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Editor’s Note

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EDITOR’S NOTE Thank you for your purchase of our first-ever Military Retirement Guide! We have assembled this guide with two audiences in mind. First, those who joined the military around September 11th, 2001, did their twenty years, and are beginning the next chapter of their lives. If you belong in this group, you more than likely have children, and they’re probably getting close to their teenage years. With that in mind, we have curated a list of locales that offer safe neighborhoods, good schools, and plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy. To help you with the transition to a new career, we’ve highlighted many places that offer highereducation opportunities, expanding industries, and easy commutes to some of the nation’s most dynamic cities. We have also written this guide for another group of retirees: those who have already transitioned to post-military life. Perhaps you’re already winding down your second career and are looking for the best place to spend your second retirement. You may be looking for a location that allows you to travel easily around the country and the world, stay active, and live somewhere with a strong sense of community. We have you covered here as well! For both of these groups, our guide will help you maximize the military benefits you and your family have earned after decades of selfless service. We have selected the cities, towns, and suburbs highlighted in this guide from hundreds of locations across the continental United States. Using dozens of data points—such as crime levels, hospital quality, and cost of living—we have developed a proprietary algorithm to evaluate areas and standardize scores across six geographic regions. Our guide will help you find things, like the closest commissary or Space-A terminal, and get an idea of how easy it is to receive quality medical care. We realize that most retirees’ first consideration for moving post-retirement will vary between job opportunities or relocation closer to relatives. We are here to help you with the next step: narrowing down that location and finding the best community for you and your family. In the following pages, you’ll find 120 of the best places to retire, with everything from a liberal-arts college town in rural Ohio to dynamic urban centers like Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. Thank you again for your purchase, and congratulations! -Andrew Duggins


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#1 Ballston Spa, NY

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Ballston Spa is a quaint, historic village with an engaging community. First settled in 1771, it has repeatedly ranked among the top places to retire in New York. Ballston Spa is located only three miles southwest of Saratoga Springs, placing it just minutes away from a major military installation. On NSA Saratoga Springs you’ll find a Navy Exchange, Commissary, and Naval Branch Health Clinic. The Stratton Air National Guard Base in Schenectady has the nearest Space-A terminal just a mere 12 miles away, though flights may be infrequent. Ballston Spa offers a well-preserved historic district punctuated by Victorian architecture. Many shops, spas, and museums fill the downtown area, and local eateries provide many casual and fine-dining options. Local attractions include the Iron Railing Spring—credited as the first mineral spring in the country— and the National Bottle Museum. Despite being a small tight-knit community, Ballston Spa is minutes away from the amenities of a larger city. The region’s biggest draw is the Saratoga Race Course, one of the oldest sporting venues in the country. The state capital of Albany is only a thirtyminute drive away; there you’ll find an international airport, making travel abroad even more accessible. If you prefer short overnight getaways, New York City, Boston, and Niagara Falls are all within driving distance. Head three hours west to the Finger Lakes, and explore the top-ranked wine region in the United States. If chilly winters don’t bother you—and you are looking for a relatively low cost of living, untaxed military pensions, and easy access to medical care and recreation—Ballston Spa is a great place to settle down!


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Population (2019 est.): 5,226 County: Saratoga Pension Tax: No Cost of Living Index: 109 Housing Price Index: 114.6 Nearest Major Airport: Albany International Airport, 24 mi Violent Crime: 0.13% Property Crime: 1.06% Hospitals within 25 mi: 3 Average Medicare Hospital Rating: 3.5 Highest Ranked Hospitals: 1x 4star hospital Patients/Physician: 1400:1 Patients/Dentist: 1630:1 Patients/Mental Health Provider: 720:1 Nearest MTF: Naval Branch Health Clinic Saratoga Springs, 7 mi

