mean little and old. Florence is the smallest city on the top 10 list, and the town's average age is 55.8, more than 20 years older than the national average. Thirty-eight percent of Florence's 7,600 residents are at least 65 years old.
But that should be no surprise in a city that recently passed an ordinance to clear up the rules about driving "slow-moving vehicles" (golf carts) on city streets.
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National U.S. daily general-interest newspaper, the first of its kind. Launched in 1982 by Allen Neuharth, head of the Gannett newspaper chain, it reached a circulation of one million within a year and surpassed two million in the 1990s. and Paul Harvey's nationally syndicated radio show both plugged this coastal city - retirees are sure to keep flocking to the City of Rhododendrons.
`I'm as happy as a cat's 'jamas,' said Mayor Alan Burns Professor Alan Burns is a professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of York. He has been at the University of York since 1990, and held the post of Head of Department from 1999 until 30th June 2006, when he was succeeded by John McDermid. , a Florence mortician. "What makes Florence Florence is the people. It's something all the residents have known for a long time."
The yearly ranking compares 203 retirement destinations across the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. based on ambience, cost of living, climate, personal safety, services and the economy.
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3. a news release from Savageau's publisher, Wiley Inc., baby boomers See generation X. are less concerned about a mild climate and availability of leisure activities such as golf and shopping and more concerned about a city's ambience and cultural authenticity. Many want to work during retirement, adding to the importance of a vibrant economy.
USA Today reports that this year's study reflects a continuing shift from Florida as a retirement mecca to the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountains Rocky Mountains, major mountain system of W North America and easternmost belt of the North American cordillera, extending more than 3,000 mi (4,800 km) from central N.Mex. to NW Alaska; Mt. Elbert (14,431 ft/4,399 m) in Colorado is the highest peak. and the Desert Southwest.
Florence was ranked No. 30 in the last study, conducted in 1999. It's ambience and local economy were considered strong points, despite a higher-than-average crime rate.
Florence was Oregon's second-fastest growing city from 1990 to 2000 and the coast's fastest, bulging by 43 percent during that decade
Not everyone is as exuberant as Burns about Florence's rampant growth, however. Some longtime residents such as Zane Ziemer would just as soon keep the town the size it already is - or maybe even a little smaller.
"I don't like it," griped the 75-year-old Ziemer, who has called Florence home since 1935. "We've got enough people here already. This is going to open the floodgates again."
Winston Ross can be reached at (541) 902-9030 or rgcoast@ oregonfast.net.
TOP 10 PLACES TO RETIRE
2. Scottsdale, Ariz.
3. Charleston, S.C.
4. Melbourne-Palm Bay, Fla.
5. North County San Diego San Diego (săn dēā`gō), city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring Valley. Coronado is across the bay. , Calif.
6. Tucson, Ariz.
8. Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H.
9. Daytona Beach, Fla.
10. Fayetteville, Ark.