The hardworking team at BankRate has presented a list of the best and worst cities for retirement. Key criteria were "cost of living, crime rate (violent and property crimes), walkability, health care quality, state and local tax burden, personal well-being for seniors and weather".
And for bitter-clingers stuck to a particular region, they breakdown the results by region. So folks committed to the Northeast are presented with a variety of high-tax, poor weather choices. However, one ray of sunshine brightens our prospective golden years:
Albuquerque, New Mexico! That is lateral thinking, all right - several thousand miles worth. But you can't beat the low taxes and the weather, in the Northeast anyway.