Retirees do not always move, but many do, and for a variety of reasons. Some are looking for a more affordable living space, others a more active lifestyle in a warmer climate. Some want to be closer to their family and grandchildren. There are as many reasons to move as there are lists of places to retire.
To find the best of the best, John Brady, president of TopRetirements.com, which has a vast database of retiree communities in the United States, has developed this list by selecting some of the most popular places on the site and then evaluating the 10 depending on the cultural and recreational opportunities available, the climate, the expenses, the taxes, the quality of the city centers and the beauty of the region. The top 10 are Brady's "best of the best", and we've added some of the finalists from across the country.
1. Asheville, N.C.
Asheville, a prosperous city of just over 75,000 residents, is located in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Those who love the four seasons will see them here, thanks to the mountain. There are a large number of communities of adults over 55 years old and active.
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2 Sarasota, Florida.
Sarasota has one of Florida's best downtowns and many interesting neighborhoods. It is rich in cultural facilities and has great beaches and amenities where retirees can live.
3. Tucson, Arizona
Tucson enjoys nearly 300 days of sunshine a year and, with 233 concerts a year, is rich in culture and entertainment.
4. Green Valley, Ariz.
Green Valley is an unincorporated retiree community of 59 homeowner associations. It is near the Santa Rita Mountains, above and just south of Tucson.
5. Charleston, S.C.
A beautiful city and a major tourist attraction, Charleston is popular among retirees. Its cobblestone streets, carriages and pastel-colored pastel houses give it a unique charm.The Charleston City Market, one of the oldest public markets in the country (since 1804), offers galleries, cafes and shops. presents over 100 talented artists and artisans.
6. St. George, Utah
Saint George has spectacular red rock cliffs overlooking the city, a mild winter climate and great recreational opportunities.
7. St. Petersburg, Fla.
Warm winters, beautiful beaches and an ideal location in Tampa Bay have made St. Petersburg a popular tourist and retirement destination since the 1920s. Although prices have risen, it remains relatively affordable, with a median selling price of $ 235,000.
8. Bellingham, Wash.
If there's ever been a vibrant city, that's fine Bellingham, who continues to be on the list of "best places". Bellingham offers breathtaking natural landscapes – from Puget Sound in the west to Mount Baker in the east.
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9. Portland, Maine
If you want to brave the winters or make the annual snowbirds trip to Florida or in other warm climates, Maine's largest city is an ideal retirement community, often considered one of the smallest cities in the world. more alive in the country. It combines the history of New England with a vibrant downtown, pristine beaches, good restaurants and a friendly, small-town atmosphere.
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The many colleges and cultural opportunities in Pittsburgh have earned him a place on many lists "most livable". It has a beautiful setting on two major rivers on the bottom of steep hills. The city has a strong economy, low cost of living, and growing educational, cultural and medical infrastructure.
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Pensacola is a popular retirement and tourism town in the western Gulf of Florida. Many former soldiers have retired here and the location on the bay gives it access to the emerald green waters and sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. In the photo, the beach of Pensacola.
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Beach and golf lovers will be in heaven here. Myrtle Beach has one of the world's longest sections of perfect beaches and has over 120 golf courses. It's a hot spot for live entertainment and its climate is mild.
Beaufort has both an Old South atmosphere and a seaside charm. Carriages pull through the streets of the charming historic district of the city.
Chattanooga is an interesting and inexpensive retirement city, located in a state considered very favorable to the tax (income earned is not taxed). It lies on the Tennessee River and is home to the University of Tennessee.
The beautiful downtown Greenville has a beautiful park bordering a river with a waterfall, just a short walk from the city center. It has excellent neighborhoods, several colleges and a thriving arts community.
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Located in central Arizona, at an altitude of 600 meters in the mountains, Prescott enjoys breathtaking scenery and a mild climate, while presenting four distinct seasons. Those who love the outdoors will have a lot to do here. Above, Downtown Square and Prescott Courthouse.
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Flagstaff is conveniently located not far from the Grand Canyon and other beautiful areas of the state. It is surrounded by mountains, pine forests and ponderosa pines, and the sky is clear for stargazing. That's why it houses the Lowell Observatory. Flagstaff is a popular community for retirement.
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Las Cruces, N.M.
Las Cruces has been ranked "Best Place for Retirement" by several organizations for many reasons: low cost of living, active cultural life with its great university and exceptionally beautiful location.
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Santa Fe, N.M.
Santa Fe is one of the major cultural destinations in the world. It is a beautiful spot at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo, famous for its pueblo style architecture and artistic community.
You can not beat Sedona for natural beauty. The red rocks of Sedona are world famous for their colors, especially at sunrise and sunset. This beauty, combined with mountain, climate, outdoor recreation and arts has made Sedona a popular community of retirees.
If you do not care about the snow and enjoy all four seasons, or if you want the snowbirds to get cold in the southern United States, here are some of the best places to retire in the Northeast:
The Poconos, Pennsylvania
The Pocono Mountains, or Poconos, constitute a vast geographical area located in the northeast of Pennsylvania, with more than 3 000 km 2 of natural landscapes of incomparable beauty offered by mountains, lakes and rivers. The area is becoming more and more popular among vacationers and retirees. There are several small towns in the Poconos, each with its own history, arts, festivals and all kinds of outdoor recreation. Above, Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, historic town of about 4,600 inhabitants in the Poconos, about two and a half hours from New York.
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Cape May, N.J.
Cape May is a popular retirement community for people who love the beach, fishing and a Victorian setting. Only about 4,000 people live here all year round. seasonally, the population increases to 40,000 people. Cape May has the second largest collection of Victorian houses in the country, after San Francisco.
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This university town in Pennsylvania is a Dutch country rich in history, with several museums and many cultural institutions. Its central market is the oldest producer market in the country and a major tourist attraction because of the Amish products offered for sale. Lancaster is affordable for retirees, with a median home value of about $ 133,000.
Finger Lakes Region, N.Y.
This beautiful area of northern New York State is one of the major tourist destinations of the state with its mosaic of hills, lakes and vineyards. The region has 11 freshwater lakes resembling fingertips, located between the cities of Syracuse and Rochester. Retirees who enjoy the outdoors will find plenty of opportunities for kayaking, fishing and hiking. For wine lovers, it is the first state wine region. In the photo, Seneca Lake at Watkins Glen, N.Y.
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Ithaca is located on one of New York's Finger Lakes. Home to Cornell University and Ithaca College of the Ivy League, it deserves its own mention as an active adult retirement community that would like to live in a vibrant and charming college town with accessible neighborhoods. walk and many cultural opportunities.
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Sequim is popular with retirees and people looking for second homes. The city has won numerous awards as an exceptional place to live and retire.
Colorado Springs, Colorado.
This city of nearly half a million people is located south of Denver and is a popular community of retirees because of its spectacular scenery, abundant sunshine and conservative values.
Ft. Collins, Colo.
Fort Collins has a low crime rate, plenty of outdoor activities and is home to a campus of the University of Colorado. Above, the Horsetooth tank near Fort Collins.
Grand Junction, Colo.
Grand Junction is a university town located near the border of Utah, in the Western Slope region of Colorado. The city center is pleasant and the natural beauty and recreation are abundant. It is known as a hub of the Colorado wine region.
The casinos arrived here in the 1970s. The city of just under 20,000 inhabitants presents itself as a discreet alternative to Las Vegas. Mesquite is a popular retirement town, close to the state lines of Arizona and Utah. There are several golf courses here.