Boise named one of top U.S. cities for retirees

January 21, 2014 

Mike and Maria Smith moved to Boise from Dallas several years ago after a very careful consideration process of where the best place was for them to retire.

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Boise is no stranger to top 10 lists, a fact embraced by city and chamber officials as they tout the City of Trees' lifestyle and economic opportunities to potential future residents and businesses.

The latest feather in Boise's cap? Mention as one of the top 25 U.S. cities in which to retire.

The 2014 version of the list, compiled by Forbes, analyzed more than 400 cities, focusing primarily on economic conditions but also giving weight to violent crime rates and bikability/walkability.

Boise was given kudos for its cost of living, favorable tax climate, dry climate, bikability, walkability and volunteer opportunities.

The list didn't rank the cities within the top 25. Other notable cities include Austin, Texas; Auburn, Ala.; Charleston, S.C.; Bellingham, Wash.; Ogden, Utah; and Salt Lake City.

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