should be a time of rest, relaxation and enjoyment. The commutes have been
driven, the projects completed and the checks cashed. It's time for a new
adventure to begin.
provides the opportunity to move to a new area or begin traveling. Regardless
of your parents'
reasons for retiring, they will likely have more time and freedom on their hands. They
should consider their retirement goals and objectives to choose an area that
suits their needs.
are many factors to consider when moving to a new location. Does the area have
a high quality of life and low housing costs? Will it be an accessible travel
destination when family comes to visit? What's the environment like, and are
there any appealing activities?
reading to discover seven unique cities that are great for retirement.
1. Fort Myers, Florida
Myers is a charming midsized town in southwest Florida. The Caloosahatchee
River runs through the city and into the Gulf of Mexico. There's a variety of
relaxing activities, including extensive dining and shops.
a popular retirement area with an older population, which offers a sense of
community and a calm atmosphere. The weather is warm year-round, allowing
residents to enjoy outdoor activities like fishing, boating, golfing or resting
at the beach.
2. Sarasota, Florida
is home to beautiful award-winning beaches and a flourishing art scene. This
town is only about an hour away from Tampa and two hours from Orlando, which
means trips to the airport are a breeze. This growing metropolitan city offers
shops and restaurants to keep tourists, families and retirees busy.
also has extensive outdoor opportunities like nearby parks and golf courses.
Like most places in Florida, the temperature is above the national average, so
your parents can enjoy fresh produce and warm weather all year. Sarasota is an
affordable option for anyone looking to retire by the beach.
3. Lancaster, Pennsylvania
offers the best of city and county living. Scenic farmland is a short drive
away from downtown entertainment, and the Susquehanna River provides outdoor
recreation and beauty throughout the year. Pennsylvania experiences all four
seasons, which means your parents can enjoy a range of weather and temperatures
in their new home.
expenses in Lancaster generally follow the national average, but the
exceptional health care makes this city stand out. It scored a 9.3 out of 10 on the Healthcare Quality
Index, and it provides convenient resources. It's less than two hours away from
cities like Baltimore and Philadelphia, allowing residents to enjoy big-city
perks without the outrageous prices.
4. Asheville, North Carolina
your parents want to experience retirement surrounded by stunning views and a
hip vibe, Asheville is ideal.
Pisgah and Nantahala national forests surround the mountain town,
which sits along the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Great Smoky Mountain region in
western North Carolina. Outdoor enthusiasts will love hiking, biking and
exploring the natural vistas. If your parents love fly fishing, they can enjoy
downtown offers plenty of shops and handcrafted wares. You will frequently see
buskers playing in the street in this trendy city. Other noteworthy activities
include touring the
Biltmore Estate and discovering the buzzworthy food scene. In many ways, this
down-to-earth place is the full-package for retirees.
5. Nashville, Tennessee
is famous for its music scene and is the perfect retirement home for anyone
with an appreciation for country tunes. It's renowned for the Grand Ole
Opry and Ryman Auditorium, where you can go to see live performances.
this state capital is also considered a massive college town. Some people may
think this a downside, but for others, it will keep them feeling fresh and
young. Your parents can easily catch local professional sports teams like the
Titans or Predator if that's their passion.
has an international airport, which makes traveling during retirement easy.
6. Grand Rapids, Michigan
Rapids is just east of Lake Michigan — you can be at the water's edge in less
than an hour by car. This city is known for its art scene and has multiple museums.
Once a year, it becomes a living art gallery drawing crowds from around the
Rapids has something for everyone, with shopping malls, historic sites, golfing
and beach fun. The city is also known for its craft breweries and culinary
scene. In addition, this friendly region has a substantial LGBT community and
hosts an annual pride event.
7. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
they say, everything's bigger in Texas — including the job opportunities
in Dallas-Fort Worth. Maybe you're wondering why job opportunities should be a
factor in retirement. The reason is twofold. If you want to live near your
folks, this area offers terrific opportunities and affordable housing costs.
Also, 55% of employees
plan to work
during retirement, so business growth may be a factor when choosing a new home.
area is considered a metroplex that encompasses numerous counties. Located in
the north of Texas, it's roughly a three-hour drive to Austin or Oklahoma City.
The city offers a mix of cowboy and metropolitan vibes and has a growing young
professional population. However, it's still ideal for retirement because of
the friendly atmosphere and nonexistent income tax.
is the beginning of an incredible new chapter in your parents' lives. Start
right by analyzing
financial factors before helping them choose a new place to call home. Make a list of
the cities that stood out to them and what characteristics were the best.
the world is your oyster, and nothing is stopping you or your parents from