Live out your golden years comfortably.
Within the next twenty years, tens of millions of baby boomers will retire and likely uproot their lives to move somewhere quieter — and perhaps warmer. According to Realtor.com, with 74 million of them, "Boomers are by far the largest generation ever to retire."
The real estate listings site further breaks this number down with the help of Pew Research Center, which reported that between the years 2010 and 2029, approximately 10,000 boomers in the United States will turn 65-years-old every day. Because of this, by 2030, everyone in that generation will be over 65. Yes, that'll be 18% of the U.S. population.
Realtor.com analyzed 500 U.S. cities and the surrounding areas where at least 25% of the population were 60-years or older. After digging through "markets that had a high share of Realtor.com listings with mentions of 'retirement,' 'aging in place,' 'ground-floor master bedrooms,' and similar phrases" and the moving trends of people over sixty, they then ranked their findings (based on cost of a 15-year mortgage on a median-priced home).
In the end, they put together a list of the five most expensive and the five least expensive places to live in the United States post-retirement. Think you can guess them? Some of them may surprise you.
blursd: “Things are in pretty bad shape in Brazil right now. The only way to have a better life in Brazil is to go to college, but college is very expensive,” said Alvarenga, speaking in Portuguese through a translator. THAT, doesn't make sense to me - regarding college being "expensive." I'm originally from the United States, but I also lived in Brazil for a number a years. You see, in Brazil, one has to take a college entrance exam called the "Vestibular." It's kind of like the SAT ... on steroids. Literally EVERYTHING hinges on not just passing the Vestibular, but placing high enough on the test (vis-a-vis other test takers that year) to secure entrance to a university. The thing is though, if you manage to score high enough you'll not only be admitted to a corresponding university to begin your studies ... your college tuition, and other necessary expenses (books, housing, food, etc) is also paid for by the state. So, if one passes the Vestibular, and scores high enough to go to college ... you don't really have to pay for much of anything (other than things you might want to make your life easier/nicer). There are for profit schools in Brazll, but they're not very common, and they're almost exclusively religious schools (and pretty much almost exclusively Jesuit ... aka Catholic). Then his statement would be fairly accurate. Those schools are expensive, even by American standards. They're pretty much there to cater to upper-class children who didn't score well enough to secure entrance into state run university - they're the only ones who can afford to pay the cost of going to a private college in Brazil. Private colleges are fairly commonplace in the United States. In fact, many of our nation's top rated academic insitutions are ... private colleges (Harvard, Stanford, Brown, Cornell, etc ...). The so-called "Ivy League" schools (with the exception of Penn State). In Brazil, however, private don't really have the same reputation. The top academic institutions in Brazil are ALL state-run universities. Going to a private college in Brazil is somewhat akin to going to an online-only college in the United States.