One of the advantages of retired life is that you’re free to live in any city, and your decision isn’t governed by job opportunities or professional avenues on the horizon. You can optimize your retirement in several ways simply by making the right choice of a city.
Some of the cities in the United States are ideal for retirees for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the best cities for retirement in the U.S. The selection is based on criteria such as cost of living, climate, healthcare facilities, sports, travel, and recreation facilities to make the most of your retirement and your chance to relax.
Walnut Creek, Calif.
If you love open green spaces and parks, Walnut Creek, Calif., is the city for your retirement. It’s not surprising that one out of every four persons in Walnut Creek is a retiree. The city is hailed as one of the best healthy places to retire and offers an abundance of wilderness with all the usual urban amenities. You get 2,700 acres of open spaces, 22 city parks, and plenty of hiking and mountain biking opportunities.
Flagstaff, Ariz., is one of the sunniest cities in the country, but the temperature rarely reaches more than 90 degrees. Owing to the city’s high altitude and relatively low humidity, the residents enjoy a pleasant climate all throughout the year and still get to experience all four seasons. Aside from the pleasant weather, residents are privy to some amazing mountain vistas with views of the San Francisco peaks and are only a short distance from the Grand Canyon.
Pittsburgh, Penn., can give you plenty of amenities and recreational facilities such as sports (NFL, MLB, and NHL), music, and theater with a lively pedestrian-friendly downtown.The city also offers excellent hospitals and a relatively lower cost of living, with housing costs about 10% below the national average.
More than half of the 55-plus population in Pittsfield, Mass., is single. If dating during your retirement years is on your agenda, this is the city you’re looking for. The city has a friendly air to it and has a relatively easier pace of life, making it ideal for single retirees.
One of the best cities for retirement in the U.S. is Houston, TX. If you’re looking for an idyllic retirement community with open spaces, walking trails, green golf courses, and more at an affordable price, this is the place for you. A quick look at some of the apartments for rent in Houston at ForRent.com will show a range of affordable housing opportunities with your retirement budget. In addition, this city has low taxes and a state government that respects business.
Nashville, Tenn., earned a place in the coveted Conde Nast list of top five places to visit in 2013 for its amazing opportunities for fun, food, and trendy music (country and Rock n Roll). Combine it with outstanding climate throughout the year and it’s a stellar retirement city for you.
Oklahoma City, Okla.
For the budget-conscious retiree, Oklahoma City (OKC) in Oklahoma provides affordable living. The cost of living is 14% lower than the national average and there’s no state income tax and low property tax as well! The weather is on the warmer side with an annual average temperature of 62 degrees. OKC now has an NBA team, a booming economy, and a myriad of cultural events and trendy restaurant. Everything you need to have a successful retirement.
Santa Fe, N.M.
Santa Fe, N.M., boasts of a culture that goes back four centuries. Its famed art galleries and museums, over 200 restaurants and world class golf and tennis facilities provide endless entertainment. The list of accolades grows yearly; Santa Fe has been listed as one of the top art cities as well as one of the top ten sunny places to retire. If you’re looking for an action packed retirement, this is the place for you!
Your retirement is an exciting time to look forward to. All of your years of hard work have culminated to this moment. Be sure to take full advantage and enjoy it.
With this in mind, whats your plan for retiring? Leave us a comment with your favorite cities or destinations!
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