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Nearest VA Medical Facility: Clifton Park VA Clinic, 9.3 mi Nearest VA Benefits Center: Albany VAMC Hicksville, 24 mi Nearest Exchange: NSA Saratoga Springs Navy Exchange Minimart, 7 mi Nearest Commissary: NSA Saratoga Springs, 7 mi Nearest Space-A Terminal: Stratton Air National Guard Base, Schenectady, 12 mi Nearest MWR Office: Rec Center: Ballston Spa/NSA ITT: Saratoga Springs, 7 mi Nearest VFW: Post 358 Ballston Spa Post Nearest American Legion: Henry Cornell, NY Post 234, Ballston Spa Congressional District: 21st Vet Population by Congr. District: 60,940

ballstonarearec.org saratogacountyfair.org saratogaracetrack.com brooksidemuseum.org nationalbottlemuseum.org

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#2 Newton, MA

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Nestled seven miles west of Boston, Newton is a suburban city in Middlesex County, constituting 13 distinctive villages. Settled in 1630, Newton is one of the oldest cities in the country. It is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in Massachusetts thanks to its highly rated quality public schools, vibrant community, and beautiful open spaces. We likewise give it high marks for its proximity to Hanscom Air Force Base, low crime, and ease-of-access to world-class medical care. Residents enjoy the Newton Free Library (one of the largest, best-equipped libraries in Massachusetts), the New Philharmonia Orchestra of Massachusetts, and the Newton Symphony Orchestra. Being so close to Boston, Newton residents will find many employment opportunities in various industries. A short ride on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) light rail, the bus, a taxi, or driving are all ways to get into the city quickly. Boston is a beautiful, historic city home to several professional sports teams, museums, historical sites, the New England Aquarium, and other endless entertainment opportunities. Hanscom Air Force Base is just fourteen miles north of Newton, a short drive up I-95. There, retirees will have access to an exchange, commissary, Space-A, and MWR/ITT office. There are three VA medical centers all within fourteen miles of Newton. If you like camping, the Hanscom AFB FamCamp hosts RV camping and tent spaces year-round. With its low crime rate, prime location, rich history, excellent schools, active community, and high culture, it is no wonder Newton ranks so highly. You will even get to experience all four seasons! Best of all, Massachusetts will not tax your Military Retirement pay!


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Population (2019 est.): 88,414 County: Middlesex Pension Tax: No Cost of Living Index: 148.8 Housing Price Index: 219.6 Nearest Major Airport: Logan International Airport, 11 mi Violent Crime: 0.05% Property Crime: 0.72% Hospitals within 25 mi: 30 Average Medicare Hospital Rating: 3.5 Highest Ranked Hospitals: 4x 5star hospitals within 25 mi Patients/Physician: 780:1 Patients/Dentist: 1090:1 Patients/Mental Health Provider: 210:1 Nearest MTF: Hanscom AFB, 14 mi

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Nearest VA Medical Facility: VA Medical Center West Roxbury, 6 mi Nearest VA Benefits Center: JFK Fed Bldg, Government Center, Boston, 11 mi Nearest Exchange: Hanscom AFB, 14 mi Nearest Commissary: Hanscom AFB, 14 mi Nearest Space-A Terminal: Hanscom AFB, 14 mi Nearest MWR Office: Hanscom AFB, 14 mi Nearest VFW: Post 2902 West Roxbury Post, 6 mi Nearest American Legion: George D. Carson, Inc., MA Post 141, Newton Congressional District: 4th Vet Population by Congr. District: 33,434

