As you wind down your military career, you’re likely planning for final duty station and where you want to retire. While many deciding factors are subjective – proximity to family, love of the ocean or the desert – some destinations have already established themselves as premier spots for soon-to-be-retirees.

While the idea of living in Oklahoma may produce groans for some, Oklahoma City is a great place for military retirees. It offers a low unemployment rate, low cost of living, and a variety of military facilities.

Colorado Springs isn’t as affordable, but it’s high on the list of popular places to work and live. Entertainment options are plentiful, the weather is ideal, and military facilities offer a range of amenities.

Want to save on taxes? Consider Texas. Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston are all popular destinations for retirees, and your military pension isn’t taxed.

Virginia offers a variety of ideal cities for retirees. Norfolk has always been a top spot, with access to great military facilities, an ideal climate and lots to do and see within a short drive.

While your final duty station and retirement destination often comes down to preference, don’t forget to consider taxes, military facilities and future employment opportunities. Combining the practical with the personal will help to make the transition to retirement a good experience for you and your family.

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Jennifer Cary is a freelance writer, blogger and former government employee. You can visit her website here.