QUESTION: My wife and I will both be retiring in a year or two and are interested in moving to a smaller house in a better climate. What resources can you recommend for locating and researching good places to retire in the U.S.?
ANSWER: There are a wide variety of free Web-based resources that can help you find and research a new location that meet your wants, needs and budget.
If you aren’t sure where you want to retire, a good place to begin is by taking a retirement test at sites like Sperling’s Best Places (bestplaces.net/fybp) or Find Your Spot (findyourspot.com). These are free quizzes that ask dozens of questions on your preferences such as climate, recreation, community size and more, and suggest possible destinations.