Deciding where to spend your golden years is just as important as deciding where to raise your kids. There are a lot of factors that need to be considered when choosing a town and a home for your retirement. Some of those factors include weather, serious crime rates, taxes and availability of doctors. It is also important to take into consideration what you want to spend your free time doing. Some states offer incentives for active retirement and unemployment rates and economic growth should also be looked at (in case you want a part time job).

Forbes Magazine recently released the top 25 cities to retire in for 2012. The list takes into consideration the average home price, overall taxes and taxes on retirees, air quality, weather, crime and more.

Before you invest in your retirement home and town, check out the cities on this list.

  1. Albuquerque, New Mexico – average home price $166,000
  2. Alexandria, Louisiana – average home price $148,000
  3. Asheville, North Carolina – average home price $198,000
  4. Atlanta, Georgia – average home price $96,000
  5. Austin, Texas – average home price $188,000
  6. Bloomington, Indiana – average home price $144,000
  7. Boise, Idaho – average home price $118,000
  8. Cape Coral, Florida – average home price $108,000
  9. Columbia, Missouri – average home price – $152,000
  10. Columbia, South Carolina – average home price $141,000
  11. Corpus Christie, Texas – average home price $136,000
  12. Fargo, North Dakota – average home price $154,000
  13. Fort Myers, Florida – average home price $119,000
  14. Huntsville, Alabama – average home price $170,000
  15. Knoxville, Tennessee – average home price $137,000
  16. Las Cruces, New Mexico – average home price $116,000
  17. Lynchburg, Virginia – average home price $134,000
  18. Pensacola, Florida – average home price $134,000
  19. Phoenix, Arizona – average home price $119,000
  20. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – average home price $121,000
  21. Salt Lake City, Utah – average home price $183,000
  22. San Antonio, Texas – average home price $150,000
  23. Savannah, Georgia – average home price $137,000
  24. Tuscon, Arizona – average home price $131,000
  25. Tulsa, Oklahoma – average home price $129,000

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