By Joel Siegfried, Airlines/Airport Examiner
December 13th, 2010 8:43 pm ET
According to National Public Radio’s (NPR) “Here and Now“, hosted by Robin Young and broadcast on Monday, December 13, 2010, based on research done by the military financial services company USAA, some places are much better than others for members of the U.S. military to retire, including former pilots and aviation professionals.
Career members of the military are usually in their late forties or early fifties, after they complete 20 to 30 years of service, and are much too young for regular retirement, so the choice of where to “retire” before starting a second career is an important one, and includes such factors as proximity to military bases and the benefits of Post Exchanges (PX, NEX, etc.) tax free shopping, Veterans Administration (VA) or other service medical facilities, universities where a back to school degree could help with a new career, quality of life, and economic factors such as relatively low unemployment, housing, and low or no state income taxes.
If you had guessed that San Diego, other Southern California locations, or cities near the golden sandy beaches of Florida would be included in the Top Ten list of best places for veterans to retire, you’d be completely wrong. Four of the top ten cities are in the “Lone Star State”, Texas, two are in Pennsylvania, and the others are in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Louisiana, and New York.
While the choices are surprising, they make a great deal of sense from economic, educational, and other factors that have already been mentioned.
Here are the Top 10 best places for veterans to retire according to the USAA:
01 – Waco, TX
02 – Oklahoma City, OK
03 – Austin/Round Rock, TX
04 – College Station/Bryan, TX
05 – Harrisburg/Carlisle, PA
06 – San Angelo, TX
07 – Madison, WI
08 – Pittsburgh, PA
09 – New Orleans/Metairie/Kenner, LA
10 – Syracuse, NY
If you are a member of the military, please let us know where you would like to retire after completing your service career.