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Best Retirement Destinations

Whether you like warm climates, sleepy towns, or bustling communities we have a retirement destination for you.

What made you happy at the age of 20 probably didn’t impress you by the time you turned 40. And where you wanted to live at age 40 probably isn’t where you want to be at age 65. Using criteria that took crime rate, proximity to medical facilities, housing costs, age range of the population, and quality of living into account, we have come up with a list of some of the best retirement destinations in the country. Whether you like warm climates, sleepy towns, or bustling communities we have a retirement destination for you.

The sunshine state has always been known as a retirement haven for American’s seniors. Port Charlotte, Florida was recently named the number one place to retire by money magazine and is a great example of what Florida has to offer its seniors. Great weather, low crime rates, and top notch medical facilities should put Port Charlotte towards the top of your retirement list too. And let’s not forgot the lack of tax on interest and dividend income!

Another Gulf Coast town that retirees like to call home is Palm Harbor. The beauty of this gulf coast town along with the 74 golf courses within a span of 30 miles has made this a popular snow-bunny destination. The average price for a 3-bedroom home in both of these areas is approximately $185,000.

If you find safety in numbers than Arizona is the place for you, Sun City Arizona to be more specific. The entire town of Sun City is actually a retirement resort and home to over 40,000 people (80% over the age of 55). Sun City offers its residents one of the lowest crime rates in the country and over 310 days of sunshine. There are shopping malls, bowling alleys, golf courses, recreation centers, country clubs and more. Low property taxes and surprisingly low home owners fees makes Sun City a real steal of a deal for active seniors.

For those looking for more diversity in their neighborhoods, you can look down the road to Surprise, Arizona. Low housing prices, Arizona weather, and plenty of natural recreation opportunities make this location a great surprise for many retired couples.

Seniors that long for four seasons and quiet communities can find plenty of choices in the Ohio Valley. Both Ohio and Michigan have several small cities that are grabbing the attention of folks looking for a retirement destination. Holland, Michigan is growing in popularity among the senior community. This town is frequently seen on a variety of Best Places to Retire lists thanks to it’s lakefront living, inexpensive housing options and unique Hope Academy for Senior Professionals. The annual Tulip Time Festival and Dutch Winterfest bring attention to this town of 34,000 every year.

Small town living is at its best in Beachwood, Ohio. Just a short drive to Cleveland, Beachwood offers low taxes, low crime, and plenty of senior services. Parma, Ohio is another Cleveland area suburb that provides top quality services for its large senior population. Enjoy the quiet of these small towns while having the convenience of big-city amenities right around the corner.