Here are the 10 best places in the U.S. to retire. These areas are affordable and it’s where most people will spend their golden years. Retirees are seeking the warmer climate to ward off the cold snow while others are looking into international destinations.
Durham, North Carolina, comes first as one of the best places to relax. Residents enjoy four seasons — but without them being too extreme. The area is dotted with affordable homes and golf courses. The region is home to a renowned university medical center.
Hanover, NH ranks #2 in the U.S. New England might be cold, but it is full of charm and warmth. Few are as welcoming as Hanover, home of Dartmouth College and its 20-year-old senior education program.
Lexington, Kentucky ranks #3. One of the finer places in the U.S. to retire is the downtown area that boasts plenty of entertainment options. It has a 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 another nice area in the U.S. to retire. It’s one of the best popular destinations 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, the town’s cowboy heritage is hard to miss.
Here are the remaining best places to retire in:
5. Bellingham, WA
6. Boise, ID
7. St. Petersburg, FL
8. Huntsville, AL
9. Austin, TX
10. Tucson, AZ