Top 10 Retirement Locations in USA

There are many reasons to move once you retire: weather, more affordable lifestyle, interesting things to do… Whatever your reason might be, here are some suggestions for the places to move to when you retire.

10 – Port Charlotte, Florida is the best place for affordable housing, with the median house price of under $60,000. A tremendous number of houses are on the water, and you can have a boat in your backyard.

@kathywingard and @jenifferHuber kayaking on Eco TourFlickr /Fifth World Art

9 – Walnut Creek, California could easily be the greenest place to retire. Besides the access to the wilderness, the city has also 22 city parks and more than 2,500 acres of open space.

Walnut Creek - Acalanes Open SpaceFlickr /mrcd@sbcglobal.net

8 – Lincoln, Nebraska is a place where you can launch a second career. The city has very low unemployment rate, so if you aren”t tired of working, this is the place to continue.

IMG 0286Flickr /RLEVANS

7 – Pittsfield, Massachusetts is the perfect place for single retirees, since the majority of the population over 55 years is single, so you can expect to easily meet someone to share your life with.

Pittsfield, MassachusettsFlickr /Dougtone

6 – Boone, NC is an affordable mountain town, if you appreciate mountain views. Boone has three ski resorts nearby, and if you’re a passionate hiker or love the cross country skiing, there are some great trails there.

DSC 0010Flickr /manop

5 – Ithaca, NY is a college town with very reasonable housing prices, where you can take classes and attend speeches and sporting events, or even develop the interest for something new, if you”ve been waiting for the retirement to adopt some new knowledge.

Ithaca NY 2337Flickr /bobistraveling

4 – Flagstaff, Arizona has pleasant weather year-round. It”s one of the sunniest cities, but the temperature seldom rises above 87 degrees, thanks to the low humidity and high altitude.

Looking north down Abineau Trail - San Francisco Peaks - Flagstaff ArizonaFlickr /Al_HikesAZ

3 – Santa Fe, New Mexico is the best place for recreation and culture – it”s famous for the museums and art galleries, and there are many annual festivals that will make your retirement even more interesting.

Downtown Santa FeFlickr /Write Pics

2 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the perfect mix of budgeting and amenities. The city has a low cost of living and still offers a wide variety of amenities such as ballet and symphony, accompanied with a large university and top hospitals.

Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaFlickr /Dougtone

1 – Traverse City, Michigan is the area on the Lake Michigan shoreline, and you can buy an affordable house on the lake and enjoy water view on a budget./strong

Perry Hannah HouseFlickr /joseph a

traverse city west bay from the eastFlickr /wjr

Enjoying 80 degrees, October, Traverse City, Michigan MI-SHRMFlickr /Tatiana12

Bustling Downtown Traverse City Photo by Michigan Municipal League July 2012Flickr /Michigan Municipal League (MML)

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