Bethesda, MD December 9, 2009 Results of the survey on the Best Places to Retire & Row in the United States come from both conventional and unconventional retirement and boathouse communities. The article, which will be published in January 2010 on, examined towns across America and ranked them according to a set of 15 criteria relating to economics, quality of life and rowing factors.

The idea for the survey was born from a simple inquiry by a masters rower, whom upon approaching retirement, set about looking for a “small, pedestrian-friendly town, warm weather and walk-able access to a rowing venue.” When he couldn‘t find it, he contacted Rower‘s Almanac who took that initial criteria and expanded upon it. Rating factors included housing costs, state income tax rates, number of restaurants, theatres, libraries and hospitals, types of water and rowing available, number of boathouses and regattas, and the size of the local rowing population.
While every rower may consider some factors more important than others, the survey took 15 criteria, assigned a score from 1 to 5, and ranked the towns accordingly.
Bottom line: the results reveal that our sport has extended to places we might not normally think possible to both retire and row.

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