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#3 Waltham, MA

Northeast

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Waltham is a friendly and diverse city situated along the Charles River, just 10 miles northwest of Boston. Settled in 1634, Waltham earned the nickname "The Watch City" for its association with the industry. We rank Waltham highly because of its three VA Medical Centers within fourteen miles and its proximity to Hanscom Air Force Base. Hanscom AFB is just nine miles north of Waltham, a short drive up I-95. There, retirees will have access to the Exchange, Commissary, Space-A, and the MWR/ITT office. For those who like to spend time outdoors, the Hanscom FamCamp hosts RV and tent camping sites open year-round. Waltham boasts a fantastic food scene with many different eateries downtown, and plenty to see with its several museums, art galleries, and theater. Gore Place is a popular gathering spot that hosts concerts, garden parties, and the annual Sheepshearing Festival. Along the Charles River, you will find trails enjoyed by both hikers and cyclists, as well as the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. Learn about the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, and catch events like photo contests and jazz concerts. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) serves Waltham and provides easy access to Boston via bus or rail. A twenty-minute train ride brings you to several professional sports teams, museums, historical sites, the New England Aquarium, and other endless entertainment opportunities. If you are looking for a quick getaway, check out the Constitution Inn or Mariners House in Boston. Waltham offers residents a mix of both urban and suburban life. With its prime location, low crime rate, affordability, and diversity, it is an excellent choice to retire in the northeast!


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Population (2019 est.): 62,495 County: Middlesex Pension Tax: No Cost of Living Index: 148.8 Housing Price Index: 219.6 Nearest Major Airport: Logan International Airport, 12 mi Violent Crime: 0.14% Property Crime: 1% Hospitals within 25 mi: 30 Average Medicare Hospital Rating: 3.5 Highest Ranked Hospitals: 5x 5-star hospitals within 25 mi Patients/Physician: 780:1 Patients/Dentist: 1090:1 Patients/Mental Health Provider: 210:1 Nearest MTF: Hanscom AFB, 9 mi

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Nearest VA Medical Facility: VA Medical Center Boston, 9 mi Nearest VA Benefits Center: JFK Fed Bldg, Government Center, Boston, 12 mi Nearest Exchange: Hanscom AFB, 9 mi Nearest Commissary: Hanscom AFB, 9 mi Nearest Space-A Terminal: Hanscom AFB, 9 mi Nearest MWR Office: Hanscom AFB, 9 mi Nearest VFW: Post 2152 Waltham Post Nearest American Legion: Joseph F. Hill, MA Post 156, Waltham Congressional District: 5th Vet Population by Congr. District: 27,222

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Annual Days of Sunshine 98


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#4 Norwood, MA

Northeast

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Norwood is a medium-sized suburb approximately 25 miles southwest of Boston. It ranks high on our list thanks to aboveaverage schools, family-friendly neighborhoods, low crime rates, and its proximity to Hanscom Air Force Base and the US Army Natick Soldier Systems Center. Retirees will have easy access to the commissary and Space-A terminal at Hanscom. Only sixteen miles away from Norwood, Natick has the nearest Exchange and CAC/ID card center. There are three VA medical centers within fifteen miles and a military treatment facility on Hanscom, giving you flexibility when it comes to receiving medical care. A quiet and welcoming town, Norwood boasts one of the lowest tax rates in the Boston metropolitan area, and the Commonwealth does not tax military pensions. You will find a lot to do in town, such as fishing at Ellis Pond, or bowling at the Norwood Sports Center. In nearby Walpole, check out the Adams Farm for four-season outdoor activities like cross country skiing, sledding, horseback riding, and hiking. The Norwood Theatre hosts events, ballets, and national headlining musical and comedy acts right in your backyard! Get to know your neighbors and enjoy delicious fresh food straight from local farms at the Norwood Farmer’s Market, held in the town common. Norwood residents have easy access to all the cultural and recreational offerings of Boston via I-93 or light rail—both taking approximately thirty-minutes to reach downtown. Family and friends will enjoy a day trip to the New England Aquarium, home to over 2,000 animals. Living in Norwood means you’ll get four picturesque seasons. With the highly rated schools, family-friendly neighborhoods, and the amenities of Boston nearby, it’s no wonder Norwood ranks as one of the best places to live in Massachusetts.


