NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- The whole point of retirement is not going to work anymore, so why should retirees keep braving traffic like commuters?
A fixed retirement income can transform car payments, auto insurance and weekly gas fill-ups from costly necessities to huge drains on the finances. If your stores, medical services, entertainment and transit options aren't all within walking distance, a change of scenery may be able to help cut costs a bit.
Neighborhood ranking site Walk Score has kept track of neighborhood density and convenience for the past couple of years and has helped real estate firms such as Zillow (Z - Get Report) and Trulia pair retirees and other homebuyers with neighborhoods that make the most sense for their budget and lifestyle.
If downsizing the empty nest, ditching the car and diving into vibrant, tightly packed city life are on a retiree's agenda, Walk Score recommends the following 10 cities as potential destinations. They scouted out locations within a five-minute walk of grocery stores, public transportation and Zipcar (ZIP) rentals and came up with some great places across the country to go car-free: