Choosing where to retire in the U.S can be overwhelming – so many great options and factors to consider!
Regardless of whether you’re seeking an action-packed retirement or looking instead for a peaceful escape from hectic city life, we give you the 10 best cities to retire in the U.S:
1. Prescott, Arizona
If you love the outdoors and a vibrant cultural scene, you should consider retiring in Prescott, Arizona. Located in the north of Arizona, this old mining town experiences a cooler summer than southern Arizona, helping you steer clear of sweltering summer temperatures. A booming economy, rich history, and low housing prices make this place a real contender for retirement.
2. Venice, Florida
Venice is a small retirement community found on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Named after Venice, Italy, this community has many canals and rivers that run through it and has been designed with architectural influence from Italian renaissance. Calm traffic and low prices mean peaceful retirement and it’s particularly well suited to slightly older retirees. Parks, beaches, golf, tennis, and proximity to the beach will keep you busy, and proximity to nearby Sarasota will mean you have everything you need.
3. St. Augustine, Florida
The historic community of St. Augustine, Florida, is a perfect retirement location for history buffs. The local economy is driven by tourism, so if you’re keen to volunteer and stay an active part of your community, this might be the city for you. On the north east coast of Florida, this city experiences cooler temperatures than other options in the state.
4. Beaufort, South Carolina
The quaint, charming southern community of Beaufort, South Carolina, is a prime retirement spot. This old river town offers plenty of golfing and fishing during the mild winters and hot summers. The military installations in the city solidify the economy and diversify the population – while Beaufort is home to a growing retirement community, there are lots of families here as well.
5. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Whatever you are looking for in your retirement locale, from downtown living to a planned community, Myrtle Beach has what you need. Some of the highlights are the Grand Stand – a huge stretch of pristine sandy beach, trendy shopping and restaurants, low cost of living, great theater, excellent medical care, and enough golf courses to keep things exciting. All these reasons will make you love your retirement life in sunny Myrtle Beach.
6. Abilene, Texas
If you’re looking for an affordable retirement, head to Abilene, Texas. With cost of living over 10% below national average, this old railroad shipping town has a growing retirement community. Year round warm weather and excellent recreational and social opportunities for senior citizens of Abilene will keep you entertained and in good company all year round.
7. Austin, Texas
This big city offers plenty of activities to keep the retiree busy and engaged. Home to the University of Texas, this cultural hub boasts a terrific economy, warm weather, plenty of volunteering opportunities, open air art markets, galleries, museums, performing art theatres, low crime, and it’s the live music capital of the world. With so much going on, this city would be best suited for energetic retirees who aren’t looking for too much peace and quiet!
8. Boise, Idaho
Boise, Idaho makes a great retirement destination for active adults. Into biking? This city was rated one of the best cities to live and ride. Love the outdoors? The mountains are at your doorstep, and the river offers whitewater adventures for the daredevil retirees out there. In downtown Boise, there are many shopping, eating, and cultural opportunities. Walking paths and low crime rates mean that you will feel confident stepping out into this great retirement city.
9. Palm Springs, California
Located in the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs is one of world’s most famous retirement communities. The breath taking landscape and rich culture draw people from all around the globe to retire here. Active retirees can enjoy the golf scene and the nearby Joshua Tree Park, and everyone can enjoy the 350 days of sunshine a year. Watch out though – summers here are so hot you’ll have to retreat to the air conditioned indoors!
10. Salt Lake City, Utah
Nestled into the Wasatch Mountains of Utah and next to the Great Salt Lake, the beautiful Salt Lake City is a picturesque place to retire. Perfect for the active adult, you can enjoy golf and winter sports galore. Clean air, booming economy, plenty of volunteering opportunities, and an above average doctor per capita rate make this city a prime retirement spot! Salt Lake experiences cold winters and hot, dry summers, so skip this city for retirement if you can’t take the cold!
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