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Population (2019 est.): 29,725 County: Norfolk Pension Tax: No Cost of Living Index: 148.8 Housing Price Index: 219.6 Nearest Major Airport: Logan International Airport, 16 mi Violent Crime: 0.11% Property Crime: 1.02% Hospitals within 25 mi: 28 Average Medicare Hospital Rating: 3.4 Highest Ranked Hospitals: 4x 5-star hospitals within 25 mi Patients/Physician: 780:1 Patients/Dentist: 870:1 Patients/Mental Health Provider: 200:1 Nearest MTF: Hanscom AFB, 23 mi

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Nearest VA Medical Facility: VA Medical Center-West Roxbury, 6 mi Nearest VA Benefits Center: JFK Fed Bldg, Government Center, Boston, 24 mi Nearest Exchange: U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center, 13 mi Nearest Commissary: Hanscom AFB, 23 mi Nearest Space-A Terminal: Hanscom AFB, 23 mi Nearest MWR Office: Hanscom AFB, 23 mi Nearest VFW: Post 2452 Norwood Nearest American Legion: Norwood, MA Post 70 Congressional District: 8th Vet Population by Congr. District: 36,617

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#5 West Goshen, PA

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An old farming town purchased from William Penn in 1681, West Goshen Township is a far western suburb of Philadelphia, and reviewers agree it is one of the best places to live nationwide. We give it high marks for the number of military facilities within a few hours' drive. Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, and McGuire AFB in New Jersey, are each sixty-two miles away. The DelawareSector Coast Guard Exchange is only thirty-two miles away. With McGuire AFB being a major Air Mobility Command terminal, routine flights to Europe (via Ramstein AFB) will be easy to schedule. West Goshen is close to four different VA healthcare facilities, giving you plenty of flexibility for finding affordable healthcare. On top of all these benefits, Pennsylvania does not tax any of the traditional retirement income funds—including Military Retirement pay. You'll also find lower property taxes here than in surrounding areas. With its proximity to New York and New Jersey, it’s easy to visit the Jersey Shore or experience Broadway. History buffs will love visiting Valley Forge National Historical Park, only seventeen miles away. Looking for a second career? There are plenty of employment opportunities (such as QVC and Comcast) in West Goshen and the surrounding towns within Chester County. With Philadelphia only forty-minutes away, you’re sure to find further employment and recreational opportunities. There’s still plenty to do within town though! The Robert E. Lambert Park has a skate park for residents to utilize and other events in West Goshen's four other public parks - including concerts at the outdoor amphitheater. West Goshen's low crime rate, non-taxed Military Retirement pay, and family-friendly suburban feel make it a great place to retire.


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Population (2019 est.): 22,973 County: Chester Pension Tax: No Cost of Living Index: 110.4 Housing Price Index: 113.6 Nearest Major Airport: Philadelphia International Airport, 19 mi Violent Crime: 0.09% Property Crime: 1.35% Hospitals within 25 mi: 21 Average Medicare Hospital Rating: 3 Highest Ranked Hospitals: 4x 5-star hospitals within 25 mi Patients/Physician: 1160:1 Patients/Dentist: 1550:1 Patients/Mental Health Provider: 520:1 Nearest MTF: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, 62 mi Nearest VA Medical Facility: Coatesville VA Medical Center, 15 mi

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Nearest VA Benefits Center: Philadelphia Regional Benefit Office, 15 mi Nearest Exchange: Delaware Bay Coast Guard Sector, Philadelphia, 32 mi Nearest Commissary: Aberdeen Proving Ground MD, 62 mi; McGuire AFB NJ, 62 mi Nearest Space-A Terminal: New Castle County Airport/DEANG, 25 mi Nearest MWR Office: Aberdeen Proving Ground, 62 mi; McGuire AFB, 62 mi Nearest VFW: Post 106 ButlerO’Connor-McCormick Post, West Goshen Nearest American Legion: Bernhard F. Schlegel, Inc., PA Post 134, West Chester, 1 mi Congressional District: 6th Vet Population by Congr. District: 40,224

