(CLICK ABOVE PHOTO FOR ENLARGEMENT – – the beautiful Sandia Mountains and the Rio Grande as seen from Albuquerque’s West Mesa)
New Mexico is so spacious and so beautiful, with its generally mild climate.
It’s the 5th largest state in the Union, yet its entire population is just 2 million and has remained so for quite some time.
New Mexico is blessed with its rich and diverse culture and its great people.
The cost of living is reasonable, compared to most other states in the U.S.
by Darla Mercado and John W. Schoen, CNBC – – April 17, 2019 – –https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/17/retirees-are-flocking-to-these-3-states-and-fleeing-these-3-states.html
More than 4 out of 10 people moving to New Mexico cited retirement as a reason, according to data from United Van Lines.
Retirement was also a top reason why people relocated to Florida and Arizona — and why they are fleeing New Jersey.
But step aside, Florida. New Mexico is the new top retirement destination.
(CLICK ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT – – Sandia Mountains in the distance…..from the east end of Rio Rancho (population 100,000)……April 25, 2014…..7:30 p.m…..temperature 62 degrees F, 16 degrees C.
Rio Rancho is a modern city, the third largest city in New Mexico with a population of 100,000. Area wise, it’s so spacious and spread out that there are no need for any tall buildings. It is one of the safest cities I have ever seen. There is no “downtown” in this city. The tallest building in Rio Rancho is a 5 story hospital. And that’s about it, except for a couple or three more office buldings 3 or 4 stories tall.)
Those were the findings from a survey by United Van Lines.
The relocation company polled 26,998 of its customers who moved last year, through Nov. 30, 2018.
Among those who moved to New Mexico, 42% said they did so because of retirement, making the Land of Enchantment a top destination.
Florida came in second, with 38% of people moving there citing “retirement” as a reason.
Arizona followed in third, according to United Van Lines.
Meanwhile, those golden years were also a primary reason why people fled New Jersey, with a third of households citing that as a driver behind their decision to leave the Garden State.
Maine and Connecticut round out the top three states people are moving away from citing retirement, the moving service found.
COST OF LIVING
There are a number of reasons why people approaching retirement might want to relocate.
Chief among them is the need to stretch their savings and their Social Security checks.
“The cost of living is a key factor, said Dan Herron, a CPA and partner at Better Business Financial Services in San Luis Obispo, California.
“We look at their budget and see how much they spend and how long it will last,” he said.
That means examining the cost of housing, medical expenditures and more.
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