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10 most affordable U.S. cities to retire

  • Pittsburgh


    Tax burden: Ranked No. 10; 10.2 percent of income goes to taxes*

    Cost of living: 8.5 percent below national average**

    Median home price: $119,600***

    Pittsburgh, once a dying steel town, has revitalized itself by investing in both education and medicine, which provide ample quality-of-life services for seniors. The city's respected colleges and universities offer a stimulating intellectual life, while its numerous hospital and health centers offer easily accessible health care.

    Though it's a hilly, urban city, retirees should have no problem getting around. Seniors can ride the city's public buses and trains for free every day. But as a northern city, Pittsburgh is certainly not immune to cold, snowy winters.

    * Source: The Tax Foundation. Tax burden measures the percentage a taxpayer's income that goes to state and local taxes. A higher number in the ranking corresponds to a lower tax burden.

    ** Source: U.S. Census Bureau

    *** Source: Zillow Home Value Index. All cities on the list have median home values that fall below the national median home value of $169,200.

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