cost of living

A Tarnished State


The Golden State is getting a little tarnished these days, despite being one of the world's leading economies.

California has a well deserved reputation for its booming economy, great weather and breathtaking scenery. But according to census figures, it also has the highest poverty rate in the country. More than 20% of Californians, nearly 8 million people, struggle to make ends meet.  read more »

Retirement Plans


Getting ready to retire; you might want to consider packing your bags.

According to the social security administration just under 400,000 American retirees are now living outside of the U.S. The number grew 17% between 2010 and 2015 and is expected to increase even more over the next ten years as more baby boomers retire.

The people heading out to see the world cite the cost of living as one of the biggest reasons for trying something new. They say it's impossible to live on a fixed income in most major cities in the U.S. and that doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon. So they are heading to countries such as Canada, Japan, Mexico, Germany and the United Kingdom.  read more »