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Cook County named the best place to retire in Minnesota.

Jan 07, 2019 04:54PM ● By Editor

By William Bornhoft from Patch magazine - January 7, 2018

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Here's The Best Place To Retire In Minnesota 

More and more people are retiring as Baby Boomers age out of the workforce. Here's where retirees should head in Minnesota.

By William Bornhoft, Patch Staff | Jan 7, 2019 1:32 pm ET | Updated Jan 7, 2019 1:36 pm ET

More and more Baby Boomers are leaving the workforce. Whatever the reason for hanging it up, retirees in Minnesota ought to consider heading to Cook County, where about 26.1 percent of residents are at least 65 years old. That's according to the folks at 24/7 Wall St., who determined last week the best place in every state to retire.

To determine the best place to retire, the authors created an index based on 17 health and economic factors, such as the number of dentists and primary care physicians per capita, as well as median home value and monthly cost of living for two people with no children. They only considered counties where the population of older adults grew at least as fast as the country and was larger than the national average.

Here's a breakdown of Cook County:

  • Population: 5,270 - 65 and older population: 26.1 percent (2nd of 87 counties)
  • Primary care physicians: 172.6 per 100,000
  • Monthly living expenses for family of 2 (estimated): $4,284.08 (23rd of 87 counties)
  • Median home value: $241,400

The best places to retire nationwide ranged from small counties with just 4,318 people (Nuckolls County, Nebraska) all the way up to 1.26 million (Cuyahoga County, Ohio). Most counties appeared to be rural, with populations in the tens of thousands. They often had estimated monthly living expenses in the high $3,000s or low $4,000s and a median home value in the mid-$100,000s to mid-$200,000s.

The most common reason for retirement, according to the study, is to spend more time with family. Other popular reasons include wanting to do different things, health problems and dissatisfaction at the job. But whatever the reason, the authors noted life changes "dramatically" in retirement.

"While retirees are among the least likely group of Americans to be poor, they typically rely on fixed and reduced incomes, and the cost burdens of housing and medical care, in particular, tend to go up substantially," the study said.

The researchers used tax burden data from the Tax Foundation from 2012, the most recent year available. Median home value data came from the 2017 American Community Survey's five-year estimates and the monthly cost of living came from the Economic Policy Institute for 2017.

Patch national staffer Dan Hampton contributed to this report.

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