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Personal Finance

Living with Taxes and Insurance

For an statistical overview (population, employment, income, and expenditures) of the metro area or county you live in, consult the Community Demographics Library from Development Alliance.

BestPlaces.net will allow you to Compare Cities from among 3,000 in the nation, and see a side-by-side comparison of nearly 100 categories. For changes in home values and sales prices over the last five years, search Trulia or Zillow.

A ZIP code lookup site with neighborhood lifestyle segmentation information is You Are Where You Live, offered by Claritas, with its PRIZM NE Segmentation System.

The AARP has developed a Livability Index based on the services and amenities available in more than 200,000 neighborhoods in the US.

For state profiles and comparisons of the status of health and healthcare costs, consult State Health Facts Online from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

You can compare insurance quotes (for health insurance, term life insurance, homeowners insurance, and more) via InsWeb. The New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance offers help on Health Insurance Programs as well as shopping for Automobile Insurance.

Tax burdens (property, income, sales, and estate) are described by the Retirement Living Information Center in Taxes by State. Of course, you can obtain Federal Tax Information for Individuals from the Internal Revenue Service.

Local municipal property tax rates (per $100 assessed value) are listed in the annual Abstract of Ratables from the New Jersey Division of Taxation. You can search for property assessments at TaxRecords.com but registration is required.

Now, do you want to move? You can Find Your Best Place to live, work, or retire with this handy online tool from BestPlaces.net. Specify your own preferences in forty quality of life or cost of living categories, including climate, housing, and recreation.

Or, write away for a free copy of 25 Best Places to Retire In 2014 from Forbes Magazine.

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