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Best places to retire

Flagstaff could be a great retirement destination.

Flagstaff could be a great retirement destination.

If you are considering retirement in a new place, but don't really know where to bring your moving containers, don't worry, there are many choices. Depending on the weather you enjoy, plenty of spots around the country could be great living destinations to start the next phase of your life.

Portland, Oregon
There are many places that may make great retirement destinations on the West Coast.Portland has plenty to do, and some affordable aspects, as well. The median home price in Portland is $272,000, according to CNN Money. It also has a state income tax that is less than 10 percent, and there isn't a sales tax, which can make everyday purchases more affordable.

No matter what your age is, there are always things to do in Portland. Great outdoor activities are only a short drive away, the website explained. There are also art exhibits and other entertainment options prevalent in the city throughout the year.

Ithaca, New York
College towns can be great places to relocate to for retirement. One that may be a good choice is Ithaca, New York. The city in Central New York has plenty to do, and has a median home price of only $176,500, according to U.S. News and World Report. Two major schools in town - Ithaca College and Cornell University - which offer many arts and entertainment activities. Additionally, there are plenty of opportunities to take classes, which may be a fun way to keep busy while learning something new.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
The Southeast also is full of places for those who want to retire. Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is one of these spots that may be both affordable and fun. The city has a median home price of only $129,000, according to CNN Money, and its state income tax is lower than 8 percent.

Having such an affordable option may be great. North Carolina is known for its good weather, which may make the decision even better. Healthcare in the area is first-rate, as the city is the home to the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Flagstaff, Arizona
Arizona is known for its warm climate, unique landscape and relative affordability. If this seems like a good fit for you and your family, then retiring in Flagstaff may be the right decision. Humidity is rare in the Southwest, so dealing with dry, sunny conditions is common, U.S. News and World Report says. This city also never gets too hot, so you won't be too uncomfortable. Snow is also commonplace, which may make those who hope for a winter with some accumulation better able to deal with living in the Southwest.

St. Augustine, Florida
Florida is a popular retirement destination for many people. One area that may be a great migration destination is St. Augustine. The city has a median home price of only $156,00, while there is no state income tax. This may be just the affordable destination you are looking for, especially if you want great weather and plenty to do during your stay.

The city is less than one hour from Jacksonville, so you can take care of all of your big city needs right down the road. The news source added that because the city is so close to Jacksonville, much of the tourism stays away. Many people do remain in St. Augustine year-round, so there's always going to be neighbors and things to do in the local area.