As the housing market keeps showing signs of a strong turn-around, it might finally be time for baby boomers and empty-nesters who want to downsize to feel confident again about selling their homes and relocating to some place sunny or near the water. Using data from Kiplinger's list of top states to retire -- based on special tax breaks for seniors -- AOL Real Estate zeroed in on cities or neighborhoods that provide easy access to the amenities and lifestyle that might fit the active older adult.
Absent from our list is any city in California. In fact, California topped Kiplinger's list as one of the least tax-friendly states for retirees -- given that it has the highest tax rate in the U.S. And only two on the East Coast made our list -- aside from, of course, Florida.
View the slideshow below to see which states we found to be the most friendly to retirees -- listed in alphabetical order, along with some homes for sale in each. What would be your pick be for the 10th state? Tell us in the comments, along with the state where you chose or would most like to retire.
HOMES IN THE 9 BEST STATES TO RETIRE:
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