September 19, 2008

U.S. News Media Group Releases Its Second Annual ‘Best Places to Retire’

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. News Media Group, one of the nation's leading sources of service journalism and news, today published its second annual "Best Places to Retire," featuring an in-depth look at the nation's healthiest communities for active retirees. The special report can be found online today at and is available on newsstands in U.S.News & World Report magazine beginning Monday, September 22.

The Best Places to Retire were chosen using criteria that factored in the cost of living, climate, crime rate, access to healthcare, educational opportunities, and cultural and recreational amenities in a given area. All of the selected cities provide ample opportunities for active retirees to focus on their physical and mental health. Additionally, Bella Vista, Ark.; Boulder, Colo.; and Eden Prairie, Minn., are among a select list of cities noted for offering an environment ideally suited for active retirees focused on exercise, strong social support, and maintaining healthy lifestyle habits.

"As retirement becomes a reality for the country's largest generation, finding communities that match their active, healthy lifestyles is critically important," said Brian Kelly, editor of U.S.News & World Report. "As they plan for the next stage in their lives, the Best Places to Retire package offers readers unmatched, comprehensive information that can help them navigate through one of their most important life decisions."

The 10 cities honored as this year's "Best Places to Retire" issue are (listed alphabetically):

   -- Bella Vista, Ark.         -- Portland, Maine   -- Boulder, Colo.            -- Punta Gorda, Fla.   -- Eden Prairie, Minn.       -- Reston, Va.   -- Green Valley, Ariz.       -- Walnut Creek, Calif.   -- Issaquah, Wash.   -- Longmeadow, Mass.    

In addition to the Editors' Picks listed above, this year's retirement package also offers the following online features:

-- Best Places to Retire Search Tool: With retirement information on over 2,000 cities nationwide, visitors can conduct customized searches to find the best retirement locations that fit their needs. Individuals can plug in region, climate, recreational activities, cost of living, crime rates, access to healthcare, and proximity to educational facilities to produce a personalized list of "best" cities.

-- Best Places to Retire Micro-lists: Themed lists include Top 10 Readers' Picks; Best Retirement Spots for Football Fans; the "Greenest,""Outdoorsiest," and "Brainiest" Places to Retire; and Great Bargain Spots for Retirement.

-- Retirement Videos and Photo Galleries: visitors can enjoy virtual tours of some of the Best Places to Retire, as well as view photo galleries detailing many of the Best Places communities.

For the second year, OnBoard Informatics, a New York-based information solutions firm, provided much of the underlying data used in the Best Places to Retire issue. The firm worked with the magazine to refine the user experience and to select the data criteria and ranking methodology used by the editorial staff.

For more information on the Best Places to Retire, please visit .

About the U.S. News Media Group

The U.S. News Media Group is a multi-platform digital publisher of news and analysis, which includes U.S.News & World Report magazine,, and Focusing on Health, Money & Business, Education, and Public Service/Opinion, the U.S. News Media Group has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. The U.S. News Media Group's signature franchises include its News You Can Use(R) brand of journalism and its "America's Best" series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, health plans, and more.

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