This year’s hurricanes, forest fires and drought are adding to climate risk for pensioners more clearly than ever before.
So MarketWatch has been updated its popular tool “Where Should I Retire” allow users to exclude up to six categories of natural disasters: floods, droughts, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and fires.
The inter-county assessment comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency National risk index.
Caution: the absence of hurricanes, for example, does not mean that the county will never experience it. MarketWatch filters out those counties where the risk is “relatively high” and “very high”; FEMA also assigns the categories “relatively moderate”, “relatively low” and “very low”.
As always, the tool offers 10 recommendations based on the criteria that matter most to you, from population size and housing costs to beach or mountain community, snow and moisture – and more. MarketWatch created it because we believe that often the best places for people to retire are not the best for you.
You can read previous updates here.
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We have also added counties with at least one to this round bicycle friendly community. It comes politely American cyclists toorecognizing. MarketWatch only includes communities that have earned a silver or higher category. the full list is here.
Golf enthusiasts can now view counties with at least five courses. It covers about one in five U.S. counties.
And we have combined “very low” and “low” humidity into one category.
Again, the options do not include crime data. Crime can vary considerably in a large city or county, so the data does not provide much information. And that presupposes the existence of national data. Unfortunately, the FBI’s single crime report is voluntary and controversial (The 2019 report does not include the New York subway area, for example).
MarketWatch will continue to look at the issue again, especially after the FBI is launched its new crime reporting system.
What are MarketWatch readers looking for in the retirement of their dreams? The policy options added in April have quickly become favorites. At the top of the rankings are also the average summer peaks of the 1980s, a low overall tax burden and a confusing political climate, followed by a higher-than-average share of higher education, lower cost of living and a firmly democratic political climate.
The most popular choice for residence is “everywhere”, which suggests that many readers are prepared to be surprised by their criteria. Followed by Florida, North Carolina, California, South Carolina and Texas.
North-west: MarketWatch “Where Should I Retire” Column