The best cities in the world for retirees in 2011. There are many places in the United States. This is a list of the top 10 areas around some of the most beautiful areas in the country.
Durham, North Carolina, comes in first-place and would rank as a retiree Mecca even without Duke University’s stellar lifelong-learning program. Residents enjoy four seasons — but without them being too extreme. Homes are affordable, the area is dotted with golf courses and parkland, and the region is home to a renowned university medical center.
Hanover, NH ranks #2. New England is chock full of charming villages. But few are as welcoming to retirees as Hanover, home of Dartmouth College and its 20-year-old senior education program.
Lexington, Kentucky ranks #3. The downtown area boasts plenty of entertainment options for retirees, including the circa-1922 Kentucky Theatre — which shows independent and classic films — the Lexington Farmers Market, dozens of restaurants, and the Rupp Arena, home to the university’s storied basketball program. Plus, for the equestrian minded, the city isn’t far from Kentucky’s famed horse country and is just 90 minutes from Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby.
Prescott, AZ ranks #4 and is a popular retiree destination 100 miles north of Phoenix, is dotted with Victorian homes, 19th-century Whisky Row saloons, and a leafy Courthouse Plaza. With the world’s oldest rodeo and more than 800 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, the town’s cowboy heritage is hard to miss.
Here’s the rest of the Top 10:
1. Durham, NC
2. Hanover, NH
3. Lexington, KY
4. Prescott, AZ
5. Bellingham, WA
6. Boise, ID
7. St. Petersburg, FL
8. Huntsville, AL
9. Austin, TX
10. Tucson, AZ
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