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Annual Days of Sunshine 93


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#6 Tiverton, RI

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Tiverton is a quaint, coastal New England town in Rhode Island, sitting along the border with Massachusetts. Incorporated by English colonists in 1694 as a part of Massachusetts, Tiverton was later annexed by Rhode Island in 1746. We love Tiverton for its proximity to Naval Station Newport and the Naval War College, and all the amenities accessible at these locations. MWR’s Coasters Harbor Island Marina at Naval Station Newport is your military marina for retirees to utilize. At the War College you’ll find a Navy Exchange and commissary for your shopping needs. Middletown is where you’ll find your nearest VA clinic, just twelve miles away. Tiverton combines both coastal and country vibes. In town you’ll find the West Place Animal Sanctuary, the Sakonnet Farm, and antique and specialty shops. If you like outdoor exploration, check out the Weetamoo Woods & Pardon Gray Preserve. Catch some sun or go fishing at Fogland Beach or Grinnell’s Beach. Fort Barton, a Revolutionary War attraction, is in Tiverton as well. Tiverton is separated from the rest of the state but is connected by a bridge to Portsmouth and Newport. There, you’ll also find plenty to see and do - the historic mansions, the beautiful cliff walk, Ocean Drive, Fort Adams, wineries, breweries, and of course, sailing. Tiverton has been named among the most affordable places to live in Rhode Island. While the town itself is small, you will still find plenty of employment opportunities nearby, with the Providence-Warwick Metro area a mere 30 minutes away. Tiverton’s small-town coastal feel and proximity to everything needed to make it an attractive town to retire to post-military.


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Population (2019 est.): 15,662 County: Newport Pension Tax: Yes Cost of Living Index: 118.6 Housing Price Index: 129.3 Nearest Major Airport: TF Green Airport, Providence, RI, 32 mi Violent Crime: 0.08% Property Crime: 1.35% Hospitals within 25 mi: 14 Average Medicare Hospital Rating: 2.6 Highest Ranked Hospitals: 1x 5-star, 1x 4-star hospitals within 25 mi Patients/Physician: 1230:1 Patients/Dentist: 1070:1 Patients/Mental Health Provider: 350:1 Nearest MTF: NAVSTA Newport, 13 mi Nearest VA Medical Facility: Middletown VA Clinic, 12 mi Nearest VA Benefits Center: Middletown Outbased Benefit Office, 7 mi Nearest Exchange: Naval Station Newport, 13 mi

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Nearest Commissary: Naval Station Newport, 13 mi Nearest Space-A Terminal: Quonset State Airport/RIANG, 30 mi Nearest MWR Office: Naval Station Newport, 13 mi Nearest VFW: Post 5392 Woodrow L. Silvia Post, Tiverton Nearest American Legion: Portsmouth, RI Post 18, 3 mi Congressional District: 1st Vet Population by Congr. District: 32,314

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Annual Days of Sunshine 98


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#7 Nashua, NH

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Nashua is the second-largest city in New Hampshire, located just forty-five minutes from Boston. First settled in the late 1600s, Nashua has evolved into a historic downtown district with a vibrant community situated along the Merrimack and Nashua Rivers. Surrounded by more rural and suburban neighborhoods, you will find plenty to do here—especially if you enjoy the great outdoors. You can visit Mine Falls Park for hiking, boating, fishing, and beautiful views. Take a stroll downtown, which you’ll find filled with coffee shops, award-winning restaurants, boutique shops, wine bars, and pubs. There’s the Riverwalk, numerous parks, SkyVenture New Hampshire, and seven colleges you can explore. Nashua’s nearest military installation is Fort Devens in Massachusetts, just twenty-one miles away. There, you’ll find an exchange and commissary. If you travel a little further, you’ll reach Hanscom AFB in Massachusetts, the nearest Space-A terminal just thirty-two miles away. The closest VA clinic is in Manchester, about twenty miles away. Hanscom AFB has the Hanscom FamCamp for RV & tent camping year round. Boston hosts the Constitution Inn and Mariners House Lodging for affordable and close overnight getaways. Nashua has been ranked as the safest city in America, and one of the best places to live in New England. Military Retirement pay is also not taxed - a bonus for retiring in New Hampshire. With its beautiful scenery, affordability, safety, and economy, it is certainly a top place to retire to the North East.


