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Whether your loved one lives in a fast-paced city or the isolated countryside, they may be looking for a change in location after retirement. According to SmartAsset, there has been an increase in those aged 65 or older moving across state lines in the past two years. More and more seniors choose to move to a new location after retirement due to tax benefits, housing costs, and environmental qualities in certain areas of the U.S. There are cities all over the country that are known to be the best homes for seniors and retirees. After looking at research and data from a variety of sources, we have compiled the seven best cities for your loved one to retire.
Florida is a popular retirement destination due to being one of the most tax-friendly states for retirees. Fort Myers specifically gains a lot of senior movers with over a third of its population being 60 or older, according to U.S. News. The gulf coast city is the affordable option for your loved one to spend their retirement years fishing and relaxing on the beach. Surveys by Sharecare and U.S. News showed the gulf coast city scored well with residents on happiness and desirability metrics due to the comfort of being able to have supportive relationships and manage their economic life.
SmartAsset stated Scottsdale, Arizona was the second most moved to town for seniors in 2019. During that year, there was a net migration of 1900 people aged 60 years and older to Scottsdale. Insider named the desert town as one of the top three cities to retire for ranking highly in quality of life for retirees. It’s well known for its spa resorts and golf courses.
Raleigh was also one of the most moved cities for seniors in 2019, according to SmartAsset. The college town has many benefits for retirees such as access to the top-ranked medical facilities at Duke University Hospital and North Carolina Hospital. North Carolina residents aged 65 and older can also take courses tuition-free at North Carolina State.
U.S. News named Sarasota, Florida as the top city for seniors to retire. Many retirees are drawn to the area with 40% of its population being over the age of 60. The beach city ranked well on Sharecare’s Community Well-Being Index since residents say they have supportive social and community relationships. Your loved one can enjoy the community, white sand beaches, and several cultural institutes that make up the area.
Myrtle Beach is a popular vacation spot with numerous well-known activities for seniors. The affordable housing costs can allow your loved one to enjoy the vacation lifestyle permanently. While the destination draws in tourists, over a third of this population is aged 60 or older. The city is the hub to a 60-mile string of beaches and is home to celebrity-designed golf courses, a beach-front boardwalk, and local, fresh seafood.
Insider named Orlando, Florida as the best city for retirement. Its affordability and vast options for entertainment make it a well-rounded place for your loved one to settle down. The home of Disney World also attracts visits from grandchildren, which can be a good or bad thing.
Pennsylvania’s capital Harrisburg is rich in history and home to plenty of activities such as hiking and biking by the Susquehanna River. Your loved one can explore the area’s natural, cultural, and industrial heritage or even visit other urban areas that are nearby like New York and Washington D.C. Your loved one may not be working but they will be plenty occupied.
So what will it be, the beach town in Florida or the serene desert in Arizona? Life does not end after retirement, and relocating to a new location can give your loved one a whole new chapter of their life to experience and enjoy.
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