COLUMBIA, 11/27/11 (Beat Byte) -- Two mid-Missouri cities have made a 2011 top ten list of best places for retired military compiled by United Services Automobile Association (USAA) and Military.com.
Among cities with less than 175,000 population, Columbia ranks fourth and Jefferson City ranks ninth -- despite being in a state that taxes Federal pensions.
The list factors unemployment, housing prices, taxes, and proximity to military bases -- presumably for shopping and medical care. It also cites "government, medical, and maintenance/material handling" as Columbia's largest employment sectors.
At the top of the list ranks Cheyenne, Wyoming and just above Columbia, Rapid City, South Dakota takes the third place spot. Other cities on the list include State College, Penn. and Warner-Robins, Georgia.