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Population (2019 est.): 89,355 County: Hillsborough Pension Tax: No Cost of Living Index: 108 Housing Price Index: 112 Nearest Major Airport: Manchester Airport. 12 mi Violent Crime: 0.17% Property Crime: 1.38% Hospitals within 25 mi: 9 Average Medicare Hospital Rating: 3.7 Highest Ranked Hospitals: 2x 5-star hospitals within 25 miles Patients/Physician: 1160:1 Patients/Dentist: 1310:1 Patients/Mental Health Provider: 410:1 Nearest MTF: Hanscom AFB, 33 mi Nearest VA Medical Facility: VA Medical Center Manchester NH, 20 mi Nearest VA Benefits Center: Manchester Regional Benefit Office, 18 mi Nearest Exchange: Fort Devens, MA, 21 mi

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Nearest Commissary: Fort Devens, MA, 21 mi Nearest Space-A Terminal: Hanscom AFB, MA, 32 mi Nearest MWR Office: Hanscom AFB, MA, 32 mi Nearest VFW: Post 483 Nashua Post Nearest American Legion: James E. Coffey, Inc., NH Post 3, Nashua Congressional District: 2nd Vet Population by Congr. District: 53,313

downtownnashua.org nashualibrary.org funworldnh.com bostonbilliardclubcasino.com nashua.recdesk.com merrimackoutdoors.org skyventurenh.com

Annual Days of Sunshine 98


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#8 Madison, CT

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Madison is a beach town in the southeast corner of New Haven County, along Connecticut’s Long Island Sound coastline. A semi-rural suburb of New Haven, Madison is situated between the East and Hammonasset Rivers. Madison was an agricultural community with some shipbuilding and milling industries until becoming residential in the late nineteenth century. Acclaimed as a resort community for seasonal tourists, Madison is known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant culture, and historic downtown area. We give Madison high marks for its exceptionally low crime rate, ease of access to military facilities, and proximity to I-95. Military pensions are not taxed in Connecticut, making Madison the perfect coastal town for retirement! Things to do around town include Hammonasset Beach State Park, Meigs Point Nature Center, canoeing on the Hammonasset River, and the East & West Wharf beaches. Hikers will enjoy the Mattabesett or New England Trails. A compact downtown area makes evening strolls enjoyable, giving Madison a small-town feel. Travel a little further to find Gillette Castle State Park or the Cockaponset State Forest and Nehantic State Forests. Naval Submarine Base New London (located in Groton) is the nearest military installation, just thirty-two miles away. It hosts a Navy Exchange and commissary after an easy drive up I-95. You’ll find plenty of employment opportunities in and around Madison. In Groton, General Dynamics Electric Boat is where submarines are built, maintained, and repaired. New Haven (home of Yale University) is just a few miles west, providing access to many different fields and industries for employment. If you’re looking for a vibrant small-town with beach access, check out Madison!


