Retirement is referred to as the “golden years.” This is when you stop going to work and start enjoying life to its fullest. One approach for a great retirement is to move to a new town that has all the qualities you would look for in a living environment. Here are some of the best towns that you might want to retire to:
Population 50+: 40%
Median home price: 381,015
The “postcard-perfect” Main Street of Carmel is proof this is a quaint suburb of Indianapolis but it is far from “sleepy.” Carmel boosts its own orchestra, several art councils, and theater troupes. There is a Center for Performing Arts and several museums all designed to enrich the lives of the residents. You’ll also find year-round farmers’ markets and festivals. There is also a shopping and arts district along with a 25-mile Monon Trail and city fitness center to help keep everyone healthy and happy.
Population 50+: 37%
Franklin has consistently made the 10 lists of Best Places to Live for all ages. For retirees, you’ll find many like-minded neighbors who enjoy golf, museums, and historical sites. Plus, all the music, nightlife, and good BBQ of Nashville is just 30 minutes away. Franklin’s historic district boasts a wide collection of boutiques, cafes, and taphouses. You can shop at a weekly farmers market or take in any of the year-round concerts, plays, and dance performances. There is even a bookstore that is over 200 years old! And the state’s low tax burden will be a boost for your savings.
Boca Raton, Florida
Population 50+: 51%
If your idea of the perfect retirement town involves access to a beach, then Boca Raton is a town to consider. Nearly half of Boca’s population is over the age of 50. Those residents take full advantage of the city’s 40-plus parks, 1,600 acres of recreational spaces, and five miles of beach. As a new Florida resident, you’ll also enjoy zero state income tax and top-notch health care facilities. There is also access to many marinas, arts festivals, golfing, and aquariums which the grandkids will really enjoy!
Salem, New Hampshire
Population 50+: 46%
Salem would definitely qualify as a small town. In fact, the entire population could fit into a professional football stadium. Among the many amenities that you’ll find are golf courses, a casino, and an amusement park for the grandkids visit. The New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra also calls Salem “home.” That are winding trails for biking and hiking and plenty of outlet shops.