Located about 2 hours east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs is an outdoor lovers’ dream. Stunning Mt. Jacinto looms over the town, and retirees will have plenty of opportunity for hiking, bicycling, golfing and swimming. While the weather seems to be almost perpetually sunny and ideal for outdoor activity, it can get extremely hot during the summer months.
Amidst the palm-lined streets lie a number of excellent restaurants and exclusive boutiques and galleries. Residents will also find general “big box” stores, like Walmart and Costco, as well.
Con: Extremely hot summers, high cost of living
Best For: Outdoor lovers
Cost of Living: 15.8% higher than national average
Median Home Cost: $263,000
Top State Income Tax: 13.3%
Crime Rate: 15.6% higher than national average
Interestingly, while the cost of living in Palm Springs is a steep 15 percent above the national average, the median home price is a reasonable $263,000. Retirees will find homes boasting “desert modern” architectures, with open floor plans, plenty of windows and pools, as well as smaller apartments, including some that are geared toward retirees.