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Population (2019 est.): 18,030 County: New Haven Pension Tax: No Cost of Living Index: 83.1 Housing Price Index: 123.4 Nearest Major Airport: Tweed New Haven Airport, 19 mi Violent Crime: <.01% Property Crime: 0.60% Hospitals within 25 mi: 9 Average Medicare Hospital Rating: 3.5 Highest Ranked Hospitals: 2x 4-star hospitals within 25 mi Patients/Physician: 1090:1 Patients/Dentist: 1350:1 Patients/Mental Health Provider: 270:1 Nearest MTF: Naval Branch Health Clinic, NSB New London, 32 mi

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Nearest VA Medical Facility: West Haven VA Medical Center, 18 mi Nearest VA Benefits Center: Hartford Regional Benefit Office, 17 mi Nearest Exchange: Naval Submarine Base New London, 32 mi Nearest Commissary: NSB New London, 32 mi Nearest Space-A Terminal: Bradley Airport/CTANG, 53 mi Nearest MWR Office: Coast Guard Academy/NSB New London, 28 mi Nearest VFW: Post 2096 Madison Post Nearest American Legion: Griswold, CT Post 79, Madison Congressional District: 2nd Vet Population by Congr. District: 52,430

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#9 Lower Merion, PA

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Lower Merion is a suburb twelve miles northwest of Philadelphia. Settled in 1682, the town grew to host small farms, mills, and factories. It is located in the heart of the "Main Line" railroad line, which runs from Philadelphia across the state. Today, Lower Merion is mostly residential, but has designated historic communities. The township offers a botanical garden, playgrounds, swimming pools, and picnic areas. There are plenty of public gardens in the area, including the Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation, the Stoneleigh natural garden, and the Saunders Woods Preserve. Lower Merion has highly ranked public schools, with its high school ranked favorably both within Pennsylvania and nationally. Lower Merion's proximity to major east coast cities makes it easy to take a day trip to see the sights of NYC; Washington, DC; or visit the Jersey Shore. Valley Forge National Historical Park is only fourteen miles away. On top of the significant community aspects, Pennsylvania does not tax military pensions. Lower Merion is close to several military installations that will allow you to maximize your benefits. The nearest military facility is McGuire AFB, about fifty-one miles away in New Jersey. Naval Support Activity Philadelphia Defense Supply Center is only fourteen miles away, and has the nearest exchange and MWR/ITT/CAC office. Lower Merion also offers many employment opportunities. You'll find three VA Clinics nearby, with the Philadelphia VA Medical Center only nine miles away. If you enjoy nature's beauty, but still want to remain close to a big city, Lower Merion is the perfect place for you. Great schools, plenty of employment opportunities, and town pride make Lower Merion a great place to call home.


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Population (2019 est.): 60,099 County: Montgomery Pension Tax: No Cost of Living Index: 110.4 Housing Price Index: 113.6 Nearest Major Airport: Philadelphia International Airport, 11 mi Violent Crime: 0.05% Property Crime: 1.83% Hospitals within 25 mi: 40 Average Medicare Hospital Rating: 2.8 Highest Ranked Hospitals: 5x 5-star hospitals within 25 mi Patients/Physician: 690:1 Patients/Dentist: 970:1 Patients/Mental Health Provider: 390:1 Nearest MTF: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, 51 mi

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Nearest VA Medical Facility: Philadelphia VA Medical Center, 9 mi Nearest VA Benefits Center: Philadelphia Regional Benefit Office, 9 mi Nearest Exchange: NSA Philadelphia Defense Supply Center, 14 mi Nearest Commissary: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, 51 mi Nearest Space-A Terminal: Joint Base MDL, 51 mi Nearest MWR Office: NSA Philadelphia, 14 mi Nearest VFW: Post 6956 Gladwyne Post, 3 mi Nearest American Legion: Nunan-Slook, PA Post 338, Havertown, 5 mi Congressional District: 2nd Vet Population by Congr. District: 31,663

