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10 Best and Worst Things to Do When Looking for a Place to Retire

GOBankingRates Logo By Lucy Mueller of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 22: This year, some 4 million baby boomers will retire — meaning that every second, nine Americans punch out and start idly considering moving to Florida.Each year, about 55,000 do it. The 55-and-up population in Florida swells by 138 percent annually, according to USA Today, and other popular retirement states like Arizona are seeing similar influxes. In fact, the four most popular retirement destinations, as determined by the Brookings Institution — Phoenix; Riverside, Calif.; Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.; and Atlanta — all have one thing in common: They're warm. Believe it or not, clement weather shouldn't be your only non-negotiable when figuring out where to retire. A number of factors will come into play, from financial considerations like tax rates to less quantifiable components, like proximity to family, friends and early bird specials. When you add them all up, you might find that Florida is not at the top of your list.We talked to a number of retirement and financial planning experts to find the biggest do's and don'ts of relocating for retirement. Keep reading for the best (and then the worst) things you could do as you figure out where to move. Related: 28 Biggest Retirement Mistakes People Make

Do's and Don'ts for Your Golden Years

This year, some 4 million baby boomers will retire — meaning that every second, nine Americans punch out and start idly considering moving to Florida.

Each year, about 55,000 do it. The 55-and-up population in Florida swells by 138 percent annually, according to USA Today, and other popular retirement states like Arizona are seeing similar influxes. In fact, the four most popular retirement destinations, as determined by the Brookings Institution — Phoenix; Riverside, Calif.; Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.; and Atlanta — all have one thing in common: They're warm.

Believe it or not, clement weather shouldn't be your only non-negotiable when figuring out where to retire. A number of factors will come into play, from financial considerations like tax rates to less quantifiable components, like proximity to family, friends and early bird specials. When you add them all up, you might find that Florida is not at the top of your list.

We talked to a number of retirement and financial planning experts to find the biggest do's and don'ts of relocating for retirement. Keep reading for the best (and then the worst) things you could do as you figure out where to move.

Related: 28 Biggest Retirement Mistakes People Make

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