Santa Barbara is one of eight cities profiled in the “Chasing Bargains in Dream Locales” feature in the September/October issue, available nationwide on Aug. 13, 2013.

Where to Retire Managing Editor Annette Fuller said retirees have long gravitated toward scenic, fair-weather destinations known for recreational and cultural amenities as well as for part-time work opportunities. “But Santa Barbara and other dream locales historically have had sky-high real estate,” Fuller said. “Then came the bust, and now an economic rebound, but yet prices in Santa Barbara are much reduced from what they were several years ago. Some retirees are making their moves now.”

Each year, 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire. Generally, relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate. They bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns. Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development.

Where to Retire magazine, launched in 1992 with the goal of helping its readers find the ideal place to retire, is published six times a year. The magazine covers the best retirement regions, towns and master-planned communities, and has a national circulation of 200,000. The magazine is sold on various newsstands and at Barnes & Noble bookstores. A one-year subscription to Where to Retire is $18 (a 39 percent savings from the newsstand price). For a magazine subscription or to purchase a back issue, visit All material in the magazine is protected by copyright law, and reproduction of content requires the permission of the magazine. Print and electronic reprints of an article may be purchased through Dave Hart,

Dream locales featured: Seattle; Santa Barbara, CA; San Diego; Sedona, AZ; Jackson, WY; Hilton Head Island, SC; Naples, FL; Boca Raton, FL.


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