In my neighborhood, I sometimes feel like I'm the only one who leaves for work.  I know my neighbors have put many years of hard work in already and they are now enjoying their well-deserved retirement, but sometimes I get jealous and just want to sit in my driveway and wave at people too.

I know I won't retire in my current house so a move will be necessary, but where exactly do I want to spend my well-deserved retirement years?  Where do you want to spend those years?  If you are thinking Minnesota is the state you will still be calling "home", the list below might be something you want to hold on to.


Location! Location! Location! is Still a Popular Saying in Minnesota

Many years before I got this radio gig, I sold real estate.  I may have even been inside your house a few years ago.  Location, location, location is the golden rule for buying a home and finding that perfect spot when you retire is even more crucial.  You want to be somewhere you can relax, enjoy life, and have minimal stress.

Check Out This Multi-Million Dollar, Award Winning Property in Minnesota With Breathtaking Views!

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Important Checklist for Minnesotans Over 65

Ask anyone who is getting ready to retire and they will tell you that there are very specific things on their list they are looking for, including:

- Affordability: Can you stretch your budget comfortably?
- Top-notch healthcare
- Weather that you love!  In Minnesota that is either sunshine or snow days
- Low crime rates so you feel safe and secure
- Fun ways to stay active indoors or outdoors
- Great entertainment options, including good restaurants

Thinking of Retiring?  Check Out This List of the Best Counties in Minnesota

Taking all of those factors above and data from Niche, Stacker came up with a list of the best counties in Minnesota for retirees.

Best counties to retire to in Minnesota

Stacker compiled a list of the best counties to retire in Minnesota using data from Niche.

Gallery Credit: Stacker

Would You Rather Retire in Iowa?

If you'd rather travel south on I-35 to Iowa for your retirement years, below are the top counties that you should check out.

LOOK: Best counties to retire to in Iowa

Stacker compiled a list of the best counties to retire in Iowa using data from Niche.

Gallery Credit: Stacker

LOOK: This is what you now need to retire comfortably in every U.S. State

Go Banking Rates analyzed financial data to determine how much is necessary to retire across the nation, factoring in groceries, housing, transportation, healthcare costs, and more. Plus, what an additional $1 Million in savings would look like.

Gallery Credit: Mike Brant

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