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BGD’s Darby Turner Shares Why Lexington is In The Top10 Smart Places to Retire


Lexington, Kentucky, is considered one of the 10 smart places to retire by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. For their August 2014 issue, they asked BGD partner and Lexington native Job Darby Turner for input on what makes his city in the Bluegrass State ideal for retirement. 

Interestingly, Lexington ranks twelfth among other U.S. cities its size for the percentage of residents with college degrees. “The intellectual level of the town is high,” said Turner. He also mentioned that the University of Kentucky attracts talent to the city and helps produce a highly educated workforce. 

The article also highlights Lexington for having the amenities of a large city, and a cost of living that is below the national average. The median home price is also below national average. Additionally, Kentucky is a tax-friendly state for retirees, making Lexington a “smart place to retire.”

The other cities mentioned by Kiplinger include: Oxford, Mississippi; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Asheville, North Carolina; Boise, Idaho; Athens, Georgia; Charlottesville, Virginia; Fort Collins, Colorado; Gainesville, Florida; and State College, Pennsylvania.

To learn more about Job Darby Turner and his practice, please visit his profile. 

Read “Retire to a College Town” in the new issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. For more information about the publication, please visit their website.

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