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#10 East Norriton, PA

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East Norriton is a small suburb located twenty-three miles northwest of Philadelphia. The township offers its residents a mix of urban and suburban vibes. Settled in the late 1600s, East Norriton is one of the oldest political subdivisions of Pennsylvania. We love East Norriton because of its strong sense of community, plentiful outdoor recreational opportunities, low crime, and great hospitals. East Norriton is home to eight parks, which offer over 117 acres of trails, educational areas, picnic space, basketball courts, and playground equipment. East Norriton holds annual special events like movies in the park, summer concerts, and holiday activities. Check out the nearby Norristown Farm Park, a 690-acre working farm with a variety of historical buildings and open fields allowing visitors to bike, walk (with dogs, too!), hike, picnic, or fish. With over seven miles of paved trails and several rustic nature trails, there is a little bit of something for everybody. Not wild enough for you? The Elmwood Park Zoo is only two miles away! Make a quick day trip to learn about Revolutionary War history at Valley Forge National Historical Park, only ten miles away. McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey is the major military installation nearest to East Norriton, about fifty miles away. As a major AMC terminal you’ll be able to catch regularly-scheduled flights to Europe! Naval Support Activity Philadelphia Defense Supply Center is only twenty-one miles away and has the closest Navy Exchange and MWR/ITT/CAC office. You’ll find two VA Clinics nearby East Norriton, with the VA Spring City Clinic only sixteen miles away. With the friendly neighborhoods, proximity to big cities, things to do, and family-friendly atmosphere, East Norriton is a lovely little town in which to retire.


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Population (2019 est.): 13,974 County: Montgomery Pension Tax: No Cost of Living Index: 110.4 Housing Price Index: 113.6 Nearest Major Airport: Philadelphia International Airport, 30 mi Violent Crime: 0.13% Property Crime: 1.98% Hospitals within 25 mi: 40 Average Medicare Hospital Rating: 3 Highest Ranked Hospitals: 7x 5-star hospitals within 25 mi Patients/Physician: 690:1 Patients/Dentist: 970:1 Patients/Mental Health Provider: 390:1 Nearest MTF: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, 50 mi

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Nearest VA Medical Facility: VA Spring City Clinic, 16 mi Nearest VA Benefits Center: Philadelphia Regional Benefit Center, 23 mi Nearest Exchange: NSA Philadelphia/Defense Supply Center, 21 mi Nearest Commissary: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, 50 mi Nearest Space-A Terminal: Joint Base MDL, 50 mi Nearest MWR Office: Joint Base MDL, 50 mi Nearest VFW: Post 7878 Valley Forge Post, King of Prussia, 6 mi Nearest American Legion: George N. Althouse, PA Post 39, Norristown, 4 miles Congressional District: 6th Vet Population by Congr. District: 40,224

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Parsippany is a suburb of New York City, located just 30 miles from Manhattan in Morris County. It is the most populous municipality of Morris County, and was settled by the Dutch in the early 1600s. Before European colonization, Native Americans inhabited the area as far back as 12,500 years ago. Needless to say, the area around Parsippany is rich in history, with several Revolutionary War sites to see. It is also home to over 2,300 acres of protected and managed open spaces, with several running, hiking, and biking trails. Visit Troy Meadows (a remnant of the last glacier), the Parsippany Rock Shelter, Pontoon Reservoir, the Rockaway River, several parks, and Watnong Mountain—all located right in Parsippany. In an hour, you can be in the mountains, in the city, or “down the shore.” especially with such easy access to I-80 and I-287. If you’re looking to start a new career, you’ll find a thriving employment environment in the area, with many opportunities located right in Parsippany at corporate offices (such as Avis Budget Group, GAF, and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries), or within a short commute to New York City. Parsippany’s schools are highly rated, making this a great place to raise a family. The nearest military installation is Picatinny Arsenal, just fourteen miles away, where you’ll find your nearest exchange, commissary, and MWR/ITT office. There are also three VA clinics nearby, with the East Orange Campus only five miles away. Parsippany has been consistently recognized as one of the best places to live in the United States, and New Jersey also does not tax Military Retirement pay. Parsippany is a diverse and welcoming community, and you are sure to feel right at home moving here to start the next phase of your life after retirement from the military!


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